Do building volunteer work in Tanzania and be part of our efforts to give disadvantaged people the infrastructure they need. You’ll work with people your age to build classrooms and other buildings at a nursery school. This is a great opportunity to use your own hands to help and get practical experience.
The nursery school is run and fully funded by Projects Abroad. We started it because children in the community lived too far away from other schools, and had no support for learning. So the building work you do has a direct impact on their education.
You’ll work in a group under supervision, with local builders and Projects Abroad staff there to guide you. You’ll do tasks like digging foundations, mixing cement, building walls, and more.
You’ll live in Arusha with a host family and other teenagers. This project has a structured itinerary so we’ve organised plenty of activities to give you the chance to explore Arusha. You’ll get to see the wildlife at a beautiful national park and learn more about Maasai culture.
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.
Fixed dates during school break
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
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
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
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
Organized weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
You’ll work with a group of teenagers your age to build classrooms and other infrastructure for children from a Maasai community. Here are some of the tasks you’ll get involved with:
- Work alongside an experienced builder with volunteers your age
- Mix cement, dig foundations, construct walls, or install a roof
- Give a fresh coat of paint to completed classrooms
- Explore Tanzania and learn about the Maasai
Your work will focus on these three areas:
Work with a builder and other volunteers
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of teaming up with other people to build a classroom for children who really need it. As you work together, you can celebrate your progress, help each other through challenges, and enjoy the reward of knowing you’re contributing to children’s education.
A professional builder will oversee your project work, so you’ll have plenty of support and guidance. He’ll teach you construction techniques that are easy to master so that you can participate fully in the building process.
Help with building, plastering, and painting
The exact building work you do will depend on the progress of classrooms and school buildings when you arrive. If you arrive as a new building is being constructed, you can dig foundations and put up walls. If you’re continuing the work of previous volunteers, you’ll install a roof, plaster walls, or paint walls.
Each part of the building process is important. The work you do will help create safe spaces where children can learn and play.
It’s not all work and no play! Our team in Tanzania have put together an itinerary designed to make the most of your time there. Aside from volunteer work, you’ll do things like a traditional drumming and dance class and a Swahili lesson. Our staff will also take you on an exciting safari over the weekend.
Where you work in Tanzania
Your building work will be based in a Maasai community near Arusha. Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania filled with buzzing restaurants and vibrant markets, and surrounded by lush, green scenery.
The community where you work is less developed than what you’re used to. It’s surrounded by the African savannah, making it the perfect place to connect with nature. You’ll help with adding infrastructure to our nursery school, like new classrooms and a staff room for teachers.
Measuring Our Impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
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