Apply to the International Volunteer Program

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IVP participants will be provided with:

  • Pre-arrival travel information and advice
  • Documentation for obtaining visa or work permit (if required)
  • Assistance from the host office in finding simple, decent housing
  • Logistical support upon arrival
  • In-country orientation
  • Supervision and cross-cultural support
  • An unforgettable and rewarding experience

IVP participants are responsible for:
All costs associated with living abroad. These costs include (but are not limited to):

  • Visas
  • International medical insurance
  • Food
  • Travel to and from your host country
  • You may also be responsible for your housing and utilities

The cost of participation varies depending on the country and your length of service. An estimate of costs is included in each volunteer position description.

International Health Insurance
You must purchase and provide proof of international travel and medical insurance.

You need to possess a passport that is valid until at least six months past your return date. Passport applications are available at your local postal service or from a county clerk’s office. There will be a passport processing fee. Additionally, allow sufficient time for processing.

Visa requirements and fees vary from country to country. For information on entry requirements for your host country, contact the U.S. embassy or the country’s consulate. The consulate or your Habitat host office can advise you as the type of visa you will need. Be sure to ask the consulate how to apply for visa extensions if necessary.

Cancellations and Refunds
Whether a trip is cancelled by the applicant or Habitat for Humanity, refunds are not given for any upfront expenses towards the International Volunteer Program.

Representing Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the values and teachings of Jesus Christ. Our ministry accepts and helps people of all faiths or no faith. Many representatives of Habitat for Humanity are proud to exemplify and communicate our Christian foundations and values. However, representatives of Habitat for Humanity are not involved with the conversion of others to any religion.

Additionally, open involvement in politics is unacceptable as a Habitat representative.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity before applying, explore the Foundations of Habitat for Humanity online courses on Click on “Courses,” then search for “Foundations of Habitat.”

Apply to the International Volunteer Program

You can view our current requests for long-term international volunteers here: Browse long-term international volunteer opportunities

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