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

Volunteer Building Work Abroad

Work in developing countries to build infrastructure and important buildings for communities

Do a volunteer Building Project with Projects Abroad and bring important resources to communities that need them most.

Our Building Projects take place in developing countries all over the world. Some are in rural areas, others in cities. You could be building homes, schools, care centres, sanitation facilities, or community buildings. Many of these Projects are based in places affected by natural disasters. Your work might include making bricks, laying foundations, plastering, painting, and installing windows and doors.

All these projects are sustainable and are designed so that the work you do is continued by locals when you go home. You’ll be immersed in the local community and have the chance to 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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Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.
Building Volunteer Work in Nepal
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  • Price: $2,920 NZD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $555 NZD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Stay: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
A Projects Abroad construction volunteer in Ghana painting a playground.
Building Volunteer Work in Ghana
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  • Price: $3,195 NZD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $555 NZD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Stay: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
Projects Abroad volunteer helps to build a wall during her construction volunteer work in Tanzania
Building Volunteer Work in Tanzania
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  • Price: $3,520 NZD for 1 week
  • Extra Weeks: $630 NZD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Stay: 1 week
  • Age: 16 or over
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Is a volunteer Building Project right for me?

If you’re passionate about helping communities recover from disasters and overcome challenges, a Building Project is right for you. This work is for anyone who genuinely wants to pitch in and be part of a solution for communities that are facing the challenges of natural disasters and poverty.

As a construction volunteer abroad, you’ll be working alongside local experts, Projects Abroad staff, and committed volunteers from around the world. You can join us even if you don’t have previous construction experience; you just need to be fit enough to do manual work and have a can-do attitude.

Some of these projects run in communities recovering from natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. By working here you’ll developing a better understanding of disaster relief while building important infrastructure.

If you’re interested in helping communities build infrastructure, but feel a Building Project isn’t right for you, you may be interested in our International Development internships. 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?

By doing construction volunteering abroad, you’ll give back to a community that needs help while developing your own skills.

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

  • Soft skills like teamwork, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • An understanding of sustainable international development.
  • Technical construction skills.
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.

All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and 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.

How are Projects Abroad’s 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. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other volunteering programmes:

Be fully supported by staff

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, so you can be sure you’re making a valuable contribution.

Projects that have an impact

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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