Nov. 22-Dec. 1, 2019: Pick up a hammer and build while you experience and explore a new culture!
Trip cost: US$2,097
Immerse yourself in a new culture while working alongside the local community to build safe housing!
Habitat for Humanity’s work in Lilongwe, Malawi, focuses on the Orphans and Vulnerable Children project, which aims to build safe housing that improves the lives of orphans and other vulnerable populations. 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 attract insects, putting families at high risk of contracting disease. Habitat for Humanity Malawi works to build fully subsidized and healthy homes for families and vulnerable children in need of safe, affordable housing.
You’ll stay in double-occupancy rooms at a local hotel, where breakfast and dinner are provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include mixing mortar, passing bricks, carrying water, laying bricks or plastering walls. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the community, sample the local cuisine and experience the rich culture.
- Friday: Travel. Grab your packed bags and head to Malawi!
- Saturday: Welcome. Join us in Lilongwe, Malawi, where you'll be greeted at Kamzu International Airport by Habitat staff. You’ll get to know your team over dinner and spend the night at a guesthouse.
- Sunday: Learn. Habitat staff will share about our innovative work in the region and brief the team on your project. You'll have free time to explore the city and learn more about the culture.
- 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.
- Saturday: Explore. Explore the city and continue to deepen your understanding of the culture before enjoying a farewell dinner with your team.
- Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Malawi 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
When reflecting on a recent build, Aubury said, “What makes the trips so unique are the passionate and dedicated team members, the families and the community that supports the family. Global Village trips allow us to dig ditches side-by-side with families and be a part of their community for a short time. I leave every trip feeling like I received more intangible gifts from the team members, the families and the community then I am able to give. I love dancing with the community to celebrate a birthday, learning to cook the local hot sauce over an open flame, playing games and singing with the children as we worked. I look forward to making more memories in Malawi with the team.”