WHAT ARE BUILDING TRIPS?
TECHO offers trips for friends and family groups to build transitional houses with families living in poverty in one of the 19 countries where TECHO works. You and a group of friends can participate in a trip where you volunteer for a weekend to build a transitional house together with the beneficiary family and other local volunteers.
The construction of transitional homes is a unique experience. During the construction process of these houses, you can develop important values of unity, solidarity and teamwork with your family and friends. Through this experience, you can get closer to a reality that millions of people in Latin America live day by day, and be part of a plausible and immediate solution to a situation of urgent need; share with adults, children, youth, volunteers and have a different view of poverty and its solution.
This is also an opportunity to provide your closest loved ones the chance to be part of families internationally that TECHO collaborates with not only caring about the poverty situation in their countries and the world, but taking responsibility and action to be part of the solution to these social problems.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES?
Get in touch with the reality of millions of families living in extreme poverty in the most excluded communities in Latin America. Actively participate in overcoming poverty in Latin America with energy, effort, and enthusiasm. Spend days with a family and other volunteers building together a transitional house that will become the new home for such family. Get to know other volunteers and families that work effortlessly to overcome the situation of poverty and create better opportunities for their communities.
The minimum donation to join a building trip is one transitional house, if you are joining an existing construction. If you want to set up a construction with another date for a group, the suggested donation should cover the cost of the minimum number of houses that make a construction date feasible (typically 5 or 6).
Max number of participants:10 per home.
** If you are participating with your family including minors- TECHO will need to manage the ratios adults vs. children, so the teams are physically balanced. Each children counts as a person.
HOW MUCH DOES A HOUSE COST?
The prices of the transitional homes vary country by country- as we buy the materials locally and the expenses for logistics vary. The average cost is around $3,000.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
The cost of the house typically includes transportation to and from the community, lunch and beverages during the construction, and tools and materials. Accommodation, airfare, dinners and other ground expenses are not included. We can connect you with a travel agent to arrange these.
* If you are joining a TECHO experience- you will stay at the community from Friday until Sunday- so you are only responsible for booking a hotel for Sunday night.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO JOIN A BUILDING TRIP?
We need to receive the funds and confirm the number of volunteers 3 months in advance to work on logistics and coordinate the construction.
IS IT SAFE FOR MY FAMILY AND I TO VISIT AND WORK IN THE COMMUNITY?
Yes, it is. TECHO builds transitional houses in communities where our team has a long history working in that area and slums residents are very familiar with our presence there. TECHO has built over 100,000 houses with over 800,000 volunteers.
Our TECHO staff is experienced professionals in their respective areas of facilitation. We have professional drivers, builders, youth workers, cultural specialists, logistics coordinators, cooks (when needed), interpreters and experienced ground staff. Our staff is very passionate about what we do and we believe that through empowering this generation to live their lives with purpose, our world can be changed for the better. We value your trust as a volunteer, parent or guardian, and go to great lengths to provide peace of mind. We are available at any time to talk with you about questions or concerns that you may have before the trip.
CAN I BUILD A HOUSE IF I DON’T HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE?
Yes you can! Houses are prefabricated and easy to build. Each team building a transitional house will not only have a TECHO staff member as a guide but will also count with manuals with clear instructions.
IS THE BENEFICIARY FAMILY INVOLVED?
The families partake from the first moment that we intervene. It starts from the social detection and the assignment of transitional houses. Additionally, the family is responsible for 10% of the cost of the house.
HOW LONG IS THE BUILDING TRIP?
4 days- 2 days of travel & 2 days of Construction of the pre-fabricated homes). Usually Friday – Monday.
Friday- Arrival to the country & the community
Saturday & Sunday- Construction days & inauguration
Monday- Head back home
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