Bend Area Habitat for Humanity recruiting volunteers for build trip to Nicaragua Jan. 30 – Feb. 7

Join Bend Area Habitat for Humanity on a build trip to San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua Jan. 30 – Feb. 7.

Bend Habitat has three volunteer spots left for motivated volunteers who want to have an amazing experience in a different culture and help low income families in Nicaragua! Volunteers will help build concrete block, 162-square-foot homes for Habitat families in San Rafael del Sur. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside the future homeowners and learn about the Nicaraguan culture. Volunteers do not need construction experience.

The trip will include five days of building, as well as opportunities for cultural experiences including; dancing and cooking lessons, museum and historical tours, beaches and more. The cost is $1,900 per person, plus airfare.

Nicaragua has one of the highest housing deficits in Central America. The deficit is both qualitative and quantitative; in addition to needing 20,000 new houses per year, the country needs infrastructure improvements on more than 50 percent of its existing houses. The total deficit generates a need for 957,000 new houses and home improvements, and only 50 percent of the total need is covered between the private and public sectors.

Volunteers interested in participating, should contact Robin Cooper Engle, rcooper@bendhabitat.org, (541) 385.5387 x104.

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