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Habitat for Humanity’s  vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live, and a world where housing poverty and homelessness are eliminated. We believe that the home is a key catalyst in helping to permanently break the cycle of poverty.

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One in five people across the world live in slums and substandard housing, locking them into a grinding cycle of poverty.


This lack of housing negatively affects their health and well-being, educational prospects, and ability to make a living. As an international development charity, our vision is a world where everyone has a safe place to call home. We believe that a decent home helps to permanently break the cycle of poverty and allows families to achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance.


We believe decent homes are the heartbeat of strong communities. We also fight for land rights for women, upgrade urban slums and informal settlements, improve access to water and sanitation, and help communities become more resilient in the face of natural disasters.


Working in nearly 70 countries, we support the most marginalised and vulnerable in society, and welcome people of all religions and none to partner in our life-changing work. By working hand in hand with communities, since 1976 we have provided over 1 million homes and helped over 10 million people.


Our core work focuses on housing and shelter and we want vulnerable people everywhere to have the strength, stability, and self-reliance associated with having a place to call home.


Our core values are:

  1. Access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to everyone.

  2. We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect the people we serve and those who help us in this work.

  3. We can best achieve our work through meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with home partners, communities, other organisations, and with our supporters.


We work with people of all faiths and none in a spirit of justice and compassion.


Our vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live, and a world where housing poverty and homelessness are eliminated. We believe that the home is a key catalyst in helping to permanently break the cycle of poverty.


To achieve our vision, we build homes, partnerships, communities and networks; since 1976, we have built more than 1 million homes and served over 10 million people.


Housing and shelter are the cornerstones of our work, but we believe happy and healthy homes require more than bricks and mortar – – they need to be part of a thriving community to really benefit the families who live there.


As such, our programmes support a range of home building and community projects, focusing on practical support that makes a real, tangible difference to the lives of those most in need.



We build affordable homes to tackle housing poverty around the world, and provide non-profit loans.


Our disaster relief work takes us across the world in support of communities affected by natural, and man-made, disasters.



We believe Water and Sanitation programmes are essential to help turn a house into a healthy home.



Upgrading slums is a key activity in many countries where the growth of informal settlements is an issue.



Sustainable activities include home insulation, fuel-efficient cooking stoves, and solar power.




Welcome to Global Village, our short-term overseas volunteering programme. Our opportunities to volunteer abroad are nothing short of life-changing experiences. You will have a unique chance to directly contribute to Habitat for Humanity’s work on the ground. If you are looking to challenge yourself, you've come to the right place. We have an expert team of builders and volunteer coordinators who will help you make it all possible - from fundraising to laying bricks.


1 - Contact a team leader - ask any questions you may have and he/she will get back to you shortly

2- Register for a build - you'll have to pay the registration fee after which you'll receive information to help you prepare for the build

3- Start fundraising - we'll provide you with support and tips to successfully reach your target



Today, 1.6 billion people live in slums and informal settlements where the walls aren’t sturdy enough, doors are missing and roofs are leaking. Whether you're headed to Africa, Latin America or anywhere else, every short-term volunteer trip includes a donation, which helps us pay for local workers to build homes all year round. As well as helping to create local jobs, you provide a crucial boost to our productivity - allowing us to build more homes at a faster pace than ever.

Do you have a question?

Wondering how to get started or how volunteering abroad works?

Thinking about joining a short-term volunteer trip?

Get in touch with us and we will be there to support you along the way — introducing you to the Team Leader, setting up your fundraising page and helping with you reach your target.


Your Team Leader will be able to help you as you start to prepare. We have also online resources that will be useful as you embark on your journey.


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3 March - 10 March 2018

Join India’s multinational Women Build for an incredible opportunity to build alongside women from across the globe.


21 July - 30 July 2018

Head over to Kenya, the cultural and economic heartbeat of Africa, to support us in building houses for vulnerable families and communities.


23 Sept. - 2 Oct. 2018

Based at the foothills of the Himalayas in Kavre, you’ll join a group of volunteers in helping families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.



Since 1998, GVI has been running multiple-award winning, high quality and high impact conservation and community development programs worldwide. At the core of who we are and what we have managed to achieve is of our team of passionate individuals.


We are committed to our mission of making a difference because we believe in what we do and have seen the impact we make in the field first-hand. With most of our staff having started out as GVI volunteers themselves, they have confidence in our projects and are dedicated to ensuring you have the same amazing experience that they did.


Volunteer abroad with GVI and choose from over 150 hands-on volunteer projects based in amazing locations around the world! Make a sustainable impact, discover new countries and engage in a meaningful cultural exchange.


For over 14 years, GVI has been operating globally and helping volunteers find their perfect project! With over 8 different focuses, we are sure that you will find a project that will match your interests in one of the 12 countries we operate from. To see our variety of focusses, check out our volunteer abroad programs.

Volunteer for a week or up to a year, combine our projects for unique multi-country combos, become an international expedition team member, take a gap year with a difference, or flesh out your resume with one of our various internship options!

If you are studying, speak to our Country Experts about receiving academic credit. Our Programmes don’t just give you hands-on practical skills, but can also contribute towards your university or college qualification.


1 - 24 weeks

Asia, Thailand, Chiang Mai

Support community efforts to help reintegrate elephants into their natural habitat, from their previous lives in tourist camps.


£ 920


2- 12 weeks

Women's Empowerment Project in India

Asia, India, Kerala

Contribute to increasing gender equality by volunteering with disadvantaged women in India.


£ 945


2 - 12 weeks

Latin America, Peru, Lima

Teach literacy and numeracy skills, gain practical classroom experience and explore the best Peru has to offer.



£ 945

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