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1257 Building & Construction Projects Volunteer Abroad Programs


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Become a Love Volunteer and get a truly memorable experience whilst helping those in real need. Love Volunteers has provided meaningful Building Construction volunteering abroad programs to thousands of volunteers seeking safe, responsible and affordable ways to help needy communities! Check out our exciting programs and sign up now!


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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations around the world. With program fees starting from just USD 10 per day, IVHQ is the volunteer organization of choice for thousands of volunteers every year. Established in 2007, IVHQ has supported over 55,0...


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The animals at this wildlife sanctuary have been injured or orphaned leaving them in need of some assistance if they have any hope for survival. The animals become tame during their rehabilitation so they cannot be reintroduced to the wild, but this does allow for an unforgettable experience since volunteers can work so closely with the animals and establish relationships. The sanctuary provide...


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Take part in this wildlife conservation expedition and be an active member of GVI's research team in the Costa Rican rainforest. Work on a variety of long-term terrestrial, marine conservation and community education projects. Help conduct turtle population surveys, jaguar predation surveys, jaguar and other mammal camera trapping, and mammal and bird studies. You can also teach English and env...


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Due to inadequate staff and being under-resourced, the Ministry of Health in Zambia is struggling to provide sufficient healthcare to the public. As a volunteer in Zambia your help is much needed in educating different age groups about HIV, hand hygiene, substance abuse, nutrition and cancer. Your presence and performing tasks that may seem basic makes the world of difference to caregivers ...


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Our special spring break volunteer trips are perfect for college students looking for an alternative way to spend spring break this year. Instead of doing the usual spring break routine, you can get off the beaten track and make your break matter by joining one of these specially-designed volunteer projects for students. The Alternative Spring Break Trips are 1-week long, scheduled to coinci...


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Volunteering Solutions provides volunteering opportunities in 20 different countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin/Central America. Our main aim is to provide affordable and meaningful volunteer abroad opportunities across all countries. Our programs include both short-term (two weeks) and long-term (up to six months) placements in every country, as well as our programs are open through...


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Maximo Nivel is a locally based organization in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Volunteer abroad—get involved, make an impact, and learn to serve by working at local projects: - Working with Kids - Teaching English - Conservation - Construction - Animal Care - Eco-Agriculture - Medical & Healthcare Since 2003, Maximo Nivel has been a leader in educational travel and stu...


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By volunteering in the Philippines, you can help build a house for the poorer communities. Housing in the poorer communities of Tacloban City often constitute little more than single-room makeshift shacks. Work alongside skilled carpenters on numerous community building projects around the city making renovations, repairs and even new builds to the houses of a collection of underprivileged fami...


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Volunteer in Barcelona and focus on making a difference in the lives of local youth through different activities and programs. Participants can work with children and teens in the community in several areas including development, recreation, and education. Sample projects could include workshops to build life skills, helping with child literacy programs, assisting teachers in the classroom, and...


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CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion.


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Adelante Abroad offers low cost volunteer programs in a wide variety of fields(listed below) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Newly added sectors include ecology, accounting, psychology, and theater. Volunteers can work for up to 12 months and programs are offered year round. Programs are customizable; you'll be paired with organizations in need of specific skills while allowing you to reach your academi...


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Work with an international community development volunteer project in Uganda. Participants work with a grassroots community-based organization focused on improving the quality of life through a wide variety of community development initiatives, including adult education programs, income-generation activities, such as poultry and livestock rearing, HIV/AIDS education, construction projects, and ...


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About UBELONG: UBELONG is the world's leading social organization for people seeking affordable, impact-driven volunteering and learning opportunities abroad. About this project: Volunteers work four to six hours a day in an after-school center or local public school to help teachers teach basic to intermediate English to children ranging from 5 to 18. The courses are either part of the child...


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With more than 400 projects worldwide and with 25 years experience of providing ethical travel placements, Frontier can find you the perfect adventure whatever you want to achieve. We offer placements in more than 50 countries including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Fiji and loads more. Here are just some of the options available: Marine Conservation and Diving Travel to beach paradises, scuba...

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Construction Volunteering Abroad

Looking for a volunteer experience that will challenge you physically and mentally? One that will fit your “work hard, play hard” mentality? Construction volunteering abroad may be just what you’re looking for. From building homes in Central America to repairing water sanitation facilities in Southeast Asia, construction volunteer projects provide volunteers with a tangible sense of accomplishment while giving them the chance to explore a new corner of the world. Whether you’re a licensed contractor with decades of experience or a well-intentioned newbie who doesn’t know a hammer from a T-square, there is a construction project out there with your name on it.

Why Volunteer Abroad

How often do you consider the way your water travels miles upon miles to reach your faucet? Construction volunteering abroad will allow you to step outside your comfort zone and introduce you to a world that is very different from your home country. Not only will construction volunteering alter the way you see the world around you, it will also give you a new appreciation for what you have at home.

