Group Volunteering – Form your own team
My life has changed for the better since that first venture into Zambia. The quiet example of the Zambian people has never left me and by adopting a part of their attitude to life and friends, I have become a happier person. I do not think I could pass a year without visiting Zambia. It has become a major part of my life and when I am home, I miss it every week.Michael Nugent, Habitat volunteer, Gonzaga Overseas Aid
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.
Contact Mary McGarry, International Programme Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.