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Expand your generosity while experiencing new cultures as a team leader! We offer a variety of locations for you to lead a trip – from right here in the United States to far-flung locations like Malawi in Africa to Romania in Europe. Choose from the destinations listed below, all of which we carefully researched to help ensure a quality experience. Take the lead, make a difference and explore the world.

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Your trip expenses are covered

We understand the important role played by a Thrivent Builds Worldwide team leader. Covering your expenses makes it affordable for you to take the lead in making a difference for the members of your team and around the world. We also want to make it more affordable for your participants to travel, so this year we have several destinations with partial subsidies for team members.

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For all trips, an $8,000 donation is made to the host program you choose to work with on behalf of your Thrivent Builds Worldwide team.

Premier Destination

Experience one of our most highly rated hosting locations with some of the detailed trip planning done for you. These one-week trips have a pre-set itinerary and trip cost, and do not require handling funds or an expense report, making them perfect for first-time team leaders. We have deeper partnerships with these hosting locations and are places where we are concentrating our impact.

  • Dominican Republic

    Limited availability

    Despite the beautiful beaches, mountains, and people, many Dominicans live in houses made of tejamanil (a mixture of soil and manure), wood or even empty oil drums. The dirt floors in many of these houses, which produce constant dust, inviting insects and rodents inside and posing a health risk. Often, two families live in one house, and it is not uncommon to find multiple generations living in the same room and even sharing beds.

    Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic focuses on creating and increasing opportunities for low-income families to access adequate housing.

    Work with a Dominican family to build a new home with two or three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom, or help build an earthquake-resistant prefabricated home.

    • Trip Price: $1,050 for Benefit Members, $1,400 for non-members (airfare not included).
    • Country population: 10.7 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 32%.
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2019: 16.
    • Hosting availability: January – December (some locations offered seasonally).
    • Team size preference: 8–16.
    • Project locations: Santo Domingo, Samaná, San Juan de la Maguana.
    • Type of construction: Rehabilitations, repairs, and new home construction.
    • Learn more about Habitat's work in the Dominican Republic.

Focus Country

Like our Premier Destinations, Focus Countries provide exceptional experiences for volunteers and are locations where we are focusing on making a difference. These trips have a pre-set trip price and itinerary and require minimal expense reporting.

  • Hungary

    An estimated 30,000 homeless people live in Hungary, and there are 50,000 families on the edge of homelessness. Habitat for Humanity Hungary works with local municipalities and nongovernmental organizations to help homeless people living on the street or in self-built shacks, as well as families living in temporary shelter, to move into decent and affordable rentals each year.

    Social workers provide care to help them start a new life and keep their homes. Volunteer teams help renovate empty, run-down rentals into real homes for the families. The projects also serve as a basis for Habitat for Humanity Hungary's advocacy work. The organization advocates for fair and inclusive housing policies for 30,000 homeless citizens, 50,000 families in severe housing crisis and thousands of others in need.

    • Trip Price: TBD.
    • Country population: 9.8 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 14.5%.
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2019: 6-8.
    • Hosting availability: April – October.
    • Team size preference: 10–16.
    • Project locations: Budapest.
    • Type of construction: Renovations for single-family apartments.
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Hungary.
  • Paraguay

    An estimated 1.1 million houses are needed in Paraguay. Each year, that statistic grows. Since 1998, Habitat Paraguay has worked to help 40,305 Paraguayan families who can't afford traditional loans build new houses alongside 5,000 volunteers. Families are given the opportunity to make repairs, improvements or additions to their existing homes.

    Habitat for Humanity Paraguay invites you to live a touching and unforgettable experience working alongside Paraguayan families and learning about their realities, challenges and dreams. Every team will start working on one home and help dedicate a different home at the end of the week. Your support will help us bring hope and happiness to the families.

    • Trip Price: TBD.
    • Country population: 7 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 30%.
    • Hosting availability: February – November.
    • Team size preference: 10–16.
    • Project locations: Asuncion, Central Department.
    • Type of construction: New home construction.
    • Learn more about Paraguay.

