Brazil volunteer trip

Recife, Brazil

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

9 days

Trip cost: US$2,045

Join this nine-day Global Village trip building housing solutions for families in Brazil.

Partner with Habitat for Humanity Brazil 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 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


About 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.


  • 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 experiences. 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 and 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, Eric Townsend, would love to tell you more about trip! Email Eric at

When asked about previous Global Village experiences, Eric said, “Habitat Global Village trips provide one of those rare opportunities where you can impact the lives of children, families and communities for a lifetime. Each build brings in a group of people that for the most part don't know each other. We come together as a team and accomplish amazing things on the job site and experience many cultural adventures off the job site. It is a life changing experience that I love to share.”

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