Welcome to Global Village

Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village is our short-term international volunteer program that brings people together to build and improve homes, and to contribute to the health and well-being of communities and the people who live within them.

Important Notice regarding Global Village builds

Due to continuing concerns for the health and safety of all staff members, volunteers, partners, and the communities we partner with, and recognizing the increased operational challenges brought forth during the pandemic, Habitat for Humanity International has postponed the resumption of the international Global Village program until a safe and quality experience can be provided.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on all of us. The current realities of the pandemic, including the challenging vaccine distribution and availability globally, as well as travel restrictions and mandates across Canada, all impact the ability to resume our Global Village work safely and effectively. Therefore, all Global Village builds managed by Habitat for Humanity Canada, are suspended through 2022, both domestic and international.

We are committed to continuing our global engagement work and supporting local Habitats both at home and abroad so that they can continue to build safe and affordable homes. Please keep this page bookmarked, as we will provide updates as the situation progresses.

We strive to provide our volunteers and partners with a high standard of service and support. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to impact the resources needed to deliver a safe Global Village experience for volunteers and communities to the standard necessary at this time. If a volunteer has a question or needs assistance, they can contact globalvillage@habitat.ca.

Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village is our short-term international volunteer program that brings people together to build and improve homes, and to contribute to the health and well-being of communities and the people who live within them.

Habitat Canada Global Village connects Canadians with Habitat volunteer opportunities around the globe and across Canada. Volunteers work alongside members of the community, as well as families, to make a lasting impact by building safe and decent housing for people in need of decent housing. It’s an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of housing and development issues in other countries, to learn more about another culture and about yourself.

What you’ll get from the Habitat Global Village experience

  • Gain a greater understanding of housing and development issues and solutions in Canada and abroad
  • Work alongside future homeowners to help them build a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home
  • Learn and engage in different cultures, discover local customs, and reflect on your experience
  • Meet new people, make new friends, and build lasting relationships

No special construction skills needed

Construction managers will provide instruction and direction on how to perform all tasks on the build site safely. Learn what you can expect from your Global Village build opportunity.

The impact you'll create

Each volunteer experience includes a minimum donation that helps Habitat for Humanity build more homes for more families in need of affordable housing.