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Volunteer Building Projects in Tanzania

Project Overview
  • Placement locations: Maasai villages close to Arusha
  • Role: Assisting local workmen building a school or community buildings
  • Requirements: None
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Whether you are a student on summer vacation, taking a gap year, or looking for a career break, if you want to get your hands dirty and see physical results volunteering overseas, our Building project in Tanzania may be ideal.

Building volunteers work in and around Arusha and are involved in helping to construct a variety of different buildings. This includes classrooms, libraries, and nursery schools in the communities in which we work.

Tanzania Building Volunteers

Volunteers work alongside a local builder, who will teach you all the necessary building and construction skills to enable you to take part fully in the construction process, and assist with all levels of building. The buildings are made using traditional methods and locally sourced materials. The construction techniques are simple to master and are ideal for sites with limited resources. No electricity is required at the site and everything is done by hand!

Gap Year volunteers lift materials for the Building project in Tanzania

Projects Abroad is currently working with local Maasai communities outside the town of Arusha. The primary focus is the Maasai village of Meserani, where Projects Abroad runs a nursery school. The school is currently run in an old church building where there are no windows and four classes are all taught in one room. Therefore, our goal is to build a proper building for the nursery school. This will enable children from Mesarani and the surrounding communities to get pre-k education otherwise unavailable to them. The new building will provide volunteers with a space where they can work in a professional and well-structured environment.

This is a long-term project that will last 6 months to a year. Once the school is completed it will be staffed and run solely by Projects Abroad volunteers. We have already received a wonderful welcome from this community, who really see the value of having the volunteers here. We are excited for this opportunity to contribute to the community in such a lasting way and eager to have volunteers join the effort!

Volunteering on the Building Project in Tanzania with Projects Abroad

The work of the volunteers is varied but may include digging foundations, mixing cement, building walls, constructing roofs, plastering, or putting the finishing coat of paint on a completed house.

The building work takes place early in the morning and late in the afternoon so you'll have plenty of time to get involved in township life. Each site is overseen by a qualified builder from the community who will help volunteers with the construction process.

Volunteer paint a community building on the Building project in Tanzania

You do not need previous building experience to take part in this project, although anyone who does have any relevant skills will be very welcome and able to take on a more specialized role. All volunteers should, however, be reasonably fit and prepared for working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Volunteers live with local families in the area.

This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

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