A Projects Abroad volunteer helps with plastering a wall during volunteer building work abroad.

Volunteer Building Work Abroad

Work in under-resourced countries to build infrastructure and important buildings for communities

Volunteer on a Building Project with Projects Abroad to add important resources to communities that need them most.

Our Building Projects take place in under-resourced countries all over the world. Some are in rural areas, others in cities. You can build homes, schools, daycare centers, sanitation facilities, or community buildings. Some of our projects are based in places affected by natural disasters where communities are still recovering. As part of your project work you could:

  • Make bricks
  • Lay foundations
  • Plaster
  • Paint
  • Instal windows and doors

Our projects are sustainable and allow the local community to continue the work after you’ve left. By taking part, you’ll get to immerse in the local community and get to know the people you’re helping.

This experience is a safe and sociable way to give back where it’s needed, while building your own confidence and understanding of global issues.

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Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.
Volunteer with Children in Nepal as a Teenager

From $2170

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Team up with teenagers from around the world and work with children in culture-rich Nepal

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.
Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania

From $3070

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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 $2270

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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 $3065

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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 $2070

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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 $2865

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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 $2520

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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 $2570

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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 $2470

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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
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Is a volunteer Building Project right for me?

If you’re passionate about bringing help to communities recovering from disasters and other challenges, a Building Project is right for you. Anyone can be be part of the solution for communities facing the challenges of natural disasters and poverty.

As a construction volunteer abroad, you’ll work alongside local experts, Projects Abroad staff, and committed volunteers from around the world. Be ready to work hard and be, so bring your can-do attitude.

Some of our projects are in communities recovering from natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. By choosing this type of project, you’ll develop a better understanding of disaster relief and building important infrastructure.

If you’d like to help communities build infrastructure, but don’t feel a Building Project is right for you, you can choose an International Development Internship. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

Two women work together to saw wood to build playground equipment during their volunteer building work abroad.

What are the benefits of volunteer building work abroad?

By working on a construction volunteer project abroad, you can develop your own skills while giving back to a community that needs help.

Here are just some of the benefits that our previous volunteers talk about:

  • Skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • An understanding of sustainable international development
  • Technical construction skills
  • Developing a global mindset, from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone

These benefits will improve your resume for future applications, and enhance your personal development.

Why does this project matter?

Some of the most important work that needs to be done in developing communities is setting up basic infrastructure. Helping communities through building will allow locals to continue with your efforts even after your volunteer work has ended.

What sets Projects Abroad’s Building Projects apart?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your project is ethical. Our projects are ethical and well supported. Here are some factors that set us apart:

Dedicated staff support

On these projects, you’ll work alongside experts, members of the local community and Projects Abroad staff. You’ll also be part of a wider network of volunteers.

Hands-on experience and practical skills

Our volunteers carry out their own tasks that are important for the overall project. Your work will make a valuable contribution to the project goals.

Projects that make a difference

All our projects are well researched, targeted and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term.

A staff member supports volunteers as they paint a newly constructed wall on one of our volunteer building projects

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