Disaster Recovery

Be a part of our long-term rebuilding efforts in the hurricane-impacted areas of Florida. Habitat affiliates in Highlands County and Middle Keys, Florida are ready to host your team, where you will be building new houses for hurricane-impacted families. These week-long trips have pre-set trip prices, itineraries and are perfect for those who may want to stay closer to home.

  • Highlands County Habitat for Humanity in Sebring, Florida

    Highlands County was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The county reported more than 13,000 damaged homes – at least 144 uninhabitable – and total damages in excess of $360 million. Highlands County Habitat for Humanity has a goal of building 10 new homes for disaster-affected families each year over the next four years. Located in the center of the Sunshine State, you’ll find nearly 100 crystal clear lakes for fishing, boating, skiing and sailing, and more than a dozen quality golf courses. The gently rolling hills, orange groves and charming small towns make this a relaxing country getaway. Come discover Sebring for yourself and help a family that was directly impacted by Hurricane Irma.

    • Trip Price: $350 for Benefit Members, $650 for non-members (airfare not included).
    • County population: 102,000.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 19.1%.
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2019: 10.
    • Hosting availability: January - December.
    • Team size preference: 8-20.
    • Project location: Sebring, FL.
    • Type of construction: New home construction & critical repairs.
    • Learn more about Highlands County Habitat for Humanity.
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys in Marathon, Florida

    Coming soon

    Known as the heart of the Keys, the islands of Marathon span 15 miles in the Middle Keys and are located halfway between Key West and Key Largo. When Hurricane Irma made landfall at Category 4 strength, families, homes, and communities in Marathon were brought down to their very foundations. In the Middle Keys, it was estimated that over 85% of homes sustained damage. Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys has served 32 families through construction, and we aim to build 20 new homes and repair 200 homes in our community by the end of 2020. Come experience and help rebuild beautiful Marathon!

    • Trip Price: TBD.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 12%.
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2019: 4 new homes and 25 hurricane repairs.
    • Hosting Availability: November - July.
    • Team Size Preference: 8 -16.
    • Project Location: Marathon, FL.
    • Type of Construction: Hurricane Irma Repairs, New home construction.
    • Population of the Middle Keys: 8,500 pre-hurricane Irma, and 7,800 post-hurricane Irma.
    • Learn more about Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys.
  • Coming soon: Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County in Beaumont, TX

Destination of Choice

If you're an experienced team leader looking to experience new cultures and make an impact where the need is great, then Destination of Choice trips are for you. Search the catalog to find your next trip.

  • Cambodia

    Since 2003, Habitat Cambodia has enabled over 22,000 families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. While poverty in Cambodia has decreased significantly, many Cambodian families are hovering just above the poverty line. Nearly three quarters of Cambodian families live on less than $3 a day, based on World Bank’s data. Volunteer with Habitat Cambodia and help a Cambodian family build a home of their own.

    • Country population: Over 16.2 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 17.7%.
    • Hosting availability: January – December.
    • Project locations: Siem Reap, Battambang and areas around the Tonle Sap Basin, and Kandal and Phnom Penh.
    • Type of construction: New house, upgrade, repair and water and sanitation facilities.
    • Learn more about Habitat's work in Cambodia.
  • El Salvador

    El Salvador, while small in area, is the most densely populated country in the Americas. With eight out of every ten families living in inadequate housing, there is a lot to be done and every single build matters. Despite these substandard conditions, Salvadoran people are extremely warm, friendly, and happy, leaving a big imprint on the hearts and lives of all who visit. Your impact as a volunteer is just as big – because of your generosity, since 2008 more than 290 Thrivent Builds Worldwide trips have helped build homes alongside families. With your support, Habitat for Humanity El Salvador can solve housing needs by partnering with families in one of the most vulnerable countries in the world and building homes that will serve many generations to come.

