Global Village Staff
The Global Village program is supported by the Volunteer and Institutional Engagement division at Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Georgia. This committed team is dedicated to furthering Habitat’s mission by meaningfully engaging volunteers in the effort to eliminate poverty housing.
Contact us about the Global Village program:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-HABITAT, ext. 7530.
Associate Director, International Volunteer Programs
I began my involvement with Habitat in college by starting a campus chapter and participating in the very first Collegiate Challenge program. I served for two years as an AmeriCorps construction supervisor and 12 years coordinating volunteer opportunities for the Global Village program. I have led GV trips to seven countries and worked with several U.S. affiliates. I love the opportunity to get my hands dirty on the work site. Through these building experiences, I am continually inspired by the Habitat affiliates’ and volunteers’ drive to press on in our mission to eliminate poverty housing.
Manager, Global Volunteer Engagement
One of the most special memories I have is building in Chile with a family who has a child with a developmental disability. At the dedication ceremony our team was overwhelmed with emotion listening to the mother of the family explain what their new house represented to them and to their future. We were filled with the joy of knowing that her child would have a safe, decent and accessible house to live and grow up in. It’s moments like those that make me passionate about Habitat for Humanity and the transformative experiences that are known through Global Village.
Project Manager, International Volunteer projects
Also sends teams to Africa and the Middle East
On my most recent Global Village build, we spent our days shoveling dirt and moving bricks under the hot Ethiopian sun, but at night we came together to process the experience. As team members shared their motivations for embarking on this adventure, two things became clear. First, this build was just as meaningful to the volunteers as it was to the village we were serving. Second, the surest way to forge community is to serve together. Our team bonded to each other and to the wonderful families. We were coworkers who became friends.
Programs Manager, U.S. Volunteers program
Also sends teams to Africa and the Middle East
When I worked at a local Habitat affiliate, I lead a team to El Salvador in order to be involved firsthand in the work that was being done there. The farewell ceremony with the staff, partner family and masons brought me to tears as something that had seemed so far away became an up-close experience. Not only did we get to help the partner family, we worked alongside local masons and Habitat staff, forming relationships that kept me coming back each year. I love that the principles of Habitat’s sweat equity and simple, decent housing model are consistent all over the world.
Volunteer Engagement specialists
Specialist, Europe/Central Asia and Asia/Pacific (China, India, Malaysia, Cambodia and New Zealand)
During my first Global Village build in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, I had the privilege of meeting a partner family and viewing their current living situation. The mother cried as we entered the single room lean-to that served as their home. The government had taken her youngest daughter because she didn’t have a secure home for her five children. After we finished building a Habitat house for the family, the daughter was returned and they were complete once again. Our team felt a powerful emotion knowing that our contribution of time and labor bring this family back together.
Specialist, Asia/Pacific (Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Fiji, Philippines, Indonesia and Asia/Pacific special builds)
One of the most touching moments on my Global Village trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand was the house dedication and farewell dinner. Our partner family cooked the team a wonderful Thai barbeque and we danced and sang songs into the night with the family, the masons, and the staff of Habitat Thailand. We closed the evening by sending Kongming sky lanterns into the night sky. It was such an amazing sight and the perfect ending to an amazing build in Thailand.
Specialist, Latin America/Caribbean (El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and the Caribbean)
In November 2013 I had the chance to learn about Habitat Nicaragua’s work up close and personal. I visited the home of a family that benefitted from the installment of a community water system in La Gallina. The family previously walked miles every day to a river to obtain water to bathe, cook, clean and perform other tasks. I noticed the glow on the face of a young woman as she showed us something so simple: water pouring forth from a spigot, filling up a large barrel. It occurred to me that ready access to this precious resource meant a change in the way the family allocates their time and a change in the way they view themselves. It meant a glow on the face of a young woman whose life had opened up to a world of new opportunities.
Specialist, Latin America/Caribbean (South America, Guatemala and Mexico)
I will never forget the first Habitat family I built with. I had just moved to Guatemala a few weeks prior to work at the National Office when I was assigned to help host a team of 100 volunteers in the department of Zacapa. The seven days I spent building on site in Zacapa were anything but easy. It was 100 degrees each day and I had limited construction experience. Even so, I wouldn’t trade those hours with my team and the partner family. A few weeks after our build, they welcomed their first child. The knowledge that their daughter lives in a safe, healthy home opened up a world of new possibilities for her and her parents. Understanding that I had played a role in helping make that possible solidified my commitment to Habitat for Humanity and Global Village.
Global Village support coordinators
Support coordinator, Asia/Pacific
I walked away from my first build in Nepal with memories and images that will be etched onto my heart forever. Houses in this remote village ranged from five to seven feet tall, with holes in the roofs and walls caving in. The children showed no sign of pain or sadness, though. They were simply eager for us to keep teaching volleyball or songs during our breaks. At the end of the build, even the most stoic of the male homeowners broke into tears. I firmly believe that my teammates and I were the true recipients.
