Portugal landscape

Braga, Portugal

May 10-18, 2020: Build, learn and explore on this Global Village trip.

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

9 days

Trip cost: US$1,860

Work with Habitat for Humanity Portugal to help renovate substandard houses for rural, low-income families in Braga!

With 500,886 overcrowded households and 326,000 houses lacking electricity, basic sanitation or running water, Portugal faces a growing poverty rate of 19%. Lack of decent and affordable housing puts the security and health of families in danger. Habitat for Humanity Portugal focuses on house renovations in rural areas to help keep the costs low for partner families. Join this trip and you’ll work alongside Habitat for Humanity Portugal and local families to help renovate existing homes, providing safer and healthier lifestyles for low-income families!

You’ll stay in double-occupancy rooms at a guest house with a pool and garden where breakfast and dinner will be served. Lunch will be at a restaurant near the build site. Work site tasks depend on the stage of construction but typically include digging and filling the foundation, mixing and pouring concrete, laying bricks, tiling, grouting or plastering. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Baroque monuments, cathedrals or other historical areas in the city that preserve Portugal’s rich heritage.  


  • Sunday: Welcome. Join us in Porto, Portugal, where you’ll meet up with your team and travel together to Braga. You’ll meet Habitat’s staff and learn more about our work in the area. Later you’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
  • 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-Sunday: Explore. Learn more about the culture, interact with the local community, enjoy cultural activities and explore the city. Sunday you’ll travel back to Porto and share a final meal with your team.
  • Monday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Portugal independently or head home.

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

Leading this team

Melissa has been involved with Habitat for Humanity since 2006. She’s led Global Village teams, participated in the Carter Work Project and become very involved with her local affiliate. She feels it is an honor to be part of an organization that believes everyone should have a decent place to live.

Global Village trips give participants the chance to step out of normal routines and learn about diverse cultures, discover new skills and foster new friendships. As a team leader, Melissa has the opportunity to bring people together from around the world in order to create a hard-working, close-knit team that builds a home and hope alongside a family. Global Village trips helped shape Melissa’s views of the world, her belief in kindness and the feeling that she has taken away much more than she has given. The impact of being part of a Global Village team is extraordinary.

It has always been Melissa’s dream to travel the world doing Habitat for Humanity builds. Connecting with other cultures, touring the sights of the area and giving back have always deepened her perspective of herself and others. Melissa is excited to foster a Global Village trip that will give volunteers an incredible experience through travel, compassion and hard work.

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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