What type of projects will I be working on?
Our projects vary depending upon location and time of year. Typically our projects in Guatemala and Peru are new construction of schools or homes. In Costa Rica, our projects are usually repairs on existing buildings such as schools, churches, orphanages, and women’s shelters. In Haiti we focus on home building, and in Nepal we are currently doing disaster relief in Kathmandu and surrounding villages. To learn more about the type of projects, read each destinations page.
Do I need to have any previous construction experience?
No. most of our volunteers come with no experience what-so-ever. Come prepared to get your hands dirty and learn. We will have a foreman working along side you to help guide you along the process. If you have construction skills, you will be able to use some of your skills with more complex tasks such as carpentry.
Do I need to be in good shape?
You should be in decent shape to come on a trip. You should be able to lift about 50 pounds and be on your feet for most of the day.
Do I need to bring my own tools?
No. We will have all the tools you need. We recommend volunteers bring their own work gloves though.
How long are volunteer days?
Volunteers will work Monday through Friday approximately 4 hours a day. There will be no work on Saturday or Sunday. The length of the work day can vary depending on the work load.
What’s a typical day like?
A typical work day starts at about 8AM with breakfast and heading to the job site. The work is usually done by 2PM and volunteers can use the rest of the time to explore the area they are in. Dinner is approximately 7PM. Volunteers have opportunities to experience the nightlife and hang out with other volunteers.
Will I be working on the same projects or multiple projects?
For the most part, you will be working at the same project. However, in some instances, if the amount of work finishes, then volunteers might work on another project. Also, if you are staying for a longer term (over 3 weeks) expect to work on multiple jobs.
How many people will I be volunteering with?
Number of construction volunteers varies by location and season. You can expect to be working with 4-7 other people. In addition to the construction volunteers, our in-country partner organization has numerous other volunteers doing programs such as teaching English, child care, healthcare, etc.
What locations do you offer?
We currently offer locations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Nepal, and Peru.