From remote villages to sprawling cities, the need for safe, decent, affordable housing is everywhere. It takes many forms across countries and has a far-reaching effect.
This is why we invest in housing both locally and globally. Through financial support of housing programs abroad and Global Village volunteer trips, we have broadened our impact and built security, stability, and self-reliance for more than 750 families in 32 countries.
Global Village trips take 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 trips 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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In 2018, we are excited to offer a special two week building abroad experience! From either June 2 to June 10, June 9 to June 17, or both weeks, you can join our team of about 15 volunteers and travel to Usulután, El Salvador. You'll see and experience Habitat’s work abroad as part of our eighth Global Village Trip to El Salvador. These volunteers of all ages and backgrounds will come together from all over the Bay Area to travel to El Salvador because we are truly making a difference there. They will learn new skills, see new sites, experience new cultures, and meet new people all while making a lasting, tangible impact.
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Applications are due by the end of February so apply today!
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 final registration steps.
Trip costs depend on the location, duration of 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.
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!
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.
“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