Third-level Student Volunteering, Zambia 2019

The joy of the new homeowners was worth all the time and effort put into this trip. I could not be happier that our group was able to contribute something to this great community. The attitude towards life shown by the members of the George community was truly remarkable, and it is something that I will do my best to learn from.

David Meenan, Student Build volunteer in Zambia

May/June 2019 Apply Here Now!

Our Student Build trip to Zambia is an amazing opportunity to work alongside families in need of a decent place to call home.

Habitat’s Student Build trip to Zambia invites you to join third-level students from around Ireland in fighting poverty housing. You will travel as a team to Zambia and help a family to build a home, strengthen their community, and enrich both their lives and your own. You will experience firsthand the impact of poverty housing and help make a lasting difference to the entire community. You will work as part of a team, develop new skills, experience a different culture and learn about global development issues.

Dates: May 24th – June 8th 2019

Location: Zambia

Cost: €2,900

Age: 18-25


Why Volunteer in Zambia?

Despite Zambia having one of the world’s fastest growing economies, it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Currently, close to 64 percent of Zambians live under €2 a day and the majority of those who earn more barely make ends meet. Zambia has a current urban housing deficit that stands at 1.3 million housing units, projected to reach 3 million housing units by 2025. Due to the lack of affordable housing, about 70 percent of urban dwellers in the country live in slums with inadequate access to water, sanitation and extension facilities. The lack of decent housing exacerbates people´s poverty.


Type of Work for Volunteers

No construction experience is required for this trip. Some of the tasks include mixing and pouring concrete, insulation, brick laying, flooring, plastering and painting. All tools and construction site materials will be provided by the affiliate, and a professional construction leader will always be present on site.


How Habitat addresses the need

Habitat for Humanity Zambia runs a number of programmes to address the housing, water and sanitation needs in the country, including house construction for vulnerable groups; provision of interest-free mortgages to families that can afford repayments; installation of boreholes and water kiosks; awareness raising on issues affecting poor and vulnerable groups; HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment training; advocating for fair and just housing policies, and volunteer engagement.


Meals and accommodations

The team will stay in modest Habitat accommodation in the community. Lunch will be on the build site, while breakfast and dinner will be in the community.


Sample Itinerary

Day 1  Arrival Day (Saturday)

Day 2 Welcome Day (Sunday): travel to the hosting programme, and learn about Habitat’s innovative programmes, and your project.

Day 2-14 – Typical Build day (Monday – Saturday): Build. Skilled construction workers will guide you and your team as you build. The team will have time for excursions, rest and reflection meetings in the evenings.

Day 15 – Goodbyes and head home.


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Habitat for Humanity offers rewarding volunteering opportunities worldwide. Our strongest partnerships are with Zambia and Romania.

Volunteer Stories

“The attitude towards life, shown by the members of the George community was remarkable.” – David Meenan, volunteer, Zambia.

Homeowner Stories

“I love the solid floor in my new home. It keeps out the damp and all the insects.” – Brenda, Habitat Homeowner, Zambia.

Resources and FAQs

Tools to support you and your team as you plan your trip, fundraise, and raise awareness of housing poverty.

Code of Good Practice

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