Trip cost: US$2,300
Come together with a team of volunteers to build a home for 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 taken 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.
- Friday: Depart. Grab your packed bags and head towards Malawi!
- Saturday: Arrive. Join us in Blantyre, Malawi, where you'll be greeted at the airport by Habitat staff.
- Sunday: Learn. Habitat staff will share about our innovative work in the region and tell you more about the week's project. You'll travel with your team to Mulanje.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Spend 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.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning on the build site and celebrate the week's accomplishments with the community. Return with your team to Blantyre in the afternoon.
- Saturday: Explore. Check out the city of Blantyre with your team before enjoying a farewell dinner together.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Africa independently or depart for home.
Leading this team
Carol Martin is leading this trip to Malawi and would love to tell you more about the experience!
When asked why she's eager to lead another team, Carol shared, "Volunteering in Global Village teams is my way of contributing to cross-cultural understanding and acceptance. I lead because I enjoy the challenges and rewards of building a team from virtual strangers; with varied ages, cultural backgrounds and experiences (the more diverse, the better) and facilitating inter-cultural experiences that build respect for diversity, as well as a house. This trip, in particular, is a special opportunity to build a connection with children who have a very different view of the world. Team and community participants can expect to come away with a broader and, hopefully, richer understanding of each other that will span borders and generations. I can't think of any better way to travel the world."