Volunteer internationally to build decent, affordable shelter alongside members of the community. Learn about poverty housing, development challenges and Habitat’s mission to help eradicate them. The funds you raise help build decent shelter in the country you visit and support the Global Village program.
What to Expect from a Global Village Trip
While every Global Village trip is different; you can expect to gain once-in-a-lifetime experiences and memories. Itineraries are balanced with plenty of work, rest and free time. During your trip, you will do more than help build houses―you will become part of the local community and participate in cultural activities
community based work
Habitat for Humanity recognizes that sustainable change is best achieved when families and communities are personally involved in improving their own circumstances. Underpinning this approach is the recognition that poor and disadvantaged people are rights holders with entitlements and deserve to be treated with dignity. Empowering local communities means developing their capacities to respond to and meet their own development needs
a 'hand up' not a 'hand out'
All Habitat for Humanity projects are driven by community needs. Our grounds up approach values local knowledge and provides opportunities for community and government stakeholders to participate in project design and delivery. Habitat's partner families are expected to make contributions to projects in the form of financial deposits and voluntary labor. The concept of ‘sweat equity’ refers to the number of hours that each family is required to contribute to the building of their own and others’ homes. This encourages greater ownership and fosters positive relationships within the community.