Trinidad and Tobago
Aug. 22-30, 2020: Travel and learn while building safe, affordable housing!
Trip cost: US$2,155
Join this trip to Trinidad and Tobago and help low-income families gain access to safe, affordable housing.
The government’s Ministry of Housing estimates that around 200,000 people, or approximately 19% of the population, live in informal settlements. The waiting list for government subsidized housing is near 107,000 people, with some waiting up to 25 years. The main housing demand stems from inequity and population growth. Habitat for Humanity partners with families to help them achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
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 excavating the foundation and septic tank, tying steel, mixing concrete, painting, drilling and placing the frame of the home. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the sister island of Tobago, take a glass bottom boat ride, relax on the beach or interact with the community through a steel orchestra concert performed by local children.
- Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at Port of Spain airport where Habitat will greet you at the airport and transport you to your accommodations.
- Sunday: Learn. Explore Maracas Bay before orientation where you’ll learn more about Habitat’s innovative 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 followed by a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
- Saturday: Explore. Travel to Tobago for the day and enjoy a farewell dinner with the rest of your team.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey to Trinidad independently or depart for home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Chris feels blessed to be a part of something bigger than himself that is making a difference, one home at a time. On a trip to Argentina in 2019, Chris led a well-functioning team who had shared values and focused on a common goal. Chris believes the leader’s role is to provide intent and not orders. This empowers the team and allows members to develop and grow into a strong team.
For Chris, fostering partnership and building friendships is one of the key principles of Global Village, and not only among team members. Fostering strong partnerships with the host nation and local community is important as well. This partnership helps create a great Global Village experience for everyone. Additionally, Chris believes meeting expectations is crucial and works to know and understand volunteers’ expectations. Above all, Chris works to create a memorable experience for all members as they work alongside the community and help families bring wonderful changes to their lives.