Trip cost: US$2,010
Travel to Lesotho, a small country in the middle of South Africa, where you can partner with Habitat for Humanity to build opportunity, stability and potential for a family of orphans and their caretaker.
Habitat for Humanity’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project is our response to the AIDS/HIV crisis in Africa. After your team builds a simple house, our staff will provide the children with health education, legal assistance and support to ensure that this solution is a long-term improvement.
This trip includes time for you to reflect, relax and be inspired by volunteers who are a lot like you. In addition to building in the community, Habitat staff will show you around Lesotho so that you experience life in southern Africa.
Global Village sends volunteers to build with Habitat for Humanity projects across the world. Get your hands dirty on the work site, meet the families whose housing situation you are improving, 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.
Program donation and fundraising
About half is a direct contribution to Habitat’s work, and the rest covers your volunteer experience.
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.
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.
- Day 1: Travel. Depart from North America.
- Day 2: Welcome. Fly into Johannesburg, South Africa, where Habitat picks you up at the airport.
- Day 3: Orientation. Ground transportation to Maseru, Lesotho. Explore the city. Habitat staff will brief your team on their work improving communities in Lesotho.
- Days 4-7: Build. Habitat will share about their innovative work and then you will build with local, skilled construction workers. After work, the team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings.
- Day 8: Celebrate. Build then enjoy a dedication ceremony with your partner families and neighbors. Celebrate over dinner with Habitat Lesotho staff.
- Day 9: Goodbyes. Your journey in Africa may continue independently, or you may depart for home.
Meals and accommodations
The team will stay at a modest, comfortable lodge or guesthouse in double-occupancy rooms. Each room will be equipped with a private bathroom.
Tasks on the work site
Volunteers may mix mortar, move bricks, install windows and doors, pour cement floors, plaster walls and other tasks as assigned by the construction supervisor. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate.
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.
Your team leader, Andrea Bishop, will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea’s favorite Global Village memory: “There are a million tiny moments that make up each Global Village experience, whether it’s a shy smile from child, a warm hug from a homeowner or seeing a group of volunteers who met for the first time yesterday fall into a seamless rhythm alongside the local construction crew. It’s in those moments, and through the connections you form, that you find yourself fundamentally changed. The staggering statistics on substandard housing aren’t just numbers anymore – they become personal and real. And that’s something that both moves and mobilizes you.”