Construction and Renovation Volunteer Abroad

If you like to get your hands dirty and do not mind working hard, consider volunteering in one of our Construction and Renovation volunteer projects. The volunteer programs range from constructing a water well in Uganda to renovation projects in Peru and Kenya.


Volunteers building in an Construction and Renovation project in the Brazilian Amazon

Construction Volunteer Projects – Overview

These projects are aimed to improve local infrastructure to support and benefit our partner local communities.

Building and renovating childcare centers, orphanages, class rooms for a school and more

You may work renovating or building childcare centers, community classrooms, orphanages, recreational facilities or even houses for very unprivileged people. Our volunteers work alongside local builders who will be training and guiding them on local construction methods.

Constructing family homes

There are some local communities where families of sometimes 10 people are living in a hut made from scraps of plywood and canvas. Some don´t have a kitchen or bathroom area. These tiny unstable shacks let in the wind and especially the rain. Without protection from the elements children and elderly people suffer from being exposed to constant dampness and get sick as a consequence. You can help construct a simple, small yet comfortable and safe brick house for these families.

There are no words to describe the happiness of a community or a family when see the final work done. We work alongside the community and families to help to promote social change and impact by working together. This project offers volunteers the chance to see immediate impact in the community in which they work.

Ratner family constructing a water well in Uganda

Volunteer experience: Building a water well in Uganda

As a family of 5 people, kids ages are 25,22 and 19 years old we went to Uganda to build a water well and pit latrine for the Kahangi village near Fort Portal for two weeks. The application/bureaucratic/fundraising/decision making process was intense, but worth it. We had an amazing time. We felt completely taken care of before and during our entire trip. We worked with Africa Sustainable Tourism and they also organized with our input a 10 day touring trip for after our volunteer period. The country is beautiful and offers a rich variety of activities. The people were extremely grateful, helpful and kind. Our special dietary needs were accommodated too. We will never forget our experience and the relationships that we made during our Uganda trip. It was a life changing experience. Iko Poran prepared us and Africa Sustainable Tourism took care of us. We highly recommend this kind of cultural/volunteer/tour experience. – Ratner family from Israel

Opportunities in the Construction and Renovation projects:Building Crew in an alley in one of our Construction and Renovation projects

Tasks are diverse and may include, but not limited to:

  • Mixing cement;
  • Laying down bricks;
  • Digging foundations;
  • Plastering and painting;
  • Gardening and fencing;
  • Carpentry and roofing;
  • Cleaning tools;

And others according to the different phases of construction work.



Skills needed for the construction and renovation projects

Voluneer holding brocks and looking to the camera in a Construction projectNo special skills are necessary for this prVolunteer holds a hoe and smile to the camera in a Construction and Renovation projectogram, but please note that this project is quite physical and volunteers should be in good physical condition. Also, they should be motivated, enthusiastic, flexible, and have a passion to work with and for local people.

If you have any special construction skill it will be highly appreciated.