China volunteer trip

Home construction - Guangdong, China

Join this 10-day Global Village trip building a home and sustainable opportunities in rural China.

One of the world’s oldest cultures and largest countries, China is unique in their deep familial relationships, religious traditions and rich culture.

In partnership with the government and the local Disabled Persons’ Federation, Habitat for Humanity China will provide housing for disabled families throughout the countryside. Partner with Habitat for Humanity China to help bring strength, stability and independence to a family in need of a decent place to live.

As you build with the family, you’ll be welcomed into the community. Eat traditional food and meet the neighbors whose community you’re helping to improve. This trip is a unique opportunity to experience life inside the culture.

After volunteering during the day, you will have free time in the evenings for excursions, relaxation and reflection. During your day off, you and your team will enjoy touring markets and other historical sites.

Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet families whose housing situations have been improved with Habitat’s help, 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.

Program donation and fundraising

US$1,810

Half is a direct contribution to Habitat’s work, and the rest covers your volunteer experience.

You may fundraise or give the program donation. Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. They may even ask to join the team! We set you up with a great website and coaching for success.

Volunteers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal over the minimum. Every donation you raise keeps Habitat building after your team returns home and helps us serve another family.

Itinerary

  • Days 1-2, Traveling. Depart from home on Friday and join us in Guangzhou! Habitat will greet you when you arrive and take you to meet your team.
  • Day 3, Orientation. Travel to the build location and learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
  • Day 4-7, Build. Your team will build with local, skilled construction workers and the future homeowners. You’ll have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings.
  • Day 8, Explore. Be immersed in the local culture and experience the community firsthand while getting to know your team.
  • Day 9, Celebrate. After building in the morning, the team will head back to Guangzhou for one last team dinner.
  • Day 10, Goodbyes. Continue your journey in China independently or head on home.

Meals and accommodations

The team will stay in modest, comfortable hotels in double-occupancy rooms. Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurants.

Type of work for volunteers

Some of the tasks include moving dirt and bricks, digging for septic tanks, bending rebar, mixing and pouring concrete, and laying block foundation. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate, and a professional construction leader will always be present on-site.

What’s next?

Apply now.

We will connect you with a team leader within two business days. The team leader will tell you more about the build and learn about you. After speaking with the team leader, donate or fundraise your deposit to secure your spot on the team. The team leader will help you prepare and lead you during the trip.

Have questions?

Your team leader, Lindsey Kerr, will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email Lindsey at lindseychristinekerr@gmail.com.

When asked about previous Global Village experiences, Lindsey said, "This will be my ninth Habitat build and each trip comes with new lifelong friends and once-in-a-lifetime memories. In Argentina, we built for a single mom and every day her extended family came to build alongside us. We bonded and at the end of the build felt like one big family. In Bali, one of my best friends met her husband on our build. At the end of our build in Jordan we invited the entire village to a celebratory barbecue and everyone showed up. It was magical. In India, we built a safe home for a family that was living in a tiny hut that snakes kept invading. Their joy was contagious. Habitat Global Village builds are wonderful adventures with too many amazing memories to pick just one favorite."