Expedition Itinerary

Make sure you go through the pictures to learn more!

Laying blocks
Laying blocks

These are U-blocks which provide extra strength for the building when filled with rebar and cement. The majority of the time we will be laying standard cement blocks.

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Stuffing cracks
Stuffing cracks

After the cement blocks are laid, the cracks between blocks are stuffed with more mortar.

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Concrete Mixing
Concrete Mixing

For large batches of concrete (laying the floor, foundation, beams, etc.) we have a concrete mixer.

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Laying blocks
Laying blocks

These are U-blocks which provide extra strength for the building when filled with rebar and cement. The majority of the time we will be laying standard cement blocks.

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On the Job
 

Don't forget - when you need a break, take one! There are usually children around who would love to meet you and teach you some spanish... a stick and some dirt makes an excellent chalk board!

 

The workday will be around seven hours long with a good break for lunch. We will be working with locals. Remember that these are primarily their projects and that they have all the skills necessary to complete the job. We are there to learn from and assist them. After talking to our local foremen each morning, one of the volunteer coordinators will let you know what needs to be done that day.

 

Walking up the Mountain
Walking up the Mountain

In Honduras, the community that we live beside has some beautiful trails in the forest that go up the mountain.

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Waterfall Swimming
Waterfall Swimming

A nearby waterfall that the local community has made into a natural swimming pool.

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Have fun with little things in life
Have fun with little things in life

Blow some bubbles, follow an ant trail, sit in a hammock and read your book, learn spanish through sign language, have fun :)

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Walking up the Mountain
Walking up the Mountain

In Honduras, the community that we live beside has some beautiful trails in the forest that go up the mountain.

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Free Time

 

There will be plenty of time to get to know eachother better, our local partner, and neighbouring community. Availiable activities vary depending on the country and year, but there's no harm in asking.  If we can make it happen, we will.

 

Local Communities

In Honduras - you will be living beside Horconcitos which is a small and safe village.

In Guatemala - you will be living in the large city of Chimaltenango where the opportunities to go out and wander the surrounding community will be more limited.

Mayan Ruins, Copan
Mayan Ruins, Copan

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Copan Markets
Copan Markets

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Ancient AND Large Trees!
Ancient AND Large Trees!

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Mayan Ruins, Copan
Mayan Ruins, Copan

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Weekend Trip

 

In the middle of each trip we will arrange an outing so you can see another part of the country.

  • In Honduras - this may be a visit to Copan, an incredibly well maintained, huge, Mayan archaeological site ($25 entrance fee for the ruins). Although if you feel that you don’t want to visit the ruins, or if you don’t need time for souvenir shopping then there is a beautiful bird sanctuary, butterfly sanctuary, zip lining, kayaking the nearby river, and horseback riding up the mountains as alternatives.

  • In Guatemala - you may be going to Lake Atitlan (lake surrounded by many picturesque volcanoes), Antigua (city filled with fun shops to visit, ancient building, and a chocolate making factory!) or Chichicastenango (known for it’s famous markets on Thursdays and Sundays!). In larger towns such as these we ask that you explore in small groups instead of alone.