Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s principal overseas volunteer program. Global Village offers volunteers the opportunity to take part in the “hands-on” construction or renovation of houses in some 40 countries around the world. Volunteers are able to participate by building or repairing houses for those whose homes have been affected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. Not only does Habitat for Humanity want to build a safe and secure shelter, but more so to build a home and build hope in their lives. They want to empower beneficiary families to mutually help one another.
Teams of 8 to 20 volunteers will travel to their chosen host country to experience what it is like to live with minimal resources, understand their needs and become part of their host’s community. Global Village trips typically last five days to two weeks. Through the Global Village trip, volunteers are able to build a strong bond with their team and build lasting friendships with fellow team members as well as Habitat homeowner families.
Volunteers are at the heart of Habitat for Humanity‘s vision. Every year, volunteers from across Hong Kong travel to support their partner programs around the world. They have the joy of touching the lives of families in need and grow from the experience themselves. Volunteers will:
RAISE funds to serve many around the globe
INSPIRE others to support our work
The needs of every community where they work are different, but the impacts of a safe, decent home are always the same. It is a foundation for families to break the cycle of poverty and bring about improvements in health, education and livelihoods.
i. Who can join?
Anyone can join to help make a difference! Participants need to be in good health and be over 15 years of age at the time of the Global Village build.
ii. What Skills Do I Need?
No building experience is required. Habitat provides on-the-ground training and everything that is needed for a safe and rewarding experience. All you need is a reasonable level of fitness, an open mind, a willingness to get your hands dirty. You will be working alongside local construction workers who will teach you the ropes and supervise the build.
iii. What kind of things will I do on a build?
Every trip is different. Your team may work on one or several houses or you may even build a toilet or well. The work will use local construction techniques. You could be mixing concrete, weaving bamboo, digging foundations, laying bricks, hammering, rendering or painting. There is something for everyone to contribute!
iv. How long does a build last?
Builds typically run for one week, from Saturday to Saturday and includes time for rest, relaxation and exploring the country.
v. Where will I stay?
Where you will stay will vary depending on your destination. It may be in a modest hotel or hostel. The team will stay together and often be accommodated on a twin share basis. The Habitat team will provide daily travel to the build site.
vi. Where are builds located?
Build sites are often semi-rural or rural locations and off the tourist track, often in a village community.
vii. What insurance do Global Village participants have?
Global Village participants are covered by Habitat for Humanity International Global Village’s travel medical insurance providedby ACE Insurance (premium already included in trip cost). It is a policy specially designed for Habitat’s Global Village where claimants derived from activities listed on the itinerary will be covered.
viii. Help and Support
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, their trained team leaders and their in-country partners will support and look after you from registration to building. Before you leave Habitat will equip you with all the information and resources for the Global Village trip. Once you arrive in country, you will meet your host at the airport and transported to your accommodation. The team will receive an orientation and daily briefings will be conducted by Habitat staff.
ix. Estimated Trip cost
GV trip costs depend on the country visited and the number of trip days. All trip costs include room and board, in-country transportation, travel insurance and a donation toward the Habitat host community’s building projects and the Global Village program. Trip costs are approximately US$890– US$1,360depending on the destination and length. Airfare, cancellation insurance and baggage fees are not included in the cost. Please make an enquiry by email to email@example.com more details.
x. How to Apply?
To apply, you may send an enquiry by email to firstname.lastname@example.org enquire about destination and minimum team size.
xi. Can I fundraise for my Global Village trip?
Yes. In fact, many of Habitat‘s participants have successfully raised funds to support part or the entire trip cost. Fundraising in your community is an exciting way to promote awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing in many parts of the world. Contact Habitat at email@example.com for more information.
About Habitat for Humanity China: Founded by Millard Fuller and his wife Linda in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a non-profit Christian housing organization with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families themselves and volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity builds for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in.
To date, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400,000 houses, for more than 2,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Habitat for Humanity China’s Hong Kong office focuses on fundraising and recruiting volunteers. Donations are allocated to Habitat housing programs in mainland China and disaster response efforts around the world such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.