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 email@example.com 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
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.
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 children. After we finished building a house for the family, the daughter was returned. Our team felt a powerful emotion knowing that our contribution of time and labor brought 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, Africa/Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean (Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago)
I have worked with volunteers for the past four years. I am excited to continue this journey with Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village program. I love working with volunteers and hearing their stories. I have been moved to tears on many occasions when listening to volunteers share their experiences. My volunteers make my work so much more than a job to me; it becomes a meaningful experience that I cherish.
Specialist, Latin America/Caribbean (Costa Rica, Honduras, Dominican Republic and El Salvador)
I first stepped onto a Habitat build site in El Salvador, where I was spending my spring break on a Global Village trip. We worked with masons to assemble the house, colored with our homeowner’s children and learned to make papusas. Since then, I’ve been hooked on Habitat’s mission. I started at Habitat for Humanity International serving in our Youth Programs department. Now I find myself working again with the program that started it all and I look forward to continuing to provide sustainable housing solutions for our partners around the world.
U.S. volunteer projects manager
My first experience with Habitat dates back to 2002 at my local affiliate in the Atlanta area, where I worked with partner families on community development projects. I enjoyed every hour spent in a tiny neighborhood church basement with a group of like-minded individuals planning and envisioning a community with unlimited possibilities. It is that unwavering hope of a brighter tomorrow that keeps me connected to this amazing organization.
Thrivent Builds Worldwide team
Supervisor, 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
My involvement with Habitat for Humanity began in 2008, when I attended a Campus Chapter meeting at my college. Within a year, I was the president of that Campus Chapter and I led two Collegiate Challenge trips and multiple local builds over the next three years. In 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.
Specialist, Thrivent Builds Worldwide volunteer engagement
I joined the Thrivent Builds Worldwide team in April 2015. I’m eager to join and hopefully lead domestic and international volunteer teams. To date, my most meaningful experience with Habitat was attending the 2015 Global Village Latin America and Caribbean Conference in Costa Rica. I had a wonderful opportunity to connect with Habitat staff from all over Latin America and the Caribbean who work hard to ensure our volunteers have a memorable experience. Witnessing their dedication and passion motivated me to work harder. I feel blessed to help further Thrivent’s and Habitat’s mission.
Global Village support team
Coordinator, Volunteer Program Support
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.
Specialist, Program Support
One of my most special volunteer memories was on my first AmeriCorps Build-A-Thon on the Mall of D.C. We were constructing homes for the veterans of the Wasington, D.C., area at the political epicenter of United States as a way to raise awareness about poverty housing. This experience was powerful and inspiring for many reasons, but the most exciting one for me was realizing that I am not the only 20-something who thinks they can change the world. In my new role as program support specialist, I am blessed to provide a tangible way for others to change the world too.
Administrator, Volunteer Engagement
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.
Administrator, Volunteer Support Services
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 106 F 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, Georgia. 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.