A Projects Abroad volunteer helps with plastering a wall during volunteer building work abroad.

Volunteer Building Work Abroad

Work in under-resourced countries to build infrastructure and important buildings for communities

Volunteer on a Building Project with Projects Abroad to add important resources to communities that need them most.


Our Building Projects take place in under-resourced countries all over the world. Some are in rural areas, others in cities. You can build homes, schools, daycare centers, sanitation facilities, or community buildings. Some of our projects are based in places affected by natural disasters where communities are still recovering. As part of your project work you could:


  • Make bricks
  • Lay foundations
  • Plaster
  • Paint
  • Instal windows and doors


Our projects are sustainable and allow the local community to continue the work after you’ve left. By taking part, you’ll get to immerse in the local community and get to know the people you’re helping.


This experience is a safe and sociable way to give back where it’s needed, while building your own confidence and understanding of global issues.

Choose a Building Project

1-9 of 11 Projects

A Projects Abroad volunteer helping to build a school at her Spring Break Building Project

From $1,695 CAD

Building in Jamaica for Spring Break
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Help build schools and improve the local community in Jamaica

  • Fixed dates during spring break
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.

From $3,395 CAD

Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania
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Team up with volunteers your age to build classrooms for disadvantaged children in a Maasai community

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad construction volunteer in Ghana painting a playground.

From $2,520 CAD

Building Volunteer Work in Ghana
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Get your hands dirty and assist with hands-on construction work while volunteering in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A team from Projects Abroad take part in construction volunteering in Jamaica to build playhouse for local school

From $3,020 CAD

Building Volunteer Work in Jamaica
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Use your hands to make a difference and build important infrastructure in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
An area being cleared for construction as part of building volunteer work in Jamaica with a group.

From $3,020 CAD

Building Volunteer Work in Jamaica with a Group
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Work with a group to build vital infrastructure like modern toilets in disadvantaged communities

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.

From $2,295 CAD

Building Volunteer Work in Nepal
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Travel to Asia and help rebuild and repair classrooms damaged by earthquakes.

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers laying bricks to make a sturdy school at the Building Project in Nepal for groups

From $2,845 CAD

Building Volunteer Work in Nepal for Groups
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Volunteer in Nepal with a group to help rebuild school classrooms

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteer helps to build a wall during her construction volunteer work in Tanzania

From $2,795 CAD

Building Volunteer Work in Tanzania
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Build classrooms and other school buildings for children in a Maasai community

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers take part in building volunteer work in the Phillippines to help construct water sanitation building

From $2,795 CAD

Building Volunteer Work in the Philippines
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Get your hands dirty helping to improve sanitation facilities for families in the Philippines

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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Is a volunteer Building Project right for me?

If you’re passionate about bringing help to communities recovering from disasters and other challenges, a Building Project is right for you. Anyone can be be part of the solution for communities facing the challenges of natural disasters and poverty.


As a construction volunteer abroad, you’ll work alongside local experts, Projects Abroad staff, and committed volunteers from around the world. Be ready to work hard and be, so bring your can-do attitude.


Some of our projects are in communities recovering from natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. By choosing this type of project, you’ll develop a better understanding of disaster relief and building important infrastructure.


If you’d like to help communities build infrastructure, but don’t feel a Building Project is right for you, you can choose an International Development Internship. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

Two women work together to saw wood to build playground equipment during their volunteer building work abroad.

What are the benefits of volunteer building work abroad?

By working on a construction volunteer project abroad, you can develop your own skills while giving back to a community that needs help.


Here are just some of the benefits that our previous volunteers talk about:


  • Skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • An understanding of sustainable international development
  • Technical construction skills
  • Developing a global mindset, from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone

These benefits will improve your resume for future applications, and enhance your personal development.

Why does this project matter?

Some of the most important work that needs to be done in developing communities is setting up basic infrastructure. Helping communities through building will allow locals to continue with your efforts even after your volunteer work has ended.

What sets Projects Abroad’s Building Projects apart?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your project is ethical. Our projects are ethical and well supported. Here are some factors that set us apart:


Dedicated staff support


On these projects, you’ll work alongside experts, members of the local community and Projects Abroad staff. You’ll also be part of a wider network of volunteers.


Hands-on experience and practical skills


Our volunteers carry out their own tasks that are important for the overall project. Your work will make a valuable contribution to the project goals.


Projects that make a difference


All our projects are well researched, targeted and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term.

A staff member supports volunteers as they paint a newly constructed wall on one of our volunteer building projects

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