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Malawi- Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

October 3, 2014 to October 12, 2014

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

Your team will work with skilled masons to build a safe, decent house up from the foundation. The neighbors will welcome you into their community, so you’ll be immersed in the daily life of that village. You may be invited into some other families’ homes, see their corn crops and even meet a few pets.

After your team builds 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 Mark Fitzsimmons

Trip highlights

• Build with our Orphans and Vulnerable Children project, Habitat’s response to the AIDS/HIV crisis.

• Spend quality time at the work site with your partner family’s kids and neighbors.

• This trip is a great introduction to Africa, thanks to Malawi’s natural beauty and hospitable people.

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.


  • Day 1, Friday: Depart from North America.
  • Day 2, Saturday: Arrive in Lilongwe, Malawi, where Habitat picks you up at the airport. Meet your team at dinner.
  • Day 3, Sunday: 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, Monday-Thursday: Build, with free time and team activities in the evenings.
  • Day 8, Friday: Build, then enjoy the house dedication ceremony. Return to Lilongwe.
  • Day 9, Saturday: Explore Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city.
  • Day 10, Sunday: Continue your journey in Africa independently or depart for home. 

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

Mark says: “My favorite Global Village memory is from our build in Zambia. Our team bus pulled into a small village to screams of delight from the local people. You would’ve thought we were the Beatles. A group of women gathered and sang a song they had written, ‘Habitat Is Coming.’ Nothing can match the sense of purpose you get on a Habitat build in Africa. I’ve used a picture from that as my Facebook profile pic ever since.”

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

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