Build homes in Malawi!

Work hand in hand with the local community in Salima as you build safe and secure housing for a family in need of a decent place to live.

Build Dates:

2021 Dates TBC

Cost: £1850 (click for breakdown)

Why we work in Salima

Despite being famous for its Gule wa Mkulu dances, and rich cultural heritage, Salima has an extremely high housing need.

Many children living in Salima have been orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS which has led to a large number of households being led by children who cannot afford to look after the home.

Housing poverty in Salima means that many of the people in the community live on less than $1 a day.

What will you do?

Expect early starts so that you can begin work before the sun is at it’s highest point. This means you will finish working a few hours before you have dinner. Typical Volunteer Activities include:

  • Mixing and passing mortar
  • Digging and laying foundations
  • Laying bricks
  • Plastering new walls

Itinerary (2021 dates tbc)

  • Day 1 – Arrival in country, meeting the team, welcome dinner
  • Day 2 – Team orientation and site seeing activities
  • Day 3-6  – Building on site
  • Day 7– Half day build then farewell ceremony
  • Day 8 –  Site seeing, and cultural activities
  • Day 9  – Depart for UK or onward travel

What we do in Brazil
For me, it is so important to have a house that I can be proud to hand over to my children in the future. Fernando - Homeowner in Recife, Brazil
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My life has fundamentally changed for the better because of HFH, as have the lives of people we have helped. Livi Warnes, Volunteer Team Leader
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Meeting the family and working so closely with the community is nothing short of incredible. I could have spent another year or more with the community, they were all so welcoming. Jemma, volunteer in Kenya 2019

Further Information

Habitat beneficiaries in Malawi


All Habitat for Humanity entities that host international volunteers go through a rigorous vetting process every year to ensure...


All Habitat for Humanity entities that host international volunteers go through a rigorous vetting process every year to ensure.that they are meeting all required health, safety, and security standards as set by Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). This includes ensuring that the hotel is safe and secure, catering and restaurants meet hygiene standards, and that the situation on the ground is conducive to volunteers being able to perform their tasks in a safe environment.

Our Team Leaders are trained to constantly assess risks both on and off of the build site. They are also fully trained in how to seek assistance if the situation on the ground changes over the course of the build.The risk assessment for Global Village destinations is performed by the Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) Senior Specialist, Safety and Security.

Medical and Evacuation insurance is provided for volunteers in the case of injury, illness, or the need to leave the area or country due to factors out of Habitat for Humanity’s control.

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Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity...


Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team!

We set you up with a great team page that you can connect to and build your own individual fundraising pages from.

When you register, you will receive a link to the fundraising team page so you can get set up.

The website is also full of useful resources to spread the word!

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Cost Breakdown

Every trip includes a direct contribution to Habitat for Humanity’s work, and the rest covers your...

Cost Breakdown

      • Registration fee £250
      • Minimum fundraising target: £1600


      Cost Breakdown

      Every trip includes a direct contribution to Habitat for Humanity’s work, and the rest covers your volunteer experience.

      Registration Fee

      The registration fee is payable upon registration. This portion of the costs cannot be fundraised, and is non-refundable.

      Minimum Fundraising Target

      You may choose to fundraise or pay this amount after the registration fee has been paid.

      £545 of your fundraising target is a donation. The donation is split between supporting the team on ground, and supporting programmes in other countries supported by Habitat for Humanity GB.

      £1055 covers your trip expenses, such as food, activities, and accommodation.

      Fundraising is easy: It’s as easy as telling your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team! We set you up with a great website and coaching for success.

      Not Included:

      • *Flights not included
      • *Vaccinations & visas are also not included in the price


You will stay at a hotel near the construction site (this allows us to boost local jobs too!) Everyone will stay in twin rooms, sharing it with another team member.


Flights are not included in the trip cost, you need to organise them yourself. You can arrange to travel with other team members if you wish to - we let everyone organise their flights according to their own preferences. We can meet you at the airport or hotel.


We are not medical professionals, so before you travel please consult your GP or a travel clinic about the risks associated with your destination and what jabs you will need. The Fit for Travel website is a great starting point for identifying common risks such as malaria, zika, and other diseases.

Friends & Family

Yes - you can come with a friend or as a group - the more the merrier! You must be aged 18 to take part in the build on your own. If you are aged 16 or 17 you can sign up but, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


All volunteers will be covered for emergency medical care in country through our insurance policy with Chubb. The coverage period is for the build dates only and cannot be extended for personal travel. Please note that this is emergency medical and evacuation insurance only and does not cover personal items or flights, therefore it is worth considering supplemental travel insurance.

Meet the team

Jemma Reid


Hello! I am the Volunteering Coordinator based in the Habitat for Humanity GB office. From the moment you sign up, to the time to arrive back home I will be on hand to support you. I am passionate about volunteering, and have spent many months volunteering around the world on a variety of different projects.


Your Team Leader will be in-country with you, supporting you throughout the Build. This means that they will be on hand to support you before, during, and after the Build, so please send them any questions that you have.
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In-Country Team

The staff in country will be looking after you during your time in country alongside your Team Leader. From making sure that things run smoothly, to ensuring that you have aims for the day, they will be on hand to support you during the build.

Begin your adventure

Are you ready to sign up? Have you spoken to the Team Leader and reviewed our Terms and Conditions (PDF) and Payment Policy (PDF)?

To begin your adventure, create your fundraising page. In just minutes, you can build and customise your page, then start sharing the link with your friends, family, and colleagues. Be sure to register for the build before creating your fundraising page.


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