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Flathead Valley, Montana

September 7, 2014 to September 14, 2014

September is a lovely time to visit and work in the historic town of Whitefish, Montana, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The days are still warm and the fall colors are dazzling. You can be part of a concerted effort to build homes for families in need. Please join us!

You and your team of fellow volunteers will spend a week helping with the construction of an affordable, energy efficient townhome for a low-income family struggling to make ends meet in an area with high housing costs. Under the guidance of experts, your tasks will include digging the foundation, framing, roofing, installing windows and doors, insulation, painting and finish work.

Plus, as the gateway to Glacier National Park and home to crystal clear lakes and rivers, Flathead Valley offers an abundance of hiking, camping, fishing, golf, biking and other recreational opportunities.

Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the worksite, meet the families whose housing situation you are improving, experience the country like an insider, and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.

Apply now to join this Global Village team, or email questions to the team leader at

Trip highlights

• Help a family achieve their dream of homeownership.

• Learn new construction skills and work alongside a great group of volunteers.

• Enjoy the abundance of beautiful scenery and activities at Glacier National Park.  

Sample standard itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Flathead Valley and meet your team.
  • Days 2-5: Work on the build site all day, followed by dinner and free time in the evenings.
  • Day 6: Work a half-day, and then travel to Glacier National Park for sightseeing and fun activities.
  • Day 7: Your trip to Montana may continue independently, or your may depart for home.

*Standard itinerary subject to change based on work schedule and weather

Program cost
This cost includes an important donation to Habitat for Humanity so that we can continue building safe, decent housing after you return home. For more details about what is included, visit Global Village program cost.

Share your story and keep Habitat building
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Accommodations and food
Teams stay in a vacation rental home that has a mix of beds, bunks and air mattresses. Teams will prepare some meals at the rental home and visit local restaurants.  

Types of work for volunteers
Volunteers work side-by-side with Habitat partner families under the direction of a construction supervisor. Teams will help with the construction of energy efficient townhomes. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate.

Contact this team’s leader
Kristin Distelhorst has a varied career history from English as a second language instructor, community planner, consultant and volunteer, Seattle civil rights outreach staff, senior day health director and hospital discharge planner. She is married to a remodeling contractor with whom she shares a mutual love for hiking, backpacking trips, movies and life. They have two grown sons. Kristin has participated on two previous builds in Armenia, Poland and as co-leader in Budapest, Hungary. Kristin says, “Volunteering has always been a very important part of my life and I am very excited to work with a team in Montana this year.”  For more information, contact Kristin at

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