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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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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.

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Team leader trip costs are automatically covered; travel expenses will be reimbursed on a tiered basis depending on the size of the team you recruit, up to the average flight cost for that area of the world. Look for a next to location names below.

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Team leader costs are covered for Destination of Choice trips if the team leader chooses to include them in the trip budget. Lead a team of members and volunteers on a trip – near or far – with standard budgets, information and itineraries.

Destination Trip Cost – Without Airfare
Member Nonmember
National Catalog Locations Planned by team leader. $300 – $500 more than member price.
International Catalog Locations Planned by team leader.
Premier Destinations Standard trip cost for 2018.

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

  • Latin America

    Dominican Republic

    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's 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.

    • Country population: 10.7 million
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 32%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 16
    • Hosting availability: January – December (some locations offered seasonally)
    • Team size preference: 8–16
    • Type of construction: Rehabilitations, repairs, and new home construction
    • Learn more about Habitat's work in the Dominican Republic
    Nine-Day Dominican Republic Premier Destination Cost
    Benefit members $1,050
    Nonmembers $1,400
    hrivent Builds home recipients in Dominican Republic

    El Salvador

    El Salvador, while small in area, is the most densely populated country in the Americas. With six 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, more than 250 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 homes to complete in 2018: 700
    • 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
    Thrivent Builds volunteer hugging child 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, Rabinal, Retalhuleu, Solola, Tecpan, Zacapa
    • Type of construction: New home construction and Health Home Kits (smokeless stoves or latrines)
    Group of happy Guatemalan children hugging

    Nicaragua

    More than 29% of the people in Nicaragua live on less than $2 per day. Basic housing services are severely lacking. Houses often have dirt floors and tin roofs and no indoor plumbing or electricity.

    Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua supports families in achieving solutions to their housing needs. The organization works through four main initiatives to serve low-income families, with special emphasis given to, women-headed households, families with three or more dependents, families with members who have special needs and families with a monthly income of less than $200. During your week, work with a Nicaraguan family to pour a concrete floor, replace a roof or even build a new house.

    • Population: 6 million
    • Percentage Living Below the Poverty Line: 40%
    • Projected number of homes completed for 2018: 32 houses by July
    • Hosting availability: January – July, October – mid-December
    • Team Size: 8–30
    • Build Locations: Esteli
    • Types of construction: New seed homes – a basic structure with a bathroom and concrete floor, allowing the opportunity for the family to add to later.
    Nine-Day Nicaragua Republic Premier Destination Cost
    Benefit members $1,050
    Nonmembers $1,400
    Nicaraguan woman and children smiling in front of new home

    Paraguay

    An estimated 1.1 million houses are needed in Paraguay. Each year, that statistic grows. Since 1998, Habitat Paraguay has worked to help Paraguayan families who can't afford traditional loans build new houses. 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.

    • Country population: 6 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
    Family in Paraguay in front of brick home
  • United States

    Trip costs for U.S. hosting destinations are generally less expensive than international trips and provide a great opportunity to expand the number of volunteers, both Thrivent members and prospective members, who can participate in this life-changing experience, while fulfilling the purposes of both Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity.

    The difference between member and nonmember trip costs to U.S. destinations is $300. For all non-U.S. destinations, the cost difference is $500, helping to make a U.S. trip even more accessible.

    Flathead Valley, Montana

    Located near Glacier National Park, you will work side by side with families to build state-of-the-art energy-efficient housing. According to U.S. Census data, Habitat for Humanity of Flathead Valley estimates that more than 1,000 Flathead Valley families currently live in substandard housing. The organization has built 47 homes to date and empowered more than 170 people to transition out of substandard housing and into safe, decent and affordable homes of their own. Experience Montana's beauty and build in Flathead Valley!

    • County population: 96,000
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 14.9%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 2
    • Hosting availability: June – September
    • Team size preference: 8–12
    • Project location: Kalispell, MT
    • Type of construction: New home construction
    Habitat and Thrivent volunteers working on home in Flathead Valley

    Kauai, Hawaii

    Beyond the serenity of lush valleys and picturesque white sand beaches of Kauai – the Garden Isle – the need for affordable housing persists. Forty-one percent of Kauai households are living in unaffordable situations, spending more than 30% of income toward monthly housing costs. Many work two to three jobs and house several families under one roof. Kauai Habitat has over 2,000 non-duplicated names of families and individuals who have expressed need of a Habitat affordable home. As a volunteer, you will make a significant impact in our ability to keep providing housing opportunities on Kauai. Make a difference in the lives of those in need while taking in the beauty and culture that the Garden Isle has to offer.

    • Island population: 65,000
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 10%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 17
    • Hosting availability: January – December
    • Team size preference: maximum 12
    • Type of construction: New home construction
    Kauai family holding new Thrivent Builds home address sign

    Kona, Hawaii

    While the Big Island of Hawaii is known for its natural beauty and diverse recreational and cultural opportunities, Hawaii is also home to an affordable housing crisis due to high cost of living, costly housing markets, and a high poverty rate. The Big Island also has the lowest rate of homeownership in the state, with more than 6,000 families on the waitlist for public housing. This West Hawaii host program gives you the opportunity to make a significant impact on substandard housing as you work on innovative projects alongside future homeowner families and local volunteers.

