Volunteer Experience | Community Development

Vanuatu: Construction and Renovation Project

Port Vila, Vanuatu


Location: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Duration: Minimum 1 week, maximum 3 months placement

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €300 Euros per week – see Costs tab for further details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • Actively support community development in Vanuatu
  • Make a real difference to underprivileged communities
  • Keywords: Construction and renovation, Vanuatu placement, Vanuatu construction, renovation project, construction project
Costs Explained


This project enables you to use your construction and renovation experience to help support community development in Vanuatu. You will be helping locals to build and renovate public buildings such as community halls and schools.

Taking place in the Piliura and Launamoa areas, your role will largely be to help construct teaching units for the children. Most of the buildings being renovated were damaged in the huge cyclone of 2015. This has left the children in these underprivileged villages without a proper place to learn and gain an education.

Vanuatu is situated in the Pacific and is made up of more than 80 islands. What really stands out is its people. Despite many people living in underprivileged areas and being battered by cyclones, the locals remain laid back, happy and resilient. As you get to know them, it will really help to put your own life into perspective; helping you to appreciate the things you have.

You will help to construct a concrete building for preschools, while also renovating the existing damaged building. This will include tasks such as guttering, upgrading the toilet facilities and renovating the drains. You don’t need any specialist equipment as everything is provided to you.

While previous construction and renovation work experience is ideal, it isn’t a strict requirement. You will be provided with the necessary training from a skilled member of the support team. So, whether you are a beginner or a pro in construction and renovation, this opportunity is a great fit.

You will need to be fit and strong, as the work can be very physically demanding. You must commit to at least one week in the placement, though longer stays are highly encouraged. You can partake in this volunteer opportunity all year round, with new placements starting each week. You could even choose to partake in the placement for a week, then spend additional time on the islands, exploring everything this beautiful part of the world has to offer.

Daily Life

You will be working Monday to Friday and your schedule will remain pretty consistent throughout. However, it may deviate slightly, depending upon weather conditions and any unforeseen circumstances.

Largely, you will be helping to complete a permanent building for the children’s education, as well as supporting the team building gutters and a proper drainage system. It will be hard work but extremely rewarding knowing you are contributing to the education of children who need it most.

If you like to get hands-on and actively make a difference, this placement will definitely suit you.

Book with Confidence

Travel & Accommodation

Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by a project representative and transferred to the volunteer centre. Please note you will need to arrive on the weekend before the start of your program.

You will be staying in a beautiful house close to the beach. Accommodation is dorm style and you will be staying 2-4 people per room. Your rooms are lockable, and there is wifi in the public areas. You will be provided with all bed lined, mosquito nets, hot showers and a fan.

Port Vila is the harborside capital and main hub of Vanuatu, on Efate island. Its small downtown is home to colourful market stalls selling produce and local handicrafts. The National Museum of Vanuatu Cultural Centre, displays artefacts such as slit gong drums and outrigger canoes. The town is a base for diving and trips to Mele Cascades, a multi-tiered waterfall with rock pools in a rainforest.

Fundraising Help


  • Minimum age 18
  • Passion and enthusiasm for journalism
  • Ability to work within a team environment
  • Minimum 1 week commitment
  • Good English skills
  • CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
  • Necessary vaccinations
  • Necessary flight & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
Premium Support Upgrade


€300 Euros per week

* Check the latest currency conversions with xe.com
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes Introduction Week, food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

Premium Support Upgrade

We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators.

We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.

Note: Map coordinates are approximate