At a glance
- Work with people your age to build classrooms and other buildings at a nursery school to give disadvantaged people the infrastructure they need.
- You’ll work in a group under supervision, with local builders and Projects Abroad staff there to guide you.
- Learn more about Maasai culture and see the wildlife at a beautiful national park.
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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.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. 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.
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