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August 3, 2013 to August 14, 2013

Your time in Kenya will be an experience you never forget, and it could change your life! Be part of a team that will live together, work together, engage the local community, and make a real difference. This summer you have the chance to see one of the most beautiful countries in the world and achieve something great. Our group will be composed of people from all over with diverse skills and backgrounds and we want you to be a part of it.

A woman tends to her child at a mud-and-daub house in Athiru, Kenya.
Kenya country profile

About Kenya
Kenya is known for its agricultural production and breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Kenya’s beauty, however, sharply contrasts with the struggle for survival that many of its people face. 

In recent decades, government-induced reforms have improved economic conditions, but 42 percent of Kenyans still live below the poverty line, and 50 percent of its citizens are unemployed.

About Habitat for Humanity Kenya
Habitat for Humanity Kenya was formed in 1982 and operates through more than 80 active community groups.

In rural areas, most families live in mud-and-daub houses with thatch roofs. These houses are difficult to maintain and provide a breeding ground for insects and rodents. Habitat is building houses in Kenya by utilizing the resources available in local areas, constructing with timber, stone or stabilized soil bricks, depending on the location.

For more information, visit the Kenya country profile or HFH Kenya.

Types of construction for volunteers
All Habitat Kenya-sponsored houses have masonry walls, concrete floors, foundation slabs, and corrugated iron-sheet roofs. The houses are built with fired brick, stabilized soil block or rough stone.

Standard itinerary
Day 1, typically Saturday: Depart from home.
Day 2, Sunday: Travel day; arrive by evening; greeted by HFH Kenya staff and transported to dinner and overnight stay at a Nairobi guesthouse.
Day 3, Monday: Breakfast at guesthouse; orientation; travel to HFH Kenya project site; welcome and introduction; dinner at team’s bed and breakfast guesthouse.
Days 4–8, Tuesday–Saturday (workdays): Breakfast at the guesthouse each morning; build from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up and have team activities.
Day 9, Sunday: Local cultural activities, plus option to attend a local church service.
Days 10, Monday: Build in the morning; lunch at the build site; farewell ceremony in the afternoon.
Day 11, Tuesday: Travel to Nairobi; free time and team dinner with HFH Kenya staff; overnight in Nairobi guesthouse.
Day 12, Wednesday: Depart for home.

Teams traveling to Kenya will spend their first and last nights at a Nairobi guesthouse. For the rest of the trip, team members will stay at modest bed-and-breakfast guesthouses near their project location, in double-occupancy rooms. Dinners will be provided at the guesthouse each night, with lunch, snacks and water provided on the build site.

Program cost
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)

Increase your impact: Take the GV Challenge
Habitat is accelerating its work to end poverty housing, and we need Global Village teams to help. Set a goal and fundraise to make your impact last longer than the days you’re in the field. The challenge is $1.1 million to build more homes, create resource centers, educate families, and advance our projects to build sustainable communities. We’ll even give you tools to make fundraising simple. Take the GV challenge—join us in sharing our story and building a better world.

Team leader
Matt Noyes lives in Boston, where he works in government relations for a nonprofit organization focused on access to health care and health coverage. In his free time, he is a runner, although he often questions the sanity of choosing to run long distances in New England winter conditions for “fun.” This will be Matt’s second trip to Kenya, where he participated in his first GV build in July 2011.

For more information, or if you are interested in joining this team, please email Matt at

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

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