Young Professionals- Chiapas, Mexico
Mar. 7-15, 2020: Join young professionals from around the world in Chiapas, Mexico, and immerse yourself in the indigenous culture.
Trip cost: US$1,725
Join this special team over Thanksgiving week in Chiapas, Mexico. During this trip, you can network and learn from young professionals across the globe, immerse yourself in the local indigenous culture and help construct safe, affordable housing.
You'll learn how Habitat works in Mexico and how you can help through advocacy. Expect to walk away from this trip with a newly defined social approach on how to continue supporting Habitat in your local environment and experience Habitat’s work in the field.
In Mexico, more than 50% of the population lives in impoverished conditions, and with 59% earning less than three minimum wages per day, many lack the means to buy or build adequate housing. Habitat for Humanity Mexico partners with future homeowners to build homes designed for each family’s needs with separate living spaces, kitchen and bathroom.
You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include moving and compacting dirt, mixing concrete and mortar, painting walls, laying brick or cleaning up the construction sites. Off the build, site you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the local community, sharing coffee and Mexican bread while listening to local legends and stories!
- Saturday: Welcome. Fly into Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport where you’ll be greeted by Habitat for Humanity staff. You’ll drive about 40 minutes to San Cristobal and get to know your team over dinner.
- Sunday: Learn. Learn about Habitat’s innovative work in Mexico and your team’s project. You’ll visit Sumidero Canyon before a networking event with young professionals who live in Chiapas.
- Monday-Tuesday: Build. Spend the day on the build site breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Wednesday: Learn. Visit La Candelaria and meet with the Tzeltal Historic Committee.
- Thursday-Friday: Build. Spend the morning working on the build site followed by a farewell ceremony with the community on Friday.
- Saturday: Explore. Visit the indigenous community of Chamula. Learn about chamula gastronomy from a local chef as you create a locally authentic meal with your teammates.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Mexico independently or head home.
Leading this team
Emily Stock and Sofia Mejia both work at Habitat for Humanity International and will lead this team of young professionals to Chiapas, Mexico, in November.
Sofia is based in Costa Rica where she helps manage all Global Village programs across Latin America. Emily is the associate director of strategic partnerships for Habitat’s long term volunteer programs in Washington, D.C.
When asked what she is most excited about, Sofia shared, “The most interesting part of this experience will be the different perspectives of human rights, diversity, inclusion and advocacy that we are bringing together by having an international trip with people from all over, learning activities while we are immersed in one of the most iconic indigenous communities from Latin America. The members of this community don't communicate a lot with people outside of their community, let alone outside of Chiapas and Mexico!”