Poland building

Gliwice, Poland

May 16-24, 2020: Learn about Poland’s culture first hand while helping improve living conditions of low-income families!

Critical home improvement

Improve existing shelters to make them safe, decent places to live.

9 days

Trip cost: US$2,055

Join this trip to Poland and help the five million people living below the poverty line gain access to safer, healthier affordable housing!

Poland is in need of two million affordable homes. Over six million Poles currently live in homes with unhealthy conditions such as those with no sewage systems and insufficient space. Poland is the only European country where there is less than one room per person statistically. Habitat for Humanity Poland projects focus on renovating and adapting existing housing units owned by the partner families to improve their living conditions and allow them to live happier, healthier lives!

You’ll be staying in double-occupancy rooms at a nearby hotel where breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunches will be served on the build site. Work site tasks typically include putting down wood panels and bathroom tiles, demolition, insulation, plastering, sanding, painting or landscaping. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Wieliczka Salt Mines or Auschwitz Museum, tour local cities, attend a cooking class or explore the Guido Coal Mine!


  • Saturday: Welcome. Arrive in Krakow, Poland, where Habitat staff will greet you and take you to meet your teammates.
  • Sunday: Orientation. Travel to the hosting program, then learn about Habitat’s innovative work and your team’s project.
  • 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: Explore. Travel to Krakow, Poland where you will enjoy free time and a final team dinner.
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in Poland 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

Joanne has been volunteering with Habitat’s Global Village program since 2011 as a team leader to Cambodia, Nicaragua, Malawi, Kenya and Guatemala. She has met many inspiring volunteers from around the world that she now considers friends. Her favorite part of the Global Village experience is interacting with the local families and children in the communities that are served. It is truly an incredible and emotional experience immersing the team in a different culture while giving back to the families. Joanne cannot wait to share this experience with an enthusiastic and hard-working team of volunteers.

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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