Building Volunteer project
You can help communities construct, repair and refurbish homes, schools and facilities on one of Kaya’s project. Our building volunteer projects work with existing initiatives that employ local labour, resources and techniques and this approach ensures that your work forms a part of sustainable, longer-term development.
As a building volunteer your role will be to help local teams push forward their work. Some building volunteer projects focus on post disaster recovery work while others are in communities where repairing and redecorating buildings makes life much easier. You will be taught what to do and materials will be provided in all our destinations – don’t be surprised if some of the tools are more basic than you would expect to use at home!
Millions of people around the world live and study in buildings that are unsafe, unhealthy or uninspiring. Many children study outside, or in classrooms that are dark and dingy with nothing to motivate them to learn. Some families live in poor unhealthy dwellings, often with smoke filled kitchens. Important community spaces become run down from use and are essential facilities where childcare groups, community meetings and health visits are set. A few weeks of your time can help to address some of these problems.
Building volunteer projects that you can join include helping with the building schools and gardening in Swaziland and building homes for orphans leaving the state care system in Belize. For those of you interested in helping to transform homes and community spaces our kitchens project in Peru and our beautification projects in India are perfect for you
You don’t have to have specific skills in construction or refurbishment but those with building trade experience are most welcome. A willingness to get stuck in, a reasonable level of fitness and enjoyment of working as part of a team are all that are required for you to become a building volunteer.
Join us on one of our building volunteer projects and relieve the burden on the local teams and transform the living, social and learning environments of communities.
If you want to help a rural impoverished community while learning about the culture and the people of Cambodia, all that while making friends, this is a placement for you!
If you are under 18 join this initiative Volunteering for 16 and 17 Year Olds in Swaziland
Join us in supporting local families by addressing hygiene and sanitation issues by working on our healthy kitchens volunteering in Peru project.
Become a sports coaching and community work volunteer in the Bolivian Andes and help integrate boys and girls into sports, foster technical expertise, team work and gender equity.
Volunteer in the Bolivian Andes and combine construction work and animal welfare at the city zoo with improvements to a local children's centre.
Volunteers with a passion for the outdoors who are keen to use their physical strength to help to build structures, clear community spaces or assist with agricultural work will enjoy this project.
Volunteer on a building project in the Philippines and help with the ongoing enormous relief effort needed following Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.
Volunteer in Swaziland to help to build family homes for needy families using local building materials and techniques.
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.