Global Builders – Papua New Guinea

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The Fuller Center in Papua New Guinea will focus on helping families in rural areas of New Ireland Province. Rural families in Papua New Guinea tend to live with their extended families. On average the size of an extended family is 5-7 adults and their children. Many of these families currently live in homes built out of untreated round logs and sago thatch. In grass land areas grass is used as roofing. These homes would typically only last 3-5 years.

The Fuller Center in Papua New Guinea is looking to help these families by working with them to provide simple, decent, and affordable homes. The work is led by a Board of Directors of dedicated Papua New Guineans who donate their time and energy into making the program possible. However, we need volunteer teams to help provide funding for these homes and assist with the building, which is where you come in!

Each trip to Papua New Guinea will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers – typically 8-20 total – who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required, and trips last 1-2 weeks

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!
  • Volunteer on one of our Papua New Guinea Global Builders teams, which you can learn more about below. You’ll travel to PNG and get to know the local people and traditions while you partner with families to complete a home.
  • 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.

Urban house sponsorship cost: $6,900              Rural house sponsorship cost: $4,500

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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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Papua New Guinea is located in the Pacific ocean just north of Australia. The country consists of the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, along with many smaller islands. Papua New Guinea is known as one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Even though they only have a population of 7 million, there are over 800 different languages spoken. Papua New Guinea is also one of the most rural countries in the world as less than a 1/4 of its population live in urban areas, and it is believed that there are still uncontacted people groups.

Global Builders teams will be working in and around the town of Kavieng, which is the capital of the province of New Ireland and located on the island of the same name. The city is made up of 19,000 people and is a popular dive, trekking, and surf location due to its biological diversity and close proximity to other islands.

Learn the Basics – Area Info

Official languages – Tok Pisin, English, Hiri Motu
Age Structure:
0-14 years 33.93%, 15-24 years 19.86%, 25-54 years 36.65%, 55+ 9.56%
6,791,317 (2016 est.)
Life Expectancy:67.2 years (Male 65, Female 69.5)
Climate: Tropical climate with temperatures in the 70s-80s.
Papua New Guinea, Kina (K) $1USD = 3.18 K
Literacy Rate:
64.2% (65.6% Male, 62.8% Female)
Ethnic Groups:
Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian
Roman Catholic 27%, Protestant 69.4%, Baha’i .3%, Other 3.3%


More Info – Learn more about what a trip is like

Typical Day

Sample Schedule:

  • 7:00 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. – Depart for work-site
  • 8:30 a.m. – Start building
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Continue building
  • 5:00 p.m. – Evening free for dinner and relaxation (Exact schedules can be discussed and set depending on the team’s preferences and length of stay.)

Type of work

We will be building mostly new homes throughout the New Ireland Province area. The homes will typically be 400 sq ft and are built on stilts and are primarily made out of wood.

Work will typically involve helping the masons and carpenters. This work involves sawing, hammering, lifting, mixing cement, etc. We will provide necessary tools, but as with most build sites, it never hurts to bring a few small hand tools with you.

Food and Lodging

Teams will be staying at Loukong Place in Omo Village. Loukong Place is a guesthouse that is made up of 8 rooms with a total of 24 beds. There is a common outdoor space that can be used for relaxing and eating meals. The guesthouse has running water and electricity. All three meals are included in the trip cost. Food served to the group will come from arrangements made by the country host. Breakfast and supper will be served at the guesthouse while lunch will be provided at the work-site.

Rest, Relaxation, and Sightseeing

Papua New Guinea is a nation of incredible natural and cultural beauty. Tens of thousands of visitors come every year from all over the world to experience the world-class surfing, awe-inspiring snorkeling and SCUBA diving, and relaxing beach resorts. Our local partners in Kavieng are just a short 10 minute boat ride from Nusa Island Retreat where volunteers can enjoy swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and a local market. Nusa Island is one of many such resorts in Papua New Guinea so take some time to look around and see how you may want to spend the few days before or after your build. You can also find more options in our PNG country guidebook.

  boat photo by Freesally



Most 10-14 day trips will cost around $2,000. More precise budgets are custom and are developed for each trip. The trip fee includes food, lodging, all in-country transportation, emergency medical and evacuation insurance, and a donation to the project.

Next Steps

As trips with openings become available, we post them at the top of this page. To apply to join their trip, simply click “Join” next to the trip of your choice. To request more information or be put in touch with the team leader, click the “Request more information” button at the top. If you’re an experienced traveler or team leader, or if you have a group of your own (church, school, etc.), Propose a Trip to let us know what you might like to do!

Old home next to new home.

A family’s new FCH home on the right stands in stark contrast to their old home on the left

Trip Preparation

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!

Note that US citizens must obtain a visa for travel to Papua New Guinea. Visit for information on required documents and talk with the Global Builders Coordinator or your Team Leader if you have questions. Many visitors get their visas upon arrival so that may be an easier option for some.


Pricing – What’s Included

Trip Length:7-14 days (price varies depending on length)
Materials Provided:In-depth Guidebook outlining what to expect -Pre-trip safety training -Fundraising guide -Option to create online fundraising page -T-shirt and hat
Trip Support:Yes – from trip leader and Global Builders staff
Clean Drinking Water:Yes
Food:Yes – 3 meals a day are provided
Transportation:Yes – to and from the airport and work-site
Lodging Accommodations: Guesthouse
Meaningful Work:Yes – led and coordinated by dedicated Papua New Guineans
Travel Medical Insurance:Yes
R&R Opportunities:We’ll assist you in setting up sightseeing and cultural opportunities

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.

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