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.

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Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.
Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania

From €2295

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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 group of students built a toilet block as part of their building volunteer work in Ghana
Building Volunteer Work in Ghana

From €1695

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Get your hands dirty and assist with hands-on construction work while volunteering in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer helps to build a wall during her construction volunteer work in Tanzania
Building Volunteer Work in Tanzania

From €2165

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

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
As part of their community work in Ghana, Projects Abroad volunteers on a Team Trip read books with children at their placement.
Childcare Volunteering in Ghana as a Group

From €2070

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Travel to West Africa with a group and work together to support early childhood development and do renovation work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers spot a chameleon during their Conservation Projects in Madagascar for high school students
Rainforest Conservation & Community Work in Madagascar for Teens

From €2895

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Live in a local village and help protect rainforest species and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.
Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers

From €2070

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Team up with young people your age to help support disadvantaged children and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers assist with childcare volunteering for teenagers in Kenya as they play educational games with the children in the school yard
Volunteer Work with Children in Kenya for Teenagers

From €2070

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Take part in community work with other teenagers in Kenya and help local children to learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A group hands out food while they volunteer with children in Senegal.
Volunteer with Children in Senegal for Teenagers

From €1845

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Travel to West Africa with other teenagers and help children learn through play and support the community

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenagers volunteering with children on one of Projects Abroad's programmes in South Africa
Volunteering with Children in South Africa for Teenagers

From €2445

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Work with a group of teenagers your age in Cape Town and help local children learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • 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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