Global Village



Global Village

Building homes overseas

Every year, Habitat for Humanity New Zealand and its Affiliates send hundreds of volunteers overseas to build homes in developing countries. 

Through Global Village, Habitat for Humanity New Zealand makes it possible for low-income families in overseas countries to own a decent home. Our partner families are involved in building their own house (what we call ‘sweat equity’) alongside our volunteers, and make affordable payments to own their home. Rather than providing a hand-out, Habitat for Humanity provides a hand-up. With the participation of volunteers and partner organisations, Habitat For Humanity continues to alleviate poverty housing around the world.

For families who are determined to break out of poverty, the programme enables them to build a better future. For children, a new home offers a chance to grow and thrive in surroundings that are safe. A place to live where they are sheltered from bad weather, fall sick less, go to school more regularly, and get to enjoy childhood. For volunteers, it is the meaningful experience of building and interacting with Habitat partner families. Global Village promotes a sense of goodwill, seeing a fellow human have a decent place to live.



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Vietnam Big Build - 2018

3-10 November

Nathan Collins, Habitat CNI operations manager, is leading a team of 45 volunteers to Vietnam for the Big Build, with the support of three team leaders. They will be working alongside teams from around the world to build 40 homes for families in need. The build will be in Cao Lanh District, Dong Thap Province about 160kms from Ho Chi Minh City. The population of 1.6 million is at risk from annual flooding. These agricultural- dependant families who earn less than USD$100/month are vulnerable. Your support is needed to build strength, stability and self reliance.


Myanmar 2018

5-9 November
Lou Maea, HFH Samoan advisor will lead this trip to Myanmar. Come and join him. Lou has organised and led many teams to AP but this will be his first to Myanmar. There are  limited opportunities to build, don't miss out. This will be an exciting adventure and wonderful opportunity to help those in need. Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia Pacific. Volunteers working here will be making a huge difference to the lives of families. Families are affected by forest fires, landslides, floods and storm surges.


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India 2018

2-11 November
Inadequate housing is a major problem facing the mountain tribal people of Karjat, located just 100km inland from Mumbai. The need is great. Houses typically have thatched roofing, weak foundations and flooring of mud and cow dung, and require frequent repairs. Open defecation is prevalent due to lack of awareness of sanitation and absence of facilities. Join Neil Pilbrow, an experienced Habitat leader, and help one deserving family build a decent home and make a difference to their lives.

Thailand 2019

January 14-18 (build days only)
Rayong is a coastal province in eastern Thailand. Living conditions are cramped, unsafe and unhygienic. Wages are low and most people don't have the money to improve their living standards. You can help build a decent home for a family. 
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Myanmar 2019         Multi-national Team! 


March 2-9 

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Habitat's Global Village program, you have the opportunity to join this unique team as they build homes with families in Myanmar. A team of volunteers from countries around the world, will join hands to build disaster-resilient houses and sanitary latrines in one of the 15 villages in Thanatpin township, one of the poorest areas in the Bago region. 


Fiji 2019      School Holidays

15-19 April (build days only)         
The number of people living in squatter settlements in Fiji has grown substantially in recent years, creating a huge need for appropriate housing for these people. More than 1,000 homes were destroyed in Rakiraki, a major town on the north coast of Fiji's main island Viti Levu, and 500 were partially damaged, as a result of Tropical Cyclone Winston. Bring your high school age young people (15yrs+) and join this team to make a difference.
Indicative Costs: Registration Pack $275            
Volunteer Participation Fee (adult) $1395 excluding airfares

Fundraising Goal: $1200
For more information:   
Phone Tracey Mazur (09) 5794111 Ext 214

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Argentina 2019

June 1-9 
Argentina is geographically the eighth largest country in the world with a population of 40 million people. 28% of its population live below the poverty line. The ongoing economic and social crises in Argentina have worsened its housing issues, with an estimated 10 million people currently living in poverty housing. You could help provide a decent home for a family.
Indicative Costs: NZ$3300 excluding airfares
For more information Phone Gaylene King-Turner
                                  Global Village: (09) 5794111 Ext 221

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Nepal 2019

April 22-26   (build days only) 
Most people in the Eastern region of Nepal live in poorly built thatched houses. In Nepal, like many other places in the world, decent shelter is a symbol of social dignity. The lack of it has been shown to be a barrier to other critically important things in life such as education, health care and social mobility. Helping families upgrade their current housing provides a big boost and often enables them to take the next step, usually the education of their children.

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Vietnam 2019   

June 17-21 (build days only)

Thai Nguyen is the nation's most Northern region, 80km from Hanoi. This project will provide ten vulnerable households with improved housing and adequate water and sanitation facilities. Join this team to be part of the solution.
Indicative Costs: NZ$2600 excluding airfares
For more information
Phone Neil Pilbrow  03 358 9460 or mobile 0272083528
Global Village: Gaylene King-Turner (09) 5794111 Ext 221

Vietnam 2019

7-11 October (build days only)
Tien Giang province, situated along the Mekong Delta’s coastline, faces the ocean and is vulnerable to both the risk of typhoon/storms from the ocean and climate change impact, for which the Mekong Delta has been listed as one of the most vulnerable areas. Many homes only have dirt floors and thatch walls and roofs. Jane Mead would love to have you join her team to go and help a family build a home.
Indicative Costs: NZ$2600 excluding airfares
For more information: 
Phone Jane Mead  021 973075    

Global Village: Gaylene King-Turner (09) 5794111 Ext 221 



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Contact the Global Village

For all Global Village Programme related inquiries, please contact:
Global Village
Ph. (09) 579 4111 Ext 214




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