You are here


July 12, 2013 to July 23, 2013

Come with us to beautiful and wild Malawi, in central east Africa, and enjoy the best weather of the year (highs around 80 and lows near 50 F). We’ll build simple, sturdy, sanitary homes with local families and laborers, many of whom speak some English. Young and old and in between are welcome, as are people from all countries.

About Malawi
Malawi is a country of gorgeous scenery and welcoming people. The Great Rift Valley runs north to south, surrounded by mountain ranges and high plateaus.

Malawi also ranks among the world’s least developed countries. The economy is predominately agricultural, with about 85 percent of the population engaged in smallholder farming.

About Habitat for Humanity Malawi
Habitat for Humanity Malawi started in the capital city of Lilongwe in 1986. It constructs houses of burnt clay bricks, cement floors and tile roofs. More than 5,000 houses have been built to date.

Types of construction for volunteers
Typical work for Global Village teams includes mixing mortar and concrete, carrying construction materials, fixing chicken wires, digging foundations, making bricks, carrying water and other tasks.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Friday): Depart from the United States.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrive in Malawi; dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Sunday): Breakfast at the hotel; welcome and orientation with local staff; lunch at hotel; work in the afternoon; dinner and overnight.
Days 4-7 (Monday-Thursday): Typical build day: breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time in the evenings for local cultural activities; dinner; team activities.
Day 8 (Friday): Work a half-day; lunch on-site; house dedication and farewell ceremony in the afternoon; drive back to Lilongwe; dinner and overnight.
Day 9 (Saturday):Breakfast at the hotel; cultural activities and free time; dinner and overnight.
Day 10 (Sunday): Depart for home.

There will be other opportunities for cultural activities in the evenings, during free time and during days off.

Teams traveling to Malawi stay in either guesthouses or small hotels, depending on the location. Breakfast and dinner are provided at lodging, and lunch is provided on-site.

Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

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 an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!

Team leader
Candy Gallup is a retired teacher who grew up overseas and now enjoys traveling the globe. She has participated on volunteer trips to South America, the Pacific region, and the Caribbean, as well as Habitat GV builds in Bali and Mongolia. She is looking forward to leading this trip to Malawi.

For more information on this build, contact Candy at

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

Back to Trip Schedule Page