You are here


August 2, 2013 to August 11, 2013

Renew your spirit by spending the summer working alongside others as we help provide affordable housing to families in need on the island of Madagascar. You will have fun and get your hands dirty as we become immersed in a new culture and build friendships. The trip will require patience, flexibility and an open heart and mind; however, no construction experience is necessary. At the end of the ten days, you will be left with the sense of being part of something bigger than yourself and many lasting memories.

About Habitat for Humanity Madagascar
The large island of Madagascar has abundant natural resources and unique wildlife; eighty percent of its plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world. The island is prone to tropical cyclones and torrential rains, which in recent years have left thousands of people homeless.

Habitat for Humanity Madagascar began building in 2000. Most of their projects are in rural or suburban areas, but recently they have also begun upgrading urban slums. 

About this build
GV teams start in most cases with a stone foundation laid and begin working on the walls. Volunteers will assist professional masons. Toilets are built on site prior to the construction of the house for the team’s use. 

Houses are built in stages, generally starting from a core house of one or two rooms to keep it affordable and serve more families. Walls are made of clay brick and mortar. When local climate permits, clay tiles are used for the roofs and windows, and doors are made of eucalyptus. These materials are locally produced and come from renewable sources. Habitat Madagascar’s program is sustainable and keeps housing costs affordable for partner families.

Team itinerary
Day 1 (Friday): Depart the United States.
Day 2 (Saturday): Arrival in Antananarivo; dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Sunday): Breakfast at hotel; travel to host project; welcome and orientation with Habitat Madagascar staff; welcome dinner.
Days 4-5 (Monday-Tuesday): Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; dinner; free time and team activities in evening.
Day 6 (Wednesday): Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.-noon with lunch on site; cultural experiences in the community.
Days 7-8 (Thursday-Friday): Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; dinner; free time and team activities in evening.
Day 9 (Saturday): Breakfast; work from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch on-site; dedication ceremony and farewell party.
Day 10 (Sunday): Travel to Antananarivo and depart for home or individual travel.

Depending on the project location, the team may stay at a hotel in double-or triple-occupancy rooms with a shared bath. The first and last night, the team will stay in a hotel in Antananarivo, sharing double- or triple-occupancy rooms with a shared bath. 

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 for Humanity 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. Your support builds more homes, creates resource centers, educates families, and advances our projects to build sustainable communities. We’ll even provide tools to make fundraising easy. Take the GV Challenge—join us in sharing our story and building a better world. 

Team leader
Katie Evans works for Habitat for Humanity International, helping to coordinate Global Village teams to the Asia Pacific region. She has had the opportunity to travel to some amazing countries—both in a work and personal setting—and is excited to discover the beauty of Madagascar and Africa. She works to build meaningful friendships with the people she meets and is dedicated to providing a memorable experience during this trip. 

Please contact Katie at for more information or with questions about this trip.

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

Back to Trip Schedule Page