Volunteer Abroad
- Charity Work in Asia, Africa & Europe -

Welcome to Global Village, our short term, international volunteering programme. Our opportunities to volunteer abroad are nothing short of life-changing trips. Whether you're looking for intense DIY trips or charity work abroad that will help break the cycle of poverty - you've come to the right place.

Each volunteer trip raises enough funds to build 2 Habitat homes for vulnerable families

It is important to note that these building projects are not dependent on volunteers, nor created for the sole purpose of "entertaining" them (e.g. voluntourism).

Every day around the world local builders are working on our projects, creating local jobs, and boosting the economy. Volunteers bring a crucial boost to the productivity and a valuable reminder that compassionate people want to help these families and communities to thrive.

Our charity work abroad

No construction experience needed

We welcome volunteers of all skill levels on our international house building projects. We are happy to train up volunteers who are inexperienced in house building. Each team of volunteers will learn a style of building that is specific to that location – whether it’s laying bricks in Malawi, digging foundations in Cambodia, or woodframe houses in Romania.

Where we build

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America

Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you'd like to arrange a volunteer trip in a country that isn't on the map of previous builds.

Types of volunteer trips

Each overseas Build lasts 1 to 2 weeks. You will spend most days working on the construction site, with opportunities to do some sightseeing and experience the local culture.

We organise 2 types of Build:

  • Open builds, open for everyone to sign up
  • Closed builds, for corporates and larger groups who want to enjoy the experience amongst themselves. Find out more about corporate volunteering.

Types of building projects

The core mission of our charity work abroad is to build decent, affordable homes for families in need. However, this doesn’t always mean that we build new homes from the ground up. Our projects are designed to respond to local needs first and foremost (e.g. hygiene and sanitation, education, etc). 

  • Build Louder: Build and advocate to advance affordable housing.
  • Critical home improvement: Improve existing shelters.
  • Disaster recovery: Build back stronger after a disaster and learn about our work to reduce risks.
  • Green building: Help build energy-efficient homes.
  • Home construction: Help build new homes.
  • Vulnerable populations: Bring stability and opportunity to orphans, vulnerable children and other people experiencing extreme difficulties.
  • Women Build: Build homes as part of an all-female team.

How to volunteer with us

Ready to join a Global Village Build? Register your interest in a trip and we will be there to support you along the way -- from introducing you to the Team Leader to setting up your fundraising page. Your Team Leader will be able to help you as you start to prepare, but we have also online resources that will be useful as you embark on your journey. 

Please also review our Terms and Conditions (PDF) and Payment Policy (PDF)

Fundraising for your trip

Once you've paid your registration fee, you can choose to fundraise the remaining balance. You can fundraise for the full costs of your volunteer project abroad, minus the £250 registration fee. In our Fundraising Toolkit you will find some great ideas on how to start fundraising.

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Forthcoming Global Village Open Team Trips

  • Volunteer in India (Delhi) March 2018 (Women Build)

    When:
    03/03/2018 to 10/03/2018
    Trip Cost:£ 900
    Registration fee (Deposit):£ 250
    Minimum donation to HFHGB**:£ 500
    *Flights not included *After paying the £250 registration fee you can FUNDRAISE the balance of the trip cost.
    Total cost of trip:£ 1650
  • Volunteer in Jordan March 2018 (Easter Build)

    When:
    24/03/2018 to 02/04/2018
    Trip Cost:£ 900
    Registration fee (Deposit):£ 250
    Minimum donation to HFHGB**:£ 500
    *Flights not included *After paying the £250 registration fee you can FUNDRAISE the balance of the trip cost.
    Total cost of trip:£ 1650
  • Volunteer in Kenya (Homa Bay) - July 2018

    When:
    21/07/2018 to 30/07/2018
    Trip Cost:£ 1050
    Registration fee (Deposit):£ 250
    Minimum donation to HFHGB**:£ 500
    *Flights not included *After paying the £250 registration fee you can FUNDRAISE the balance of the trip cost.
    Total cost of trip:£ 1800
  • Volunteer in Nepal (Kavre) - September 2018

    When:
    23/09/2018 to 02/10/2018
    Trip Cost:£ 900
    Registration fee (Deposit):£ 250
    Minimum donation to HFHGB**:£ 500
    *Flights not included *After paying the £250 registration fee you can FUNDRAISE the balance of the trip cost.
    Total cost of trip:£ 1650