International Volunteering Programme

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.

Volunteers provide manpower that allows the building of homes at considerably lower costs. More importantly, the volunteering experience transforms lives: both for the volunteers who work alongside Habitat homeowners and for partner families who see people who care enough to help them break the cycle of poverty.

Volunteer trips with Habitat usually last from one to two weeks. During this time volunteers work on a construction site building homes together with team members and homeowner families.

Every year groups from schools, third-level institutions, community clubs, companies, friends and family volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

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

Fundraising: All volunteers are encouraged to fundraise the cost of their trip. Trips range from €1,700 – €2,900 and this fee includes flights, accommodation, insurance, fundraising and orientation materials, in-country transport, food and water, as well as your donation to Habitat’s work. Vaccinations are not included. 

Please note: Flight costs vary and currency/fuel costs can affect the in-country costs. Teams will incur any additional costs – however, HFH Ireland will work hard with the host coordinators and team leaders to keep the costs within budget.

Garda Vetting: All volunteers (including team leaders) aged 18+ will be Garda vetted.

Team leaders: Have experience volunteering overseas and interested in being a team leader? Learn more here.

Contact details: Email or call 01 531 0033.


Scheduled or Featured Trips

Join a Habitat for Humanity volunteer team.

Third-level Student Groups

Form a Habitat for Humanity volunteer team.

Create your own team

Form a Habitat for Humanity volunteer team.

Corporate teams

Form a Habitat for Humanity corporate volunteer team.

School and Youth Groups

Form 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