Habitat home

Riacho das Almas, Brazil

June 28-July 5, 2020: Travel, build and learn on this Global Village trip to Brazil!

Vulnerable populations

Bring stability and opportunity to orphans, vulnerable children and other people experiencing extreme difficulties.

8 days

Trip cost: US$2,260

More than 5.5 million people live without access to water, forcing women and children to walk up to two hours both ways to retrieve water.

Every year, thousands of families suffer from the drought season and the resulting decrease in job opportunities. Because families often lack the resources to safely collect water, many are forced to walk hours to obtain this necessity, costing valuable time that could be spent fulfilling other needs or earning an income. Habitat for Humanity Brazil’s Water for Lives project focuses on helping families in various municipalities have access to safe, usable water through roof repairs/enlargements and cistern construction.

You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be served. Lunches will be provided on the build site. Work site tasks typically include preparing cement, exterior painting, helping assemble the cistern or making cement plates to use as walls and lids for the cistern. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Old Recife or Olinda City, explore local hiking areas and waterfalls or connect with the community by visiting a local ranch and sharing traditional Brazilian meals.


  • Sunday: Welcome. Join us in Brazil where you’ll be greeted at the airport by Habitat staff. Meet the rest of your team over dinner where Habitat will share about their innovative work and brief the team on the project.
  • Monday-Thursday: 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.
  • Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
  • Saturday: Explore. Learn more about the culture, interact with the local community, enjoy cultural activities and explore the city.
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. Depart for home or continue your journey in Brazil independently.

Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.

Leading this team

Co-leaders Amanda Shenk and Charlie Buracker love to travel and work together! By trade, Amanda is an educator and Charlie is a mason. Their complimentary skills make them a great pair for leading home-building trips around the world.

Charlie became a team leader as a result of his very first trip to Costa Rica. Charlie explains, “The house was for a single mother with three kids, and each morning before school the 11-year-old daughter would start the day mixing mortar with her little hands just for us. She really wanted a home where she didn’t have to sleep on the dirt floor.” That’s when he knew he wanted to be part of this type of volunteer work – to be a part of something bigger.

As a result of Charlie’s travels, Amanda became hooked after hearing her brother-in-law’s stories from afar. She finally joined him on a trip, and she too was bit by the Habitat bug! Amanda reminisces, “One of my favorite memories as a team leader was this one hot and humid day in Sri Lanka. We were digging a well for a homeowner with a small bowl, a mattock and a tall ladder. I was not looking forward to day two of well digging; however, that morning, one of my team members was so enthusiastic -- about digging! -- and the homeowners were so grateful -- they bought us snacks! -- that my attitude immediately brightened. It’s amazing what you can accomplish as a team!”

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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