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Habitat Dominican Republic -

San Juan de la Maguana

Join this Global Village team helping build safe and decent shelter for vulnerable populations in the Dominican Republic

February 22- March 1, 2020

This team will work with local masons and volunteers to build safe, decent housing with families in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. They will also have opportunities to build relationships with communities from another culture, and help provide a decent place to live, improving the living conditions of low- income families through access to housing.

Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, the housing deficit exceeds 1.2 million housing units, of which about 60 percent is qualitative (UNDP 2010). This means that the number of inadequate houses is greater than the number of families without homes. This figure is growing annually by an average of 50,000 to 60,000 homes.

Nationally, the housing production system involves families and communities in building their own homes. The high cost of construction services and low income of families do not allow them to have access to formal means of construction, aggravating the quality and safety of homes.

Habitat Dominican Republic contributes to the country in improving the life conditions of the families that are part of the qualitative and quantitative housing deficit. This is achieved through the creation of programs that facilitate access to micro financing for housing purposes to low-income families with technical assistance in construction and creating financial education and disaster risk programs that support and contribute to building the stability, security and self- reliance families need.


The housing need in the Dominican Republic

Each day it is more difficult for Dominican families to acquire an adequate house, since construction materials and skilled labor are so pricey for low income families. Often, families rent and build homes that are in a very bad state, increasing these way the qualitative housing deficit of the region. Over the 35 % of the housing at San Juan de la Maguana are in poverty conditions; we encounter homes with asbestos cement roof, yagua, cane or other rustic materials; The highest percentage of houses are found with dirt floors (15.4%) and other percentage of dwellings with palm board walls, "yagua" and "tejamanil", which is made with sticks, palm leaves, dirt and animal wastes. (ONE2017) This type of housing are located in the rural areas of the region and families of this areas usually make a mixture (water, dirt and animal wastes) to plaster the structure of the house; families also use a homemade paint with pigment minerals from mountainous areas. A great number of these families use latrines that are generally in very poor condition, which worsens sanitation in these areas. Other houses are made with blocks and polished cement floors that extend to the exterior area as part of their social living space, however those materials are considered proper for a decent housing, many of them are being built with deficient technical knowledge.


How Habitat addresses the need in the Dominican Republic

Habitat has adjusted the housing model to fit the needs of the families. Even though families have very low income, they have demonstrated to be very responsible in paying their housing credit. We implement two types of models: A. 45m2 Full individual house build with cinder blocks and wood, consist on five rows of concrete block on the walls, then wood-framed to the ceiling and topped with zinc-plated roof. B. 45m2 Full individual house "biolinado", consist on a structure of concrete blocks for the walls, and finished with a concrete roof. Along with our local partner FUNDASEP, we work with an prefabricated housing model, offered through subsidies or a combine mix model credit-subsidy; many families from rural areas are being benefit with these housing model. 



 Saturday February 22

 Arrive in Santo Domingo

 Sunday February 23

 Travel to San Juan de la Maguana, Orientation local team. 

 Monday February 24 - Thursday February 27

 Build Days

 Friday February 28

 Build Day, Farewell Ceremony, Travel back to Santo Domingo

 Saturday February 29

 Team Non-build day activities

 Sunday March 1

 Return to Canada


Teams will stay in lodgings that are basic, safe and clean.  Rooms will be shared, and may include a private bathroom. They will have running water and electricity. Towels and bedding will be provided.


Habitat Individual Donation

The minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat Dominican Republic is approximately $1,910.00 (1) + excluding Air Transportation (2) + approximately $400* non-build activities (3)

(There may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations etc., which are the responsibility of the volunteer and are not eligible for tax receipts) 

*Please note - Post-build cost is preliminary, and subject to change. 

(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board) , traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat Dominican Republic 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 Santo Domingo and must be done in consultation with the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3)  Non-build days compromise of activities organized by the team leader where you will take some time to rest, acclimatize, and reflect on your experience in addition to discovering local customs and culture.  Expenses for team-non build days including accommodations, meals and activities are not eligible for tax receipt and are paid separately by the team, not to Habitat for Humanity Canada as part of the donation.

Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or non-build day  activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in,  please consider looking into industry registered travel agents within your local province.

There are additional travel costs such as passport and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you.  These costs are not tax deductible.


Meet the Team Leader: Sally Sipos

Hi, my name is Sally Sipos and I am thrilled to be leading this team to the Dominican Republic. This will be my 19th Global Village trip and my 10th as a Team Leader.  I’ve had the pleasure of doing Global Village builds all throughout Latin American, Portugal, Trinidad, Indonesia, Macedonia, Nepal, Malawi and I am excited to be heading to the Dominican Republic this year.

My first Global Village trip was a life-changing experience for me, which is why I continue to share my time and resources year after year to this most worthy cause.  I am looking for a team of energetic, passionate, positive, good-humoured volunteers who share the same desire to help families achieve the safety and dignity gained by owning a decent home.

Please feel free to contact me at sally.sipos@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!

Looking forward to sharing a wonderfully rewarding experience with you!



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