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August 1, 2014 to August 10, 2014

Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

Join a team of volunteers for a once-in-a-lifetime experience building homes and hope with Habitat for Humanity Malawi and their project serving orphans and vulnerable children.

Your team will work with skilled masons to build a safe, decent house up from the foundation. You’ll meet the children and caretaker whose lives will be changed.

The neighbors will welcome you into their community, too. You’ll meet lots of people, be invited into some homes, see their corn crops and even meet a few pets.

After you build the house, Habitat for Humanity will provide the children with health education, legal assistance and community support. That’s a story you’ll be excited to share.

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.


• Friday, day 1: Depart from North America.

• Saturday, day 2: Arrive in Lilongwe, Malawi. Habitat for Humanity picks you up at the airport. Meet your team for dinner and activities at the guesthouse.

• Sunday, day 3: Habitat staff shares about our innovative work in Malawi and briefs the team on your project. Travel to the affiliate community for a welcome dinner.

• Monday-Thursday, days 4-7: Build, with free time and cultural activities in the evenings.

• Friday, day 8: Build until lunch, then join the house dedication and farewell ceremony. Return to Lilongwe.

• Saturday, day 9: A day to explore Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe.

• Sunday, day 10: You may continue your journey in Africa independently or depart for home.

Apply now to join this Global Village team, or email questions to team leader Barbara Thomas.

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.

Meals and accommodations
Global Village teams stay in modest, comfortable hotels with double-occupancy rooms. Breakfast and dinner are taken at the hotel most nights, and lunch is served on the work site.

Tasks on the work site
Typical work includes mixing mortar and concrete, carrying construction materials, fixing chicken wires, digging foundations, making bricks, carrying water and other tasks as assigned by the expert construction workers.

Share your story and keep Habitat building
You’re doing something exciting with Habitat, so tell people about it! Create a page on Share.Habitat to tell friends, family and coworkers about your Global Village trip. Fundraising your program cost will be easy, and any additional funds you raise will keep Habitat building after your team returns home.

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

Barbara’s favorite GV story: “At the closing celebration with my first GV team in Amecameca, Mexico, twelve-year-old Miguel stepped into the circle and said, ‘I can’t believe you came all the way from America to help us. Thank you so much.’ With tears of gratitude, I reflected upon the fact that he now knows that there are people in the world who help others and that someday he will be one of them.”


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

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