UNC Charlotte students will be traveling to El Salvador for 10 days this May. This program offers an opportunity for students to build homes side-by-side with Salvadorian families, learning about their culture and lives.The program integrates the sociological study of religion and movements for social justice with hands-on experience building affordable housing. This is a service-learning course which connects volunteer work with academic course content designed to develop deep understanding of complex social problems.
Led by Dr. Scott Fitzgerald of the Department of Sociology and Sean Langley of the Dean of Students Office, this program is a collaboration between the UNC Charlotte Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Campus Chapter, the local Charlotte affiliate of HFH, and HFH El Salvador.
On average, a single-family home in El Salvador costs about $7,000. Modest by American standards, the home consists of two to three rooms with simple electrical and plumbing systems. For families earning only $6.25 to $25 a day, this is a home of infinite value and opportunity. Each house allows families to move out of mud, cardboard, or tin shanties and into decent, affordable homes that are built to keep them safe during El Salvador’s frequent earthquakes and inclement weather.
Please help these students gain international experience and learn important skills while building homes in El Salvador.