Bend Area Habitat for Humanity is recruiting volunteers

Bend Habitat is looking for a team of motivated volunteers to join them on a build trip to San Rafael del Sur, Nicaragua from Jan. 30 – Feb. 7.

Volunteers will help low income families in Nicaragua by building 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.

Habitat Nicaragua is committed to strengthening the social production and progressive improvement of housing. It meets this commitment through products and services that enhance the quality of self-built houses through models that facilitate the building, through training and technical assistance, through access to microcredit for home improvement and through the involvement of national and international volunteers. These efforts generate impact and raise awareness of adequate housing’s vital role in providing a path out of poverty.

Bend Area Habitat is dedicated to serving our community through affordable housing as well as communities all over the world.

Volunteers interested in participating, should contact Robin Cooper Engle,, 541-385-5387 x 104. For more information,

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