Through the Global Village Program, Northern Ocean Habitat has worked extensively with the Habitat Guatemala affiliate. Northern Ocean Habitat has helped fund 28 simple, decent homes for Guatemalan families in the past 15 years.
What Global Village Trips are Like
While every Global Village trip is different; you can expect to gain once-in-a-lifetime experiences and memories. Itineraries are balanced with plenty of work, rest and free time. During your trip, you will do more than help build houses―you will become part of the local community and participate in cultural activities.
The Benefits of Volunteering on a Global Village Trip
- You will have an opportunity to contribute to Habitat’s work and create positive change in the world.
- You will learn about poverty housing, development challenges and Habitat’s mission to eradicate them.
- You will experience the community’s culture, language and social practices while working alongside homeowners and volunteers of all backgrounds, races and religions.
- You will take part in a transformative, lifelong journey that may ignite your passion for making this world a
Who Can Volunteer
- Anyone who wants to make a difference by picking up a hammer and helping to change lives.
- There is no maximum age limit. Please read the Global Village minor policy for information regarding volunteers under the age of 18.
- Many of the trips require strenuous manual labor, so all participants should be in good health.
General Information to Consider
- Passport: In most cases, you need a current passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates. Some countries may also require a visa.
- Language fluency: There is no language requirement for participating in a Global Village trip. Team leaders can arrange for an interpreter if needed.
- Work site safety: The on-site construction supervisor will instruct volunteers in the correct procedure for performing each task and will familiarize them with the potential hazards and how such hazards can be minimized or avoided.
- Health and personal safety: The health and safety of Global Village team members is a top priority. We stay informed of the latest travel advisories from several countries. The participant, however, has the responsibility of understanding the associated risks and making the final decision to participate with a team.