The benefits of volunteering for a Global Village trip
- Volunteering on a Global Village trip gives you the opportunity to observe and contribute to Habitat’s work firsthand.
- You will learn about poverty housing, development challenges and Habitat’s ministry and mission to help eradicate them.
- You will experience the community’s culture, language and social practices while working alongside homeowners and volunteers of all backgrounds, races and religions.
- You will help to build a true global village of love, homes, families, communities and hope!
What Global Village trips are like
While every Global Village trip is different, you can expect to gain a once-in-a-lifetime set of experiences and memories. Itineraries are balanced with plenty of work, rest and free time. During your trip, you will do more than help build houses―you will become part of the local community and participate in cultural activities.
Where you can go
Available Global Village work trips .
Global Village trip costs  vary, but all payments include a donation to the host community’s Habitat program, in-country transportation, food, accommodations and travel medical insurance.
- Cost estimates
Estimates for a 9- to 14-day trip, excluding air fare (All amounts are in U.S. dollars.):
Asia and South America: $1,650–$2,350
Central America/Caribbean: $1,275–$1,550
Europe and Central Asia: $1,825–$2,500
- Funding your trip
If you are interested in fundraising to help pay for your trip costs, you can find resources in our Payment Policies and Procedures manual (1MB .pdf). 
No experience is required. Because work assignments often require strenuous manual labor, participants must be in good health. There is no maximum age limit.
Groups should call our office to request potential locations and dates. It takes at least six months to properly prepare for an international assignment. Team size commonly ranges from eight to 15 participants. To arrange for a group trip, please contact the Global Village team .
Depending on local laws and program policy, some host programs may not accept minors or may limit the type of work performed by minors. Please read the Global Village minor policy .
Volunteer team leaders
Team leaders are responsible for planning all aspects of the Global Village trip and generally have participated on a trip before leading. Team leaders are not paid for their work, but leader expenses may be incorporated into the team budget. For more details, read Becoming a Global Village Team Leader (1MB .pdf). 
General information to consider
In most cases, you need a current passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates. Some countries may also require a visa.
- Language fluency
There is no language requirement for participating in a GV trip. Team leaders can arrange for an interpreter if needed.
- Work site safety
The onsite construction supervisor will instruct volunteers in the correct procedure for performing each task and will familiarize them with the potential hazards and how such hazards can be minimized or avoided.
- Health and personal safety
The health and safety of GV team members is a top priority of HFHI. We keep informed of the latest travel advisories from several countries. The participant, however, has the responsibility of understanding the associated risks and making the final decision to participate with a team.