Trip cost: US$2,375
On this Global Village trip, you’ll spend the week serving Zambia’s most vulnerable populations – orphans and children, persons with disabilities and the elderly.
Your team’s work is essential to the region as more than 80 percent of the population in Zambia is considered low-income and families in both rural and urban areas are unable to attain safe and decent housing.
The staff in Zambia will immerse you in the local community where you’ll meet village leaders, gain a deeper understanding of the vulnerable groups population and how shelter affects those at risk of HIV/AIDS.
You’ll stay together with your team in guest houses with lunch on the build site and breakfast and dinner at the hotel or local restaurants. On the build site, expect to help with a variety of tasks including mixing and moving mortar, transporting crashed stones, building walls with cement block, placing window frames and much more.
- Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and depart for Zambia!
- Saturday: Welcome. Join us in Lusaka, Zambia! You’ll be greeted by Habitat staff when you arrive and will join the rest of your team before departing the airport.
- Sunday: Learn. Discover more about how Habitat Zambia is serving vulnerable groups in the region. Then you’ll travel to Kabwe and meet the community!
- Monday-Thursday: Build. The team will clear sites, mix cement and assist the local masons to build a new home. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings.
- Friday: Celebrate. Build in the morning and then enjoy a dedication ceremony with the community. Then the team will travel back to Lusaka and celebrate the week’s accomplishments with Habitat Zambia staff.
- Saturday: Explore. Visit local sites and enjoy a farewell dinner with the rest of the team.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Zambia independently or head on home.
Your team leader
Holly Carter will lead this trip to Zambia and would love to tell you more about the experience!
When asked to reflect on her past Global Village trips, Holly shared, "My favorite memory this past year was working with a group of engineering students in Nicaragua. When we finished, we signed our names to the house and all sat in silence reflecting on what we had accomplished. The homeowner was watching us from a window in her old house. It was a beautiful moment."