Are you looking for an adventure that will change your life? If you are a motivated, team oriented and adventurous person who is interested in helping others, this trip is for you!
A woman carries water to the build site in Lusaka, Zambia.
Zambia is a southeastern African nation with five distinct topographical regions: the central highlands; the western plains, swamps and semi-arid deserts; the Rift Valley of the Zambezi Lowlands; the Muchinga Uplands; and the swamps and lakes of the northeast. The country shares boundaries with eight countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania.
Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. It is located in the southern part of the country’s central plateau. Lusaka is considered one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa in terms of population. It is a commercial center as well as the center of government, and includes the four main highways of Zambia.
Habitat for Humanity Zambia
Habitat for Humanity Zambia opened its doors in 1984, when it started building houses for fishing families on Kabuyu Island. From these small beginnings, HFHZ built more than 1,700 houses, and has expanded into six of the country’s nine provinces. HFHZ has also as facilitated multiple development initiatives, especially in the Chanyanya community. The newest of the program’s affiliates is in the urban area of Tiyende Pamodzi, Lusaka.
Types of construction for volunteers
HFHZ builds in both rural and semi-urban areas. The average house size is 35 square meters (approximately 300 square feet). In keeping with the ethos of using regionally appropriate technology, most of the program’s rural houses are built using 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.
Day 1 (Typically Friday): Depart the United States.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrival in Lusaka; greeted at airport by HFH Zambia staff; transport to hotel; dinner and overnight in Lusaka.
Day 3 (Sunday): Some late arrivals; 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 from 8a.m.-10a.m.; farewell celebration and lunch; travel back to Lusaka; dinner and overnight.
Day 10 (Sunday): Breakfast at hotel; depart for home.
Teams stay in a group house or Habitat house, typically 2-6 people per room with bucket showers and pit latrines. Teams will be able to walk to the build site. No electricity!
(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!
Megan Haughey has led teams to Zambia, India and Hungary. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity since 2001 and is an active trip leader. She currently coaches college basketball at DeSales University. If you have any questions, please email Megan at email@example.com.