South Africa volunteer trip

Umgababa, South Africa

Oct. 4-12, 2019: Join this trip and see a new part of the world while immersing yourself in a new culture!

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

9 days

Trip cost: US$2,485

Join this trip and help offer a hand-up to South African families in need of safe, affordable housing.

Umgababa is a rural town in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. The majority of the community lives in substandard mud structures, which have become unsafe and unhealthy for them to reside in. South African families partner with Habitat for Humanity to build brick homes with a separate kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living areas.

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. Typically, work site tasks include mixing cement, moving and laying blocks and building internal and external walls. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the community through sharing meals, playing soccer games or singing and dancing together.


  • Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and depart for South Africa!
  • Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at King Shaka International Airport where you’ll be greeted at the airport. You'll meet your team over dinner.
  • Sunday: Learn. Spend the day exploring the local community and learning more about Habitat’s work in the area.
  • Monday-Thursday: Build. Work with local, skilled construction workers on the build site. In the evenings, the team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings.
  • Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning working on the build site before having a home dedication ceremony with the future homeowners to celebrate the week’s accomplishments, followed by a farewell dinner with your team!
  • Saturday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in South Africa independently or depart for home.

Leading this team

Les has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity since a trip to Mississippi shortly after Hurricane Katrina. He enjoys being able to have a personal impact on someone else’s life, and volunteering is an essential part of who he is! He has been leading Global Village trips since 2011 and also helps to organize a number of volunteer activities for his coworkers throughout the year.

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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