Queen’s Global Village’s mandate is to give Queen’s students the opportunity to make a difference in the global community by spending their Reading Week travelling to a country in Central America to build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Leading up to Reading Week, club members work together to fundraise in order to raise money to cover the trip’s cost. Our mandate does not end once our trip is over. The Global Village trip provides students with knowledge that can be shared with friends, family, and the Queen’s community in order to spread the word about Habitat for Humanity’s mission and success.
Queen’s Global Village provides students with the opportunity to become global volunteers by travelling abroad to build houses with Habitat for Humanity for those who are not privileged enough to have a home.
Queen’s Global Village is a student-run initiative in which students are given a meaningful way to spend Reading Week by travelling to a country in Central America to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Queen’s Global Village first became involved with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village project in Central America in 2011 due to the poverty and housing crises that have emerged as a result of a number of natural disasters.
Throughout the year, Queen’s Global Village becomes involved with the Queen’s, Kingston, and global community through fundraising and various awareness initiatives. The Queen’s Global Village Reading Week trip is funded by club fundraising, as well as support from grants, corporate sponsors and the help of friends and family.
Queen’s students have been participating in this initiative since the club’s start in 2011. QGV teams have travelled to El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua (twice), and Guatemala, and have helped multiple families receive new houses.