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Habitat For Humanity Global Village Trip Nicaragua

Global Village

May 6-14, 2017

Join us to work alonside Habitat Nicaragua families and with the Habitat Philadelphia Gloal Village Team. This trip is a first-come, first-serve opportunity with space for 13 team members. Each team member will be responsible for their individual contribution (see costs below). This year's build will take place in the town of Esteli, Nicaragua from May 6-14, 2017. 

To learn more about Habitat Philadelphia's connection with Habitat Nicaragua, read about our first Global Village trip on our blog.  


The Global Village trip itinerary is balanced with plenty of work, rest, and free time. During the trip, you will do more than help build houses - you will become part of the local community and participate in cultural activities. The benefits of volunteering on a Global Village trip include:

  • Opportunity to contribute to Habitat's work and creat positive change in the world
  • Learn more about affordable housing, development challanges and Habitat's mission
  • Experience the community's culture and social practices while working alongside homeowners and volunteers
  • A transformative expereince that will ignite and sustain your passion to make this world a better place
We will update with a more specific trip itinerary as details become available!

Global Village Program Cost:  

  • Registration for the trip is $150 (non-refundable). This reserves your space on the ream and will be applied to your overall fundraising goal. 
  • $1,570 will cover program costs inlcuding materials for home construction, team expenses, health and safety, and volunteer coordination. Habitat Philadelphia has fundraising tools to help you crowdsource to support your trip. The deadline for fundraising is March 3rd. 
  • Participants are responsible for airfare. Round trip airfare from Philadelphia to Nicaragua is estimated at $670 (based on flights researched on 10/6/2016). 
  • Entry/exit fees: $45

Important Dates:

February 28:  Informational Orientation, 5:30 - 6:30pm at Habitat Philadelphia's offices (1829 North 19th Street, Phila, PA 19121).  Come find out more about the trip, have questions answered, etc.

March 3:  Fundraising deadline for all trip participants.

May 6-14:  2017 Global Village Trip

Habitat Philadelphia's Global Village Team Leader

Deidra Duncan, Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia's Director of Engagement, will be this year's Global Village trip leader. Deidra is passionate about connecting people from our affiliate to the work Habitat does internationally. She has international volunteer experience serving in Kenya and Uganda and feels really lucky to be involved in an organization that is changing lives, both locally and abroad. Deidra is leading this Global Village trip so as to help more volunteers gain an understanding of the impact Habitat has around the world.    

Interested in joining Habitat Philadelphia's Global Village trip to Nicaragua?

Please contact trip leader Deidra Duncan at or (215) 765-6000 x34.  Or, join us for a Global Village Orienation on Tuesday, February 28 (5:30 – 6:30pm) at the Habitat offices (1829 N. 19th St., Phila, PA 19121).  We’ll answer questions and share any details and updates about the trip.

About Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua

Habitat for Humanity has worked in Nicaragua since 1984 to support initiatives that 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 US$350.  Learn more about Habitat Nicaragua here.  

Habitat Nicaragua houses are made of steel-reinforced cement block walls and a roof of galvanized zinc sheeting. Designs vary from project to project, but the standard size of the house is an average of 18 square meters. Each house will have a mason and the future homeowner family doing construction in addition to volunteers.

Participants do not need to have any construction expertise, as Habitat will provide experienced site supervisors who will guide us in our work.  Volunteers will aid in whatever skilled or unskilled work is needed. Some tasks include digging foundations, laying block, mixing mortar, moving materials, or cutting and tying rebar.