Volunteer Abroad

Charity work abroad - in Asia, Africa, Latin America, & Europe

International volunteering opportunities

Due to Coronavirus, our overseas volunteering programme is on hold for the safety of both our volunteers and the communities in which we build. When the time is right, and with you beside us, we stand ready to once again accelerate our efforts with renewed energy and commitment to fulfil our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. In the meantime you can keep up-to-date with our news and follow us on social media and share our stories.

Latest stories from our blog

A new decade, a new challenge

Lindsey Marsh is a Habitat for Humanity Global Village Volunteer and Team Leader. He visited Guatemala with AON in 2019 to build houses and install smokeless stoves over the course of one week. This is his story.

 

 

Not an Everyday Occurence

Andy, a Habitat for Humanity Team Leader, returned to Cambodia three years after a Build in Siem Reap and witnessed first-hand the impact of his team’s support to a local family. This is his story.

Building a legacy in Malawi

John and Touchstone are building a legacy in Malawi with Habitat that is changing the lives of families right now and will benefit generations to come.
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.

Want to hear more when Global Village starts again?

Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to receive the latest updates on new volunteer trips abroad, blog posts and videos.

How it works

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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 the registration fee after which you'll receive information to help you prepare for 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. 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.

FAQs

Our volunteer abroad programme is unique, because we put you in touch with an active project. Check out these FAQs to understand how we create longlasting impact...
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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 and create a successful fundraiser...
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Student volunteering

Volunteer with your school, college, or university and gain invaluable experience. Learn valuable skills that will not only look great on your CV, but will also help us reach our vision of safe housing for all.
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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 hello@habitatforhumanity.org.uk

Join a community of Habitat volunteers around the world!

New endangered species habitats going in! This new habitat will feature one of the most prehistoric tortoises walking the earth today. Any guesses what species it’s for?
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Briianna’s got friends in “low places” now that she’s buddies with Garth Brooks on the Habitat Build this week! #HabitatBuild #CarterHabitatWeek #garthbrooks ...

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Overview of River Rock Zoo so far! 🤗 Super happy with how its turning out and with all the support we've recieved! 🙌🌿 ...

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She’s come a long way.
Many hours have been put into the build to get it to the point it is now. ⏰

- Stay tuned for the next video to go live on YouTube 🎥

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Thank you habitatla for an amazing night putting families in beautiful new homes all over the world!
Also currently sending targeted aid to those suffering atrocities in Ukraine 🇺🇦 I am honored to be part of this tremendous family..!
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Posted withregram • locicero_lisa Thank you habitatla for an amazing night putting families in beautiful new homes all over the world!
Also currently sending targeted aid to those suffering atrocities in Ukraine 🇺🇦 I am honored to be part of this tremendous family..!
#habitatforhumanity #habitatbuildersball #habitatbuild #ukraine
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Today our employees took part in another Habitat for Humanity habitat_ebsv Women's Leadership Build in Walnut Creek, CA. This build is part of an affordable homeownership program that makes it a reality for families in the bay area. The project showcases our founder Barc Simpson's 9th Principle of Business in action: “Give Back". ...

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With hard hats, plenty of tools and a wonderful team from Habitat of Humanity, our Home Office built a home. Click the link in our bio to see how it all came together!
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We sunk a 300 gallon stock tank into the ground so we can begin to build out a habitat for frog/salamander/newt etc. and so forth. I am spying on my little L trying to filter the pond with a funnel. #thisisparenting #thisisjoy #habitatbuild ...

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