    • Country population: 6.5 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 31.8%.
    • Projected number of new homes to complete in 2018: 450.
    • Hosting availability: January – December.
    • Team size preference: 8–25.
    • Project locations: Ahuachapán, Santa Ana.
    • Type of construction: New home constructions and renovations.
    • Learn more about Habitat's work in El Salvador.
  • Guatemala

    Guatemala offers you diverse work sites in rural or urban areas, alongside fields or mountains, and rich cultural experiences from both its indigenous people and Spanish traditions. Throughout the country volunteers work on standard homes and healthy home kits near beautiful rivers, lakes, waterfalls, volcanoes, colonial cities, and Mayan ruins. With a housing deficit of 1.8 million homes you have the opportunity to help solve this country's great need for adequate housing. At the same time, you'll get to enjoy the natural beauty and wonderful people in the region.

    • Country population: 16 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 59%.
    • Hosting availability: January – December.
    • Team size preference: 8–30.
    • Project locations: Antigua, Guastatoya, Peten, Rabinal, Retalhuleu, Solola, Tecpan, Zacapa.
    • Type of construction: New home construction and Health Home Kits (smokeless stoves or latrines).
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Guatemala.
  • Macedonia

    The Republic of Macedonia is a small, landlocked country in the Balkan Peninsula, with a rich history but a great need for decent housing. Macedonia has four times higher household energy consumption per capita than developed countries. At least 70% of the existing housing stock in apartment buildings is estimated to be energy inefficient. About 15% of the total population in Macedonia lives in illegal homes. Substandard housing conditions, including poor quality and unsafe constructions, are widespread. About 110,000 homes (16% of the existing housing stock) need immediate reconstruction.

    With the support of the residents, local government and volunteers, Habitat Macedonia has worked to provide housing to low-income families through construction of 12-family units in the city of Veles. Join Habitat Macedonia in building and explore the region’s ancient cities and Mediterranean culture.

    • Country Population: 2 Million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 21%.
    • Hosting availability: February - September.
    • Team size preference: 8-30.
    • Project locations: Veles.
    • Type of construction: Multi-family complexes.
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Macedonia.
  • Malawi

    Known as "The Warm Heart of Africa," Malawi is a country of gorgeous scenery and welcoming people located in southeast Africa. It also ranks among the world's least developed countries. In fact, 78% of families in Malawi live in substandard mud-walled, grass-thatched houses. Habitat for Humanity Malawi provides new homes made of kiln-fired clay bricks with glass windows, air vents for good ventilation and a cement tile roof. Homes are fully subsidized for orphans and other vulnerable groups of people. Habitat Malawi operates entirely on international volunteers, relying on them for labor as well as donations. You can make a difference!

    • Country population: 18.57 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 52.4%.
    • Hosting availability: March – November.
    • Team size preference: 10–30.
    • Project locations: Salima, Mulanje, Madisi, Lilongwe.
    • Type of construction: New Home Construction for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC).
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work inMalawi.
  • Romania

    For more than 22 years, Habitat for Humanity Romania has been building new homes, rehabilitating deteriorated homes, offering technical support, providing energy efficiency programs, and prevention and disaster risk response programs for vulnerable groups. It has helped provide more than 19,000 people with a decent place to live through the construction of new homes and rehabilitation, and served 45,000 through other prevention and response.

    • Country population: 19 million.
    • Percentage of population at risk of poverty: 25, 4%.
    • Hosting availability: February – November.
    • Team size preference: 8–30.
    • Project locations: Buftea, Cumpana, Comanesti.
    • Type of construction: Single-family apartment renovations, 4 unit house construction, community center construction.
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Romania.
  • Vietnam

    Vietnam may have the second-fastest growing economy in Asia, but it is still one of the poorest countries in the region. Substandard housing in Vietnam ranges from overcrowded urban apartments and homes to country shacks built from scraps or natural materials that need frequent replacing. Volunteer in Vietnam to help build homes, communities, and hope.

    • Country population: 96 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 11.3%.
    • Projected number of families to be served in 2019: 1500 families served.
    • Hosting availability: January – December (except Lunar New Year in February).
    • Team size preference: 10–50.
    • Project locations: Hoa Binh, Thai Nguyen, Quang Nam, Tien Giang, Long An, Dong Thap.
    • Type of construction: New home construction and renovations.
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Vietnam.
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