Global Builders – How does it work?

Global Builders - How It Works

Global Builders sends teams on international home-building trips, where partner families help build the homes and then will repay the cost on a no-interest basis to help more local families. 

The trips are hosted by our trustworthy Fuller Center covenant partners around the world, who love having volunteers join them in serving God by partnering with the poor. 

Churches and schools or other closed groups are invited to bring a team of their own.

Individuals and families are invited to join open teams led by our experienced, volunteer team leaders. The leader(s) invites and chooses participants through our web site and their own networks, which means the volunteers come from far and wide to meet each other for the first time on the trip! You’ll meet some amazing people.

You’ll take a one- to three-week trip to some of the most fascinating – and troubled – places on earth with an international Fuller Center covenant partner. You and your team will meet and work alongside partner families as you do physical labor in helping them build a decent home in which to live. 

You’ll make new friends and meet some beautiful people as you experience a new culture. In your free time, your team can sight-see to gain a deeper appreciation of the area you’re visiting. 

  • We generally welcome volunteers ages 14+, with those 14-17 years of age requiring a chaperone to be present on the trip. See the full Age Requirements.
  • We are an ecumenical, Christian organization that welcomes all groups and individuals who want to help.
  • No foreign-language skills required.
  • No construction skills required.

Don’t have vacation time? Check out How to Get Time Off and use the Handout for Your Employer.

Even those staying home can join as a virtual participant! All our trips support local jobs and labor, but virtual participants take it a step further by giving their airfare and trip fee to pay for local labor and materials in lieu of traveling.

Affordability is important to us — our trip fees range from about $850 for a 6-day trip to $2,000 for a 14-day trip, depending on length of trip, location, group size and other choices made by the trip leader. 

Your fee includes food, lodging, ground transportation, insurance and a donation to the local project, but not extra site-seeing or airfare. 

Our fundraising guide shows you how to pay your trip fee through contributions from others, or you can jump right into it by building a personal fundraising page on our site. (3rd party fundraising sites like GoFundMe cannot be used for our trip fees.)

Look at our upcoming trips page to see some current trip prices. Groups should not hesitate to Propose a Trip to receive the rate for their group.

1. The home. You will directly help a family have a home, contributing both physically and financially. Healthy, permanent homes are the foundation to a better life, giving improvements to health, education, financial stability, self-respect, family bonds, and ultimately entire communities.

Learn more about the impact of a home.

2. Jobs. Your travel also supports jobs for local workers like construction leaders, material suppliers, cooks, drivers, translators, and lodging providers. 

3. Local initiative. In the big picture, your trip empowers the efforts of locally-led affordable housing initiatives. It’s theirs, not ours, and that makes a huge long-term difference. 

4. Love. Finally, the greatest gift we can ever give is the gift of love, and by participating in a trip you have the chance to show love to your teammates and the locals in a way that you just can’t do staying at home.

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Where Can I Go?

Trips run year round, with the latest list always posted on our upcoming trips page. Learn more about trips to each country by clicking on it below:

Armenia
Bolivia
El Salvador
Ghana
Haiti
India
Nepal
Nicaragua
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Puerto Rico
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Thailand

What Happens After a Trip?

After you return…

  • Follow along on further developments in the community in which you served through our Facebook page.