Jan. 11-19, 2020: Travel to Mexico to learn and build with the local community!
Trip cost: US$1,945
Join this trip to Mexico and build alongside homeowners to create strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.
More than 50% of the population lives in poverty conditions, with 12 million lacking access to education, potable water, adequate housing and basic services. In Oaxaca alone, nearly 1 million people lack access to basic services such as electricity, sewer systems and drinkable water. Homeowners partner with Habitat for Humanity Mexico to build homes designed to fit each families’ need, each including separate bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and living areas.
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 visit indigenous communities and their churches, or interact with the local community.
- Saturday: Welcome. Fly into Puerto Escondido where Habitat for Humanity staff will welcome you and take you to your hotel. You’ll get to know your team over dinner.
- Sunday: Learn. Learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’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 with the community to celebrate the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Enjoy a free day for you to soak up more of the beautiful region. At the final team dinner, reflect on your experience and the week’s significance.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Mexico independently or head home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Staci first fell in love with building and repairing homes when her high school youth group traveled to Appalachia, Kentucky, to spend a week every summer doing just that. While attending college she learned of an international nonprofit that does the same thing – Habitat for Humanity. Her first Global Village build was in India, the most exotic sounding country on the list, and she’s been indulging her wanderlust ever since. After a career in international development, interrupted by motherhood, she continues to fulfill her passion for serving others and cultural immersion as a Global Village team leader since 2012.
Her favorite part of her job is team building, ensuring that each volunteer feels welcomed and valued beginning with the pre-departure communication phone call and emails. In country, at the end of each work day, you can expect to meet as a team before dinner to reflect on interactions with the host community and each other and to have fun participating in one of her thoughtfully prepared games, quizzes or zany activities. Upon returning home you can share and relive this amazing experience watching one of her most creative endeavors -- a music video.