Group Volunteering – Form your own team

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.

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.

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 (see more below). No construction skills are necessary! There will be a skilled supervisor on site to teach you everything you need to know.

Form your own team!

It takes enthusiasm and motivation to put together a team but the rewards can be very high. There is great joy in seeing the enthusiasm of your team on the build site and watching as the group develops team work, a new vision for life, and a new understanding of the needs of people living in poverty.

Churches, schools, third-level institutions, corporations, community organisations or individuals can set up their own Global Village teams. We will work with you to plan your trip. Part of our responsibility will be to:

– Send you our Global Village Orientation pack.
– Give you fundraising and PR ideas.
– Train your team leaders.
– Help with trip logistics and paperwork.
– Help prepare budgets.
– Help with team orientation.

How can our group organise a Global Village team?

You will need one adult volunteer from the group willing to take the leadership responsibility. Ideally, she or he will have leadership skills and experience volunteering overseas. For groups with minors (aged 16-18), a ratio of 1:4 adults to children applies.

It takes a minimum of 6 months to plan a trip and complete the fundraising; 9-12 months preparation time is recommended.

Where can we go?

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. To learn more about our partner countries, click here.

How many people make up a team?

Teams usually consist of 12-15 people. Minimum group size is 10. Larger groups can also be accommodated.

What if I don’t have enough people to make a team?
You can join one of the Scheduled trips/Featured Builds. Applications are accepted year round. To join a trip that is already formed you can apply for a place in a trip featured in our schedule or contact Mary, our International Programme Manager.

What next?
Contact Mary McGarry, International Programme Manager ( or 01 531 0033) who can give you more information on planning your own trip. Once the team has been formed, team members can formally apply to become Habitat volunteers through the orange ‘Apply now‘ button below.


Create your own team

Form a Habitat for Humanity volunteer team.

Scheduled or Featured Trips

Join a Habitat for Humanity volunteer team.

Application Form

Fill out Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s Volunteer Application Form.

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 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