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Sichuan Province, China

July 18, 2014 to August 1, 2014

This trip is your opportunity to make a tangible difference for a family in desperate need of decent housing. In the span of two weeks, our team will demolish an old mud home and build an entirely new home that is much safer and structurally sound.

You’ll get to meet the partner family, work alongside a group of like-minded individuals to build the Habitat home, and discover what life is like in rural China.

Join this trip for a rewarding experience, meet new friends from all over the world, and come home energized. No construction skills required, just a desire to help those in need.

About Global Village 
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 team leader John Budway (

Trip highlights

• Demolish and rebuild a home in the span of two weeks.

• Experience life in rural China.

• Interact with the partner families and members of the community.


  • July 18 (Friday): Suggested departure for North American volunteers.
  • July 19 (Saturday): Travel day.
  • July 20 (Sunday): Arrive in Chengdu City, meet your team, and stay overnight in a hotel.
  • July 21 (Monday): Travel to the build location and attend an orientation with the local Habitat staff.
  • July 22-25 (Tuesday-Friday): Build each day, with free time in the evenings and an occasional team activity.
  • July 26 and 27 (Saturday-Sunday): Enjoy cultural activities in the local community and Chengdu City.
  • July 28-31 (Monday-Thursday): Work days on the build site. Thursday afternoon: Return to Chengdu City, enjoy some free time and the final team dinner.
  • August 1 (Friday): Your journey in China may continue independently, or you may depart for home.

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
You’re doing something exciting with Habitat, so tell people about it! Create a page on Share.Habitat to tell friends, family, and coworkers about your Global Village trip. It’s a great way to raise your program cost, and the additional funds you raise will keep Habitat building.

Accommodations and food
Teams stay in modest but comfortable hotels. The team will spend its first and last nights at a hotel in Chengdu City. All meals, snacks and ample water will be provided.

Types of work for volunteers
Volunteers will work on new construction under the direction of an expert mason. A typical Habitat home measures 70 square meters in size and the most common type of materials used are red bricks, stone, compressed earth blocks or wood supplemented with a tiled roof. Habitat staff will supply full safety training and instruction.

Contact this team’s leader
Have questions? Ready to join the team? John Budway ( will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

John’s favorite GV story: “I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to lead Habitat teams for the past eight years in many countries around the world and I have wonderful memories of those trips. What I recall most fondly are the closing ceremonies of each build and the house dedications where a Habitat partner family is given the keys to their new home and new life -  join this build in China and come away inspired.”

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

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