A group of Global Village volunteers in Habitat shirts on a build site in Mexico.

Global Village

Volunteer abroad with Habitat for Humanity

Global Village is a transformative weeklong international volunteer experience with opportunities across five continents. Volunteer groups support Habitat’s vision where everyone has a decent place to live by building or improving homes in partnership with local communities. 

Global Village program update

We are thrilled to announce that Global Village is back! 

Global Village is looking for team leaders to bring together private, pre-organized teams from your social club, university group, church, local Habitat organization, or friends and family. Team leaders will attend trainings and recruit volunteers. Visit our team leader FAQ to find out if leading a team is right for you.

Whether you are new or have past experience leading a Global Village team, you can start your next adventure with us! Email us at [email protected] if you are interested in organizing a team and you will receive a link to fill out our team leader interest form.

Countries with available Global Village build opportunities:

  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Fiji
  • Guatemala
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Nepal
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Vietnam

Be sure to check back regularly for updates — we will be adding Global Village opportunities throughout the year. You can learn about the program donation cost and find answers to other common questions in the Global Village FAQ.

The option for independent volunteers to join open teams is not currently available. Subscribe to our newsletter below for news about opportunities for individual volunteers in the future.

The Global Village experience

  • Teamwork: Global Village groups usually consist of up to 16 individuals led by a team leader and work alongside local communities.
  • Program donation: Global Village volunteers contribute a donation ranging from US$1625-$2500 that supports Habitat’s housing programs as well as their own on-site accommodations, meals and ground transportation. 
  • Locally driven: Local communities and Habitat collaboratively decide on project goals and solutions that address a specific local housing need.  
  • Lasting change: Projects are designed around larger Habitat initiatives, so the work does not stop when volunteers leave. Volunteers will also learn to advocate for housing policy on the macro scale where work is much needed. 

Examples of Global Village volunteer projects around the world

  • In Cambodia, volunteers helped build seven water towers as part of a sanitation and hygiene project to bolster communities against the risk of natural disasters and infectious diseases. 
  • In the Dominican Republic, volunteers helped build basic homes for individuals living in densely populated informal settlements. 
  • In Romania, volunteers helped renovate apartment blocks for special needs families. 
  • In Kenya, volunteers helped rehabilitate existing homes for vulnerable communities impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and rising poverty. 

After the build

Your Global Village experience is just the beginning of a journey with Habitat for Humanity. We’re dedicated to making sure our volunteers have the tools to create lasting change. Before, during and after your Global Village experience, we offer education and take-home tasks so you can continue to advocate for equitable housing where you are in the world. 

Is Global Village your next big journey?

We welcome diverse volunteers passionate about housing justice issues. Our programs are tailored for individuals seeking purpose, champions for equitable housing and advocates striving for sustainable change.

Join us as we transform aspirations into action, houses into homes and volunteers into advocates. Build futures and drive change with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village. 

Learn more about Global Village

Global Village FAQ

What kind of volunteer work can I expect? Do I need construction or language skills? Can I fundraise to cover my expenses? Find the answers to these and other frequently asked questions about Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program.    

Read our FAQs

Contact Global Village

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-800-HABITAT

Mailing address:

Global Village, Habitat for Humanity International
322 West Lamar Street 
Americus, Georgia 31709-3543 USA