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August 30, 2013 to September 8, 2013
A woman stands in front of her family’s new house in Lusaka, Zambia.

If you think that the best way to get to know a place is to get to know the people, this trip is for you. Join this unique opportunity to stay and work in a Zambian community, with others who want to assist in building safe, decent housing and experience the real Africa. No construction experience is needed. Bring your sense of adventure, an open mind and a willingness to help.

About Habitat for Humanity Zambia
Zambia is a southeastern African nation with highlands, plains, swamps and deserts. Lusaka, the capital and largest city, is one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities.

Habitat for Humanity Zambia (HFHZ) opened its doors in 1984 when it started building houses for fishing families on Kabuyu Island. From these small beginnings, HFHZ has built more than 1,700 houses, expanded into six of the country’s nine provinces, and expanded into multiple types of community development initiatives. 

Types of construction for volunteers
HFHZ builds in both rural and semi-urban areas. The average house size is about 300 sq. ft. Because Habitat uses regionally appropriate technology, most of the program’s rural houses are built with burnt bricks and corrugated-iron roofing sheets. The houses are simple but high quality, with separate sleeping, cooking and living areas. The design is such that homeowners have the option of extending the house in the future.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Friday): Depart the United States.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrival in Lusaka; greeted at airport by HFH Zambia staff; transport to hotel; dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Sunday): Orientation with host staff; grocery shopping; travel to host project.
Days 4-8 (Work days, Monday-Friday): Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 9 (Saturday): Work half day on site; cultural activities such as market visit, orphanage, etc., in the community; travel back to Lusaka.
Day 10 (Sunday): Breakfast at hotel; depart for home or independent travel.

Our team will be staying with the community, so we will sleep in a group house or Habitat family’s house, with bucket showers and pit latrines. Teams will be able to walk to the build site. No electricity!

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

Increase your impact: Take the GV Challenge
Habitat for Humanity is accelerating its work to end poverty housing, and we need Global Village teams to help. Set a goal and fundraise to make your impact last longer than the days you’re in the field. Your support builds more homes, creates resource centers, educates families, and advances our projects to build sustainable communities. We’ll even provide tools to make fundraising easy. Take the GV Challenge—join us in sharing our story and building a better world. 

Team leader
Krista Padgett is a long-time Habitat supporter and employee. She started out on work trips in junior high and high school, volunteering two years as an AmeriCorps construction leader, working the past 12 years in various positions with Habitat for Humanity International, and serving as a family selection volunteer in her local community of Raleigh, N.C. She has participated in two Global Village trips (both with her magnificent co-leader, Becky Plummer) and led four others. She sees Global Village as a way to travel meaningfully and reconnect with the heart of Habitat’s work. She is always reinvigorated to introduce Habitat to people who have never experienced it before! 

Becky Plummer, application development team leader with the transactional products department of Bloomberg LP in New York City, has been involved with Habitat since 2006 locally and attended her first GV build in Cambodia August 2008. The Cambodia build really resonated and inspired her to volunteer again and again. Zambia will be her fifth Global Village trip. Her love of travel, infectious enthusiasm and the cultural exploration will make this a trip to remember.

If you would like more information about this trip or would like to join, please contact Krista or Becky at

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

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