Volunteers on a Global Village trip

How to apply to a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip

Learn more and fill out the online Global Village application.

The purpose of Global Village trips

The ultimate goal of Global Village trips is to further Habitat for Humanity International’s mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide. Global Village participants do this by:

  • Lending a helping hand to those in need of simple, decent shelter.
  • Donating valuable funds to Habitat programs around the world.
  • Learning about the global need for cross-cultural understanding and simple, decent, affordable housing.
  • Learning about new paradigms in the delivery of affordable housing that address the magnitude of the problem and the availability of resources.
  • Becoming long-term advocates for affordable housing.

Trip costs and payments

Please review the Global Village FAQs before applying for a trip or making a payment.

Any questions you have about how to make payments for a Global Village trip can be found online in the “Payment Policies and Procedures” info sheet.

Participants under the age of 18

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. The criteria listed in the policy apply to all potential Global Village participants under the age of 18.

These guidelines apply internationally and domestically, unless otherwise specified. Guidelines include considerations for minors, guardians and Global Village team leaders.

Health and safety

  • Work assignments normally involve strenuous physical activity―sometimes at high altitudes. Team members must be in good physical health in order go join a Global Village work team on a trip.
  • International travel always contains some degree of danger. All Global Village team members participate at their own risk.

Passports

  • International trips: You will need a current passport that is valid for six months beyond your travel dates.
  • A note about passport processing times: To ensure you receive your passport by the date of your Global Village trip departure, allow approximately 20 weeks for passport applications (both new and renewal). Find more information regarding passport-processing times, visit the U.S. Department of State’s Application Processing Times.

Application process

  • If you have not applied for a Global Village trip before, or applied more than three years ago: Submit a new application by selecting the blue “Apply Online Now” button below. Your application will be sent to team leaders based on the preferences you provide.
  • If you have applied within the past three years: You do not need to reapply. Email gv@habitat.org if your contact information has changed. When you see a trip of interest on the available Global Village trips page, contact the team leader directly.
  • If you are interested in a Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip: Please view more information about Thrivent trips, and submit a separate application, on the Thrivent Builds Worldwide site.

Information needed to apply

Your application allows us to share your contact information and areas of interest with leaders, and serves as your waiver and emergency contact information form.

Please have the following information available before applying:

  • Passport jurisdiction, number and expiration date. If you do not currently have a valid passport, please provide this information to your team leader later.
  • Primary doctor contact information.
  • Emergency contact information.
  • Date of last tetanus shot.
  • Insurance information (if covered).

Selection process

  • Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation letter.
  • The team leader will select team members from a pool of interested applicants. Selection is not on a first-come basis.
  • Your choice of destination(s) and date(s) will be matched with available trips and you will receive an 8-digit Habitat identification and “match” letter.

Apply now to join a Global Village trip

Lead a Global Village team

Global Village teams set out to build housing and improve a community, but often it’s the volunteers who return home changed.

An excellent team leader facilitates every one of these transformational experiences. If you are ready, we will equip you to be our next star leader.

Team leader job description

Recruit a team of volunteers and inspire them to get excited about the trip, fundraise and prepare to travel. During the trip, help volunteers stay safe on the build site and find meaning in the experience. Our staff plans logistics and handles most of the funds so that you can focus on your volunteers.

What makes a great team leader? 

  • You are excited about the deeper purpose of Global Village trips: to build, invest in communities and inspire new people to get involved in our work.
  • You love telling people about Habitat for Humanity.
  • You describe yourself as a “people person.”
  • You exude flexibility even when plans change at the last minute or people surprise you.
  • You will recruit volunteers as fast as lightning.
  • You stay on top of emails and calls.
  • You have fun trying new foods, exploring offbeat places and meeting new people.
  • You take initiative and know how to find answers.

Requirements

Team leaders must be age 24 or older. If you can recruit your own team, such as from your school or local Habitat affiliate, then you are ready to apply. If you want to recruit a team using our website (we call these “open teams”), then you must travel with Global Village at least once before applying.

Apply now to lead a Global Village team

Outside the U.S.? Please email us before applying.

After you apply

Recruiting your own team? We will schedule you for a training session. Recruiting with our website? Our staff will call to talk with you, and we will check in with your former team leader. If you are selected, we will schedule you for training. The training sessions are fun, we promise!