Santa Ana, El Salvador
June 6-14, 2020: Help build safe, affordable housing while exploring a new country and culture!
Trip cost: US$1,785
Join this trip to El Salvador and help make safe, affordable housing accessible to low-income families!
Due to failed land reform and natural disasters, many families lack decent floors, roofs, water, electricity or bathrooms. With 31.9% of the population living in relative or extreme poverty, many families do not have access to the financing needed to improve their homes. Habitat for Humanity El Salvador partners with families to overcome poverty by building homes using seismic-resistant concrete blocks structurally reinforced with steel to protect against earthquakes.
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, making concrete and mortar mix, carrying roof sheets, laying bricks, painting, moving materials or cleaning up the construction site. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Santa Ana Cathedral or National Theater of Santa Ana, visit a volcano, lounge on the beach or interact with the local community.
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive in San Salvador where Habitat staff will greet you at the airport and transport you to your accommodations for the night.
- Sunday: Learn. Travel to Santa Ana and explore the city before learning about Habitat’s work in the region and details about the week’s project.
- Monday-Thursday: 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.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Learn more about the culture, interact with the local community, enjoy cultural activities and explore the city.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Depart for home or continue your journey in El Salvador independently.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Thomas has more than 10 years of experience working with the Global Village program in Central America, to which he has led teams annually since 2012. As a team leader, he ensures all the trip details are managed so volunteers can focus on having a positive experience. On a personal level, Thomas understands the importance of being flexible and is easy to get along with -- he brings this to his teams and asks that volunteers do as well. On a work site, Thomas helps everyone find tasks that suit their abilities and interests. Working and exploring together, teams can have a meaningful experience that lasts long after the week ends. When he’s not leading Global Village teams, Thomas teaches Latin American and world history at a small college in Minnesota.