Home construction - Paraguay
Trip cost: US$1,850
Join this nine-day Global Village trip improving the homes of partner families and learning about Habitat’s dynamic community projects in Paraguay.
Partner with Habitat for Humanity Paraguay to help bring strength, stability and independence to a family in need of a decent place to live. As you build with the family, you’ll be welcomed into the community. Eat traditional food and meet the neighbors whose community you’re helping to improve. This trip is a unique opportunity to experience life inside the culture.
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 area in and around Asuncion. In order to better understand the local culture, the team will have a cooking lesson, watch a traditional dance or visit an artisan homeowner.
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
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.
Champion volunteers 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.
- Days 1-2: Travel. Depart from home and join us in Paraguay! Habitat will greet you when you arrive and take you to meet your team.
- Day 3: Orientation. Learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project. Start your first day on the build site.
- Days 4-7: Build. Skilled construction workers will guide you and your team as you build. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings
- Day 8: Celebration. The team will have a free day to explore local markets, enjoy mate and sample local cuisine.
- Day 9: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in South America 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, and laying block foundation. 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 leaders, Liza Vega-Smart and Jen O’Rourke, will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email Liza and Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When asked about previous Global Village experiences, Liza said, “By far the best memory was in Cambodia. We were visiting the slum of the homeowner we were working witth and that night it stormed and she woke up to lose everything. The very next morning we finished her home and as we all sat on her new floor, the rain came, she looked up and cried. She would no longer lose everything.”
Jen said, “One of my favorite memories is from Thailand. I was helping to build a brick wall with the adult son of the homeowner. Neither one of us spoke the other’s language, yet we were able to find ways to communicate and get about a third of the wall constructed before it was time to move on to another task.”