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June 15, 2013 to June 23, 2013

Are you ready to take an adventure and make a difference? Do you want to build hope and new relationships while building a home?

We are looking for compassionate, flexible, dynamic individuals to join us in supporting Habitat for Humanity Malawi’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Children program. Malawi is home to an increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children as a result of the HIV/AIDS crisis, compounded by poverty and food insecurity. Habitat has developed a holistic approach to helping these young families and works with community-based partners to provide health education and prevention services that support this vulnerable group. You will have the opportunity to see how your work fits into a broader social context and achieve a deeper understanding of the issues that many residents of Malawi face.

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
Friday: Depart from the United States.
Saturday: Arrive in Malawi; dinner and overnight.
Sunday: Breakfast at the hotel; welcome and orientation with local staff; lunch at hotel; work in the afternoon; dinner and overnight.
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.
Friday: Work a half day; lunch on-site; house dedication and farewell ceremony in the afternoon; drive back to Lilongwe; dinner and overnight.
Saturday: Breakfast at the hotel; cultural activities and free time; dinner and overnight.
Sunday: Depart for home.

There will be other opportunities for cultural activities in the evenings and during free time and 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
Jennifer Thelen and Skye Sieber met while serving in the Peace Corps in Cameroon more than a decade ago. Their friendship and passion for travel has taken them to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Belize and most recently Honduras, where Jennifer led her first Global Village trip. Jennifer lives in Menlo Park, California, where she teaches fourth grade in a local middle school. She has led two Habitat builds, Honduras and Guatemala, and is excited to co-lead this trip with Skye.

Skye lives in western Colorado and works as an environmental policy coordinator for the Forest Service. She has done consulting work with the US Agency for International Development in Liberia, Burundi,and Zambia and is thrilled to return to Africa once again to co-lead her first Global Village trip. In her free time, Skye enjoys the outdoors, urban homesteading, yoga and the performing arts.

For more information about this trip, please contact Jennifer and Skye at

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

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