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

Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.
Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania

From $3070 USD

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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 USD

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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
Projects Abroad volunteer helps to build a wall during her construction volunteer work in Tanzania
Building Volunteer Work in Tanzania

From $2865 USD

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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 2 weeks
As part of their community work in Ghana, Projects Abroad volunteers on a Team Trip read books with children at their placement.
Childcare Volunteering in Ghana as a Group

From $2770 USD

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Travel to West Africa with a group and work together to support early childhood development and do renovation work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers spot a chameleon during their Conservation Projects in Madagascar for high school students
Rainforest Conservation & Community Work in Madagascar for Teens

From $3870 USD

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Live in a local village and help protect rainforest species and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.
Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers

From $2770 USD

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Team up with young people your age to help support disadvantaged children and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers assist with childcare volunteering for teenagers in Kenya as they play educational games with the children in the school yard
Volunteer Work with Children in Kenya for Teenagers

From $2770 USD

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Take part in community work with other teenagers in Kenya and help local children to learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A group hands out food while they volunteer with children in Senegal.
Volunteer with Children in Senegal for Teenagers

From $2470 USD

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Travel to West Africa with other teenagers and help children learn through play and support the community

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers in South Africa assist with community maintenance work
Volunteer with children in South Africa with a group

From $3270 USD

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Projects overview

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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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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