Habitat home

Umgababa, South Africa

June 20-27, 2020: Explore a new part of the world while immersing yourself in a new culture!

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

8 days

Trip cost: US$2,250

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

Umgababa is a rural town in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. Most of the community lives in substandard mud structures, which have become unsafe and unhealthy for residents to live in. South African families partner with Habitat for Humanity to build brick homes with 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. Work site tasks typically include mixing cement, moving and laying blocks or building internal and external walls. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the community through shared meals, playing soccer games or singing and dancing together.


  • Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at King Shaka International Airport where you’ll be greeted at the airport and get to know 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. 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: Goodbyes. Continue your journey in South Africa 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

Everything about the Global Village program speaks to Kelli -- working hand in hand with others to make a difference, learning about other cultures and yourself, immersing yourself in a community and being inspired by the families, staff members and teammates you meet. Kelli was hooked after her first Global Village experience over ten years ago in Guatemala building a house in the middle of a cornfield.

Being a fourth-grade teacher, Kelli approaches a Global Village like a field trip, albeit the best field trip ever. Behind the scenes, Kelli organizes and passes along information needed for a positive trip experience. Kelli believes it’s important to listen to everyone, encourage teamwork and recognize that every person contributes in their own unique way. 

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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