SSP has a long history of working in the Navajo Nation. Our experiences have been wonderful in these very welcoming and accommodating communities. It is a truly special place with a great culture to share.
The Navajo Nation today is the largest Indian Tribe in the US with 17.5 million acres of reservation land across portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Within the reservation, there are 110 chapters which are the local form of government. We have been welcomed for the forth year in a row to serve in the Tsaile/Wheatfields and Lukachukai Chapters.
Based on the 2010 census, 1205 people live in Tsaile. Over 63% of the population lives below the poverty line.
For the most part, we work on the homes in the communities we serve. The type of work includes roofing, building wheelchair ramps and porches, painting and other general home repairs. We will also be working on some small projects for our host community, Diné College, who is providing our housing free of charge!
No construction experience is needed, and you’ll be amazed at all of the work that your youth teams complete! Most projects take longer to complete than your week at SSP so you may see the beginning, middle or end of a project.
Thanks to a grant from the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, we are able to double our materials budget for the Navajo Nation site again this summer. This means our work teams will be able to make twice the impact! We hope to build more wheelchair ramps and replace more leaking roofs.
Last year our volunteers completed 21 projects in Tsaile including:
- 7 Wheelchair Ramps
- 4 Roof Replacements
- 4 Sets of Stairs
- 4 Porches
- 1 Storage Shed
- 1 Stucco Repair
We stay at the Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona who is generously donating the facilities to SSP in exchange for some service work done around the campus. This school is the first tribal college, which was founded in 1968. This is our least rustic site in the Navajo Nation.
Sleeping rooms (5-7 people in each) open up to a common space where we eat and hang out. Bathrooms with showers are attached, as well as kitchens where we prepare meals. There is a basketball court where we hold program time in the evening (weather permitting).
Work sites range from 10 minutes to 45 minutes away from Diné College, some with access only by dirt or gravel roads.
Send letters and care packages to youth, counselors, and even staff! Please only mail through USPS. Check delivery times with your local Post Office before mailing as this location is quite remote and packages may take some time to arrive.
TBA May 2017
Emergency Phone Number
To reach the Tsaile site in case of emergency, or if you are a liaison for your group call:
TBA May 2017
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The average high during the summer is 87°F and low is 57°F with possible afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The elevation of the area is over 7,000 feet.
Directions to Diné College
To get to the Navajo Nation, consult Google maps or a similar mapping service to find the best route for your group.
Please remember that most groups have a long way to travel to get to this site; allow for plenty of time to reach the site no later than 4PM Mountain Time.
1 Circle Drive
Tsaile, AZ 86556
Download the detailed SSP Navajo Nation Study Guide and Understanding Reservations Guide to help your group learn about the community and get more out of your SSP experience. We suggest that you download the study guide, share with your group and discuss the materials during a planning meeting.
2017 Staff in Tsaile
Each site location is staffed by team of mature young adults. They are trained and present at the site for the entire summer, working with the community to provide quality service opportunities.