Trip cost: US$2,000
Join this nine-day Global Village trip building new homes in Mumbai, India.
Partner with Habitat for Humanity India and the local community to build homes and provide housing-related services to low-income, marginalized families. Habitat India works in partnership with local, grassroots, nongovernmental organizations and microfinance institutions throughout India to provide decent housing. Help Habitat to build or improve a place that gives a family strength, stability and independence they need to create a better life for themselves and their family.
During the day, you and your team will learn about the needs of the area, witness the impact of your work, and build alongside members of the Habitat community. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings. On your days off, explore the local culture with their traditional folk dances and handcrafts made from bamboo.
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.
- Days 1-2: Traveling. Depart from home.
- Day 3: Welcome. Arrive in Mumbai where your team leader will greet you and take you to meet your teammates. Learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
- Days 4-7: Build. Travel to Karjat. Skilled construction workers will guide your team as you build. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings. Enjoy a farewell ceremony on the last day.
- Day 8: Explore. Immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the community firsthand. Return to Mumbai.
- Day 9: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in India independently or head on home.
Meals and accommodations
The team will stay in modest, comfortable hotels in double-occupancy rooms. Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be at the hotel or local restaurants.
Types of work for volunteers
Typical work includes foundation excavation, wall construction, roofing, plastering, floor slab construction and painting. 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, Frank Wrenn would love to tell you more about the trip! Email Frank at FWrenn@habitat.org.
When asked about previous Global Village experiences, Frank said, "My very first International Habitat Build was to India, and it was a transformational experience! I was struck by the beauty of the land, the kindness of the people and the very real need that exists. What I remember most isn't so much the work that was accomplished, but the interactions with the people of the village, especially the children who we knew were going to grow up in a new, safe house.”