Support coordinator, Latin America/Caribbean
As an AmeriCorps NCCC member, I spent six weeks working with Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland helping to build homes for people who had lost everything during Hurricane Katrina. I learned more about resiliency, the true meaning of community, and myself than I ever could’ve imagined. I went from not being able to swing a hammer to helping lead 100 volunteers in a blitz build. At the end of my time with AmeriCorps NCCC, I knew I couldn’t leave this behind. Eventually I found myself here at HFHI, working in concert with my real passion, helping Habitat fulfill its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Support coordinator, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the U.S.
I became involved with Habitat for Humanity in 2008 as a temp. I was later hired as a full-time registration coordinator. Before joining Habitat, I worked as an account receivable representative at a hospital. I have always enjoyed working with and helping others and I found Habitat to be the best place to do this.
Thrivent Builds Worldwide team
Senior specialist, Thrivent Builds Worldwide volunteer engagement
I first became involved with Habitat for Humanity in 2007, when I began working as a volunteer in Americus with the RV Care-A-Vanner program. In August of that year, I began a new role providing general support to the Thrivent Builds Worldwide program. Since March 2009, I have been serving as a Thrivent Builds Worldwide Coordinator, sending teams to Latin and Central America and Africa and the Middle East.
Specialist, Thrivent Builds Worldwide volunteer engagement
After my first Global Village trip, which had such a profound effect on me, I convinced my cousin to come along with me on my second trip. One of my most joyful moments from our Chiang Mai, Thailand, build was watching one of the masons teach my cousin how to lay brick. After her first successful attempt, he reached up, stuck out his hand, and “fist bumped” her. In all my travels, I have never felt so much inspiration by the knowledge that human beings will never stop trying to connect with one another.
Specialist, Thrivent Builds Worldwide volunteer engagement
My involvement with Habitat for Humanity began in 2008, when I attended a Campus Chapter meeting at the college I was attending. Within a year, I was the president of that Campus Chapter and I led our group on two Collegiate Challenge trips and multiple local builds over the next three years. In March of 2013, I was hired on with the Volunteer Mobilization and Innovation department. I have since transitioned to the Thrivent Builds Worldwide program. I am eager to continue my work in, and introduce others to, Habitat for Humanity’s mission both domestically and globally.
Coordinator, Thrivent Builds Worldwide volunteer engagement
I volunteered in Joplin, Missouri, for my first Thrivent Builds Worldwide experience. For a town to have lost so much, it touched my heart to see their resiliency and spirit. Our partner family was a mother, father and two kids. It was a wonderful experience to see the kids painting their own bedrooms. God has blessed me in life and it felt so good for me to able to give back by helping this family achieve their dreams. I found it both fun and rewarding to be a small part of such a huge project.
Global Village support team
Volunteer Engagement registration coordinator
I became involved with Habitat for Humanity International in 2007. I volunteered at the front reception desk for a while providing the best customer service to staff and visitors. I began working for Habitat as a mail clerk in 2007. Currently, I am the Customer Service Coordinator for the Volunteer and Institutional Engagement division, where I continue to provide excellent customer service to volunteers and staff.
Volunteer administration supervisor
I came to Habitat for Humanity International in 1997. After eight months working with planned giving, I moved to the special events department to coordinate volunteers for the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. I have been working in Global Village with a great group of friendly, dedicated people as the supervisor of volunteer administration since January 2009.
Associate director, volunteer program implementation
I am the associate director of volunteer program implementation for the Volunteer and Institutional Engagement division, working to enhance and broaden training opportunities for volunteers. I have worked in several capacities at Habitat for Humanity since 2000; including the AmeriCorps federal grant program and the Global Village program.
Volunteer support services administrator
During my first Global Village build in Yerevan, Armenia, I had the privilege to work with two partner families. My team of 20 volunteers worked every day in 106F weather, with no one complaining about the heat. We saw the smiles on the family’s faces every day knowing that their dreams of owning a simple, decent place to live was coming true. It touched my heart to know that I had a small hand in helping to change their lives. I am blessed to be part of Habitat’s Global Village program, transforming our volunteer lives and our partner families’ lives one house at a time.
After retiring from a 30-year career working in the field of General Administration for a wastewater treatment agency in Chicago, I was invited to serve as a longtime volunteer in the Global Village department of Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Ga. For the past six years, I have been able to employ some of my professional skills to assist and support the GV staff in many different ways. I am blessed to be able to work with such wonderful people, where together as a team, we accomplish such important work. In addition, I have led eight Global Village build teams to Romania and one to Fiji.