How many people go on a Global Village build?
Global Village teams are usually made up of 12 -15 team members who are led by a volunteer team leader, who is trained and supported by the Global Village team. Occasionally Global Village organises special builds with hundreds of volunteers from all over the world taking part. This is an amazing way to meet new people and be a part of the international Habitat community.
Do I need building experience?
No building experience is required. All you need is a reasonable level of fitness, an open mind, and 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.
What kind of things will I do on a build?
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.
How long does a build last?
Builds typically run for one week, from Saturday to Saturday and include time for rest, relaxation and exploring the country. Before you leave, the Global Village team will send you an itinerary outlining your stay and what you will be doing.
Where will I stay?
Where you stay will vary depending on your destination but it is most likely to be a modest hotel. 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.
Where are builds located?
Build sites are often semi-rural or rural locations and off the tourist track. It’s a unique opportunity for you to experience a humble way of life while you work in a village community.
What kind of help and support is offered?
Habitat for Humanity Australia, our trained team leaders and our in-country partners will support and look after you from registration through to the completion of your build. Before you leave we will equip you with all the information and resources you need. Once you arrive in country you will be met at the airport and transported to your accommodation. The team will receive an orientation and daily briefings will be conducted by Habitat staff.
How much does a Global Village trip cost per person?
Registration Fee – $140-160
This cannot be fundraised. It will cover medical and evacuation insurance, your online fundraising page, police check and a build pack to get you on your way.
The fee of $140 is given to volunteers who are under 18, have a valid police check or hold a current working with children card
Minimum Fundraising- $1700
This is a tax-deductible donation and is able to be fundraised. Once received this will be split between Habitat for Humanity Australia to help resource the Global Village program, and the Habitat host country to fund life-changing projects like your build. (A reduced minimum fundraising amount of $1000 applies to school/youth teams).
In-country expenses – typically $600-$1000
These expenses can be fundraised but are not tax deductible. The costs will vary depending on the country you are visiting. The Team leader and the Habitat host country will devise a budget to cover your accommodation, meals, bottled water, ground transportation and local activities before you depart.
Flights, visa, vaccinations, travel insurance and personal expenses are not included in your Global Village trip costs.
Are there any age restrictions?
There is no maximum age limit but team members must be aged 15 or above to go on a build. All those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What personal health and safety issues are involved?
A build usually involves some vigorous physical activity. Team members must be reasonably fit and in good physical health. You are encouraged to consult your doctor or a specialised travel doctor regarding your personal health and recommended vaccinations and/or medications.