Habitat homes

Silay City, Philippines

Feb. 9-16, 2020: Help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

8 days

Trip cost: US$1,620

Grab your hammer and help informal settlers gain access to safe, affordable housing on this Global Village trip to the Philippines.

The Philippines current housing backlog is estimated at 5.5 million units and is projected to reach 6.5 million by 2030. Additionally, informal settler families number around 2.2 million nationwide. The goal of Habitat for Humanity Philippines is to help lessen the housing backlog by building decent, affordable homes for 800,000 families by the year 2020. In Silay City, Habitat is partnering with the community, families and volunteers to create a holistic community for 546 low-income, informal settlers who are living along danger zones or were evicted from privately owned lands.

You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include excavation, mixing cement, cementing the floor, laying bricks or digging holes for septic tanks. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the ruins of Talisay, churches or interact with the local community.


  • Sunday: Welcome. Arrive at Bacolod Silay International Airport where Habitat staff will greet you and transport you 30 minutes to the host site.
  • Monday-Friday: Build. Spend the day on the build site, breaking for lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. You’ll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
  • Saturday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. After exploring the city, you can continue your journey in the Philippines independently or head home.

Leading this team

Graham looks to facilitate an amazing and meaningful experience for each team member while supporting the important work of Habitat for Humanity in helping families to have a decent, safe place to live. He loves to visit new countries and learn about different cultures. Graham is passionate about building homes and relationships while also providing opportunities for participants to learn more about the community where the team is working.

On past trips, Graham’s teams have met with community activists and religious leaders. Other activities have included spending an evening learning Romanian folk dancing, attending church services and a soccer match in Zambia, spending time with children in schools in Argentina, Zambia and El Salvador, visiting an animal orphanage in Kenya and sharing dinner with a family in Macedonia. Graham has been volunteering with his local Habitat in Philadelphia and the Global Village program since 2006. He's led teams to Romania, Argentina, Zambia, Portugal, Nicaragua, Macedonia, El Salvador, Kenya and India and has volunteered with Habitat in Brazil and Louisiana. He is a “retired” attorney living in Philadelphia with his wife and three dogs. They have two adult sons who often can be found joining Graham on Global Village builds.

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.
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