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Malawi - Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

July 11, 2014 to July 20, 2014

Come together with a team of volunteers to build a home for orphans and their caretaker in a rural village in Malawi.


• Day 1: Depart from North America.

• Day 2: Arrive in Lilongwe, Malawi, where Habitat picks you up at the airport. Meet your team at dinner.

• 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.

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

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

• Day 9: Explore Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city.

• Day 10: Continue your journey in Africa independently or depart for home.

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, be invited into some other families’ 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 back home.

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 is 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 Kelli Akremi.

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? Kelli Akremi will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

Kelli’s favorite GV memory: “While working on a build in the Dominican Republic, the future homeowners invited me to sit with them for a cup of coffee.  I’m not a coffee drinker, but I didn’t want to turn down their hospitality. As we sat there, the 91-year-old husband and 80-year-old wife good-naturedly recounted their courtship, their children and grandchildren and their plans for their new home. After a lifetime spent in substandard housing, they were ready for the change. Never before had I been so inspired over a cup of coffee.”

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

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