Brazil volunteer trip

New Year's Water Build, Recife, Brazil

New Year's Water Build

Healthy homes

Upgrade existing houses with smokeless stoves, water filtration systems, new bathrooms and more.

9 days

Join this 10-day Global Village trip building housing solutions for families in Brazil.

Ring in the new year in Brazil! Experience Brazilian music and traditional dances as you are immersed in the cultural traditions of this highly celebrated holiday.

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 training after your team returns home.

Take a short break In the middle of your build week and celebrate the new year, Brazilian style! On the first day of the new year, enjoy a restful morning, then depart on a field trip to Alto do Moura. 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.

Apply now to join this Global Village team, or email questions to team leader Duane Hershberger at

Trip highlights

  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve fully immersed in Brazilian culture and traditions.
  • Build water cisterns as a part of Habitat Brazil’s Water for Lives project.

Program donation and fundraising


You may fundraise or give the program donation. Fundraising is as easy as telling your friends, family and coworkers 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. Habitat will share about their innovative work and brief the team on the project.
  • Day 3-4: Build. Travel to Caruaru where your team will build with local, skilled construction workers. After work, the team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings.
  • Day 5: New Year’s Eve. Explore local cities during the day then celebrate New Year’s Eve with local families at night.
  • Day 6: New Year’s Day. Enjoy a restful morning and take a field trip to Alto do Moura in the evening.
  • Day 7-9: Build: Continue to work on the build site, with excursions, rest and reflection in the evenings. On the last build day, the team will have a farewell ceremony.
  • Day 10: 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, Duane Hershberger, would love to tell you more about trip! Email Duane at

Duane says, “I love the moments when, after a good days work of mixing mortar, carrying block, plastering walls, excavating dirt and shaping rebar to build a simple decent home for someone, we all sit together after dinner and share observations of the new connections between our lives and our new friends in a country. It's always inspiring. It really is more blessed to give than receive.”

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