Worldwide Trip Catalog
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.
Join an existing trip
Not quite ready to lead your own team? No worries! We have plenty of existing trips you can join as a volunteer.
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.
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.
Destination of Choice
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|
|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 2017.|
An $8,000 donation is made to the host program you choose to work with on behalf of your Thrivent Builds Worldwide team.
About one-fourth of the population of Costa Rica lives in poverty, and 6.7% of the inhabitants live in extreme poverty. Among poor households, 7.8% have single women as heads of the household, making it difficult for them to access credit to secure adequate housing.
Habitat for Humanity Costa Rica provides low-income people the opportunity to own an adequate, permanent house, either through new home construction or improvement to their current shelter.
Some houses are 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 dusk and invite insects and rodents inside, pose 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 is focused on creating and increasing opportunities for low-income families to access adequate housing. It aims to serve at least 5,000 families per year from 2015 on.
Work with a Dominican family on a new home with two or three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom, or build an earthquake-resistant prefabricated home.
Nine-Day Dominican Republic Premier Destination Cost Benefit members Coming soon for 2017. Nonmembers Coming soon for 2017.
El Salvador, while small in size, is the most densely populated country in Central America. With 6 out of every 10 families living in inadequate housing, there's a lot to be done and every single build matters. Despite these substandard conditions, the faith and generosity of its people leave 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.
Guatemala offers you diverse work sites and rich cultural experiences, coming both from 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.
More than 42% 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.
- Families with a monthly income of less than $350.
Work with a Nicaraguan family to pour a concrete floor, replace a roof, or even build a new house.
Nine-Day Nicaragua Republic Premier Destination Cost Benefit members Coming soon for 2017. Nonmembers Coming soon for 2017.
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. Your support will help us bring hope and happiness to the families.
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.
Asheville, North Carolina
While offering endless outdoor adventure and a vibrant arts community, Asheville, North Carolina, also has some of the highest housing costs in the state. You'll volunteer alongside experienced construction staff and get to know hard-working families while helping them achieve self-reliance through shelter.
Flathead Valley, Montana
Located near Glacier National Park, you'll 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. "Build Green" in Flathead Valley!
Beyond the serenity of lush valleys and picturesque white sand beaches of Kauai – the Garden Isle – the need for affordable housing persists. A rural island of 60,000 residents, 41% 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.
Join us and make a difference in the lives of those in need while taking in the beauty and culture that the Garden Isle has to offer. As a volunteer, you'll work on various projects, making a significant impact in our ability to keep providing housing opportunities on Kauai.
While the Big Island of Hawaii is known for its natural beauty and diverse recreational and cultural opportunities, more than 16% of the population lives below the poverty line, especially those of native Hawaiian heritage.
The Big Island also has the lowest rate of homeownership in the state. 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.
Sea Island, South Carolina
Sea Island Habitat for Humanity serves the housing needs of South Carolina's 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.
St. Tammany West, Louisiana
Scenic St. Tammany West is rich in history, culinary heritage and green spaces. For more than a century, it's has been where many come to get away from the city. However, the average cost of a house in St. Tammany West Parish is just less than $200,000. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with local people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. As a volunteer, you'll get to work alongside future homeowners to help build a place they can call home.
Seven-Day Louisiana Premier Destination Cost Benefit members Coming soon for 2017. Nonmembers Coming soon for 2017.
Taos, New Mexico
Taos has attracted artists, poets, movie stars and nomads for nearly a century. But 90% percent of citizens can't 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.
Africa, Asia & Europe
An estimated 30,000 homeless people live in Hungary, and there 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.
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. As a volunteer, you can make a difference!
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.
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.
Of the existing housing stock, approximately one in eight homes has no kitchen. Nearly one in 10 shares a toilet with an entire floor of apartments or has no indoor facility at all. With a severe affordable housing shortage, low-income families often have no choice but to live in substandard housing that threatens their health and safety. Habitat for Humanity activities in Poland range from building new affordable houses to renovating condominium blocks.
Vietnam may have the second-fastest growing economy in Asia, but it's still one of the poorest countries in the region. An estimated 19.5% of Vietnamese people live below the national poverty line. Substandard housing in Vietnam ranges from overcrowded urban apartments and homes to country shacks built from scraps or natural materials that need frequent replacing.
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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