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Everything You Need To know

Think you’re ready to embark on the Bike & Build journey?

Bike & Build is by far the most challenging, rewarding, unbelievable experience I've ever had. I can't imagine my life now without having done it.

Ashton GreerCUS'14

Be A Rider

In order to ensure the safety of our riders and the communities we serve, we’ve made the tough decision that we cannot safely send our Southern US, Central US, and Northern US teams out across the country this summer due to the possibility of contracting and spreading COVID-19. This means that we have cancelled our 2020 cross-country offerings, and that applications are currently closed.

In addition to our riders’ health and safety, we do not want to pose additional risks to those communities that graciously host our teams and partner with us in building each year.

We’re looking forward to our 2021 summer already, and you can expect applications to open in July!

We accept any rider between the ages of 18 through 26 at the start of the summer.

Application Checklist


Complete online registration

$200 Application Fee

Your commitment to the trip requirements, Agreement & Waiver

Personal Pledge & Photo Release

Rider Essays on this trip, your expectations and the affordable housing cause

Medical History (plus you will eventually need to provide Health Insurance verification and a Medical Examination)

If you’ve already read through our pre-ride requirements, know which route you want to tackle, and think you’re ready to get the wheel spinning, leave your info below and we’ll let you know when you can apply!

Be A Leader

Leader applications closed October 1st. If you’re interested in a Trip Leader position for 2021, keep an eye out for applications opening mid-summer.

Bike & Build Trip Leaders are the glue that holds teams together. The role is extremely rewarding but demanding. We rely on exceptional young adults with strong peer leadership qualities for these positions.

If you are also interested and eligible to be a rider, you can apply for the rider lottery. Applying to be a leader in no way affects your odds in the rider lottery. If you are not selected as a leader, whatever slot you earn in the lottery is reserved.

Bike & Build accepts leader applications from individuals ages of 18 through 29.

First, read the job description for the position. Make sure you know what to expect, and then decide on your route. After you done those things, leave your contact info below so you’re the first to know when applications open!

I'm Intereseted In Applying!

🙌 Awesome! Applications for 2021 aren’t open yet, but if you want to be the first to know when they do then leave your info here!

We embrace and encourage our employees’, riders’, and board members’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and other characteristics such as personality and personal interests that make our employees, teams, and organization unique.

Want to see where we spend our summers?

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