El Salvador volunteer trip


Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

9 days

Trip cost: US$1,660

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 worksite, 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.

Program donation and fundraising


This cost includes a significant donation to Habitat for Humanity, and it covers the volunteer’s accommodations, meals, in-country transportation and travel medical insurance. Read details.

You may raise the program cost, pay it all, or pay some yourself and fundraise the rest. With our help, fundraising with social media and email will be easy. We hope that you will set a goal above program cost. That additional donation will keep Habitat building after your team returns home. Joining this team can be your first step in making El Salvador a better place to live.


  • 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 immersed in the Salvadoran culture, 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 questions?

Clayton Bartczak will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email Clayton at seetaybartczak@yahoo.com.

Clayton says: “One of my favorite memories from a GV trip is sharing an amazing meal of nsima or corn mash, roasted goat and sweet potatoes in the house we'd just finished building with the proud partner family in Malawi. I only spoke a few words of the local language, Chichewa, and the family didn't speak English. Even without words, the hope and joy on the faces of the five children and their mother was clear. They were happy now knowing they would have a dry home to sleep in when the rains came in a few weeks and we were all happy after a week's work alongside so many smiling faces.”

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