International volunteering opportunities
Welcome to Global Village, our short-term overseas volunteering programme. Our opportunities to volunteer abroad are nothing short of life-changing experiences. You will have a unique chance to directly contribute to Habitat for Humanity’s work on the ground. If you are looking to challenge yourself, 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.
Upcoming volunteer trips
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
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 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
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 participating in charity work abroad 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 them break the cycle of poverty. Join our mission to build 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.
How it works
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. Whether you're headed to Africa, Latin America or anywhere else, every short-term 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 at a faster pace than ever.
Do you have a question?
- Wondering how to get started or how volunteering abroad works?
- Thinking about joining a short-term volunteer trip?
Get in touch with us and we will be there to support you along the way — introducing you to the Team Leader, setting up your fundraising page and helping with you reach your target.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org