Social Engagement: High
What’s What: You can make a world of difference and literally help build a better tomorrow for people in need by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or another house building charity. Able-bodied helpers and skilled tradespeople are needed all over the world to help build homes. You’ll meet new people, learn useful skills and expand your knowledge base about housing, construction, and societies at large.
Amava Take: Every year, Habitat for Humanity improves the living conditions of more than 3 million people around the world. It’s located across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. There is no shortage of people who need a place to live and organizations like Habitat for Humanity are leaders when it comes to homelessness prevention. You’ll have a hand in helping people break the cycle of poverty and get on the path to home ownership. You can also volunteer anywhere in the world and maybe get to use power tools.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?
All kinds! You can work locally, abroad, solo or as part of a group. You don’t need any skills, just an openness to learn.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Have a great attitude and willingness to be flexible. Be ready to learn and don’t be afraid to ask.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
You’ll dig trenches, move rocks, do masonry work, paint and more. A professional builder is on each project to oversee the construction and instruct the group members on their daily tasks.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?
There is a sense of enthusiasm, optimism, and get-it-done-ness.
How would you describe the hard parts?
It’s physically hard work and also very precise. It takes patience and teamwork.
What surprised you the most about the experience?
The human connectedness that comes from working together toward a common goal.
Special Requirements: Volunteers should be reasonably physically fit. No one under the age of 16 is allowed on a Habitat construction site. This is a Habitat International regulation. Volunteers under the age of 18 must complete a waiver of liability form that must be co-signed by a parent or guardian.
Finding a Position: You can search Habitat for Humanity for volunteer opportunities near you. Here is how to volunteer abroad. These are the types of jobs and different ways to volunteer. The Habitat for Humanity website offers these tips for volunteering. The Charity Blog lists organizations that build homes for veterans and Native Americans.