El Salvador volunteer trip

El Salvador

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

9 days

Travel to El Salvador and help Habitat for Humanity build homes for families in need of safe, decent and affordable shelter.

As you build, you’ll be welcomed into the community. Learn to make pupusas and try other typical foods, meet the neighbors whose community you’re helping to improve and explore local sites. This trip is a unique opportunity to experience life inside the culture.

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.

Trip highlights

  • Learn to make pupusas, typical Salvadoran food, with the partner family.
  • Explore Oscar Romero’s legacy and his heroic response to poverty.
  • Post-build, relax and unwind on the Pacific Coast.

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.

Consider setting 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, Saturday: Arrive at San Salvador airport, where Habitat for Humanity staff welcomes you. Travel to accommodations and meet your team over dinner.
  • Day 2, Sunday: Habitat staff will orient you to our work in El Salvador and introduce you to the community in which you’ll work.
  • Days 3-7, Monday-Friday: Build on-site, with free time and team activities in the evenings.
  • Day 8, Saturday: Enjoy a day at the beach, then a final team dinner.
  • Day 9, Sunday: Depart for home, or independently continue your travels.

Meals and accommodations

Teams stay at modest, comfortable hotels, two to three people per room. Enjoy a variety of cuisine prepared by locals.

    Tasks on the work site

    International volunteers may work in all stages of steel frame home construction. Regardless of what stage the house is in when the team arrives, responsibilities will likely include digging, carrying bricks, mixing cement, compacting dirt, moving materials and painting.

    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, Matthew Martin, would love to tell you more about the trip! Email him at utsportsguy@yahoo.com.

    When asked about his favorite Global Village memory, Matt says, “I loved playing soccer with the homeowners, watching team members play with the children around the work site, drinking a beer after work with the local construction crew, meeting fellow team members and becoming great friends within a few days, and a hundred other daily occurrences that break down stereotypes and show that we are all way more similar than different. And the individuals who volunteer for Habitat for Humanity are the best of the best!

    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