Trip By: The Fuller Center for Housing
Location: Peru, South America
When: Customizable: Jan-Dec 2019
Spend 1-2 weeks working in the village of La Florida, surrounded by the beautiful foothills of the Andes Mountains. You’ll be building homes with families who are migrant workers or day laborers.
Peru is a country where 44 percent of its people live below the poverty line and over 70 percent of the rural population live in homes with dirt floors. The Fuller Center in Peru has been working to build safe, decent, and affordable housing with those in need in the small migrant community of La Florida. Most of the families are migrant workers or day laborers who don’t earn enough for decent homes so they live in structures made of reed panels.
Participants will have the unique opportunity to work side by side with the homeowners and other locals to build these new homes. The volunteer work for the new homes being constructed involves making and pouring lots of concrete, rebar, digging holes, moving construction materials, piling brick and more. In addition to providing safe housing, these trips provide locals with jobs, help support the local economy and create a life-changing experience for all involved.
While our work site is an active construction zone, it is also an active neighborhood with many families kids who you will have the opportunity to interact with and get to know. You will also have one day of the week in which you can rest or go sight seeing. Local sight-seeing opportunities include horseback riding, white water rafting, ancient sites (Inca ruins), local open-air markets, cultural folk music and dance programs and Nazca Lines.
If you have a heart for combining service, traveling and experiencing new cultures than this trip is for you! You get to experience the joy of giving a family a light of hope by providing them with a home and helping them take a step towards a better life!
Learn more at www.fullercenter.org/global-builders/peru