April 18-26, 2020: Come together with a team of volunteers and work with the community to build homes for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Trip cost: US$2,370
Out of a population of 17.3 million, there are about 1.5 million orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi. In addition, approximately 21,000 new units are needed every year for the next 10 years to meet housing demand.
About 4 out of 5 families in Malawi live in substandard homes with little resources to be able to afford decent housing. A typical village hut is built of mud bricks with a dirt floor and grass-thatched roof, which requires frequent repairs. Leaky roofs lead to damp houses and mud floors attract insects, putting the families at high risk of diseases. You can help build permanent, durable and flood-resistant homes for orphans and other vulnerable groups alongside Habitat Malawi.
You’ll stay in double-occupancy rooms at a local hotel, where breakfast and dinner is provided. Lunch will be served on the work site. Typical tasks on the work site include mixing mortar and concrete, fixing chicken wires, digging foundations, making bricks and carrying construction materials or water. Off the work site, you’ll have the opportunity visit Mulanje Mountain and the beautiful surrounding tea plantation or enjoy different cultural activities in the village such as the traditional Manganje dance!
- Saturday: Welcome. 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 brief the team on your project. You'll travel with your team to the community where you'll build throughout the week.
- 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 and enjoying a farewell dinner with your team.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Africa independently or depart for home.
Please note that while our itineraries begin with arrival day in country, some locations require additional days for travel.
Leading this team
Trina loves watching a diverse team come together and bond with families over a common goal, and she believes there is no better way to immerse yourself in local life than by working alongside the families. Despite language and cultural barriers, she sees mutual trust, love and respect quickly emerge through small acts of kindness and cooperation. Her Global Village teams always finish the week with a renewed perspective and thankfulness.
Trina has lived in Bermuda for 35 years where she has raised five children along with her husband, who will be joining her on the trip. She hopes you’ll consider be a part of this Global Village journey!