Local Village Build – NSW

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Local Village Build, New South Wales

24th - 27th February, 2022

The bush fires that raged across the country over the 2019 new year period gripped the nation and had a devastating effect on so many. 25 people, and over 1 billion animals lost their lives. 10 million hectares of land, and over 2,000 homes, including whole towns, were completely destroyed.

So much was lost, but we can all play our part in the recovery. Habitat for Humanity Australia has committed to providing recovery services to fire-affected families. On our Local Village build you will be on the ground, now that the smoke has cleared, restoring hope to families and communities affected.

Australians responded quickly and with large amounts of support while the fires were burning. The dust and ash have cleared and it is still a crucial time for families who need our help. With your support as a volunteer, Habitat will help salvage and rebuild, assisting homeowners.

You will work alongside the families affected, helping clean up, salvage, sort and pile debris including rebuilding homes, sheds, outbuildings, fencing and trees. As a team we will achieve so much more in a few days than the families would have achieved in months, saving them time, money and worry.

Make a difference all while making new friends, in the amazing landscape of the Southern Highlands.


Check into your accommodation, reinvigorating the local economy. Nestled among leafy canopies, down winding lanes and in lush, leafy towns, you’ll find a boutique hotel or one site dormitory accommodation for tucking yourself into a cosy retreat for the night, before the hard work begins. Join the team for a welcome dinner and get to know everyone.



Begin day one with your first partner family either renovating damaged homes or clearing bush fire debris. Unwind in the evening at the hotel and enjoy a glass of wine in a town that prides itself on their vineyards.



You will spend day two with your second partner family either renovating damaged homes or clearing bush fire debris. As the day comes to a close you can relax at the hotel and reflect on what you have achieved as a team over the past two days.



This is a free day where you can either depart home or venture around the Southern Highlands with some fantastic local activities.

Fundraising Contribution

Once you register to a Local Village build you commit to fundraising $1,000 for Habitat’s programs.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and goes towards the Bushfire Recovery Program and families through a wider program in the Asia Pacific region.
Fundraising contribution deadline: 11th February 2022

What's Included: Package 1

  • Registration: $100
  • Build Costs: Est. $370 pp twin share
    • Accommodation booked for you
    • Habitat branded T-shirt and hat
    • Breakfast: Friday and Saturday
    • Lunch: Friday and Saturday
    • Dinner: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
    • Snacks and water
    • All necessary building materials and safety equipment
    • 24 hour support
    • Insurance while on the build site

What's Included: Package 2

  • Registration: $100
  • Build Costs: Est. $200 pp
    • Habitat branded T-shirt and hat
    • Welcome dinner on the Thursday evening
    • Farewell dinner on the Saturday evening
    • Lunch on both Friday and Saturday
    • Snacks and water
    • All necessary building materials and safety equipment
    • 24 hour support
    • Insurance while on the build siteWith package 2 you will have the option to book your own accommodation nearby and will provide your own meals for all except those listed above

What's Not Included

Volunteers are responsible for booking these on their own but the Habitat team is happy to assist you with your search

  • Transport to and from the site each day (you will drive your own vehicle)
  • Accommodation (package 2 only)
  • Dinner on Friday evening (package 2 only)
  • Breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning (package 2 only)
  • Breakfast Sunday morning

COVID-19 Precautions

At this time builds cannot accept volunteers from any states which are closed off to NSW. If you register for this build and your borders do close before the build we will put your funds on hold until you can once again cross the border. 

Note: this experience will be limited to the first 15 people to register. Strict Covid-19 precautions will be taken to minimise risk to volunteers and the local community. In the case of Covid-19 affecting the dates or location (including border restrictions) of the build all build-related expenses can be refunded (excluding travel costs), and funds raised transferred to a build at a later date.

Should for any reason the Local Village Build have to be postponed to a later date, we will transfer all costs and fundraising on to another experience of your choosing (including overseas) with Habitat for Humanity Australia

Need more info?

Please leave your contact details and we will send you an information pack on this volunteer experience.

    Registration closes on

    25 January 2022

    The opportunity to change lives is in your hands.