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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

June 27, 2015 to July 5, 2015

Experience Habitat’s Global Village program Big Island style! When you join this volunteer trip, you’ll learn about Hawaiian spirit of aloha and their respect for the land. Come with an open mind and a readiness to serve.

Habitat West Hawaii is active in several projects and, depending on the timing, the team could take part in new construction, critical home repairs, A Brush with Kindness or community projects. Tasks for these projects include:

  • A Brush with Kindness: Volunteers will prepare the house for painting by power washing and taping off windows, and complete an exterior paint job of the house.
  • New construction: Exterior work will involve framing and finish carpentry. Interior tasks include anything from putting in flooring, installing cabinets, etc., depending on the progress of the job site.
  • Critical repairs: Volunteers can expect to work on installing new siding, repairing any foundational work, repairing bathroom and kitchen areas, etc. 

Plus, there’s an abundance of fun activities to enjoy during your trip. You can take a drip to Volcanoes National Park, enjoy a hike in Pololu Valley, go snorkeling at Kahalu’u Beach Park or take a sunset dinner cruise.

Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the worksite, meet the families whose housing situation you are improving, experience the country like an insider and do it all alongside a team of like-minded volunteers. No experience required! This build is your next step with Habitat to make the world a better place.

Apply now to join this Global Village team, or email questions to team leader Holly Carter.

Program cost

This cost includes an important donation to Habitat for Humanity so that we can continue building safe, decent housing after you return home. For more details about what is included, visit Global Village program cost

You may fundraise the program cost, pay it all or pay some yourself and fundraise the rest. With our help, fundraising with social media and email will be easy. We hope that you will set a goal above program cost. That additional donation will keep Habitat building after your team returns home. Joining this team can be your first step in making this Hawaiian neighborhood a better place to live.

Trip highlights
• Learn new skills on a Habitat build site
• Build lasting friendships with your teammates and the Habitat homeowners
• Enjoy a traditional Hawaiian luau or go whale watching at the beach.


  • Saturday: Arrive in Hawaii and meet your team.
  • Sunday: Habitat staff will explain about their work in Hawaii. We’ll also have free time for team activities.
  • Monday-Friday: Work on the build site all day, followed by dinner and free time in the evenings.
  • Saturday: Free time for cultural activities and a farewell dinner.
  • Sunday: Your trip to Hawaii may continue independently, or your may depart for home.

Accommodations and food
Teams will stay at a hotel that is centrally located to shopping and dining and not far from the build site. Lunches will be provided on the build site and teams can visit local restaurants for dinner.

Types of work for volunteers
A variety of construction tasks await volunteers. All work will be done under the direction of a construction supervisor. Tools and safety equipment will be provided by the affiliate.

Contact this team’s leader
Have questions? Ready to join the team? Holly Carter will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

Holly says: “My favorite GV story is about the farewell party with the families and children in the Dominican Republic last March. After playing with balloons and paints and presenting the families with their bibles, the affiliate brought out a huge cake with a house on it. The families were crying, the students (my team members) were crying and I was crying.  From there it turned into an icing fight from the cake, singing and dancing with the children and families in celebration of the new homes! It was a beautiful moment that I will remember forever.”

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

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