Global Village volunteer

San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic

May 9-17, 2020: Experience a new country and culture on this Global Village trip.

Home construction

Help build new homes with those in need.

9 days

Trip cost: US$1,840

Join this trip and work alongside the local community to improve the housing conditions of families living in substandard conditions. 

High rates of poverty, pricey construction materials and devastating hurricanes have left many families living in poorly constructed homes and substandard conditions. Families are forced to construct housing with their own building materials, which aren’t able to withstand the elements and deteriorate with ease. Habitat for Humanity partners with families to replace self-constructed housing with homes made with proper building techniques and materials, improving the families’ safety and sanitation. 

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 digging the foundation, carrying cement blocks, mixing cement, compacting dirt or painting. Off the build site, you’ll have the opportunity to take a cooking or dancing class, tour downtown San Juan or relax on the local beaches. 


  • Saturday: Welcome. Arrive at Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo where Habitat for Humanity staff will greet you and take you to meet your teammates.
  • Sunday: Explore. Spend the morning exploring Santo Domingo’s historic Colonial Zone. Travel to the host community to 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 followed by a farewell ceremony in the afternoon celebrating the week’s accomplishments.
  • Saturday: Explore. Enjoy some well-deserved relaxation time on the local beaches.
  • Sunday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey independently or return home.

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

Leading this team

Richard is excited to recruit and work with teams all over the world. He loves a diverse group and tries to encourage folks of all walks of life to join his team. He’s a firm believe of making every build a fun, productive adventure. Richard’s leadership style is very democratic with a team vs. team leader emphasis. He expects his team members to be open to learning new skills and experiencing a part of the world that most tourists will never see. Habitat has a recipe for success like no other organization. Where else can you get to know and work side by side with hard-working families across the globe? Richard is committed to Habitat and hopes to continue leading teams as long as he’s able.

His favorite Global Village memory involves sitting with a family in Lesotho at the end of the build just before turning over the house. The grandmother and daughter started crying with happiness, and it was contagious! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was one of the most powerful memories of his entire life. Richard hopes to create an environment where his team can have as many experiences like that as possible.

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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