Classroom & School Construction

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High­lights

The building work you do provides children with a safe place to learn, and will be part of their education and development
Dig foundations, mix cement, plaster walls, or add a coat of paint to the finished building
If you want to see tangible results from your volunteer work, join our Building Project
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa
See the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions
Build classrooms and other school buildings for children in a Maasai community This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

With the help of an experienced builder, you’ll construct classrooms and other school buildings. It will be tough work, but knowing that you’re helping local communities will make the effort worthwhile. You will do things like:

  • Work alongside an experienced local builder
  • Dig foundations, mix cement, build walls, or construct a roof
  • Give completed buildings a fresh coat of paint

As a volunteer doing building work in Tanzania, your work will focus on these main areas:

Work with a local builder

You don’t need to worry if you don’t have any building experience. A local builder will teach you all the skills you need to participate fully in this project. The work you do will depend on how long you’re volunteering for and the progress that’s already been made on buildings when you arrive. The local builder will guide you in using construction techniques that are easy to master.  

Help with building, plastering, and painting

You might start the building process by digging foundations, or if you arrive near the end of a building’s completion, you’ll plaster and paint walls. No matter which part of the construction process you contribute to, you can be sure that you’re adding a very necessary piece to the puzzle.

You’ll use locally sourced materials and you won’t need any electricity at the site, because your building work is done by hand.

Typical day

On a typical day, building work will usually take place in the morning or afternoon, depending on the weather. So your work hours might be from about 8am to 12pm or 2pm to 6pm. Over midday, when it can get particularly hot, you’ll break for lunch and spend time relaxing in the shade of an acacia tree.

With the help of other volunteers, and under the guidance of an experienced builder, you’ll do things like digging foundations, mixing cement, laying bricks, or plastering walls. It’ll be tough but rewarding work, as you see the tangible results of your efforts.

You’ll have your evenings free, giving you the chance to explore vibrant Arusha. You can hike along a nature trail, or go on an evening safari drive, watching as lions prowl through the vast African savannahs.

Free-time activities

A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.

A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.

What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.

Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.

There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects. 

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:00

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

Airport Pickup at Kilimanjaro International Airport

Your arrival airport in Tanzania will be Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). One of our friendly staff members will be there to greet you at your respective arrival airport. They’ll be holding a Projects Abroad sign, so they’ll be easy to spot.

Kilimanjaro Airport is about a one-hour taxi ride from the town of Arusha. It is also possible for a member of Projects Abroad staff to pick you up from the bus station in Arusha if you decide to travel from Nairobi or Dar es Salaam by bus.

If you’re volunteering in Moshi, one of our staff members will take you by taxi from Kilimanjaro Airport to your host family. During peak traffic, it will take approximately two hours to drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to to Moshi. When the roads are quiet, it will take about an hour.

We cover the cost of transport to and from the airport or bus station, giving you one less thing to worry about when you arrive in Tanzania.

Once you arrive at your host family, a staff member will introduce you and then you’ll have some time to unpack and settle in after your long journey.

Accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Arusha or Moshi. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Tanzania and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Kilimanjaro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Tanzania.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Tanzania provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Tanzania you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Tanzania.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This project runs all year round so you can choose to volunteer when it suits your schedule. You can volunteer for a minimum of one week, but we encourage you to stay longer so you can do more.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
1 week (min. stay)
£1,395 ($1,744)
2 weeks
£1,615 ($2,019)
3 weeks
£1,835 ($2,294)
4 weeks
£2,055 ($2,569)
8 weeks
£2,935 ($3,669)
16 weeks
£4,695 ($5,869)
50 weeks (max. stay)
£12,175 ($15,219)
Average fees
£819 ($1,024) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Projects Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Classroom & School Construction

Build classrooms and other school buildings for children in a Maasai community

$819/week

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