Global Builders – India

Global Builders India

India is home to 170 million people who live in slum conditions. That is roughly 17 percent of the world’s slum dwellers. This primarily Hindu nation has a strong Christian presence in the Trivandrum area, which is about 40 percent Christian and where beautiful Catholic churches and Hindu temples sit side-by-side. It is believed that Jesus’ disciple Thomas visited the area. Tourism is a huge industry in the state of Kerala, especially eco-tourism. 

Kerala, India is one of National Geographic Traveler’s “10 Paradises of the World,” full of rivers and backwaters, beautiful enough to host a honeymoon.” Yet it truly is where poverty and paradise collide as many families crowd together in unsafe shacks while ocean breezes blow and palm trees sway. We are partnering with families to build safe, decent and affordable homes in the Indian style. 

Our dedicated leaders of the project give freely of their time in running the project, which helps to ensure that every donation reaches as far as possible. The project has now completed over 50 homes on the way to their initial goal of 100.  Help us put faith into action in India! See pictures from home dedications and Global Builders teams on FCH India’s blog here

Getting Involved

There are several ways that you can get involved:

  • Donate to support this specific partner. Houses cost money to build, so any donation is always helpful!
  • Join a virtual volunteer team, choosing to donate your travel costs instead of making the trip in person. This is the perfect way to stay involved and give back during the COVID-19 pandemic.

House Sponsorship Cost: $5,500

Upcoming Trips

Click on the leader’s name to learn more about the leader and trip details. Click “Join” to apply for their trip. Have a spot reserved on a “Full” trip? Complete your registration here. Or learn about sending funds to support local labor by joining as a virtual participant.

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The state of Kerala is located on the southwestern coast of India and is roughly the size of the state of Georgia in the United States. Despite all its exotic beauty, the state of Kerala has its share of shacks and slums like the rest of India. The Trivandrum Fuller Center is run by a Christian board that partners with families regardless of religious background to help build or improve their homes using no-profit, no-interest loans. They also have partnered with a church to help carry-out a smaller project in the northern part of Kerala called Kelakam.

What is a trip like?

Each trip to India will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers — typically 8-12 total — who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required. Trips last 1-2 weeks and include local sightseeing.

  • 8:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:00 – Begin building at work-site
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Continue building
  • 4:00 – Evening free for dinner and relaxation

    Exact schedules can be discussed and set depending on the team’s preferences.

We are building with bricks or concrete blocks and stuccoing the completed homes. The homes are built in a very traditional Indian style, with white walls and a flat, concrete roof that gets used almost like a porch or backyard in the United States. Work will typically involve helping the masons and carpenters. At times there will be painting, and any other work that could be expected on a masonry build project. We will provide necessary tools, but as with most build sites, it never hurts to bring a few small hand tools with you.

The level of hospitality is so high for their honored guests like our Global Builders teams that we find we must continually emphasize that the teams are coming to work very hard, even our esteemed older volunteers. Respect and care for one’s elders is taken very seriously in India.

We offer two housing options in Trivandrum – a guest house with semi-private rooms (recommended), or a nearby hotel. Each group will stay entirely in one or in the other, as determined by the team leader prior to the trip. The guest house is run by an Indian couple who live next door and work hard to accommodate their guests’ requests, including food requests. Volunteers will experience traditional Indian food and have bottled water available. Each room has 2-4 beds and fans and air conditioning, and internet is available, albeit only at a single computer work station. The place is simple, but clean, and ideal for mission-minded groups.

Here is a link to their website:

A van or small bus will be rented to transport the group throughout each day. The distance from the hotel to each work-site will vary, but on average it is about 20 minutes.

Bedding and towels are provided by the hotel, but we recommend you bring your own washcloth. Luggage can often get delayed, so bring your luggage as a carry-on if possible. Sturdy work clothes and closed-toed shoes are essential, and we recommend coordinating with your teammates to bring enough sunscreen and bug spray.

This part of India is incredibly beautiful with much to do, from visiting beaches to touring parks and historical sites. Groups can even choose to spend a night in a houseboat. We expect each group to spend at least a couple of days seeing the sites – or more if the group desires.

Trips range from 7-14 days, and trip costs vary accordingly. A standard trip is roughly two weeks and costs around $1,400-$1,800. More precise budgets are custom developed for each trip. Trips lasting 7-10 days will naturally cost less than 14-day trips.

Are you unsure of how to prepare for such an experience or just looking for some tips on how to be better prepared? If so, we suggest you take a look at our Trip Preparation page where you will find a lot of helpful information and links – Preparing For Your Trip!

Pricing – What’s included?

Team Materials Fuller Center hat, t-shirt, country guidebook, fundraising guide, & more
Trip Support Easy contact with Team Leader and Global Builders staff
Food and Drink 3 meals a day provided by safe, sanitary local vendors
Transportation To and from work sites and airport
Lodging Guesthouse or hotel
Travel Insurance Currently provided by Core Travel Insurance. Contact GB staff for details
Life-changing work Alongside your teammates and the homeowners!

What happens after the trip?

Even after you return, your trip can have a sustained impact on both you and the community in which you served! 
Learn how on our Country Champions page.

Sample poverty housing
Sample FCH home

Learn the Basics – India Info



Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2 %, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9 %, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Other 11.6%
Age Structure:
0-14 years 27.71%, 15-24 years 17.99%, 25-54 years 40.91% 55+ 13.39%
1,266,883,598 (2016 est.)
Life Expectancy: 67.48 years (Male 66.38, Female 68.7)
Tropical – Average High 85-90, Average Low 75-80, Rainy Season – June
Indian Rupee  $1USD = Rs. 64.05
Literacy Rate:
71.2% (Male 81.3%, Female 60.6%)
Ethnic Groups:
Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid and other 3%
Hindu 79.8%, Muslim 14.2%, Christian 2.3 %, Sikh 1.7%, Other 2%