Big Build 2020

Not even in my dreams did I imagine living in house like this.
We have shelter and feel safe and secure. Thank you.

Jika Letson (18), Habitat Homeowner, Malawi

73 October – 11 October 2020 Apply Here Now!

This autumn join us at Big Build Malawi!

Big Build 2020 will build 10 homes in one week, supporting our long-term partnership with Habitat Malawi. Together we will change the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children forever.

Work will take place over World Habitat Day. As we raise our hammers, we also raise our voices with the global Habitat family about the urgent, growing need for safe shelter.

Dates: 3 October – 11 October, 2020

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Cost: €2,900

Contact details: Email or call 01 531 0033

Big Build 2020

Habitat’s Big Build is taking place in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe where over 76% of the population live in slums. In 1 week, we will build 10 homes, supporting our Orphaned and Vulnerable children programme.

Join us for this special week! Build beside the local community, witness the life-changing impact of a simple home and inspire others to join the cause of safe shelter.

Supporting Habitat’s Work

This year, Habitat volunteers are sponsoring the cost of all 10 homes. Therefore the budget to take part is €2,900 per person (this includes a non-refundable deposit, travel, insurance, orientation materials, in-country expenses, a debrief and a minimum donation towards Habitat’s work).

There are lots of ideas and resources to support fundraising. Volunteers must be clear about what the funds raised will support.

Participants must be over 18.


Days 1-2 Depart Ireland, arrive in Malawi & Orientation / Welcome Dinner

Days 3-8 Build and closing celebration with the community

Days 9-10 Cultural Activity & Travel Home

Need to Know

Where will I stay?

Accommodation will be clean and safe; usually a modest hotel or guest hours. Local Habitat staff will organise transport to and from the work site.

Where will I eat?

You will have the opportunity to try local food but in most cases you will have access to food you will familiar with too!

Bottled water will be provided to keep you hydrated. If you have any allergies or specific requirements, please include this in your application form.

What will I be doing?

There are a variety of tasks you could be laying bricks, mixing cement, moving materials, installing doors and windows or put up the roof.

Whatever you do, you will build relationships and new hope for the future. You don’t need any previous experience; in-country Habitat staff will be delighted to welcome you and all sites are fully supervised.

Jika’s story

Since the death of both her parents, Jika (18) has been looking after her little sisters, Lucy and Dora. Life was tough living in a small, unsafe hut. A simple Habitat home has changed everything for the family; they are safe, healthy and hopeful for the future.

‘Not even in my dreams did I imagine living in house like this. We have shelter and feel safe and secure. Thank you.’
Jika Letson (18), Habitat Homeowner, Malawi

Become a Team Leader

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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.

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 Globally with Habitat for Humanity

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

Email or call 01 531 0033