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

Volunteer Building Projects Abroad

WORK IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO BUILD BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE FOR COMMUNITIES

Take part in hands-on construction volunteering abroad and help us provide communities with the basic infrastructure they need to thrive. In some instances, many of the communities we work with have been affected by natural disasters, like the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. 

On our volunteer Building Projects abroad, you can expect to: 

  • Help build homes, schools, care centres, sanitation facilities, and community buildings 
  • Make bricks, lay foundations, plaster, paint, install windows and doors, and do general renovation work when needed
  • Work in developing countries all over the world, in both cities and rural areas 

We’re a Responsible Volunteer Travel organisation, and all of our projects are sustainable, with long-term goals. If you leave a project part-way through, rest assured that the work you do is continued by other volunteers!  

Construction volunteering abroad is a safe and sociable way to give back in a tangible manner. You’ll be immersed in the local community and have the chance to really get to know the people you’re helping. It will also give you the opportunity to gain a better understanding of global issues and the challenges people face. 

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1-9 of 10 Projects

Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.

From £1,145

Building Volunteer Work in Nepal
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Travel to Asia and help rebuild and repair classrooms damaged by earthquakes.

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A Projects Abroad construction volunteer in Ghana painting a playground.

From £1,270

Building Volunteer Work in Ghana
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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
High school student volunteers doing building work in Nepal pose for a photo with young children and locals.

From £1,420

Volunteer Building in Nepal for Teenagers
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Volunteer in Nepal on a Building Project for teenagers and help rebuild school classrooms

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteer helps to build a wall during her construction volunteer work in Tanzania

From £1,395

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

From £1,695

Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania
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Team up with volunteers your age to build classrooms for disadvantaged children in a Maasai community

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A team from Projects Abroad take part in construction volunteering in Jamaica to build playhouse for local school

From £1,520

Building Volunteer Work in Jamaica
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Use your hands to make a difference and build important infrastructure in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers take part in building volunteer work in the Phillippines to help construct water sanitation building

From £1,395

Building Volunteer Work in the Philippines
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Get your hands dirty helping to improve sanitation facilities for families in the Philippines

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
An area being cleared for construction as part of building volunteer work in Jamaica with a group.

From £1,520

Building Volunteer Work in Jamaica with a Group
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Work with a group to build vital infrastructure like modern toilets in disadvantaged communities

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers laying bricks to make a sturdy school at the Building Project in Nepal for groups

From £1,420

Building Volunteer Work in Nepal for Groups
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Volunteer in Nepal with a group to help rebuild school classrooms

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom volunteer Building Project abroad for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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Is volunteering on an international Building Project right for me?

If you’re passionate about helping communities overcome challenges, a Building Project is right for you. This work is for anyone who genuinely wants to do hands-on, practical work and be part of a tangible solution. 

As a volunteer building houses in Ghana, for example, you’ll work with rural communities that are facing the challenges of poverty.

As a construction volunteer abroad:  

  • You’ll work alongside local experts, Projects Abroad staff, and committed volunteers from around the world. 
  • You don’t need to have previous construction experience; you just need to be fit enough to do manual work and have a “can-do” attitude.
  • You’ll develop a better understanding of disaster relief while building important infrastructure like schools in countries like Nepal and Jamaica.

If you’re interested in helping communities, but feel a Building Project isn’t right for you, you may be interested in our International Development internships. You can 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 will I gain from volunteer building work abroad?

Through construction volunteering abroad, you’ll give back to a local community that needs help. In the process, you’ll also develop your own skills.

Here are just a few benefits of volunteer building work abroad that our previous volunteers talk about. You’ll:

  • Develop soft skills like teamwork, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Gain an understanding of sustainable international development.
  • Learn technical construction skills and boost your practical skills from local professionals.
  • Work with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping you develop a ‘global mindset’. We help you prepare for this through our cultural awareness and sensitivity training
  • Be encouraged to push yourself past your comfort zone.

Our volunteer Building Projects abroad will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development. 

Why does this international volunteering 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 support locals years after your volunteer work has ended.

Your work matters. Like the building volunteers before you, and the building volunteers after you, each brick, each hour, each effort matters. If you’re worried about how much you can actually do if you only volunteer abroad for two weeks or less, check out our blog that aims to address your questions about short-term volunteering.

How are our Building Projects different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your project is ethical, well supported, and part of a better future. Our second aim is to help you discover what you’re capable of on an international volunteering project. 

Here are just a few elements of our work that set it apart:

Be fully supported by staff

On these volunteer Building Projects abroad, 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. We make sure you’re supported throughout your project, whenever you need it

Hands-on experience and practical skills

Our volunteers carry out their own tasks that are important for the overall project, so you can be sure you’re making a valuable contribution. For example, get actively involved and work as a volunteer building schools in Africa. This is important work that directly impacts the education of many children.  

Projects that have an impact 

All our projects are well researched, targeted and sustainable. As a volunteer building houses, for example, you’ll work with people that lost their homes during a natural disaster like an earthquake. 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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