Our Global Village Volunteers are given the opportunity to get hands-on experience of uplifting lives while assisting low-income families to build their homes by providing volunteer labour. GV teams join Habitat Sri Lanka’s ongoing homebuilding projects around the country and add quality to the homeowners experience as well as their own. The participation of volunteers fosters a sense of community, encouraging more people to participate in builds as volunteers.

Not only do our volunteers assist in building safe, decent homes for families but their fundraising efforts and donations help ensure more families can have a brighter future. Volunteers’ program donations enable Habitat to build community impact—one of our strategic plan goals—by serving more families and transforming communities. Habitat homeowners and their family members who work on their own homes are, in turn, inspired to help others. This promotes mutual respect, improves community cohesion and strengthens the fabric of society. Thanks to our dedicated Global Village volunteers we have been able to change the lives of so many families across Sri Lanka this year. Global Village teams bring invaluable support to the communities they visit, and as a result for their generosity with time and donations; more homes are able to be built each year.

This year alone, 317 international volunteers from 08 countries travelled to Sri Lanka through Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Program to support the vision and mission of Habitat Sri Lanka.

Thank you to each volunteer for their generosity, commitment, hard work and time spent supporting the vision and mission of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka. Your support is life changing.

Every Volunteer makes a Difference.

How your volunteering efforts make a difference

In isolation, a few hours by one volunteer might not look like much but, when combined, the actions of Global Village volunteers have made a huge impact on the work done by Habitat Sri Lanka.

As potential global volunteers and friends of Habitat Sri Lanka here’s what you should know:

  • ·         A 12-member team working 32 hours a week can provide all the unskilled labour to complete an entire house.
  • ·         Short-term volunteers who haul water and mix cement decrease fatigue on paid skilled labour allowing for a more efficient build.
  • ·         The participation of volunteers fosters a sense of community, encouraging more people to participate in builds as volunteers.
  • ·         The knowledge that people care and are willing to give their time to help, adds to the motivation of these communities.

For more information on Global Village volunteer opportunities, contact Francis Fernando (Volunteer Programs Manager) at francisf@habitatsrilanka.org

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