Each fall, Verge Magazine hosts the Go Global Expo — Canada’s largest go abroad fair — in Toronto and Montreal.

The fair, which attracts more than 8,000 visitors each year, provides attendees with the opportunity to connect with organizations that will allow them to travel the world to study, work, or volunteer, including Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village.

Habitat Global Village provides opportunities for thousands of Canadians to travel and work on Habitat for Humanity projects, both at home and abroad. These trips are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for volunteers to immerse themselves in another culture as they build alongside a local family in need of a decent, affordable place to live. In doing so, volunteers gain a greater understanding of housing and development issues in other countries, their cultures, and often even themselves. In fact, for many Habitat Global Village volunteers, these trips are life changing.

"I get asked a lot about how the trip was and my answer always begins the same way — it was the best thing I have ever done,” says Keneisha Charles, a high school student from Kelowna, B.C., who travelled to El Salvador with other Habitat Global Village volunteers last year.

"I always dread whenever someone asks me what the best part of it was, because there was so much about that trip that has gained a permanent place in my heart,” she says, adding that after her trip the world seemed just a bit smaller, because “what Global Village really does is connect people.” And it’s connected a lot of people — since Habitat Canada’s first Global Village trip in 2005, more than 16,000 volunteers have helped build 1,250 Habitat homes in 47 countries. In 2016 alone, Habitat Global Village sent more than 1,400 Canadians to 27 different countries.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village, head to habitat.ca/globalvillage or visit the Habitat Global Village booth at the 2017 Go Global Expo on September 23 to 24 in Toronto and October 1 in Montreal.