June 13-21, 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 percent 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. Arrive in Oaxaca 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
Jennifer lives in Menlo Park, California, where she teaches middle school math. She’s volunteered with Habitat since 2009 with trips to Thailand, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Malawi and Portugal. She served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon for two years and has traveled extensively through southern Africa and parts of Latin and South America.
If you have a thirst for an adventure with a purpose and a desire to work side-by-side with a family in need of simple, decent housing, then Global Village is the place for you. This is a unique and rewarding way to experience a different country with close interactions with the local people and culture. Help change lives one house at a time on a trip you’ll never forget. Jennifer looks forward to talking with you more about this trip and hopes that you’re ready to work and have fun as part of a dynamic team.