Global Village is a Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) program that creates opportunities for volunteers to build overseas for one to three weeks with families in need and local volunteers.

Global Village Guatemala, January 2019

This winter, B/CS Habitat will be leading a Global Village trip to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala from January 5 to 13.

According to the World Bank’s Assessment of Poverty Report, poverty in Guatemala is both widespread and severe. Approximately 75 percent of the population is estimated to live below the poverty line, which is defined as an income that is insufficient to purchase a basic basket of goods and services. Almost 58 percent of the population have incomes below the extreme poverty line, which is defined as the amount needed to purchase a basic basket of food. Despite this, the people of Guatemala are resilient and resourceful. On our last Global Village trip to Guatemala last winter, we met and worked with some amazing Habitat partner families who worked diligently to improve their living situations. We are so excited to return to Guatemala and lend our support once again!

This time, our team will work alongside Habitat for Humanity Guatemala to help build new homes for families living in dilapidated and overcrowded living situations. We will be working hard on the build site digging the foundation, mixing concrete and mortar, tying rebar, splitting concrete blocks and laying them for the walls of the home. All new Habitat Guatemala homes are made of steel-reinforced concrete block and cement, designed to be resistant to natural shocks and tremors. Corrugated metal sheet roofing keeps the family dry during Guatemala’s brutal rainy season.

Join our team to help provide families in Quetzaltenango with simple, decent, affordable housing while exploring the country and culture.

No construction experience is required; only an open mind, flexibility, and a desire to work hard.

Cost and Contribution

Trip fee: $1,625

Volunteers may fundraise their Global Village program cost or donate it. Most volunteers donate a portion themselves and fundraise the rest. B/CS Habitat has created a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign for volunteers to use.

About half of your program cost goes to building safe, decent housing, including the solution volunteers build. The other half of the program cost covers in-country volunteer expenses. (Participant airfare, R&R activities, and visa and exit fees are not included.)

How to register

If you are interested in joining B/CS Habitat on this trip, contact our Marketing and Communications Manager, Jane Sherman, at

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Global Village Portugal, Summer 2018

This summer, Bryan/College Station will be leading a nine-person team on a Global Village trip to Portugal from August 4-13.

Housing is a major concern of poor Portuguese families, who often live in dilapidated homes in rural areas or shacks in the big cities. Successive governments have liberalized key areas of the economy over the past 20 years after decades of military dictatorship, but economic growth has been slowing, especially after the 2008 crisis. Many people were left without jobs or savings to improve housing conditions.

At the same time, the need for housing is growing, especially in urban areas. The state cannot support the development of new social housing units. Portugal has been a destination for emigrants, mainly from former African colonies and Brazil.

We are excited to join Habitat for Humanity in Portugal to assist them in home repair!

Past Trips

Habitat Guatemala, Healthy Homes

In December 2017, B/CS Habitat led a team of 13 volunteers on a Global Village trip to Guatemala. The team partnered with Solola Habitat for Humanity, a Habitat affiliate in Guatemala, to build smokeless stoves as part of the Healthy Home Kits initiative for partner families. The initiative addresses pressing health issues for families earning US$2-4 per day. By the end of the week, the team built 12 stoves for twelve families in Solola. The team also experienced the beauty and culture of Guatemala and learned about the historical context of poverty in Guatemala and of the current movements and initiatives that are addressing not only the poverty but its root causes.