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Habitat NI’s Youth Build brings together 16-18 year olds from across Northern Ireland to work alongside communities in need in Romania.

Sign up now for Youth Build 2018!

Deadline for sign ups: Friday 6th October

You can be part of our global movement working to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Help transform families’ lives forever, and transform your own too.

Habitat NI’s Youth Build is a unique opportunity to learn about the impact of poverty housing first-hand in Romania. Volunteers build beside families and communities, engage with local youth programmes and experience the country’s vibrant culture.

Habitat co-ordinates everything that is needed for a safe and rewarding experience. All training is provided. You could be doing anything, from digging foundations and raising walls to painting and decorating.

Youth Build is an exciting opportunity to:

  • Build beside communities in need
  • Understand poverty and global development
  • Inspire long term support for social justice
  • Learn to work in a team
  • Develop leadership and entrepreneurship

Need to know

The programme includes a compulsory weekend residential in February and a 10 day trip to Romania during the summer. There will be a range of dates available in late June and July 2018.

The budget to take part is £1,600p/p (this includes a non-refundable deposit, a weekend residential in NI, travel, in-country expenses, a debrief and a minimum £700 donation towards Habitat’s work). Volunteers make a minimum personal/parental contribution of £500 towards logistics costs. If you are unable to make this contribution, get in touch. 

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

Deadline to apply: Friday 6th October



Where will I stay?

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

What will I eat?

You will have the opportunity to try local food but in most cases you will have access to food you will be familiar with too! Bottled water will be provided to keep you hydrated.  Include allergies or specific requirements in your application form.

What age do I have to be to take part?

You must be aged 16-18 at the time of travel to take part in Youth Build. We have lots of other opportunities for those aged 18+ here.  

Download our leaflet here.  

Apply online now! Got a question? Get in touch: or come to one of our information sessions this September (details below)! 

Global volunteering:

Date: Wednesday 20th September Time: 7pm Location: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

Date: Thursday 28th September Time: 7pm Location: Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry

Youth Build:

Date: Thursday 21st September Time: 7pm Location: Habitat ReStore, Lisburn

Date: Wednesday 27th September Time: 7pm Location: Habitat ReStore, Ballymena

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