I want to come! How do I get started?
Step One – Select your Date
Once you know you the dates you’d like to come, email to confirm openings. January thru April are busy months, especially for our Homes of Hope ministry. The sooner you get your dates in the sooner we can confirm!
Step Two – Reserve your Dates
There is a non-refundable $500 deposit required to secure the dates for your team. Your selected date is not secured until we receive your deposit. We will hold your reservation for 30 days. In order for us to continue with your reservation, the deposit must be paid. The deposit will then be deducted on your final invoice.
Step Three – Confirm Numbers & Pay for Trip
A final invoice will be sent once team numbers have been confirmed. The balance of team and house fees is due 6 weeks prior to your arrival. This allows us sufficient time to purchase building materials and get ready for your team.
What does it cost to build a home?
Here’s the breakdown (all prices are in US Dollars)
HOH House fee – $5, 500
Includes a poured foundation and all materials for the building of the house, inside and out.
Program Fee – $55.00 per person/per day
Includes airport pickup/drop-off, daily transport to the build site, on-site catered lunches (breakfast and dinner included if staying on the YWAM base), Port-a-potties on site, and your very own Homes of Hope T-shirt! We provide additional Homes of Hope staff who will be there to guide you along the way. Your team will have an “A” builder (leader of the build), “B” Builder (assistant to the A builder), and a Host/Translator/Driver. Depending on the size of your team, if more of our HOH staff are needed, we can provide them for you.
Optional Home Furnishing Kit – $1,600
Items vary from home to home, but the basic items most families need are: stove w/ propane gas tank, fridge, beds w/ mattresses, table and chairs. Other smaller items like plates, cups, bowls, towels for drying dishes etc. can be purchased in the States or Canada for a lot less. Most teams actually enjoy going ‘shopping’ for these little things beforehand to bring down with them.
How do you choose the families?
There are so many families in need in the area we are working in. You’ll see when you get here how much you wish you could help everyone. We’ve tried to narrow it down by the following:
Location - Because we work in one community at a time in order to build more relationship with both the families and the church, the family needs to live in that specific community.
Land - The family must either own their land, or be making adequate payment on it. Also, in the community we are working in at present, the land is owned by the city government, so we are required to go to them for final approval on each house.
6-week course - Because of the overwhelming amount of applications even within this one community where we are building, we have begun requiring families to attend a 6-week course given by YWAM prior to getting on the waiting list for a home. It is a great way to begin building relationship, share the gospel, and start the process of transforming minds and hearts!
Income - While there is not a set “minimum income”, we are looking for families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide a home for themselves, or at least not for a very long time. The typical income of families in the area where we build is between $100-$200USD a month.
Living conditions - Each applicant is interviewed in their home in order to get an understanding of the situation they are currently living in. Highest preference is given to those living in more precarious conditions.
What size of a team do I need?
The ideal team is made up of 8-10 people per home (we can build up to 3 homes at once). However, we do accept teams both smaller and larger; it is just necessary to be in communication with our registrar about your team size.
What is the weather like?
From around November-May, the weather is gorgeous and in the 70s Fahrenheit – definitely the best time to be working in the sun! Once you get to June all the way to October, you’re looking at some pretty hot weather (85-95 Fahrenheit), but more than hot, it’s humid! 80-95% humidity, to be accurate! So it’s probably more sticky than you’re used to. But it’s part of the adventure… we DO live in front of the ocean, so you have to sacrifice something. =)
Are kids allowed?
Yes! The construction experience is awesome for all ages. The A and B builders on site are there to help give everyone tasks to do, and know the jobs that are good for smaller people. Then, when things get tiring and attention is running low, there are almost always children from the neighborhood around to play with! It has been special to see the positive way it affects children to be a part of helping a family in need. You’re never too young to start thinking of others before yourself!
What should I bring?
Packing for your mission trip can be a lot of FUN! Having some general guidelines as to what to bring is always helpful. Storage space in your rooms is very limited, so try to keep your personal bags to a minimum. Any bags you bring filled with ministry items or items to donate can be stored in our storage area instead of your room.
- Water/sports bottle
- Personal toiletries
- Moist wipes (baby wipes)
- Hand sanitizer
- Sunblock (30+ SPF)
- Insect Repellent
- Towel & washcloth for showers
- Beach towel
- Sleeping bag or light blanket*
*your beds will have a bottom fitted sheet with pillow and pillowcase.
- Suggested Clothing:
- Modest casual clothing (shorts, tee’s, tanks)
- Comfortable shoes
- Modest bathing suit*
*at the YWAM base pool we ask that girls wearing bikinis use a tank top over while swimming.
- Nicer outfit if doing church ministry
- Light jacket or sweater (in winter months)
- Work pants/shorts (HOH/construction teams)
- Work shirts (HOH/construction teams)
- Work shoes, closed toe (HOH/construction teams)