School and Youth Groups Programme 

It’s upsetting, seeing the conditions that partner families are currently living in, but I feel so incredibly lucky and so glad to have been able to meet these amazing and kind people and to help them change their lives for the better.

Erin O'Leary, Summer Youth Build volunteer

Our School and Youth Groups Programme is an amazing opportunity for secondary school students to work alongside families in need of a decent place to call home.

Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s School and Youth Groups Programme opens the minds of students to a world of global issues and practical volunteering experience – changing students’ lives for the good of others.

Every year, secondary students aged 16+ travel overseas with Habitat for Humanity Ireland for 1-2 weeks to help families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

The students commit to the team by attending training, team building, and by actively fundraising. They experience firsthand the impact of poverty housing and help make a lasting difference to entire communities. We encourage volunteers to become a voice for safe shelter when they return home; inspiring others to help us reach many more families in need.

By taking part, students will have the opportunity to:

– Make a visible impact

– Work as part of a team and develop new skills

– Experience a different culture and learn about global development issues.

Habitat for Humanity Ireland is an official Gaisce Challenge Partner. Gaisce Challenge Partners support and involve young people to participate in one or more Gaisce Challenge Area, allowing Gaisce participants to use relevant activities to count towards achieving a Gaisce Award.

How to apply: There are two ways for students to apply: either join our Easter Youth Build, or create a school or youth group with a tailor-made itinerary. Once you’ve made your decision, fill out our Volunteer Application Form here. No construction skills are necessary! There will be a skilled supervisor on site to teach you everything you need to know.

Adult team leaders: Volunteer groups consisting of minors (aged 16+) require a 1:4 adult:minor ratio. All volunteers (including team leaders) aged 18+ will be Garda vetted.

Contact details: Email or call 01 531 0033.

Create your own team

Form your own team

Easter Youth Build

Join our scheduled trip

Application Form

Apply to become a volunteer

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.

School and Youth Groups Programme

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

Email Mary McGarry, International Programme Manager ( or call 01 531 0033 for more information.