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.  

Choose a Building Project in Africa

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 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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