WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Guatemala has an acute problem of inadequate housing in lower income areas. Houses in these areas are usually made of cornstalk walls, a dirt floor and a scrap material roof, with most houses lacking basic hygiene facilities, such as toilets and bathrooms.
The Frontier-Guatemala Construction project aims to provide basic housing to families living in extreme poverty. In addition to the benefits of having a permanent home and place of residence, new houses also provide countless benefits to the health and safety of local families. You will be assisted in the construction of the house by the very family who will be taking up residence in the new home, and this close teamwork will make the final outcome ever more valuable and rewarding.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Throughout the project you will be involved in all aspects of building and decorating. Depending upon the time of your arrival you could be involved in a range of activities from digging, removing dirt, carrying bricks, mixing cement, plastering and painting and so a good level of physical fitness is required. Even though the work will be challenging, when you behold the result you will have no doubt as to the value of your work!
Normally you will work Monday to Friday, and have the weekends to explore, however work programmes are also dictated by the weather, project needs and construction schedule so an open mind, flexible attitude and willingness to participate is a necessity.
Expect to be working closely with local trades-people as well as other relevant community members directly involved in the construction project. This is a great chance to get involved in cross-cultural community work, and directly get to know the family who will benefit from your efforts.
As a volunteer coming from another country your work methods and knowledge of construction might differ from that of the local trades-people. If you have a background in construction we encourage you to share any knowledge you may have with the local workers in order to improve their skills, and secure sustainable construction techniques for the future!