Global Village Program FAQ's

Bill Page, a Global Village volunteer, is a member of the first GV team in Madagascar. Stacks of clay burned bricks are moved to the build site by volunteers.


Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise additional funds to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide.

The Global Village Challenge is our response to the growing global need for decent, safe and affordable shelter. More than 1.6 billion of the world’s citizens do not have an adequate place to live.

At Habitat for Humanity, decent shelter represents so much more to us than a roof and four walls. It is the future of a community. It is the vital foundation upon which a family raises their children, laying the groundwork for future generations to truly thrive. For us, decent shelter is a matter of conscience and action. As a Christian ministry and global leader in eradicating poverty housing, we are called to dig deeper - boldly challenging ourselves to serve more families than ever before.

Our goal is to double our collective impact!
We want everyone in our networks to know about the power of the Global Village program and how it improves the health and resiliency of not just individual families, but entire communities. This means we are asking participants to share their inspiring Global Village stories with anyone and everyone they know! Additionally, we are challenging teams to raise the funds needed to provide decent, safe and affordable shelter and serve twice as many families as we did last year. Every donor - no matter how big or small the gift - represents another person who shares our Global Village story.

How is a Global Village trip different than a normal holiday?
A Global Village trip is a true adventure. The adventure is found not only in discovering a different culture or learning a new skill, but also in learning more about yourself and what you can contribute to the world. You will help to build a simple, decent and affordable home for a family in need. The homeowners and other volunteers will be working alongside you sharing your joys and frustrations. You will see another country and culture in a way that no tour group can provide. You will see it through the eyes of those who live there and sometimes struggle to survive there.

How long is a Global Village trip?
A Global Village trip ranges from 10 – 14 days including travel, construction work (average of 5-7 days on the build site) and recreational activities.

What is the minimum age to participate?
We welcome applicants aged 15 years, or over. If you are aged between 16 and 18 you may apply but you will need to be accompanied by a parent or adult supervisor (subject to site restrictions).

What is the maximum age to participate?
There is no maximum age. However, you may be required to provide a physician’s statement of suitability.

What about health requirements?
A Global Village trip can be physically demanding. Physical disability or a medical condition should not prevent you from taking part. If there is likely to be a problem we will let you know and suggest an alternative (e.g. another trip where medical facilities are more easily accessible). It is always best to speak with your primary care physician before your make a decision about participating on a Global Village trip.

What kind of travel documents do I need to go on a Global Village trip?
You must hold a valid passport, which has at least 6 months left after you return home as well as at least 3 blank pages in your passport. Although you are responsible for obtaining your visas, you will be notified if one is required.

Can students from my school travel as a Global Village Team?
Yes, we have many schools that form a team and travel on Global Village trips. As many of our schools include students under the age of 18, we require a 1:5 adult/minor ratio (For every 5 minors, we require 1 adult, over the age of 18). The adult can be a teacher or a student over the age of 18. The minimum number of team members is between 10- 12, while the maximum number can be as high as 30.

Can my colleagues from work travel as a Global Village Team?
Yes, we have many companies and business that form a team and travel on Global Village Trips. It can be a wonderful opportunity to show your Corporate Social Responsibility by improving the quality of life of the local community and society at large as well as a great team building activity and leadership development training for you and your colleagues.

Is there are Team Leader for each team?
Yes, every team has at least one Team and sometimes two. All Global Village team leaders must be at least 24 years of age, complete the “Becoming a Team Leader” application packet and has attended the mandatory Team Leader training (Becoming a Team Leader application packet includes: the application, skills required, role and a Team Leader job description).

Do I need to have any special construction skills?
Anyone can join who has the enthusiasm and motivation to participate in a Global Village trip. No other skills are required. There will be Construction Supervisors on hand to show you how to build.

What kind of construction work would I do?
You could be mixing concrete or mortar, laying blocks, making window frames, digging foundations, plastering, painting, or gardening. The work will depend on the local construction techniques and the stage the building program has reached at the time of your trip.

What about health and safety on the Global Village Trip?
Team health and safety is of paramount importance. Each Team has an emergency management plan and local contacts should there be an issue of health of safety. We always try to minimize risk but should there be an accident, there will be access to qualified medical consultation and services regardless of your team’s location.

Where will I stay? What will I eat?
You will need to have a sense of adventure and be flexible. Depending on the particular trip, accommodation may be in the form of a shared room, small hotel or a guesthouse. You will also have the opportunity to sample local cuisine. In fact, the evening meal on the last day of construction work is always a memorable celebration. There will also always be a plentiful supply of clean drinking water and we try to cater for specific dietary requirements.

What about sightseeing and time to relax?
Our Itineraries are balanced with plenty of work, rest and free time. Your HFH hosts offer teams a “backdoor” welcome to their community and encourage teams to visit local cultural “treasures”.

What is included in the cost?
Costs for participating in a Global Village trips are based on a general team member price excluding round-trip airfare. The country of origin and destination chosen determines the price. It includes lodging, food, ground transportation, cultural tours, travel insurance, orientation materials and a donation to Habitat for Humanity.

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