Many local and international teams are journeying to beautiful rural communities in Bangladesh to volunteer through the Global Village program with Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh. The experience is always rewarding, and provides volunteers with the opportunity to spend time with local families who are directly benefiting from Habitat’s work.
Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program offers a rewarding travel experience to international volunteers. A Global Village visit involves building on a Habitat site for several days, as well as humanitarian activities, cultural learning, adventure and social interaction. The result is often described by volunteers as “life-changing”. Habitat Bangladesh has hosted teams from around the world, including from the USA, UK, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, Honk Kong SAR and the UAE. Teams usually have 10 - 24 volunteers and come to Bangladesh for 10 - 14 days. In addition to contributing their volunteer labor, volunteers make financial contributions toward the construction of the homes that they work on. Habitat Bangladesh has hosted more than eighty “Global Village” teams in the past ten years.
Habitat Bangladesh also organizes community youth groups in several areas where it operates. These young volunteers host local and international Global Village volunteer build teams, support local Habitat offices, organize events, and support resource development, marketing, and advocacy. They also participate in volunteer house building events in their local communities. Additionally, Habitat engages other students from local high schools and colleges, local volunteers, international business corporations, and staff from embassies to work on home building events and make other contributions to Habitat’s work in Bangladesh.