FAQs | Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka

Is there an age limit to volunteer with Habitat?

There is no maximum age limit – as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness you will be right at home on a Habitat build! However, the minimum age is 15, and volunteers under 18 need to attend with a parent, guardian or chaperone. This is due to health and safety requirements as volunteers spend the week on a construction site. Some countries have a higher minimum age requirement. Please get in touch with the team for more information.

Do I need building experience?

No, building experience is not required. All you need is a reasonable level of fitness, an open mind, and a willingness to get your hands dirty. You will be working alongside local construction workers who will teach you the ropes and supervise the build. 

What kind of activities will I be asked to do?

Your team may work on one or several houses, or you may even build a toilet or paint homes. The work will use local construction techniques and materials. You could be hauling raw materials, mixing concrete, digging foundations, laying bricks, rendering floors, plastering walls or painting.

How many people can volunteer together?

Global Village teams (for international volunteers) are usually made up of 12 -15 team members who are led by a volunteer Team Leader, who is trained and supported by the Global Village team in the sending country.

For local volunteers, there is no restriction on the number of volunteers. Please contact us and we can customize a build for your school or organization.

Occasionally Habitat Sri Lanka organizes special builds with hundreds of volunteers from all over the world taking part. This is an amazing way to meet new people and be a part of the international Habitat community.

Can I organise a volunteer build to celebrate a birthday or important milestone?

What better way to celebrate your birthday or an important milestone in your life by giving back to families in need. Let us know your requirement, your preferred dates and we will get back to you regarding the possibility of organizing a special build just for you and your friends/family.

How long is a typical volunteer build?

A typical volunteer build for local volunteers (schools, universities, youth groups and churches) will be a one-day build. The build begins at 8am and ends at 3pm (with breaks in between for rest and meals).

How long is a Global Village Build (for overseas volunteers)?

GV Builds typically last one week, from Saturday to Saturday, and include time for rest, relaxation and exploring the country. Before you leave, the Global Village team will send you an itinerary outlining your stay and what you will be doing each day. There’s so much to see and do in Sri Lanka, you will never be bored!

How long is a Global Village Build (for overseas volunteers)?

GV Builds typically last one week, from Saturday to Saturday, and include time for rest, relaxation and exploring the country. Before you leave, the Global Village team will send you an itinerary outlining your stay and what you will be doing each day. There’s so much to see and do in Sri Lanka, you will never be bored!

For more questions on how you can volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, please email us at volunteer@habitatsrilanka.org

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with families and communities, to eliminate sub-standard housing.

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