House Building Opportunities
On an annual basis, groups from all over the United States come to build houses alongside families in Tijuana. Group leaders emerge from all walks of life: parents, youth pastors, business people, volunteers, and even college students. Becoming a leader is easier than you think! Check out the trip resources and contact pages.
For your first trip, we’ll provide a Doxa leader and some guidance so everyone is setup for success. The goal, however, is for each group to eventually become capable of leading themselves. Doxa’s model is user-driven and customizable, as each group leader knows their group dynamics best. This allows for consistently impactful experiences to be curated in Tijuana, not only for each person coming to serve, but for the families that will end up with a new house.
Since groups come from all walks of life, some use the trip as a way to broaden horizons of youth who may not have traveled outside the United States. Others utilize the trip as a way to communicate the love and reconciliation of Jesus Christ, mainly through youth ministry. Still others use this experience to build effective working relationships and teams. We’ve even had Boy Scouts and other similar organizations come to build. Doxa simply provides the platform and each group builds off of that.
On the Tijuana side, there is a steady stream of families who need housing. Doxa meets these families where they’re at by first conducting an interview and application process. Once qualified, each family serves 100-120 volunteer hours to their local community. House building has shown to be a great tool to help these families further develop, mainly because of the economic drivers at play in Tijuana. Since NAFTA came into force in 1994, Tijuana (along with many other border towns) experienced an influx of investment to build factories. This brought people to Tijuana from all over Mexico and spurred dramatic growth in the construction and hospitality industries. While many factories were built around Tijuana that manufacture everything from cars to simple plastics, the wages have stayed rather low. This has led to families having enough income to buy a small plot of land, but not having sufficient money to construct a suitable home. As Tijuana continues to grow and sprawl, there is a continual need for houses.
Whether your group is 8 or 200+ people, come join us in Tijuana!