Habitat for Humanity is committed to the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people in over 90 countries. Through the Global Village Programme Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland provides opportunities for local volunteers and teams from all backgrounds and across the sectarian divide, to work in communities in need around the world, building houses.
Volunteers should be over 18. 16- 17 year olds may participate but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
No but Spanish may be an asset for Latin American countries.
Yes, each case is considered individually.
There is no previous experience required.
Volunteers of all faiths and no faiths are welcome to apply to volunteer with the organisation if they have a willingness to partner and respect the aims of Habitat.
Volunteers can fill out an application online or request a hard copy by contacting the office. They will be invited to attend a half day recruitment and selection event made of an informal interview and team building exercises. Two references are required.
For each volunteer trip a fundraising target is set which includes the costs of flights, insurance, visa, accommodation and food and a donation to the work of Habitat for Humanity. Programme costs begin at £1250.
The organisation will provide fundraising support, extensive team leader training, team member training (including health and safety) advocacy sessions and the privilege of working alongside communities to both to help them build houses and to learn from the experience. All logistical costs and arrangements are included as part of the fundraising target. This includes flights, accommodation, food and transport.
Work Individually/In Teams
Volunteer teams are usually made up of 10-15 team members including 2 team leaders.
Code Of Practice
Yes – Comhlamh Code of Practice.
Yes – Comhlamh Volunteer Charter.
In Country Support
Yes, HFHNI is in contact with the host incountry coordinator. Host coordinator with team in-country
Pre Programme Training
Yes, there is an extensive team leader training programme provided. Team members are provided with orientation pack, health and safety training, first aid training (if necessary) global development and advocacy training.
Yes, within 4-8 weeks of returning to Northern Ireland team leaders will facilitate a team evaluation and debrief session. One to one debrief sessions can be accommodated if requested. Team Leaders are provided with a debriefing toolkit to enable them to facilitate a debrief with their team.
Contact with Returned Volunteers
Yes, team leaders will be in touch with a previous team leader who will often attend a team meeting to share his/her experience and answer questions.
Habitat for Humanity partners with communities in over 90 countries; each year certain countries will be selected as the destinations for that year.