A student doing building volunteer work in Africa helps paint a newly-constructed school in Tanzania.

Building Volunteer Work in Africa

Doing building volunteer work in Africa is a wonderful way to interact with communities abroad, get your hands dirty, and see physical results from your work.


You don't need to have a background in construction or engineering to get involved. You'll work alongside local professionals at all of our building sites in Africa and they will teach you everything you need to know.


Our Building Projects in Africa are open to everyone, whether you're on a gap year, at university, or wanting a career break.

Choose a Building Project in Africa

1-9 of 33 Projects

Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From $2920 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Nepal as a Teenager
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Team up with teenagers from around the world and work with children in culture-rich Nepal

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

From $3295 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
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Work with other teenage volunteers as you teach and care for children from disadvantaged communities in Cambodia

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.

From $3445 NZD

Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers
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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers in Nepal dig up sand for cement to help rebuild schools as part of their construction volunteer project.

From $2770 NZD

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 volunteer works with children on English exercises in Sri Lanka on our project for high school students

From $3295 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka as a Teenager
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Join teenagers from all over the world to help support disadvantaged children at care centres

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • 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

From $3045 NZD

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

From $3840 NZD

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 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.

From $4095 NZD

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 $4115 NZD

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 2 weeks
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Is building volunteer work in Africa right for me?

Our Building Projects in Africa are structured much like those of Habitat for Humanity. You'll do work like making bricks, laying foundations, plastering, painting, and installing windows and doors at a school or a community centre. It's a great way to get actively involved in sustainable development, as you'll be providing infrastructure that the community really needs.


Materials used are often much more basic and there can be limited tools for construction. All of our Building Projects are suitable for both long and short term volunteering, and many opportunities to further get involved with the local communities, outside of the construction sites, are available to those who are interested.


Whatever skills and talents you have, volunteering on a Building Project in Africa offers a rewarding combination of the new, exciting, and life-changing, as well as the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.

A group doing building volunteer work in Africa work with local builders to construct toilets.

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