AmeriCorps Alumni Habitat for Humanity Global Village Trip! April 19-27 in sunny El Salvador

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Hello Alums!

We are excited to announce an AmeriCorps Alumni Habitat for
Humanity Global Village Trip! This trip will take place April 19-27 in
sunny El Salvador. Building with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador will
provide you with a unique opportunity to get to know the country and a
community in a personal and meaningful way, connect to other AmeriCorps Alumni
and get re-connected to service. We are looking for alumni that are ready for
adventure, flexible and passionate about new experience, Spanish skills are a
plus! We are looking for 12 AmeriCorps Alumni to travel with 2 leaders and
build a home for a family in need in El Salvador. This trip will involve
building for 5 days with Habitat El Salvador and a deserving partner family,
learning more about the unique housing needs in El Salvador and engaging with
the community and NGO’s that Habitat El Salvador partners with to need the needs
in the community. This trip will also include lots of fun opportunities to
learn more about the people of El Salvador.

We know that a trip cost of $1790 sounds high, but there is
a fantastic tool called Share.Habitat.org that you can use to fundraise this
amount.

The great thing about this crowd-sourcing system is that not
only do you get to create your page and see your fundraising goal be reached,
but you are able to share the mission of Habitat and why you feel it is
important to go and volunteer in El Salvador. This tool allows you to reach
your goal and travel to do direct service, while educating others about the
global need of safe, decent, affordable housing.

Below is a
bit more about Habitat El Salvador. Please email americorpsalums@habitat.org  by
FEBRUARY 28TH  if you are interested in joining the first
ever Habitat AmeriCorps Alumni Association Global Village trip!

About Habitat for Humanity El Salvador

Habitat El Salvador was born in 1992 in Santa Ana. The
National Office is now located in the heart of San Salvador. From there, they
coordinate and support the work of seven regional offices across the country:
Santa Ana, Sonsonate, San Salvador, La Paz, San Vicente, Usulutan and San
Miguel. Since 1992 Habitat for Humanity El Salvador has delivered 12,414
housing solutions to families in need.

As a product of profound land distribution problems, there
is a critical housing crisis in El Salvador. An already dire situation is
exacerbated each year by natural disasters: earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.
To this date, more than 500,000 Salvadoran families are in need of decent,
affordable housing. That is the equivalent to saying that around half of the country’s
population lives in substandard housing. Because of the population growth rate,
an additional 35,000 houses are needed each year.

 Team leaders

The Global Village trip will be co-led by Emily Stock and
Jenna Widmann. 

 Jenna….. Hello AmeriCorps Alums! I’m happy to be co-leading
the first HAAA GV trip to El Salvador. As an AmeriCorps VISTA Alum, I’m happy
to be leading the Habitat AmeriCorps Alumni Association and Habitat Young
Professionals communities at HFHI. I am originally from Fort Wayne, IN and
attended Butler University. After realizing my French and journalism majors
weren’t the areas I wanted to pursue as careers, I signed up to be an
AmeriCorps member and landed in Washington, DC, serving at the affiliate as the
volunteer coordinator. After my year of service I was hired on by the affiliate
to lead the Volunteer Services Department. Now at HFHI, I’m excited to help get
AmeriCorps Alums involved again as hearts, hands and voice for the cause of
affordable housing. Beyond Habitat, I’m an avid yogi, basketball player and
dinner party host.

 

Hola! My name is Emily Stock, and I am very excited to be a
part of this adventure to El Salvador! I love to travel and I participated in
my first Global Village trip in December 2013 to Nicaragua and am hooked. I
grew up in Columbus OH, Go Bucks!, but have lived in 7 states mostly in the
Midwest and currently live in Washington DC. I graduated from Purdue University
with a double major in History and Political Science. I have worked with
Habitat for Humanity International in the National Service department for 7
years. I accepted a VISTA position with Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Lafayette,
LA in 2003, but was never able to serve due to cut in funding, my position was
eliminate 3 weeks before PSO. Since then I have worked to ensure funding is
available for anyone that wants to serve as an AmeriCorps member.