Feb. 22-March 1, 2020: Help build safe, affordable housing!
Trip cost: US$2,090
Join this trip and help Mexican families living in cramped, substandard housing gain access to safer, healthier housing solutions.
In Mexico, more than 50% of the population live in poverty conditions and 59% earn less than three minimum wages per day. Many lack the means to buy or build adequate housing. In Nayarit alone, 121,000 people live in poverty and 227,000 don’t have access to electricity, drinkable water or sewer systems. 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 or cleaning up the construction sites. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to relax on the beach or interact with the local community through shared meals and traditional handcrafts!
- Saturday: Welcome. Fly into the Puerto Vallarta where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you and takes you to your hotel. Get to know your team over dinner.
- Sunday: Learn. Learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
- Monday-Friday: 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 followed by 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. 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
John has been leading Global Village teams since 2012. During his career as a high school Spanish teacher, he led students on 16 summer service-oriented trips to Latin America, an experience that prepared him for leading Global Village teams in retirement. Social justice and serving others is a foundational aspect of his life. John has volunteered as a Spanish language interpreter for torture survivors and served on the boards of two human rights organizations. He currently volunteers as a translator for children in immigration court, and John also contributes to and volunteers with his local Habitat.
As a leader, he works to build a strong team where all feel comfortable offering and sharing their own gifts and strengths. He encourages team members to be open to learning from others and to learning from a new culture. His philosophy is that as a team we take care of one another, helping and supporting each other as we work in solidarity with the homeowner and family. John’s motto is: “Expect and embrace the unexpected -- it is often the best part.”