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Zambia: Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project

November 1, 2014 to November 9, 2014

Zambia offers some of the world’s most spectacular natural beauty. Partner with Habitat for Humanity to improve the lives of a family and make your trip count: Join a team of volunteers building with our Orphans and Vulnerable Children project.

You will build safe, decent housing for orphans and their caretaker. Along with the house they will receive health education, legal help and continuing support to ensure that this solution is sustainable.

This team is special, because you will live in the community where you are working. Your partner family and their neighbors will open up Zambia to you as you eat, sleep and live like a local. Leave behind everyday life as you go five nights without the comforts of running water or reliable electricity. This immersion will give you a unique time to reflect on the role you can play serving people who are experiencing poverty.

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 Dave Kovac.

Program cost
This cost includes accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, medical insurance, as well as an important donation to Habitat for Humanity so that we can build decent housing. For more details, visit Global Village program cost.

Trip highlights

  • Stay inside the partner community and live like a local.
  • Build a house for orphaned children and their caretaker, giving them opportunity, stability and potential.


  • Day 1, Friday: Depart from North America.
  • Day 2, Saturday: Arrive in Lusaka, Zambia, where Habitat picks you up at the airport. Meet your team at dinner.
  • Day 3, Sunday: Habitat staff shares about their work in Zambia and briefs the team on your project. Travel to the affiliate community where you’ll meet your neighbors for the week.
  • Days 4-8, Monday-Friday: Build days with free time and team activities in the evenings.
  • Day 9, Saturday: Build then enjoy a dedication ceremony with your partner families and neighbors. Travel back to Lusaka and celebrate with Habitat Zambia staff.
  • Day 10, Sunday: Your journey in Africa may continue independently, or you may depart for home.

Your team will stay with the community in a group house or houses rented from Habitat partner families. Typically there are two to six people per room. Running water and electricity will not be available, because you’ll be living as the locals do – but don’t worry, we’ll provide plentiful water for you to drink and use with solar showers.

Tasks on the work site
Typical work includes mixing mortar and concrete, carrying construction materials, digging, 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? Dave Kovac will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you.

Dave says: “I don’t think I have a single favorite Global Village memory. The smiles and laughter, aches and sweat, gratitude and pride merging to form a grand, unfinished portrait in my head. Every experience is a unique blend of people, places and challenges. As long as we can laugh while we work, the memory will be special.”

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

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