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Big Build Malawi - Habitat for Humanity Ireland


Big Build Malawi - Habitat for Humanity Ireland

Habitat for Humanity Ireland


At a Glance

  • Start Date:29/09/2018
  • End Date:09/10/2018
  • Closing date:20/09/2018
  • Post Updated:08/08/2018
  • Min Hours:
  • Role Type:Community Development

Requirements:Participants must be over 18.


Big Build 2018

This autumn join us at our first ever Big Build Malawi!
Big Build 2018 will build 10 homes in one week, supporting our partnership with Habitat Malawi. Together we will change the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children forever.
Work will begin on Monday 1st October, World Habitat Day. As we raise our hammers, we also raise our voices with the global Habitat family about the urgent, growing need for safe shelter.

Is training provided?: Yes

Please note that Garda Vetting is required for this position.

Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:

Supporting Habitat’s Work

This year, Habitat volunteers are sponsoring the cost of all 10 homes. Therefore the budget to take part is €2,900 per person (this includes a non-refundable deposit, travel, insurance, orientation materials, in-country expenses, a debrief and a minimum €900 donation towards Habitat’s work).

There are lots of ideas and resources to support fundraising. Volunteers must be clear about what the funds raised will support.

Participants must be over 18.



Days 1-2 Depart Ireland, arrive in Malawi & Orientation / Welcome Dinner

Days 3-8 Build and closing celebration with the community

Days 9-10 Cultural Activity & Travel Home


Need to Know

Where will I stay?

Accommodation will be clean and safe; usually a modest hotel or guest hours. Local Habitat staff will organise transport to and from the work site.

Where will I eat?

You will have the opportunity to try local food but in most cases you will have access to food you will familiar with too!

Bottled water will be provided to keep you hydrated. If you have any allergies or specific requirements, please include this in your application form.

What will I be doing?

There are a variety of tasks you could be laying bricks, mixing cement, moving materials, installing doors and windows or put up the roof.

Whatever you do, you will build relationships and new hope for the future. You don’t need any previous experience; in-country Habitat staff will be delighted to welcome you and all sites are fully supervised.


Jika’s story

Since the death of both her parents, Jika (18) has been looking after her little sisters, Lucy and Dora. Life was tough living in a small, unsafe hut. A simple Habitat home has changed everything for the family; they are safe, healthy and hopeful for the future.

‘Not even in my dreams did I imagine living in house like this. We have shelter and feel safe and secure. Thank you.’
Jika Letson (18), Habitat Homeowner, Malawi

Skills required for this role:

Participants must be over 18.

You don’t need any previous experience; in-country Habitat staff will be delighted to welcome you and all sites are fully supervised.

Minimum time commitment per week:
1 hour p/week


If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:

Name: Natalia Lino

Address: Habitat for Humanity Ireland, Unit F, The Liffey Trust Centre, 117-126 Upper Sheriff Street, Dublin 1. Postcode: D01A5F9.


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