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Volunteer Overseas

Building Volunteer Projects in Tanzania

  • Placement location: Maasai villages close to Arusha
  • Role: Assisting local workmen building a school or community buildings
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • Price: From Loading...
  • What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, travel and medical insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Whether you are on a gap year, summer placement or career break, if you want to get your hands dirty and see physical results from your placement overseas, our Community Building Project in Tanzania may be ideal.

Building volunteers work in and around Arusha and are involved in helping to construct a variety of different buildings. This includes classrooms, libraries and nursery schools in the communities in which we work. In addition to the Teaching volunteers who teach at the school, Projects Abroad also employs two local teachers, independently.

Voluntary Building Project in Tanzania with Projects Abroad

Volunteers work alongside a local builder, who will teach you all the necessary building and construction skills to enable you to take part fully in the construction process, assisting with all levels of building. The buildings are made using traditional methods and locally sourced materials. The construction techniques are also simple to master and are ideal for sites with limited facilities. No electricity is required at the site – everything is done by hand!

Volunteers in Arusha build a nursery school

Projects Abroad is currently working with local Maasai communities outside the town of Arusha. The primary focus is the Maasai village of Meserani, where Projects Abroad runs a nursery school. Our next project is to build a proper building for the nursery school that will enable children from Mesarani and the surrounding communities to get nursery education otherwise unavailable to them. The new building will provide volunteers with a space where they can work in a professional and well structured environment.

Three classrooms have been constructed so far. Classes are now held in those classrooms, and volunteers are in the process of building seven more classrooms as well as an office for teachers.

This is a long term project (6 months to 1 year). We have already received a wonderful welcome from this community, who really see the value of having the volunteers here. This is undoubtedly our most exciting building project yet!

Volunteering on the Community Building Project in Tanzania

The work of the volunteers is varied but may include digging foundations, mixing cement, building walls, constructing a roof, plastering or putting the finishing coat of paint on the completed house.

Volunteers carry bricks on Building placement

Building work usually takes place between 9am and 3pm. Work is mostly dependent on weather conditions (for example, if it is too hot, volunteers stop working) and the type of work being done that day. For example, if volunteers lay cement that needs to dry, they will only continue work on the following day. On some days, volunteers finish work at midday and have the afternoon free. Each site is overseen by a qualified builder from the community who will help volunteers with the construction process.

You do not need previous building experience to take part in this project; although anyone who does have any relevant skills will be very welcome and will be able to take on a more specialised role. All volunteers should, however, be reasonably fit and physically active, and be prepared for working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Volunteers live with local families in the area.

You can join the Building project in Tanzania for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period and may not see the completion of some of the building work.

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