HFHC Trip to Paraguay, July 19-26 2020

HFHC Trip to Paraguay, July 19-26 2020 2019-11-08T16:09:08-07:00

About 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.

About Thrivent

Trivent Financial is much more than insurance and financial services. They are a not-for-profit membership organization of Christians. For more than 100 years,  Thrivent has been helping Christians build solid financial futures and strengthen their communities. Today, they serve more than 2 million members nationwide.

Since 2005, Thrivent and Habitat for Humanity International have worked together to improve unsafe and unhealthy living conditions for people around the world. To learn more about this partnership, click here.

HFHC’s Partnership

HFH Paraguay has been a tithe partner of Habitat Colorado since 2011. Since that time, HFHC has invested nearly $90,000 in tithe contributions and has visited twice, once in 2011 and again in 2017, for a Global Village Trip. HFHC has welcomed staff from Habitat Paraguay to visit Colorado and had the pleasure of having Executive Director, Mary Lechenuk speak during Camp Colorado’s 2018 plenary.

In Fiscal Year 2021, HFHC is excited to celebrate 10 years of partnership by sponsoring another team to help build homes, deepen our relationship, and learn about HFH Paraguay’s ongoing work. We hope you can 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.

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. 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.

Program Donation

The program donation for this trip is $875 for Thrivent members; $1,375 for non-members. This includes all meals, accommodations, airport transfers and other ground transportation in-country, cultural activities, insurance, and a contribution to support Habitat’s work. Airfare is not included in the trip fee. Team members will make their own travel arrangements to Paraguay.

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. You can create a fundraising page by clicking here.

Itinerary

Saturday, July 18 Departure from United States.
Sunday, July 19 Arrive in Asuncion. Habitat will greet you upon arrival and take you to meet your team. Orientation once everyone arrives.
Monday, July 20 Welcome event on site and first work day.
Tuesday-Thursday, July 21-23 Work days. Time for rest, reflection meetings, and cultural events in the evenings.
Friday, July 24 Work day and farewell event on site.
Saturday, July 25 City walking tour and artisans’ market or countryside tour.
Sunday, July 26 Goodbyes. Continue your journey in South America independently or head home.

Lodging

We’ll be staying at the Hotel Westfalenhaus, which features 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? 

If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out this form.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Shultz, Communications and Marketing Manager, at elizabeth@habitatcolorado.org.

About the Team Leaders

Chris Bibbo is the Director of Training and Organizational Development at HFH Colorado. In July 2019, he celebrated 20 years with Habitat for Humanity and five years with the State Support Organization.

In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, photography, musical performance, and spending time with his wife Amanda and their dog Woodrow.

He has led Global Village trips to Alaska, Portugal, Malawi, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Hungary, and Paraguay, but this will be his first Thrivent Builds trip. Chris has a passion for travel and experiencing new cultures, and has visited nearly 30 countries. He’s looking forward to fun and rewarding work with a great team of people.

Elizabeth Shultz started with Habitat of Colorado in 2015. She is currently the Communications and Marketing Manger where she oversees communications going out to affiliates via email, eNewsletters, and social media and serves as the in-house graphic designer.

Elizabeth’s first Global Village Trip was to Paraguay in 2017 with Habitat of Colorado and this is her first time leading a trip. Her love for Paraguay’s culture, and their chipa, motivated her to become a leader and she is excited to go back for this special 10 year celebration.