International Volunteering Programme

Habitat’s mission inspired me because it endeavours to provide a permanent foundation that helps people to ultimately help themselves, whether it is by building safe and secure homes, ensuring access to clean water, or enabling education in business and home financing.

Aislinn Hayes, Habitat volunteer

Our International Volunteering Programme is an amazing opportunity to work alongside families in need of a decent place to call home.

COVID-19 is impacting our families and our communities here, and around the world.

Given the uncertainty, continued travel disruption and the need to protect staff, volunteers and the families we serve in some of the worlds poorest communities all global travel has been suspended for 2020.

The loss of donation will be keenly felt in our international programme partnerships. Your donation or fundraising could help change everything for families who can’t stay safe at home. Create your Charity Checkout now!


Our Global Village volunteering programme invites you to join volunteers from around Ireland in fighting poverty housing. You will travel overseas and help a family to build a home, strengthen their community, and enrich both their lives and your own.

Volunteers provide manpower that allows the building of homes at considerably lower costs. More importantly, the volunteering experience transforms lives: both for the volunteers who work alongside Habitat homeowners and for partner families who see people who care enough to help them break the cycle of poverty.

Volunteer trips with Habitat usually last from one to two weeks. During this time volunteers work on a construction site building homes together with team members and homeowner families.

Every year groups from schools, third-level institutions, community clubs, companies, friends and family volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

How to apply: There are two ways to apply: either join one of our scheduled/featured trips or create a group of your own with a tailor-made itinerary. No construction skills are necessary! There will be a skilled supervisor on site to teach you everything you need to know.

Fundraising: All volunteers are encouraged to fundraise the cost of their trip. Trips range from €1,800 – €2,900 and this fee includes flights, accommodation, insurance, fundraising and orientation materials, in-country transport, food and water, as well as your donation to Habitat’s work. Vaccinations are not included. 

Please note: Flight costs vary and currency/fuel costs can affect the in-country costs. Teams will incur any additional costs – however, HFH Ireland will work hard with the host coordinators and team leaders to keep the costs within budget.

Garda Vetting: All volunteers (including team leaders) aged 18+ will be Garda vetted.

Team leaders: Have experience volunteering overseas and interested in being a team leader? Learn more here.

Contact details: Email or call 01 531 0033.


Homeowner Stories

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

Where we work

Habitat for Humanity focuses on building hope both locally and around the world.

Volunteer Stories

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


Find out everything you need to know about how Habitat can support you in completing your GAISCE President’s award!

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

We are a signatory of Comhlamh’s Code of Good Practice, and have attained the Comprehensive Compliance Award.

Volunteer Overseas with Habitat for Humanity

Apply now to travel overseas to help families build their own safe and decent home.

Email or call 01 531 0033