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.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.
A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.
What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Tanzania
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