Bring strength, stability and self-reliance to homeowner families around the world by joining a Global village trip.

Join a Global Village trip

As a Global Village volunteer, you will:

  • Lend a helping hand to those in need of simple, decent shelter.
  • Donate valuable funds to Habitat programs around the world.
  • Learn about the global need for cross-cultural understanding and simple, decent, affordable housing.
  • Learn about new paradigms in the delivery of affordable housing that address the magnitude of the problem and the availability of resources.
  • Discover how to become a long-term advocate for affordable housing.

Funding your trip

The program donation varies by location but will always include a donation to fund the host community’s Habitat program, in-country transportation, food, accommodations and cultural activities as well as travel medical insurance for the dates of the Global Village trip.

The program donation does not include airfare, visa and exit fees, any associated vaccines, trip cancellation insurance or any additional activities beyond the typical itinerary.

Most teams can fundraise or give the program donation for the trip that you’ve chosen using www.share.habitat.org. It’s as easy as sharing with your friends, family and co-workers about why you build with Habitat for Humanity. Ask your team leader for additional details.

Every dollar raised above the program donation is an additional donation to the host program you’re visiting. Each contribution allows us to serve another homeowner and continue building after your team returns home.

Find out how to submit a payment in the “Payment Policies and Procedures” info sheet.

For more information, please review the Global Village FAQs.

Participants under the age of 18

While all Global Village volunteers must be 16 or older, most trips allow participants who are younger than 18 to participate only if accompanied by their legal parent or guardian. More details are listed in the Global Village minor policy.

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 risks. While Habitat for Humanity International has a comprehensive safety and emergency management plan and travel medical and evacuation insurance policy, all Global Village team members participate at their own risk.
  • Consult with your personal physician or travel clinic regarding any recommended vaccinations or precautions that may need to be taken prior to travel.

Passports and visas

  • International trips: You will need a current passport that is valid for six months beyond your travel dates.
  • Visas: Visit www.travel.state.gov to review the visa requirements for the country you’re traveling to.

Next steps in the application process

Submit an application to join a trip. You’ll need to provide the following information:

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

After you submit your application we’ll connect you with a team leader within two business days. Your application allows us to share your contact information and areas of interest with the leaders you select, and serves as your waiver and emergency contact information form. 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.

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.