How often do you think about the construction materials needed to build the structures we live and work in every day? Volunteering on construction projects abroad will help you understand exactly what goes into creating something from nothing, and what it takes to make construction projects come to life. Construction volunteering abroad will allow you to gain a better sense of a country’s unique social structure and economic climate, throughout the building process. It’s impossible to build a house, school, or playground in a foreign land without gaining a deeper understanding of the work required to make it happen.

Additionally, it is incredibly powerful to see the fruits of your labor materialize before your eyes. To realize that your hands carried bricks and constructed walls, which became schools and libraries and homes, will be beyond rewarding. Contributing to construction volunteer projects abroad will give you a sense of pride in your accomplishments; you might even have the opportunity build a school or home in a few weeks or less!


No matter where in the world you’re looking to roam, there are countless international construction volunteer opportunities. From Latin America to rural Africa and Southeast Asia (and everywhere in between), you can find the perfect building project for you.

If you’re looking for low-cost construction volunteer opportunities abroad, Central America offers a host of project options for volunteers on a budget. This region has a large assortment of housing and school construction projects, in addition to sanitation projects. Guatemala, in particular, allows volunteers to give back while being immersed in a vibrant culture comprised of 21 distinct indigenous Mayan populations, each with their own dialect and dress, and surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, including 22 volcanoes.

A lack of adequate structures among formal schools in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural areas, is partly to blame for the nearly 50 percent of young people who don’t attend formal schooling throughout the region. Many construction volunteer projects in these countries, such as in Kenya, provide volunteers with the opportunity to specifically build and repair schools. If working in or around Nairobi, a trip to Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, will greatly put into perspective the reason why assisting with building projects is so vital to locals. After working hard at your project site, you can take some time to explore one of Kenya’s more than 40 national parks and game reserves, and maybe even get a chance to see some of the “Big Five” on safari.

If you’re looking to stray a bit farther from home, consider construction volunteer opportunities in Nepal. A country that is continuing to rebuild since the devastating effects of earthquake in mid-2015, there are many construction volunteer projects in and around the affected areas, including the capital city of Kathmandu. Construction projects in Nepal may include repairing and rebuilding homes and schools or creating temporary community toilets and wash facilities. When you’re not busy volunteering, you can catch a glimpse of eight of the world’s 10 largest mountains, including the world’s highest point, Mount Everest.

Construction Volunteering Abroad

While there are a variety of international construction volunteer opportunities to choose from, the most common include building homes, constructing community facilities (schools, libraries, etc.), and helping to repair and rebuild various buildings after natural disasters. Construction volunteer work may entail mixing concrete, assisting in building demolition, carrying bricks and other materials around job sites, assembling rebar (which reinforces and strengthens concrete), digging the foundation for structures, painting, or preparing materials for foremen, such as sifting sand and wetting bricks for construction, among others.

A large majority of construction volunteer opportunities abroad are open to any and all volunteers eager and willing to learn, and many project managers are open to training volunteers upon arrival. That being said, there are some tasks, such as plumbing or electrical wiring, which require experienced volunteers or local workers to carry out safely and effectively.

The length of your construction volunteer work abroad can vary greatly, based on your location and the goals of the building project, ranging from a few days to several weeks, or even months. Ten-day to two-week construction projects abroad work well for those looking to make a tangible difference, while also having time to explore the local culture.

Benefits & Challenges

One thing to keep in mind before becoming a construction volunteer abroad is the very real physical rigor of construction work. Since building project tasks can range from digging holes to breaking down and rebuilding entire structures, it is important to have an idea of what type of construction work you may be asked to do, and then be sure that you are ready for the physical demands of the work. While it is ALWAYS okay to let your project manager know if you are unable to complete a task, it’s important that, from the get go, you find a construction project that is the right fit for you.

Since construction volunteering abroad can be taxing, another challenge can be the potential to push your body too far, too fast. Try to remain aware of your body’s limits, drink plenty of water, lather up the sunscreen, and take breaks when needed. Remember: your goal is to contribute in meaningful ways, and you will better be able to do so if you remain healthy throughout your trip.

Also, be sure to consider that much of your time in-country will be spent at your construction project site. While you may have the opportunity to explore other areas of the country at night, on days off, or before or after your project, the majority of your time will likely be spent at the same work site(s). One of the best parts about construction volunteer opportunities abroad is working alongside locals day-in and day-out toward a common goal. Construction volunteer work abroad will allow you to work with the same people for an extended period, giving you the chance to interact with community members on a deeper level and forge relationships that can last a lifetime. Even with language barriers, you’ll be surprised how much can be accomplished through pointing, gestures, and smiles!

Construction volunteering abroad will challenge you physically and mentally, while providing you with positive learning and growth opportunities, which you will take with you long after your trip is over. No matter what corner of the globe you set off for, volunteering on a construction project abroad will change the way you see the world around you, and provide you with enormous pride in the hard work you’ve put into creating a new building in a deserving community.

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