No. While plans are still in development, it is estimated that each crew will contribute about 2 to 3 hours per work shift and will be returned back to the resort.
Yes! This will be the most family-friendly Conference in Humanitarian Build history! The Riu Bachata has a wonderful kids-club and plenty of activities for young children. Check out their website for more information.
Yes. Absolutely. This Conference can be whatever you make of it: working extra shifts on the build; taking in the local sites on adventurous (and not-so-adventurous) excursions; or flake-and-bake on the beach. It will be up to you. There will be some business components, organized events and social get-togethers, but nothing is mandatory.
Yes. Humanitarian Build and Hero Holidays will be enforcing a safety policy while at the work site. This includes safety footwear, hard hat and work gloves. Thanks to the generous contribution of Building Knowledge Inc. who have sponsored the work gloves, all delegates will receive one complementary pair. Humanitarian Build has also negotiated a 25% discount on all safety wear at Mark’s Work Wearhouse outlets across Ontario.
No. If you are very attached to it and enjoy travelling with your hammer, you may bring it, but it’s unlikely you will need it. Local skilled labour and local materials will be utilized during the build. Our task will be to add the much needed manual labour to carry concrete blocks, mix mortar and try not to point out what would be obvious code violations back home
No. Humanitarian Build will be assembling teams made up of people who have signed up to go. Team Captains will be appointed and will communicate team information prior to departure.
No problema! There will be translators on site all the time to help if there is an issue.
Arguably, charity begins at home, but to quote James Bazely, Humanitarian Build 2011 Conference Chair, “How many times have you passed a homeless person in the street and not given them the time of day? How many times have you volunteered or wanted to volunteer for a local Habitat for Humanity build but couldn’t seem to find the time when they needed you? After participating in this project you will come back and look differently at that same homeless person. You will somehow find the time to volunteer for that Habitat build, and will tell the person next to you about the life-changing experience you had – what you did and what you saw. This project will change you – I guarantee it!”
Riu resorts are an international chain with a long history of first-class service. Humanitarian Build has thoroughly investigated all resorts in the Puerto Plata area and the Riu is among the best for quality, service and hospitality. As long as you do not take any unnecessary risks, you will be safe while at the resort. There are some inherent dangers associated with any construction site. While the staff with Hero Holidays will do their best to ensure we all have an enjoyable and safe working environment, individually we all have to be mindful of the hazards and be careful.
Expectations should be managed as the rooms and cuisine in the Caribbean are not the same as in Canada. The food will not make you sick if you use your head. If you have a weak stomach at home, experimentation while on vacation is probably not a good idea. The tap water at the resort is NOT potable, but plenty of fresh bottled water is available both in your room and around the resort. While at the work site, bottled water will be available and you are encouraged to keep well hydrated. Your body will require approximately 1L of water for every hour you work. Hero Holidays and Humanitarian Build staff will monitor people to make sure they are taking in enough water and not overexerting themselves.
Yes. Absolute Hero Holidays specializes in working with youth groups and kids on these types of projects and they will make the adventure exciting and rewarding for everyone! For those traveling with children, Hero Holidays staff will coordinate children’s activities on site.
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Humanitarian Build is relying on our partners at Absolute Hero Holidays to work with the local authorities to assess the needs of the community and determine what project(s) we tackle. Negotiations are underway and we should have a better idea what we will be doing closer to departure. Buildings and especially houses in the poor barrios are very simple 1-room structures made with concrete blocks, tin roofs and love. The people are grateful for the smallest things and will welcome anything we are able to do to better their lives.
Construction skills are not needed on this adventure. A strong will, motivation, determination and a kind heart are all far more important assets. Our task will be to set aside our construction experience and provide much-needed labour carrying concrete blocks and mixing mortar.
No. Humanitarian Build has chosen the late November departure date to avoid the greatest threat of hurricane season. Also, Puerto Plata is located on the windward side of the island and therefore less prone to hurricanes.
Absolute Hero Holidays provides year-round global humanitarian opportunities in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Thailand and Haiti. In each location, they provide practical assistance to those living in extreme poverty. Activities may include building homes or schools, distributing supplies, providing food, mobile medical clinics and working with children at risk. Humanitarian Build has teamed up with Hero Holidays to do the background work behind the build. They will also provide the project management, transportation and liaison on the site. Simply put, we would not be able to do this without their careful guidance