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
Local buildings continuing work on a new building for the community
Local buildings continuing work on a new building for the community

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 just outside Arusha and are involved in helping to construct a school for a Maasai community. This includes classrooms, a library, a nursery and a playground, all of which will help to create a stimulating learning environment for the Maasai children for generations to come.

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 to construct a school that will enable the young children from Meserani and the surrounding communities to get education otherwise unavailable to them. The new building provides volunteer groups with a space where they can work in a professional and well structured environment.

So far, three classrooms have been completed with a fourth almost finished, helping to provide a safe learning environment for around 60 children. The completed classrooms are currently being used by teaching volunteers and by two local teachers that are employed by Projects Abroad. With a mix of teaching and building, this is a great project for families and groups that have a mixed range of ages and skills.

Looking to the future, our volunteers and groups will be working on completing seven more classrooms, an office for the teachers and a variety of outside activities including a garden, an expanded playground and a sports field. With this in mind, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done and we welcome any help from group's looking to get involved in this kind of project.

Group Volunteering on the Community Building Project in Tanzania

Volunteer plastering at building project in Tanzania, Africa
Volunteer plastering at building project in Tanzania, Africa

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 Arusha. They 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.

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