Brazil volunteer trip

Water for Lives, Brazil

Critical home improvement

Improve existing shelters to make them safe, decent places to live.

8 days

Join this nine-day Global Village trip and commemorate World Water Day by partnering with families to build water cisterns in a water scarce region of Brazil.

Devastated by drought, many families have suffered with little access to clean drinking water and poor sanitation. Help Habitat for Humanity Brazil implement their Water for Lives project by building cisterns in local communities. You and your team will work beside local masons and neighbors to provide accessible, clean water for these families. Your work will have a lasting impact as Habitat will continue to support the families through workshops and trainings after your team returns home. 

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 explore Old Recife and Olinda City or Porto de Galinhas Beach. With a packed itinerary, your mind will be buzzing with cultural exchanges and your heart full for the beautiful people of Brazil.

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 area 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


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.

Champion volunteers 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.


  • Day 1: Traveling. Depart for Brazil.
  • Day 2: Orientation. Arrive at the Recife airport where your team leader will greet you and take you to meet your teammates in Limoeiro. Habitat will share about their innovative work and brief the team on the project.
  • Day 3-4: Build. Your team will build with local, skilled construction workers. After work, the team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings.
  • Day 5: Build and cultural experience. Build in the morning followed by visiting a local school and traditional embroidery group in the afternoon to gain a deeper understanding of the community and enjoy Forro classes in the evening.
  • Day 6: Build. Build in the morning and visit a local community family farming project in the afternoon.
  • Day 7: Celebrate. Enjoy your final day of building with partner families before the dedication ceremony with rest and reflection in the evening.
  • Day 8: Explore. Visit Old Recife and Olinda City or Porto de Galinhas Beach. Reflect upon the week’s experiences in a local restaurant for your final team dinner.
  • Day 9: Goodbyes. Depart for home or continue your journey in Brazil independently.

Meals and accommodations

This is a team experience, so you will be sharing rooms in a safe, comfortable hotel or retreat center. All meals, snacks and water will be provided for the team.

Types of work for volunteers

Some of the tasks include foundation excavation, wall construction, plastering, floor slab construction and painting. 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 a question?

Your team leader, Shelly Ulmer, would love to tell you more about trip! Email Shelley.

When asked about previous Global Village experiences, Shelley said, “One of my favorite memories of a Global Village build was in Madagascar. A lorry pulled by Zebu and full of bricks had broken an axle on an incline. The entire team, families and local villagers all pitched in to unload the bricks by hand and then all pitched in to help push the Zebu and bricks up the hill. What could have been days of work was made quicker by many hands. These are the types of experiences that help bonds grow in communities.” 

Join this trip

Once you fill out the trip application, a team leader will be in touch to tell you more about this trip and answer any questions you may have.
Apply now