Become a Team Leader

Owning a home provides a significant level of economic security as well as a place in which a child may study, a parent may set up a small business and a family can live a healthier life. Being a Team Leader was an incredibly rewarding experience.

Mark Finn, Habitat volunteer

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

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.

Some 1.6 billion people in our world live in inadequate housing. In homes made of scrap materials; a leaking plastic sheet tent; a rundown apartment block with no toilet or access to clean water. Every minute, 20 people die from conditions related to poverty housing.

You can help change this. Volunteer overseas as a Team Leader and help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Have you got what it takes to become a Team Leader?


Habitat Ireland is looking for individuals to lead teams on Global Village builds. You will work alongside Habitat staff to ensure a successful Global Village experience. You and your team will build safe and decent homes with local families and community members.


We’re looking for people who:

– Have previous experience in a Developing Country

– Can commit in time and effort to team training and fundraising

– Are able to motivate and encourage team members

– Are aged 23+ (applicants under 23 may act as co-team leaders)

– Can demonstrate the ability to adapt to changing circumstances

– Are willing to learn and work with Habitat for Humanity to make the trip successful and memorable


Habitat for Humanity works in 70 countries worldwide. Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s strongest partnerships are with Zambia and Romania. In recent years, we have also sent teams to Malawi, Lesotho, Vietnam, Armenia, India, Nepal, and the Philippines.

Habitat for Humanity host trips all year round, making it easier for you to find one that suits!


– Make a real difference in the fight against poverty housing. In helping to build a house, you and your team can see a tangible result of your fundraising, plus you meet and work alongside the future Habitat homeowners

– Receive training in leadership skills

– Receive training in goal-setting, planning and budgeting during the fundraising stage

– Work with Habitat for Humanity Ireland and host country on in-country logistics

– Learn about Risk Management, Health & Safety and Emergency Procedures

– Learn about a new culture and the global issues relating to poverty housing

– Represent an International Organisation

How to apply: There are two ways to apply: either enquire about joining one of our scheduled/featured trips as Team Leader, or lead 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. Email Mary McGarry, International Programme Manager, to enquire about becoming a Team Leader.


Scheduled or Featured Trips

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School and Youth Groups

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Application Process

Find out everything you need to know about applying to volunteer on Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s International Volunteering Programme!


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.


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.

Become a Habitat for Humanity Team Leader

Apply now to lead a team overseas to help families build their own safe and decent home.

Email or call 01 531 0033