International volunteering opportunities

Welcome to Global Village, our short term, international volunteering programme. Our opportunities to volunteer abroad are nothing short of life-changing trips. Looking for intense DIY trips or charity work abroad that will help break the cycle of poverty? You've come to the right place. We have an expert team of builders and volunteer coordinators who will help you make it all possible - from fundraising to laying bricks.

Volunteer in India

3 March - 10 March 2018
Join India’s multinational Women Build for an incredible opportunity to build alongside women from across the globe.

Women Build

Build homes with women and children while exploring a new country.

Women Build engages volunteers abroad and future community leaders to address economic challenges that women face because they lack opportunity, training or education.

Globally, the programme equips female heads of household with business skills, helping to stabilise their finances and ensuring they have decent, safe, healthier homes in which to live.

Home construction

Help us build new homes with those in need. 

Typical activities include:

  • Mixing and pouring concrete for foundations, roofs, and floors
  • Brick laying
  • Flooring
  • Plastering
  • Painting

 

Volunteer in Jordan

24 March - 2 April 2018
Experience the beauty and complexity of a Middle Eastern culture within a peaceful nation through empowering families through shelter.

Home construction

Help us build new homes with those in need. 

Typical activities include:

  • Mixing and pouring concrete for foundations, roofs, and floors
  • Brick laying
  • Flooring
  • Plastering
  • Painting

Volunteer in Kenya

21 July - 30 July 2018
Head over to Kenya, the cultural and economic heartbeat of Africa, to support us in building houses for vulnerable families and communities.

Home construction

Help us build new homes with those in need.

Typical activities include:

  • Mixing and pouring concrete for foundations, roofs, and floors
  • Brick laying
  • Flooring
  • Plastering
  • Painting

Vulnerable populations

In Kenya, there is a growth of informal settlements in urban areas with 60% of the population living in slums in overcrowded homes typically with only one room and no adequate ventilation. Families are at high health risk of diseases such as malaria, respiratory infections, and jigger infestation.

The vulnerable, in particular women, children, persons living with disabilities, the elderly and orphans, are worst hit.

Volunteer in Nepal

23 Sept. - 2 Oct. 2018
Based at the foothills of the Himalayas in Kavre, you’ll join a group of volunteers in helping families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Home construction

Help us build new homes with those in need. 

Typical activities include:

  • Mixing and pouring concrete for foundations, roofs, and floors
  • Brick laying
  • Flooring
  • Plastering
  • Painting

Disaster recovery

Build back stronger after a disaster and learn about Habitat’s work to increase stability and reduce risks.

About 10 percent of urban dwellers in Nepal are squatters and the number is set to rise. With more than half a million houses destroyed in the 2015 earthquakes, the need for decent housing has become even more pressing.

Volunteer in Brazil

6 Oct. - 14 Oct. 2018
Partner with a group of volunteers in Brazil to experience the food, culture and help communities find strength in shelter.

Home construction

Help us build new homes with those in need. 

Typical activities include:

  • Mixing and pouring concrete for foundations, roofs, and floors
  • Brick laying
  • Flooring
  • Plastering
  • Painting

Vulnerable populations

Bring stability and opportunity to orphans, vulnerable children and other people experiencing extreme difficulties.

On this build, you will support the ‘Future Begins at Home’ programme which enables children and young people from low-income urban communities in the Northeast region to have a more adequate home to live in.

Corporate Volunteering

Throw job titles and positions aside, immerse yourself in another culture and unite employees together as a collective force to lift families out of poverty.
The sense of community, respect, hard work and support that we experienced is something I will treasure forever. It is an experience of a lifetime. Gill, India
It is the noblest act of selflessness - to come to a strange country and help complete strangers to make the world a bit more just. George, Romania
The feeling of pure joy and happiness knowing you have changed people’s lives just by giving up 10 days of your life is indescribable…You wanted to be the difference, to make a change, to light up someone’s life. Georgina, Cambodia
My time in Malawi was an emotional roller coaster - building relationships with all of the families and children was wonderful. They were all so welcoming and friendly. Our team was also fantastic and I’ve made friends for life. Chris, Malawi
It expands your heart to realise that we all share the need for a home and to make a home for others. Manuela, India

Your impact worldwide

Every year our volunteers help build dozens of new homes and send well over £200,000 in raised donations as part of their volunteer trip costs (fundraised or not).

For the families we work with, you are valuable reminder that compassionate people regularly go out of their way to help break the cycle of poverty. Join our mission to build strong, resilient communities that can weather any storm (from cyclones to joblessness). Our work carries on well beyond home construction as we provide skills and financial training to empower local communities.

Cold feet vs itchy feet

From “I’m not a manual person” to “I can’t possibly build a house”, the most beautiful thing for us is seeing volunteers suddenly realise that they are capable of so much more than what they think.

Believe us, you can do anything you set your mind to. Jimmy Carter, the 93 year old former US president, has been building with us nearly every year for the past 40 years.

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Contact a team leader - ask any questions you may have and he/she will get back to you shortly

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Register for a build - you'll have to pay a £300 fee after which you'll receive information about the Build

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Start fundraising - we'll provide you with support and tips to successfully reach your target

Why build with us?

Today, 1.6 billion people live in slums and informal settlements where the walls aren’t sturdy enough, doors are missing and roofs are leaking. Every volunteer trip includes a donation which helps us pay for local workers to build homes all year round. As well as helping to create local jobs, you provide a crucial boost to our productivity, allowing us to build more homes faster.

FAQs

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Fundraising resources

We're constantly developing new material to help you raise the money needed to take part in your volunteer trip abroad...
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Corporate volunteering

Every day local builders across the world are building homes, creating local jobs and boosting the economy. Your company can be a part of the solution too...
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Do you have a question?

Thinking about joining a volunteer Build?

Get in touch with us 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.

We have also online resources that will be useful as you embark on your journey.

Contact us at hello@habitatforhumanity.org.uk

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