Beyond Child Smile Building Project

 Volunteer building project in Tanzania


This project is perfect for anyone eager to use their hands to help. If you want to see tangible results from your volunteer work, join our Building Project.

You need to be motivated and hard-working, because the physical labour can sometimes be tough. But it’ll be worth it when you see the smiles of children learning in their new classroom.

No building experience is needed. All the work you do is under the guidance and supervision of a professional builder, and they’ll teach you everything you need to know.

This project runs all year round so you can choose to volunteer when it suits your schedule.  


What will I do on the Project

With the help of an experienced builder, you’ll construct classrooms and other school buildings. It will be tough work, but knowing that you’re helping local communities will make the effort worthwhile. You will do things like:

  • Work alongside an experienced local builder

  • Dig foundations, mix cement, build walls, or construct a roof

  • Give completed buildings a fresh coat of paint


As a volunteer doing building work in Tanzania, your work will focus on these main areas:

Work with a local builder

You don’t need to worry if you don’t have any building experience. A local builder will teach you all the skills you need to participate fully in this project. The work you do will depend on how long you’re volunteering for and the progress that’s already been made on buildings when you arrive. The local builder will guide you in using construction techniques that are easy to master.  

Help with building, plastering, and painting

You might start the building process by digging foundations, or if you arrive near the end of a building’s completion, you’ll plaster and paint walls. No matter which part of the construction process you contribute to, you can be sure that you’re adding a very necessary piece to the puzzle.

A typical day as a construction volunteer in Tanzania

On a typical day, building work will usually take place in the morning. So your work hours will be from about 8am to 1pm . Over midday, when it can get particularly hot, you’ll break for lunch and spend time relaxing at the host family before teaching the kids at the Library from 4pm to 6pm.

With the help of other volunteers, and under the guidance of an experienced builder, you’ll do things like digging foundations, mixing cement, laying bricks, or plastering walls. It’ll be tough but rewarding work, as you see the tangible results of your efforts.

You’ll have your evenings free, giving you the chance to explore vibrant Arusha. You can hike along a nature trail, or go on an evening safari drive, watching as lions prowl through the vast African savannahs.



Leisure activities and free time


A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.

A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.

What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.

Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.

There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects. 

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