Get Hands On

ways to get involved

Get Out There

join us as a volunteer

A couple of times each year, groups of volunteers come to South India to help build houses in the villages - for widows, the old and the physically handicapped. We invite you to come and join us - bring your friends, family, team, or come by yourself. It's not an experience anyone ever forgets.

Abbey

Abbey

“At first, I was unsure if I was just tired from jet lag or if India had made me a more humble person.” After our time in Delhi we hopped on a plane to Chennai. It was  the complete opposite of...

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What to Expect

Work! You'll dig foundations, paint walls, meet loads of people, eat curry, laugh with children, put up walls, bring smiles to people and find smiles in return, learn about others, and yourself - and sweat :)

We work a six-day week in India. As a volunteer housebuilder you'll usually leave for the villages around 8:30am and be back for a much deserved swim in the Bay of Bengal between 3 and 4pm. Once you're here, you can expect to spend roughly US$200 a week for accommodation, food and local transport. Volunteer opportunities vary, so get hold of us for possible dates. Normally you could come for between 1 and 3 weeks.

And if you've built houses with us before, please consider sharing your experiences with others - send us your story and a photo and we'll feature it on our site and/or facebook page.

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Get Creative

from where you are right now

Here are some of the ways team members like you are creatively supporting our work in India. Get inspired ;) Tell us yours! And contact us if you'd like some more ideas of how you, friends & family can be involved without necessarily making the journey out to India - we've got tons!

How Can I Help?

How Can I Help?

Without (necessarily) coming out to India – here are some ideas on how you can help Hands on Houses maximize impact… Dinner! Pull a bunch of friends (or strangers) together for a fundraising...

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On Air!

On Air!

Tune in for 10 minutes and listen to founders Don & Margie Cook tell their story of starting Hands on Houses (Interview with Spirit Radio – Dublin, Ireland).     – Courtesy of Spirit...

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Joshua – The 8 yr old Entrepreneur

Joshua – The 8 yr old Entrepreneur

When Joshua was eight he created a company called “Bands for God”- he gives 100% of his profits to overseas ministries, (including Hands on Houses),  and has given over $1850 in two years…...

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Ruth builds with a brush

Ruth builds with a brush

Ruth uses a paintbrush to build houses, instead of a “bond” (A bowl carried on the heads of roughly 6 million Indian women who do unskilled manual labor on construction sites. Read more.) Ruth was...

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Marian’s Christmas Market

Marian’s Christmas Market

Jam can build a house too! A few years ago Marian inspired her group of friends to make all the things they make best – crafts, treats, goodies and perfect Christmas gifts- and have a market to raise...

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Amy’s Great Exchange

Amy’s Great Exchange

“Around Easter, I reflected about how Jesus exchanged his life for ours and thought, “What if we could exchange items within our homes to give someone a home?” And, idea for “The Great...

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