Trip cost: US$1,960
Come together with a team of volunteers to build a home to help orphans and their caretaker in Malawi. The neighbors will welcome you into their community, and you'll be immersed in the daily life of that village.
After your team builds the house, Habitat will provide the children with health education, legal assistance and community support. This holistic approach will bring strength, stability and self-reliance to these children for decades to come.
The week will include time for you to reflect with your team on the experience, explore the local culture and get to know the community to understand the opportunities a safe, decent home provides for orphans and other vulnerable groups.
Your team will stay in a modest, comfortable hotel with double-occupancy rooms and bathrooms. Breakfast and most dinners will be at the hotel. Lunches, snacks and water will be provided on the work site. You'll work alongside skilled masons to complete essential build site tasks like mixing mortar and concrete, carrying construction materials, digging foundations, making bricks, carrying water and much more.
- Saturday: Depart. Grab your packed bags and head towards Malawi!
- Sunday: Welcome. Join us in Lilongwe, Malawi, where you'll be greeted at the airport by Habitat staff. Habitat staff will share more about our innovative work in the region, and you'll travel with your team to the community where you'll spend the week.
- Monday-Friday: Build. Enjoy the day on the build site, breaking for lunch, snacks and water. You'll have time to rest and reflect with your team in the evenings.
- Saturday: Celebrate. Spend the morning on the build site and celebrate the week's accomplishments with the community. Return with your team to Lilongwe in the afternoon.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Africa independently or depart for home.
Leading this team
Leslie Bell is leading this trip to Malawi and would love to tell you more about the experience!
When asked to reflect on her favorite Global Village experiences, Leslie shared, “My memories are always of the children — pushing them in wheelbarrows around the site of their future house, drawing a finger puppet on their thumbs, walking hand in hand down a dusty path. It’s why we do what we do. It’s our way of creating a more peaceful world for our two granddaughters. There is little justice for children living in poverty, and where there is no justice, there cannot be peace. We can make a difference in their lives today for a better world tomorrow.”