Construction Volunteer Abroad: Unique Experience, Highly Affordable Programs with IKPVA!
Do you fancy working as a construction volunteer abroad? If you like to get your hands dirty and do not mind working hard, there are exciting volunteer opportunities waiting for you with building and renovation work. Check it out, our construction volunteer programs are both rewarding and highly affordable! In countries like Peru, Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia, there are many ways, you can help! During your stay, you can renovate schools, help to construct family homes, or build a desperately needed water well in Africa! Since your work will bring a substantial improvement to the local people, they will be grateful! And last but not least, it is enjoyable to work with them together, building a better future.
Construction Volunteer Projects – Overview
Since the construction volunteer projects will help to improve local infrastructure, the local communities will greatly benefit.
Building and renovating childcare centers, orphanages, classrooms for a school and more
Some ways of helping the local people are renovating or building childcare centers, community classrooms, orphanages or recreational facilities. Moreover, you can even build homes for very unprivileged families. Since you will work alongside local experienced builders, you will receive training and guidance from them on local construction methods.
Constructing family homes
Many times the homes of the families need improvements since up to 10 people are living in a single, primitive hut made from scraps of plywood and canvas. Some don´t have even a kitchen or bathroom area. Live becomes unbearable for those residents because these tiny unstable shacks let in the wind and especially the rain. Especially children and elderly people are suffering and can even get sick, as they are left without protection from the elements and are being exposed to constant dampness. Therefore your help to construct a simple, small yet comfortable and safe brick house for the families is desperately needed!
There are no words to describe the happiness of a community or a family when seeing the final work done. Since you will work alongside the community and families, you will help to promote social change and a positive impact in a short time. You will experience, how joyful it is, to see an immediate impact in the community! After all, you will promote substantial improvement to the lives of the local people.
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.
A beautiful country
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 the locar coordinators took care of us. We highly recommend this kind of cultural/volunteer/tour experience. – Ratner family from Israel
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
No special skills are necessary for this program, 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.