Youth Build brings together 16-18 year olds from across Ireland to work alongside communities in need in Romania.
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’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:
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 2019. Download our 2019 leaflet here. There is also an opportunity to take part in our Easter Youth Build.
The budget to take part is £1,650p/p (this includes a non-refundable deposit, weekend residential, travel, in-country expenses, a debrief and a minimum £700 donation towards Habitat’s work). Of the £1,650, we ask volunteers to 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, including our fundraising pack. Volunteers must be open about what the funds raised will support.
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.
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"Habitat has shaped me into the best version of myself and I am so privileged to have been part of such an incredible project."Youth Build 2017 participant,