How to Apply
We at Global Village are thrilled that you are thinking about joining us. Before you go any further in the application process we would like you to take a few minutes to read over the following. One of the keys to a rewarding Global Village experience starts now by making sure you understand what you are signing up for. Once you have applied and been accepted on a trip you will receive a detailed orientation manual and more information about your particular destination. Here are some important pieces that will help you decide if Global Village is for you.
Our PurposeHabitat for Humanity Canada’s Vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. One of the ways we strive to realize that Vision is through the organization of international Global Village work teams.
CostGlobal Village participants must cover all of their own expenses including in-country costs, airfare, travel insurance and a donation to further Habitat’s mission in the hosting country and support the Global Village program. Charitable donation receipts will be issued for all eligible trip contributions.
Donations and payments are transferable to another GV trip under certain guidelines but are not refundable. For more information please refer to our Payment and Cancellation Policy.
Minor PolicyParticipants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or be part of a trip organized by a sponsoring agency (such as a church or school). Please note that participants must be 15 years of age, and those under the age of 18 may not be able to take part in all of the various construction activities. For some locations, participants must be 16 years of age to volunteer with the Global Village program.
Selection ProcessThe team leader will select their team from a pool of applicants after they have had the opportunity to get to know them through a phone interview. Selection is based on various criteria depending on the leader and destination and is not on a "first come, first serve” basis.
Personal HealthWork assignments normally involve strenuous physical activity, sometimes at high altitude or in extreme heat. Team members must be in good physical health and if you have any doubts you should consult your physician.
Participant safety and security is Habitat’s primary concern, however, international travel and working on a construction site always contain some degree of risk. Every participant is ultimately responsible for their own safety and will be required to sign a waiver stating that they are participating at their own risk.
Passports and Visas
For any international travel, you will need a current passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates. Many hosting countries also require Canadians to hold entry visas. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all entry requirements.
Your next step is to fill out the online application form. The Team Leader of your chosen trip will contact you to set up a telephone interview.