Building & Community for groups in Tanzania
- Who?Groups of at least 5
- When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
- Where?Maasai villages close to Arusha
Whether you’re a group from school, a bunch of friends from university, a company looking for a corporate trip or an organisation looking to take your skills further afield, you will find this project in Tanzania to be immensely rewarding and beneficial to both your group and the people of the local community.
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.
Group 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!
Outside the town of Arusha, Projects Abroad is working closely with local Maasai communities in the village of Meserani where Projects Abroad runs a nursery school. The nursery school is set in an old church building which is lacking any windows and all four classes are taught in one room. Therefore, our next project is to build a proper building for the nursery school close to this site that will enable children from Mesarani and the surrounding communities to get nursery education otherwise unavailable to them. The new building will provide volunteer groups with a space where they can work in a professional and well structured environment.
To build this school properly, the project will take between 6 months and a year to build requiring the help of multiple groups of volunteers. When it is finished, the school will be staffed and run solely by Projects Abroad volunteers. 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!
Group 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.
Due to the heat of the midday sun, the building work only takes place in the early mornings and late evenings so your group will have plenty of time to meet the locals, play games with the children and maybe even learn some of the Swahili language!
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 will live with host families within the community. The Maasai people speak both Swahili and English so getting to know your host family should be fairly easy, as well as learning all about their culture and lifestyle!
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.