    • Island population: 180,000
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 22%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 24
    • Hosting availability: January – December
    • Team size preference: 12–15
    • Project locations: Waimea, Waikoloa, Puna, Kona, Hilo
    • Type of construction: New home construction and critical home repair
    Group of Thrivent Builds and Habitat volunteers in Kona, Hawaii

    Sea Island, South Carolina

    Sea Island Habitat for Humanity serves the housing needs of South Carolina's beautiful barrier islands. Even though this area is in the midst of one of America's top tourist destinations, many families that live here are plagued by poverty. Building with Sea Island helps you serve a mission of providing energy efficient homes to families in need in South Carolina.

    • County population: 396,000
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 14.9%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 8-10
    • Hosting availability: May – December
    • Team size preference: 10–15
    • Project locations: James Island, SC and Johns Island, SC
    • Type of construction: New home construction and home repair
    Sea Island Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Builds volunteers

    St. Tammany West, Louisiana

    Scenic St. Tammany West is rich in history, culinary heritage and green spaces. For more than a century, it has been where many come to get away from the city. However, with St. Tammany West Parish's major population increase since Hurricane Katrina, the cost of housing has greatly increased, posing challenges for many. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with local people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. As a volunteer, you will work alongside future homeowners to help build a place they can call home.

    • County population: 125,000
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 11.4%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 10
    • Hosting availability: April – September; November – February
    • Team size preference: 8–20
    • Type of construction: New home construction
    Seven-Day Louisiana Premier Destination Cost
    Benefit members $700
    Nonmembers $1,000
    Volunteers working together to build a home

    Taos, New Mexico

    Taos has attracted artists, poets, movie stars and nomads for nearly a century. Tourism is the dominant sector of Taos’ economy. As a result, the majority of the population works in the service industry, and 90% percent of citizens cannot afford a home in this tourist-dependent town. As a volunteer, you can enjoy never-ending skies and beauty, all while learning how to build with adobe bricks to construct a home with a family in need of affordable housing.

    • County population: 33,000
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 32%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 2
    • Hosting availability: January – December
    • Team size preference: 8–15
    • Type of construction: New home construction and minor rehabilitations
    Thrivent Builds and Habitat volunteers at build site in Taos, New Mexico
  • Africa, Asia & Europe

    Cambodia

    Since 2003, Habitat Cambodia has enabled over 18,000 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: 15 million
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 17.7%
    • Hosting availability: January – December
    • Project locations: Battambang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
    • Type of construction: New home construction
    • Learn more about Habitat's work in Cambodia
    Volunteer installing sheet metal roof on a house in Cambodia

    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.

    • Country population: 9.8 million
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 14.5%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 6-8
    • Hosting availability: April – October
    • Team size preference: 10–16
    • Project locations: Budapest
    • Type of construction: Renovations for single-family apartments
    Two men helping build and repair houses in Hungary

    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: 17 million
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 78%
    • 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)
    Malawian woman and boy smiling outside new home

    Romania

    For more than 20 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 living below the poverty line: 25%
    • Hosting availability: February – May
    • Team size preference: 8–30
    • Project locations: Buftea, Cumpana, Comanesti
    • Type of construction: Single-family apartment renovations, community center building
    Thrivent Builds Worldwide and Habitat volunteers in Romania

    Poland

    Poland has undergone tremendous reforms. Even so, overcrowded and damp housing without proper sanitation is still the reality for too many of its low-income working families. Almost one in four apartments in Poland should be condemned. This statistic exacerbates the problem that Poland needs more than 1.5 million affordable apartments just to meet current demand.

    Habitat Poland works to construct and renovate houses of vulnerable families as well as buildings belonging to the municipalities. Their work is in partnership with other Non-Governmental Organizations or social enterprises serving homeless people, ill children, disabled adults, immigrants, recovering addicts and other vulnerable groups.

    • Country population: 38 million
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 20%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 22
    • Hosting availability: March – November
    • Team size preference: 8–15
    • Project locations: Warsaw and Gliwice
    • Type of construction: Renovations for vulnerable families
    Volunteers in Poland helping community build safe homes

    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: 90 million
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 7%
    • Projected number of homes to complete in 2018: 400
    • Hosting availability: January – December
    • Team size preference: 12–50
    • Project locations: Hoa Binh, Quang Nam, Tien Giang, Long An
    • Type of construction: New home construction and renovations
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Vietnam
    Hand wearing Thrivent Builds work gloves doing home construction

Thrivent Builds Worldwide will accept proposals for destinations outside of the trip catalog from experienced, successful team leaders to locations with a proven history of providing a quality volunteer experience.

If you're an experienced team leader and are interested in submitting a proposal for a destination not included in the catalog, please contact the Thrivent Builds Worldwide staff at Thrivent@habitat.org to discuss options.

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