Join our Sponsored Global Village Trip to Paraguay!

Located in the heart of South America, Paraguay is bordered by Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia. This “island surrounded by land” consists of a relaxed riverside capital, historic Jesuit missions, several national parks, and the vast, arid Chaco. Paraguay is home to 6.7 million people, nearly a quarter of whom live below the poverty line in overcrowded, unsafe, or otherwise inadequate shelter. Habitat for Humanity of Paraguay works to address the housing crisis through new home construction and other housing solutions like repairs, bathrooms, and additions. HFH Paraguay has been a tithe partner with Habitat Colorado since 2011, when HFHC last visited with a Global Village team of 40 volunteers. Since that time, HFHC has invested nearly $17,000 in tithe contributions. This July, HFHC is sponsoring another team to help build homes, deepen our relationship, and learn about HFH Paraguay’s ongoing work. Join us in partnering with Habitat Paraguay to help bring strength, stability and independence to a family in need of a decent place to live. As we build with the partner family, we’ll have the opportunity to get to know the local community, eat traditional food, and experience life inside the culture. After volunteering during the day, we’ll have free time in the evenings relaxation and reflection. During our day off, we’ll explore the area in and around Asuncion. In order to better understand the local culture, the team will have a cooking lesson, watch a traditional dance, or visit an artisan homeowner. Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects around the world. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, experience the area like an insider, and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience is required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.  

About the Work we’ll be Doing

Our team will be assisting professional workers with construction of a new home. Our tasks will most likely include moving dirt and bricks, digging holes for septic tanks, bending rebar, mixing and pouring concrete, and laying block foundation. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate, and a professional construction leader will always be present on-site.

Program Donation

The program donation for this trip is $1,275. This includes all meals, accommodations, airport transfers and other ground transportation in-country, cultural activities, insurance, and a contribution to support Habitat’s work. Team members will make their own travel arrangements to Paraguay. Airfare is not included in the trip fee.

Additional Fundraising

You may fundraise or simply pay the program donation. Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team! Team members are encouraged to set a fundraising goal over the minimum program donation. Every donation you raise keeps Habitat building after our team returns home and helps serve more families.

Itinerary

Saturday, July 15 Departure from United States.
Sunday, July 16 Arrive in Asuncion. Habitat will greet you upon arrival and take you to meet your team. Orientation once everyone arrives.
Monday, July 17 Welcome event on site and first work day.
Tuesday-Thursday, July 18-20 Work days. Time for rest, reflection meetings, and cultural events in the evenings.
Friday, July 21 Work day and farewell event on site.
Saturday, July 22 City walking tour and artisans’ market or countryside tour.
Sunday, July 23 Goodbyes. Continue your journey in South America independently or head home.

Lodging

We’ll be staying at the Hotel Portal del Sol, which features modest but comfortable rooms and beautiful grounds. Breakfasts and most dinners will be provided at the hotel. Lunches, snacks, and bottled water will be provided at the worksite. As July is the middle of winter in Paraguay, temperatures will be in the 70s.

What’s Next? 

Contact Chris Bibbo at chris@habitatcolorado.org or 303-454-8965 x5

About the Team Leader

Chris Bibbo has been with Habitat for Humanity since 2002. He is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at HFH Colorado where he manages HFHC’s disaster recovery work and oversees the development of special programs. He has led previous Global Village trips to Alaska, Portugal, Malawi, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Hungary. Chris has visited over 25 countries but this will be his first trip to Paraguay. He’s looking forward to fun and rewarding work with a great team of people. Contact Chris for more information at chris@habitatcolorado.org or 303-454-8965 x5