I want to come! How do I get started?
Step One – Contact us!
We love hearing from anyone who is interested in bringing a team down! Fill out the form on this page, and we'll get in contact with you ASAP and walk you through the application process.
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
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 2 months prior to your arrival. This allows us sufficient time to purchase building materials and get
ready for your team.
How do you choose the families?
There are many impoverished families here in Mazatlan. As much as we wish we could help everyone,
we have a set of criteria to help us focus our efforts on those with the most need, and those who stand the
highest chance of benefiting from a house.
Location – Families need to live in one of three specific neighborhoods in order to receive a home.
Homes of Hope works in the same neighborhoods in order to build relationships with the local people and
churches and help oversee long-term change.
Land - The family must either own their land or be making adequate payments on it. Families must be
able to prove that the property they own is their only existing property.
Values Courses - Because of the overwhelming amount of applications we receive, families must
complete a values course created by YWAM Mazatlan prior to receiving a home. Through weekly
classes, the families are personally coached through topics such as stewardship, family values, Godly
parenting, and leadership. The goal of the values courses is to teach families how take care of their new
homes, encourage the emotional health of all the family members, and inspire them to go on and help
others in the community.
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. The typical income of families in these communities
is between $100-$200 USD a month.
Living conditions - Each applicant is interviewed on their property in order to get an understanding of
their current living situation. Priority is given to families with young children and those in more
What size of a team do I need?
The ideal team is made up of 10-15 people per home (we can build up to 3 homes at once). However, we
do accept teams smaller or larger – it is just necessary to communicate with our registrar about your team
What is the weather like?
In Mazatlan, the cool season lasts for about three and a half months, from mid December to the end of
March, with an average daily temperature between 65° and 81°F – definitely the best time to be working
in the sun! The hot season, on the other hand, lasts from June to the end of October, with an average daily
high temperature of close to 90°F. More than hot, Mazatlan is humid: average humidity is between 70 and
85%. It may be a little stickier than you’re used to, but at least our base is located right across the street
from the ocean!
Are kids allowed?
Yes! The construction experience is awesome for all ages. The A and B builders on site are there to issue
tasks to everyone, including kids. If the day becomes tiring and attention spans start to run low, there are
almost always children from the neighborhood around to play with! It is incredible to see how helping a
family can positively impact a child. You’re never too young to make a difference in someone else’s life!
Check out our blog here --> Why You Should Bring Your Kids on a Homes of Hope Build