Malawi family

Salima, Malawi

Nov. 1-10, 2019: Explore, build and learn on this Global Village trip to Malawi!

Vulnerable populations

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

10 days

Trip cost: US$2,149

Come together with a team of volunteers and work with the community to build homes for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Four out of 5 families in Malawi live in substandard conditions with little hope of ever being able to afford a decent house. A typical home is made of mud bricks with a dirt floor and grass-thatched roof, which requires frequent repairs. Leaky roofs and mud floors create damp conditions and put families at high risk of contracting disease. With 1.5 million orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi, housing demand far exceeds the supply. Habitat for Humanity Malawi’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project builds fully subsidized homes for families in need of safe, affordable housing.

You’ll stay in double-occupancy rooms at a local hotel where breakfast and dinner is provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Typical tasks on the work site include mixing mortar, laying bricks, moving materials, cleaning the site and plastering walls. Off the build site you’ll have the opportunity to experience Salima’s famous Gule Wa Mkulu dances and rich cultural heritage, enjoy the local food or visit Lake Malawi.


  • Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and head to Malawi!
  • Saturday: Welcome. Join us in Lilongwe, 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 Salima, where you'll build throughout the week. 
  • 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 on the build site before enjoying a farewell ceremony celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
  • Saturday: Explore. Return to Lilongwe and learn more about the culture, interact with the local community and enjoy cultural activities while exploring the city. Share a farewell dinner with your team. 
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Malawi independently or depart for home.

Leading this team

Mike first started leading Habitat trips when he worked as a university administrator and Campus Chapter advisor. He led several student groups on winter break Collegiate Challenge trips to many locations throughout the U.S. Mike has subsequently retired and now leads Global Village trips. He has led two teams to the Philippines and a Blitz Build in Kona, Hawaii. Mike has also participated in builds in the Philippines and El Salvador. He volunteers weekly with his local affiliate as a crew leader.

As a trip leader, Mike aspires to the qualities of servant leadership. He is inclined to persuade and not command and is willing to do anything that is asked of others on the team. He sees his role as assuring that the team’s experience is memorable and transformative. Mike is very timely and attentive about pre-trip communications. In country, he takes care of all the details so that the team members can focus entirely on the trip experience. He tends to structure trip days with a short breakfast meeting to review daily operational and logistical details and an evening discussion to debrief, process and reflect. In between, we work, share and laugh a lot. Mike tries to be flexible, creative and good-humored. He takes this work seriously, but take himself a lot less so.

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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