Building Trips

What’s a Building Trip?

  • A 4-day  weekend where volunteers from outside of Latin America help build transitional houses together with the beneficiary family and local volunteers.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A BUILDING TRIP?

Local and international volunteers become one through service with the goal to build a transitional home in two days, with and for a deserving family. All volunteers and the beneficiary family will have lunch together, and will have an opportunity to get to know each other.

Objectives

  • For individuals to get in touch with the reality of millions of families living in extreme poverty in the most excluded communities in Latin America.
  • To actively participate in overcoming poverty in Latin America with energy, effort, and enthusiasm.
  • To spend two days with a family and other volunteers building a transitional house that will become the family’s new home.
  • To get to know other volunteers and families that work tirelessly to overcome the situation of poverty and create better opportunities for their communities.

Cost

The minimum donation to join a building trip is one transitional house.

The standard price of a home to join a build is $3,800. The prices of the transitional homes vary country by country- as we buy the materials locally and the expenses for logistics vary. However, with the difference collected you will be supporting the sustainability of our programs in countries that needed it the most.

The cost includes:

  • The materials and tools needed to build the house (families receiving the home pay 10% of the cost of the house)
  • Transportation from the meeting point (designated by TECHO) to the community, and from the community back to the meeting point
  • Basic food- during the TECHO activity days

Additional costs not covered:

  • Airfare and transportation from/to the airport
  • Additional snacks
  • Hotel accommodations
  • *All airfare arrangements should be planned for the 4th day
  • *The logistics vary trip to trip. Please review the details on the fundraising page of the upcoming trip.


Participants

Max number of participants: 10 per home.

CAN CHILDREN GO ON A BUILDING TRIP?

Yes, please note the following:

  1. Minimum age to participate on a TECHO Build is 10 years old
  2. Adults are responsible for their children. If the parents are not traveling, they need to assign a chaperone
  3. There is and Adult-Children ratio:
  • Max. 2 Children ages 10-15 with 1 Adult
  • Max. 9 Teenagers ages 16-18 with 1 Adult

 

WHERE WOULD WE BE SLEEPING?

The logistics vary on each building trip.  Sometimes we stay at the community (for one or two nights), or we stay at a hotel. The details will be found on the fundraising page for the build.


IS IT SAFE FOR MY FAMILY AND I TO VISIT AND WORK IN THE COMMUNITY?

Yes, TECHO builds in communities where our team has a history working  in the area and residents are very familiar with our presence there. TECHO has built over 115,000+  houses with over 1MM volunteers.

To maintain this safety, it is very important to follow these recommendations:

  • Every participant is welcome to buy their own international travelers insurance, a suggestion might be to check the Cultural Insurance Services International.
  • While in the community, always wear the TECHO t-shirt.
  • We recommend not walking around the community alone.
  • The group has to arrive at the same time. No one is allowed to arrive after the group or leave alone before the departure.
  • Don’t bring unnecessary valuables. While there’s no problem bringing your phone and using it to take pictures during the construction, please put it away when outside of your team’s lot.
  • The water at the community is not safe to drink, please only drink the water provided by TECHO.

We are available at any time to talk with you about questions or concerns that you may have before the trip.

 

BATHROOM

There will be no public nor special restrooms at the building site. Volunteers will share the  bathroom that the beneficiary families own and use on a daily basis.

 

HOW LONG IS THE BUILDING TRIP?

4 days: 2 days of travel & 2 days of construction.

*** The build days may vary. Please make sure to review the build dates on the fundraising build page.

First day: Arrival to the country & the community
Second & third day: Construction days
Fourth day: Head back home

 

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 have manuals with instructions. Just  be ready to work as a team.

Planning your trip

DEADLINES 

We need to confirm your participation 2 months in advance, and we need to receive the funds a month before the build.

** Please note that if you are interested of organizing a personalized building trip, setting your own date, with a minimum of a 5 home build, the funds should be received 2.5 months in advance.