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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 Habitat and Thrivent 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 Habitat and Thrivent 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: $950 for Benefit Members, $1,300 for non-members (airfare not included).
    • Country population: 10.7 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 32%.
    • 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: $1,060 for Benefit Members, $1,560 for non-members (airfare not included).
    • Country population: 9.8 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 14.5%.
    • 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: $875 for Benefit Members, $1,375 for non-members (airfare not included).
    • 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 hurricane-impacted areas of Florida and Texas. Local Habitat offices are ready to host your team which will be building new houses in partnership with 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%.
    • 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

    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: $700 for Benefit Members, $1,000 for non-members (airfare not included).
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 12%.
    • 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.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County in Beaumont, TX
    • Trip Price: $400 for Benefit Members, $700 for non-members (airfare not included).
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 18.6%
    • Hosting Availability: November - July
    • Team Size Preference: 8 - 20
    • Type of Construction: Hurricane Harvey repairs, New home construction.
    • Population of Jefferson County: 250,000

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.

  • Brazil

    Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth-largest globally, and one of the most geographically and culturally diverse nations in the world. The country struggles with socioeconomic inequality with a large social gap between its small upper and large lower classes. Many of Brazil’s upper class live in the South and Southeast regions with lower classes in the North and Northeast regions, which is where Habitat Brazil prioritizes developing projects and partnering with volunteers.

    Brazil has about 7 million fewer homes than it needs, and people earning less than $700 USD per month account for about 90% of this deficit. In cities, overcrowding and housing deterioration is common. It is estimated that more than 50 million Brazilians live in inadequate conditions. Twenty-six million Brazilian people in urban areas lack access to drinking water, 14 million do not have trash collections services and 83 million are not connected to sewage systems.

    • Country population: 207.4 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 25.4%.
    • Hosting availability: January – December.
    • Team size preference: 9–80
    • Project locations: Recife and Caruaru (State of Pernambuco, Northeastern Brazil)
    • Type of construction: Renovations and Access to Water through cistern construction
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Brazil.
  • 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 Habitat and Thrivent 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.

    • Trip Price: $830 for Benefit Members, $1,330 for non-members (airfare not included).
    • Country population: 6.5 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 31.8%.
    • 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.
  • 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 in Malawi.
  • Mexico

    Despite being considered as the 14th strongest economy in the world, there are + 50 million people living in poor conditions in Mexico, this is one of the most unequal countries in the world where according to World Bank’s data 7 million people lives with less than 2 dollars a day. Habitat for Humanity Mexico has been working since 1989 supporting over 48,000 families in self-building, rehabilitating and improving their houses. Volunteering in Mexico means not only to build a house but to help a family to have a better future.

    • Country population: 129.2 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 46.2%.
    • Hosting availability: January - December.
    • Project locations: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas & Puerto Escondido Oaxaca.
    • Type of construction: New home construction.
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Mexico.
  • Nepal

    Since 1997, Habitat Nepal has enabled over 75,000 economically vulnerable families to build or improve a place they can call home through safe, durable and affordable housing solutions and WASH initiatives. While Nepal has experienced slight economic growth in recent years, almost one quarter of its population live below the poverty line, having just US $1.90 a day, making Nepal one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world.

    Volunteer with Habitat Nepal and help a Nepali family to own a home of their own.

    • Country population: Over 29.3 million (2017).
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 25.2%.
    • Hosting availability: January - May and September - December.
    • Project locations: East, Central and West Region.
    • Type of construction: Low cost home construction with locally available materials.
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Nepal.
  • Portugal

    Portugal has a population of about 10 million and the northern Portugal is the most populous region in Portugal, ahead of Lisboa, and the third most extensive by area. Northern Portugal is a culturally varied region, marked by an intense green of the fields and vineyards and the unparalleled hospitality of its people. It is a land of dense vegetation and profound historic and cultural wealth. Minho is where Portugal was born, the region with a contagious joy of life, where you’ll feel just like home and the main reason why several international volunteers keep choosing, year after year, HFH Portugal to travel and support Portuguese families.

    • Country population: 10 million.
    • Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 23.3%.
    • Hosting availability: January – December.
    • Team size preference: 8–16
    • Project locations: Braga and Amarante.
    • Type of construction: Renovations
    • Learn more about Habitat’s work in Portugal.
  • 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%.
    • 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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