By Projects Abroad   Reviews (2)   95% Rating

Projects Abroad Building Projects

By Projects Abroad   Reviews (2)   95% Rating

When you volunteer on a construction project with Projects Abroad, your will be helping in developing a community in need. Poor infrastructure, like roads, hospitals, and schools, are a huge deterrent to a community improving itself. You can help provide the extra hands to make a difference.

Your will learn how to build walls, apply plaster, mix mortar, lay blocks, and more, and contribute to projects like building schools, libraries, and homes. This also may involve beautifying things. Trips run all year round.

The projects allow participants to become more immersed in the community's culture, while gaining an understanding of their needs. You can learn new skills while teaching your hosts new ones. Your cross-cultural knowledge will be greatly improved!

Below is a list of all the countries on our site that offer construction and building projects. Click on the link to learn more about each project.

Ghana: Help construct or renovate buildings, do landscaping, painting or improve classrooms.

Jamaica: You can help build toilet facilities, renovate homes, and rebuild structures destroyed by disaster.

Senegal: Assist community members in building, painting and refurbishing schools and homes.

South Africa: Participate in building a community center, or use eco-bags to help with reliable, eco-friendly structures.

Tanzania: Working alongside local builders, you will learn skills and participate in constructing schools or community buildings.

Length
1-2 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
Project Types
Language
English
Starting Price
2000.00

Rating Values

  • Impact
    90%
  • Support
    100%
  • Fun
    95%
  • Value
    95%
  • Safety
    90%

Program Reviews (2)

Hannah
Female
23 years old
Cheshire, UK
York St John University

Great Program!

Overall 9

I worked in a school for 2 months and I built a school for the other 2 months. I suffered from homesickness which the team at Projects Abroad helped me with, I was in the Hills in Ghana and every Wednesday was Quiz night - It was a sociable and exciting event which helped take my mind off missing home and really immersing myself into the Ghanaian culture. I would recommend this to everyone!

How can this program be improved?
The only problem was that the school in which I was placed left me alone in charge of a class of 30 year 3's. Having never taught before I found this extremely stressful and upsetting, Projects Abroad did not help too much with this, but allowed me to change my program to building.
T
Female
18 years old
Seattle
University of Washington

Beautiful Senegal

Overall 10

I arrived in Senegal a sixteen year old high school student with some French fluency and a lot of jet-lag. I don't think I really knew what I was getting myself into, but once I got outside of the airport and met the Projects Abroad representative who would take me from Dakar to St.-Louis, I was over my initial fear.

After spending less than a day with my host family, their one-story cinder-block house felt like home. My host family welcomed me with open arms, and soon I was spending the evenings drawing pictures and doing basic ballet with the kids.

My placement was wonderful. The 'initiation' on the first morning (given in both French and English) helped us arriving volunteers find our way around downtown, including where to change our money, go for a swim, or even buy Nutella if we got really homesick. That afternoon, I began my volunteer work, renovations on a small daara (a school room and dormitory for the Talibé religious students). I worked with around 20 other high schoolers from France, Britain, and Canada, and we came to be good friends over our two week stay.
In the mornings, I had French lessons with a Senegalese French teacher- there was only one other girl in my class, and we learned so much.

The weekend excursion in the middle of my two-week stay was a trip to the desert, where I got very sunburned, went on a camel ride, and had a great time (despite the midnight rainstorm.)

Overall, my experience in Senegal was amazing and unforgettable. I left with a much better understanding of real life in developing nations- its complexities, its problems, its joys, and especially the deep commonalities people share across the world. As soon as I got home, I made my parents promise that I would be allowed to go back (hopefully for a month!) I can't wait.

About The Provider

Projects Abroad is a global organization formed around the need for gap year programs abroad designed for students taking a break from studying. Since its inception, Projects Abroad has expanded to offer high school volunteer programs, and a vast variety of programs geared towards those taking a gap year or a career break. Visit the Projects Abroad website for more details on volunteer, teach, study and internship programs abroad.