A Build is 10 days of growth, experiential learning, and making a difference.
Here’s what makes them so special:
Build a Home
Your group will build an actual house. By working alongside the family and local contractors, you’ll witness the fruits of your sweaty labour and see the difference you have made together.
As the family enters their safe, new home for the first time, you can celebrate knowing that as their lives improve, the whole community is becoming stronger.
Sometime between arrival and the time they celebrate the finished house, the students will have formed some pretty meaningful relationships. We can’t tell you when exactly it happens, but it always does.
Safe, Positive Environment
Builds are the perfect place to learn and play. Beyond the logistics that make our trips safe, it’s an environment where students are encouraged to get messy, try new things, and share their thoughts.
For all you visual learners, here’s a quick but comprehensive look at a Build.
Hands up if you think learning should be fun.
We pack a lot into your visit.
Work Work Work
Putting sweat and effort into a physical project is something new to a lot of students. And you know what—they find it super fun (and rewarding).
A lot happens each day! We have guided sessions in the evenings to unpack experiences and reinforce the learning.
Being introduced into a new culture is exciting! From a night out together to a special excursion, there is plenty of room for growth and adventure.
From breakfast to curfew, we plan out every minute with games, theme nights, and other activities. We’re not big on downtime (but it’s available if requested).
From watching the families at the house dedications… to watching my own students at the house dedications… to watching the video and seeing the kids crying and laughing… there are so many little moments where you feel that thing inside you that goes “it’s working”. It’s an amazing thing to watch and be a part of.
Teacher at Oak Bay High School
Hey, I’m Alison.
If you have any questions, reach out at any time. I’d be thrilled to speak with you about our program and how we can work together to make a lasting impact on your students.
Director of International Programs
1 (866) 432-4464
There is no such thing as a silly question.
And when thinking about taking a group of students to the Dominican Republic or Mexico, you’ll probably have a lot of them. Here are two we get all the time:
Is it safe?
Our worksite practices have gone through safety audits, our staff are trained in first aid, and we have 24-hour access to quality medical assistance on our Builds. From pick up to drop off, we provide the students with full supervision and make sure each day is filled with activities.
Does it really help?
Safe housing helps strengthen families and communities. We have great relationships with local communities and always make sure that they lead the conversation when it comes to determining the next project that we will work on together.