Healthy homes - Solola Guatemala
Trip cost: US$1,870
Join this nine-day Global Village trip building homes with partner families and learning about Habitat’s innovative housing solutions in Guatemala.
Partner with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala to help bring strength, stability and independence to a family in need of a decent place to live. Explore the vibrant community and learn about local cultural groups in order to better understand Habitat’s work there.
Build smokeless stoves, safe latrines and other housing solutions with partner families. You’ll learn how Habitat is adapting their services to ensure that all families in Guatemala have clean air and access to water and sanitation. Experience an immersive and meaningful volunteer trip. The work your team accomplishes will significantly improve the overall health of a home and allow Habitat to serve more families sooner.
After volunteering during the day, you will have free time in the evenings for excursions, relaxation and reflection. During your day off, you and your team will explore the colonial city of Antigua and ancient Mayan ruins.
Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the area like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.
Program donation and fundraising
About half of the cost is a direct contribution to Habitat’s work, and the rest covers your volunteer experience.
You may fundraise or give the program donation. Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team! We set you up with a great website and coaching for success.
Volunteers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal over the minimum. Every donation you raise keeps Habitat building after your team returns home and helps us serve another family.
- Day 1: Travel. Depart from home and join us in Guatemala! Habitat will greet you when you arrive and take you to meet your team.
- Day 2: Orientation. Travel to your hosting community. The team will learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your project.
- Days 3-7: Build. Dig, mix cement and lay bricks to build smokeless stoves and latrines. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings.
- Day 8: Explore. The team will go sightseeing in and around the city and sample local cuisine.
- Day 9: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Guatemala independently or head on home.
Meals and accommodations
The team will stay in modest, comfortable hotels in double-occupancy rooms. Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurants.
Type of work for volunteers
Some of the tasks include moving dirt and bricks, digging for septic tanks, bending rebar, mixing and pouring concrete. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate, and a professional construction leader will always be present on-site.
We will connect you with a team leader within two business days. The team leader will tell you more about the build and learn about you. After speaking with the team leader, donate or fundraise your deposit to secure your spot on the team. The team leader will help you prepare and lead you during the trip.
Have a question?
Your team leader, Stancil Campbell, will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email Stancil at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When asked about previous Global Village experiences, Stancil said, "Working on a Habitat team is always such a joy every time that I volunteer. It is such a privilege to work side by side with family members who are struggling to fulfill their dream of living in a decent home. Witnessing the house complete, their dream fulfilled, is an overwhelming experience."