Do building volunteer work in Tanzania that will help provide disadvantaged communities with the infrastructure they need. You’ll focus on building classrooms and other school buildings in a rural Maasai community. The building work you do here provides children with a safe place to learn, and will be part of their education and development.
The Maasai community we work with doesn’t have its own nursery school. In response to this need, we set up our own school. Building and expanding this school is the main focus of this Building Project. You’ll dig foundations, mix cement, plaster walls, or add a coat of paint to the finished building. As you work, you’ll see the tangible results of your efforts. With each brick, you’ll move us closer towards our education goals.
You’ll be based in Arusha and will live with a local host family. During your free time, you can travel around this vibrant country and go on safari. You’ll meet volunteers from around the world who will share in this exciting experience with you.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is volunteer building work in Tanzania right for me?
This project is perfect for anyone eager to use their hands to help. If you want to see tangible results from your volunteer work, join our Building Project.
You need to be motivated and hard-working, because the physical labour can sometimes be tough. But it’ll be worth it when you see the smiles of children learning in their new classroom.
No building experience is needed. All the work you do is under the guidance and supervision of a professional builder, and they’ll teach you everything you need to know.
This project runs all year round so you can choose to volunteer when it suits your schedule. You can volunteer for a minimum of two weeks, but we encourage you to stay longer so you can do more.
What will I do on the volunteer Building Project in Tanzania?
With the help of an experienced builder, you’ll construct classrooms and other school buildings. It will be tough work, but knowing that you’re helping local communities will make the effort worthwhile. You will do things like:
- Work alongside an experienced local builder
- Dig foundations, mix cement, build walls, or construct a roof
- Give completed buildings a fresh coat of paint
As a volunteer doing building work in Tanzania, your work will focus on these main areas:
Work with a local builder
You don’t need to worry if you don’t have any building experience. A local builder will teach you all the skills you need to participate fully in this project. The work you do will depend on how long you’re volunteering for and the progress that’s already been made on buildings when you arrive. The local builder will guide you in using construction techniques that are easy to master.
Help with building, plastering, and painting
You might start the building process by digging foundations, or if you arrive near the end of a building’s completion, you’ll plaster and paint walls. No matter which part of the construction process you contribute to, you can be sure that you’re adding a very necessary piece to the puzzle.
You’ll use locally sourced materials and you won’t need any electricity at the site, because your building work is done by hand.
Where in Tanzania will I work?
Our Building Project is in a Maasai community just outside of Arusha. Arusha is a city located at the foot of Mount Meru. It’s an eclectic mix of lush natural landscapes, rustic buildings, and more developed areas.
You’ll be helping to build facilities like classrooms and teachers’ staff rooms. The village where you work is rural, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the beauty of the surrounding nature.
A typical day as a construction volunteer in Tanzania
On a typical day, building work will usually take place in the morning or afternoon, depending on the weather. So your work hours might be from about 8am to 12pm or 2pm to 6pm. Over midday, when it can get particularly hot, you’ll break for lunch and spend time relaxing in the shade of an acacia tree.
With the help of other volunteers, and under the guidance of an experienced builder, you’ll do things like digging foundations, mixing cement, laying bricks, or plastering walls. It’ll be tough but rewarding work, as you see the tangible results of your efforts.
You’ll have your evenings free, giving you the chance to explore vibrant Arusha. You can hike along a nature trail, or go on an evening safari drive, watching as lions prowl through the vast African savannahs.
What are the aims and impact of this Building Project?
The aim of this Building Project is to give young children in a Maasai community a safe place to learn.
Projects Abroad has set up a nursery school for the Maasai children living on the outskirts of Arusha. These children have little or no access to early education. Before we started building the school, they had no formal preschool system in place and, if classes were taught, they were held in a damaged church building. This nursery school plays an important role in preparing these children for primary school.
We’re building classrooms where our Teaching volunteers can help with building a foundation for their education. These classrooms provide a safe space where children can learn.
Do construction volunteering in Tanzania and help build a school in a Maasai community.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
The Building Project was a highly rewarding project. When you left at the end of the day, you could physically see the work you had achieved.
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