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                                                    Habitat Guatemala


April 18th - 26th   2020

Volunteer on a Global Village build in Guatemala and help empower families and communities through decent and safe housing.


About Guatemala

Guatemala   is a country of striking features and a strong indigenous culture. It is mountainous, forested and dotted with Mayan ruins, lakes, volcanoes and orchids.

The indigenous Maya make up about half of the population.

Guatemala Faces a housing deficit of 1.8 million, leaving millions of families to live in poverty or without access to decent housing.








Habitat for Humanity Guatemala

Habitat Guatemala seeks to reduce this deficit through home construction or home improvements (latrines, concrete floors, roofing, improved stoves)

Habitat for Humanity Guatemala was founded in response to the earthquake of 1976.

It is estimated that one in six Guatemalans were left homeless when their homes, mostly adobe structures, were destroyed by the powerful quake. Habitat for Humanity came to Guatemala in an effort to help rebuild and prepare families for future natural disasters. Despite its painful origins Habitat Guatemala has become the largest and longest running international affiliate.

With over 100,000 housing solutions to date, Habitat Guatemala has contributed to the reduction of 4.6% of the country’s housing deficit, both qualitative and quantitative. Our commitment is to ensure all Guatemalans inhabit dignified and adequate housing.

Volunteers assist families as they construct news homes, smokeless stoves and latrines.


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

Day 1-  Saturday, April 18th

 Arrive in Guatemala city

 Day 2- Sunday,  April 19th  

 Travel to build location  and orientation

 Days 3-7- Mon, April 20th  - Fri April 24th 

 Build Days/farewell celebration on Friday

 Day 8- Saturday , April 25th    

 Non build  activities

 Day 9- Sunday, April 26th

 Return to Canada or continue travels


Typical Volunteer Tasks

Typical tasks may include mixing mortar and concrete, pouring concrete floors, moving materials , tying rebar and building walls.


                                                         Habitat Individual Donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 09   day opportunity to build with Habitat Guatemala  is approximately $ 2,315  (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 Guatemala  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 Guatemala city   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 activities will be determined by the Team Leader, they are not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada.  The Team Leader  will advise you on these activities and to how to pay.                                         


                                                           Team Leader: Ernie Fraser  

Hello – my name is Ernie Fraser and have been involved with Global Village for many years. I have participated in 21 GV builds and been the team leader on 20 of those builds to places in Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, the US, Canada (Yukon, PEI and Iqaluit). These builds offer wonderful opportunities to provide a “hand up” to help a family improve their housing situation. On GV builds, participants have unique cross-cultural experiences, opportunities to work alongside local people and make new friends. I am excited to lead this build to Guatemala and hope you will join me in supporting a Guatemalan family.

Please contact me erniefraser@shaw.ca  if you would like to learn more about this build or apply by using our online application.

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