Guatemala has an acute problem of inadequate housing: a typical house is made of cornstalk walls, a dirt floor and a scrap material roof. Facilities for basic hygiene like clean water and bathrooms are most often non-existent. Our NGO offers basic housing to families living in extreme poverty. We always work in collaboration with local partner organizations to identify and select families of exceptional need. Beneficiary families participate in the construction of their home and also pay back one fourth of the total cost of their house over four years. The NGO collaborates with partner organizations also in other construction projects and community service programs.
As a volunteer you will assist in the construction of a new house for a certain family. You help in the building process (foundations, cutting blocks, make cement), and you also get to interact with the benefitting family. Building a house typically takes 2 weeks.