A student doing building volunteer work in Africa helps paint a newly-constructed school in Tanzania.

Building Volunteering in Africa

Get your hands dirty and help build important infrastructure in rural African communities

Travel to Africa and give children the chance to learn in a safe classroom, or help build a home for a family in need on a Building Project. You’ll put your energy and time into building houses and schools in communities that desperately need extra support. You can work in Tanzania or Ghana.


You'll do hands-on work everyday. It's a different and rewarding way to challenge yourself. In the process, you'll discover what you're capable of as you give communities the support they need. Our local masons, architects, and builders will guide your work and teach you everything you need to know.


If you’re have experience with building, you’ll also have the chance to learn new methods of building and share your ideas with the local building teams. Building materials and tools at your placement will be more basic than what you’re used to. It will give you a deeper insight into how people overcome challenges like a lack of resources.


Use your building volunteer experience in Africa to enhance your resume, gain hands-on experience, and network with volunteers from across the globe. Our staff will also gladly write a reference letter for your university or job application if needed.  

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Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.
Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania

From $3395

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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 group of students built a toilet block as part of their building volunteer work in Ghana
Building Volunteer Work in Ghana

From $2520

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

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

From $3415

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Use your hands to make a difference and build important infrastructure in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.
Building Volunteer Work in Nepal

From $2295

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Travel to Asia and help rebuild and repair classrooms damaged by earthquakes.

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer helps to build a wall during her construction volunteer work in Tanzania
Building Volunteer Work in Tanzania

From $3190

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Build classrooms and other school buildings for children in a Maasai community

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers take part in building volunteer work in the Phillippines to help construct water sanitation building
Building Volunteer Work in the Philippines

From $2795

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

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.
Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers

From $2845

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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Besides childcare work in Cambodia, volunteers on a group trip will also help with light renovation work like planting a vegetable garden.
Childcare Volunteering for Groups in Cambodia

From $2745

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Work with a team to support disadvantaged children at care centres and do community work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 1 week
As part of their community work in Ghana, Projects Abroad volunteers on a Team Trip read books with children at their placement.
Childcare Volunteering in Ghana as a Group

From $3070

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Travel to West Africa with a group and work together to support early childhood development and do renovation work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 2 weeks
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We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re ready to answer your questions, big or small.

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What will I do on a Building Project in Africa?

A Building Project is a great way for you to make a tangible difference while also realizing your own potential. It will help you: 


  • Learn about global issues related to learning environments, sanitation, and housing
  • Demonstrate your commitment to helping others
  • Learn to find solutions to real problems
  • Explore a culture different to your own


Whether you’re building houses or schools in Africa, you’ll be part of positive change. Each of our Building Projects has been researched and has specific goals that you’ll work towards.


If you’d like to work more independently, we recommend our Building Flexi Trips. We also have Building High School Specials for younger students between the ages of 15 and 18.  


Speak to our Project Experts about what you’re interested in doing and we’ll guide you to the right project.

A group doing building volunteer work in Africa work with local builders to construct toilets.

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