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August 2, 2013 to August 11, 2013

Partner with a community in Lusaka and build homes for orphans and their caretakers. This team will come together and make a lasting impression on the families while enjoying the culture as a local would. No construction experience required—just eagerness to help out.

About the project  
Habitat for Humanity Zambia (HFHZ) opened its doors in 1984 when it started building houses for fishing families on Kabuyu Island. From these small beginnings, HFHZ has built more than 2,000 houses and is granting no-profit mortgages, building houses with the Orphans and Vulnerable Children project, and advancing community development initiatives that look after the health and education of the communities along with the housing. 

For this build, we’ll use burnt bricks and corrugated-iron roofing sheets. The houses are simple but high quality, with separate sleeping, cooking and living areas.

Standard itinerary
Day 1 (Friday): Depart the United States.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrival in Lusaka; greeted at airport by HFH Zambia staff; transport to hotel; dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Sunday): Orientation with host staff; grociery 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 half day on-site; cultural activities such as market visit, orphanage, etc., in the community; travel back to Lusaka.
Day 10 (Sunday): Breakfast at hotel; depart for home or independent travel.

Teams stay in a modest hotel. Rooms are double occupancy with a full bathroom (shower and toilet) and electricity.

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

Team leader
Gina Ebbs is from the UK and based there, but she began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2006. She then branched out to the Global Village program, joining build teams in Ethiopia and Mongolia. Gina has now led teams to Malawi and China. 

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

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

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