Build a School in a Developing Country


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

500 West MonroeChicago, IL 60661

Break ground on a school and help build the foundation of education for future generations!

About

You Can Help End the Global Education Crisis.

Worldwide, nearly 900 million people are illiterate. Education is a basic human right. Yet those who need education the most - children living in poverty - are the least likely to attend school.

To address these issues, buildOn mobilizes communities from some of the economically poorest countries on the planet to build schools and break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations. Since 1991, these communities have constructed over 1,000 schools where more than 137,000 children, parents and grandparents are educated every day.

Through buildOn’s Trek experience, you will travel with your friends and family to a rural village, immersing yourselves in buildOn’s mission to break the cycle by building a primary school alongside local community members. The impact will be profound and sustainable for both the community you serve alongside and your group.

This global service learning opportunity empowers you to connect with the local culture and customs of a rural village, live with host families, and serve by physically constructing a buildOn primary school. buildOn puts an emphasis on service, leadership, and team building by engaging your group in dynamic cultural workshops, deep reflection activities and explorations of issues facing your host community.

Opportunities for personal growth are enormous as you develop a deeper understanding of the world and of yourself as an agent of change. By the time you leave the village and return home, you will have developed bonds that transcend geography and circumstance. And most importantly you will know your hard work and generosity have made a meaningful difference.

A Typical Day in the Village:

Worksite: The work consists of digging the foundation, mixing concrete, making cinder blocks, carrying water and tying rebar. It is physically hard work. Everything is done by hand, and you will surely have blisters and sore muscles.

Cultural Education: You will participate in a cultural workshop in your community each day. The workshops are different in each village based on the resources of the community.

Reflection: In addition to working and learning together, you will engage in deep reflection activities concerning their current experiences with culture, inequality, education, privilege and service. Your group will be given tools to share your experience once you return home.

Immerse with Your Host Family: You may find yourself learning to cook on a wood fire, playing games with the children, doing laundry, carrying water, listening to the radio, singing or dancing, and teaching basic English. These moments with your host family will undoubtedly be the most valuable part of your experience.

Join the Movement

School construction costs are between $27,000 and $37,000 depending on your chosen buildOn Partner Country. buildOn is currently providing the trek experience in Burkina Faso, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal.

buildOn provides an online tool that makes group fundraising user-friendly.

Participants can raise the funds for the school’s construction, as individuals or teams, plus their own travel expenses, ensuring that all donated funds go directly to support buildOn’s mission.

Skills

  • Literacy / Reading
  • Fundraising
  • General Education
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • 1 week of Travel; 9-12 months of fundraising
  • Passport; Airfare; Immunizations

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