What is Global Village?


Volunteer abroad with Global Village! Global Village is an international volunteer program that takes volunteers abroad to make a hands-on difference in the countries we support through our Global Investment Program. You will experience the country like a local, with locals from the partnering Habitat affiliate. While these volunteer travels may only last a week or two, the financial, emotional, and physical contributions can be life-changing -- not only for the community where you work, but also for you and your volunteer team.

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Global Village Trip 2019: Malawi


From April 12-21, 2019, a team of world changers traveled with Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley Global Village trip to Malawi in Africa. For 10 days we built with Habitat for Humanity Malawi to address poverty housing amongst orphans, vulnerable children, and low-income families. 

Read a day-to-day account from their experience volunteering in Africa.

 

Global Village  FAQ


How do I sign up?

Sign up for our email alerts, and we’ll let you know when the next application period is open! You’ll fill out a Global Village Participant Application. Our team will contact you to discuss your application. After you are approved to join a team, you’ll complete the final registration steps.

How much does the trip cost?

Trip costs depend on the location, duration of the trip, and any additional cultural activities in addition to your volunteer service. Please expect to either fundraise or pay for a trip that costs from $1650 - $2500, not including airfare.

Habitat staff is here to help with your fundraising success to make sure this trip becomes a reality!

What kind of work do volunteers do?

You won’t know what kind of work you will do until our first day at the construction site. Please be ready to do anything from digging foundations to whitewashing walls. Work may be physical, but we work as a team to make sure that people of all skill levels and abilities have a great experience. Everything becomes lighter when you work together!

Will we get to experience local historic sites or cultural experiences?

Yes! Part of serving abroad is understanding the historic and current events that local residents have experienced, as well as cultural landmarks and traditions,  celebrated locally. Each trip includes at least one local cultural excursion.
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“This was a life changing experience for me. You have showed me that volunteering is not just an occasional event. You’ve made me question who I interact with and why. What do I want to do with my time and who do I want to be surrounded by. Each and every one of you has left a little bit of chispa in my heart.”

Linda, 2014 Global Village Volunteer

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