Still have some questions about volunteering? Read our frequently asked questions below.
There is no maximum age limit – as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness you will be right at home on a Habitat build! However, the minimum age is 15, and volunteers under 18 need to attend with a parent, guardian or chaperone. This is due to health and safety requirements as volunteers spend the week on a construction site. Some countries have a higher minimum age requirement. Please get in touch with the team for more information.
Registration Fee – $200 standard / $100 early bird pricing
This cannot be fundraised. Your registration fee covers medical and evacuation insurance, your online fundraising page, police check and a build pack to get you on your way.
The early bird fee of $100 is valid when registering for a volunteer build more than 6 months in advance.
Minimum Fundraising- $1700
This is a tax deductible donation which can 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 experience. The Global Village team will create an online fundraising page for you, and support you through your fundraising journey. (A reduced minimum fundraising amount of $1000 applies to school/youth teams).
In-country expenses – typically $600-$1000
These expenses can be fundraised through your preferred crowd-funding site, but are not tax deductible. These costs will also 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.
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.
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 and materials. You could be mixing concrete, weaving bamboo, digging foundations, laying bricks, hammering, rendering or painting.
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.
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 you stay will vary depending on your destination. However, all volunteers will have a comfortable 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.
Build sites are often located in semi-rural or rural locations and off the beaten tourist track. It’s a unique opportunity for you to experience a humble way of life while you work in a community setting.
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.
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.