Building a House for Habitat for Humanity


If you’ve already read our article 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Volunteering, you may have decided that building houses for low-income communities is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

…and hey, I don’t blame you! Habitat for Humanity is a well-established nonprofit organization, and the experience of working with them is more than just a hobby. It’s an opportunity to make a difference in your own life as well as in the lives of families in need.

History of Habitat for Humanity

According to, approximately 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing and 100 million are homeless. Linda and Millard Fuller began Habitat for Humanity in 1976. Since that time…

Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

Pretty impressive, right? Here’s how to volunteer:

How to Volunteer


One of the great things about Habitat for Humanity is that it’s, well, everywhere!

With branches in every U.S. state as well as several international branches, it’s extremely easy to find a local organization. Just use the Habitat for Humanity local search to find a branch near you.


If you don’t mind relocating for a short (or long) period of time, Habitat is accepting volunteers at their headquarters in Americus, Georgia. On average, volunteers work 8-5. If you’re not a local resident, you may even be eligible for a small weekly stipend.

For more information, see their website.


If you prefer traveling abroad, you might be interested in Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Program. The program offers an opportunity to build houses globally while connecting with local residents.

For example: the trip to Comanesti, Romania. Volunteers leave September 26 and stay until early October. While in Romania, volunteers will work on a variety of tasks, including renovation and constructing new houses.

Other Programs

Just when you think the opportunities are over…there’s more! Habitat for Humanity also offers the following programs:

Youth Program

Women Build

Gulf Recovery Effort

Americorps Vista: Habitat for Humanity

RV Travel with a Purpose


  1. i’am a Civil Engineer working in Nepal. My hobby is to build the habitat for those people who are really poor, physically unsuccessful etc. who are intrested to join me please contact me at

    Kiran hamal

    • Hello Kiran
      My name is james paxton I am 56 years young and I live in Scotland, I am interested in your project to build homes for less fortunate people.
      Here is some information about me, I am a time served bricklayer, however I have been teaching construction management in a college for the past twenty years, my skills are transferable with practical and theoretical skills I would like to know more about your project and hopefully get involved at some some stage.
      James Paxton


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