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  Mexico - Chiapas

San Cristobal de Las Casas

March 7-15, 2020

Volunteer in Chiapas with a Habitat partner family to support                    them build a safe, decent and affordable home                                          


About Habitat Mexico

Habitat started working in Mexico in 1989 promoting the right to housing as fundamental human right. In 29 years they’ve helped to build over 61,000 housing solutions for low income families. Habitat Mexico works in over 1250 communities in 22 states of the country. They support, socially and financially low income families providing training through the purchase of building materials and construction assistance. Habitat’s work allows families to become home owners through affordable monthly payments. This empowers individuals and helps them to be self-reliant   and promotes the well being of the communities where they reside.

Habitat's vision is to have world where everybody has an adequate place to live.

San Cristobal de las Casas which is the biggest urban center from Chiapas Highlands, it´s the third major city in the state and it’s considered as the cultural capital of Chiapas.

The area is very diverse in both scenery and culture.  It has rain forest jungles filled with howler monkey and crocodiles, cities filled with graceful colonial architecture, pristine white sand beaches and thousand-year-old, virtually deserted Mayan ruins.  A quarter of Chiapas’s population is indigenous, and this is a great opportunity to get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in local culture.

One past volunteer described Chiapas as a “double cultural immersion. First, you go to Mexico which is a developing country and has a unique culture.  Then you travel into an indigenous community where life follows the traditional ways.  There is so much to learn and see – this is a special experience for sure!


 Habitat Build or in-country schedule (subject to change)

 Day 1- Saturday, March 7th  

 Arrive at Tuxla Gutierrez airport

 Day 2- Sunday, March 8th

 Get acquainted, team orientation and welcome dinner

 Day 3-7 - Mon-Fri, March 9-13th 

 Build Days / farewell celebration on Friday

 Day 8-  Saturday, March 14th 

 Non-build activities

  Day 9- Sunday, March 15th

 Return to Canada or continue travels


Typical Volunteer Tasks

The work can be rigorous – mixing cement by hand, digging trenches for foundations, moving and piling construction materials and cinder block, laying blocks to build the walls – but teamwork makes the labor fun.


                                                          Habitat Individual Donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 09  day opportunity to build with Habitat Mexico  is approximately $ 1,956  (1) + Air Transportation (2) + $ 300 Non-build  activities (3)

(There are additional costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax receipted) 

(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board) , traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat Honduras and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation.

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Tuxla Gutierrez airport, Mexico.  This must only be done in consultation with the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3)  Team Non-build activities will be determined by the Team Leader, are not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.  Team Leader will advise you on these activities and to how to pay.


                                                          Team Leader: Todd Payne

Hi my name is Todd Payne and I am a Quality Control Tech, with a large paper company.

I love travel, hiking and photography and sharing these fantastic activities with my awesome Wife and Son!

I'm also an avid home brewer (I'm solo on this one!!) and as of this summer a vegetable gardener!  I have been participating with GV builds since 2009. I have been a team member on builds in Romania and Kenya, and I have led builds to El Salvador, Malaysia, Madagascar, Macedonia, Trinidad & Tobago, Portugal, Nepal and in 2018 to Fiji.

I have fallen in love with the idea that I get to see the world, meet many fascinating families, and experience their cultures, as well as giving them a helping hand along the way. I am very excited to be building is such a great place as Chiapas, Mexico!! Please feel free to contact me   at tpayne@nbnet.nb.ca  if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!

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