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January 5, 2013 to January 13, 2013

Are you adventurous, service-oriented and ready to get your hands dirty while working hard? Here is your chance to help a family realize a dream of owning a home, all while discovering the unique culture of Brazil. No special construction skills or language abilities are required for this adventure – just a positive attitude and the desire to make a difference for a family in need of affordable housing. This will be an amazing life-changing vacation with a purpose.


A woman washes dishes outside of the shack where her family lives.


About Brazil
Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and the fifth-most populous country in the world. Half of the country is covered by the gigantic system of rivers known as the Amazon. Otherwise, dense jungles with abundant wildlife, breathtaking waterfalls and excellent beaches characterize the landscape.

Searching for employment, masses of people are moving into urban areas where they find few affordable housing options besides severely depressed, overcrowded shantytowns and slums. An unstable economy and high inflation rates make circumstances worse for already impoverished Brazilians. It was recently estimated that more than 50 million Brazilians live in substandard housing.

About Habitat for Humanity Brazil
Habitat for Humanity Brazil was formed in 1992 and builds houses of cement block, with clay tile roofs, cement floors, wooden doors and metal windows. HFH Brazil is currently working in six projects in three Brazilian states.
For more information on HFH Brazil, visit or Brazil’s country profile page.

Types of construction for volunteers
Global Village volunteers may work on a variety of tasks. HFH Brazil’s house model is defined with the partner family, always respecting the goal of building a simple, decent and economical house. Houses are built using the region’s most common method and available resources, such as cement, sand, brick and metal.

Standard itinerary
(9-day itinerary)

Day 1 (Saturday): Depart the U.S. or home country for destination.
Day 2 (Sunday): Arrival day: greeted at the airport by GV hosts; register at hotel; meeting with Habitat staff; dinner and rest.
Days 3–7 (Work days, Monday–Friday) Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. with lunch at a local restaurant; free time after work to clean up; supper of typical local food; time for team activities. There will be a goodbye ceremony on Friday.
Day 8 (Saturday): Cultural team activities (options will be decided between host program and team leader); back to Recife for last night.
Day 9 (Sunday): Departure day.
Note: Special events throughout the week, including additional opportunities for cultural outings; a visit to a flour mill and either a visit to the local school or free time for other activities.

Habitat Brazil will determine the best lodging option for our group, taking into consideration the group size as well as proximity to the construction site. Work teams usually stay in hotels that are basic, safe and clean. The team will stay two to four people per room. Private baths will also be available.

Breakfast will be served at the hotel, lunch and dinner at a local restaurant. Purified water will be provided on-site. Volunteers should bring water bottles to carry with them. You may also bring or purchase snacks to take 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 leaders
Dave Kvapil of San Antonio, Texas is excited to be leading this GV team to Brazil. He has been involved with Habitat for Humanity International for the past six years; this will be his 12th Habitat build. Dave has previously led teams to Argentina, Guatemala (four times), Poland and Mexico and has participated in GV builds to Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and Romania. Dave is committed to the Global Village program believing every family should have a home. The GV experience provides a truly unique opportunity to understand new cultures, make new friends, and visit places where an average tourist would not venture – and to remind us to appreciate the lives we have.

For more information about this GV trip, please email Dave at

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

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