STAND International is looking for volunteers aged 16 - 30 to travel overseas to Blago, Belarus and participate in renovating and building work in impoverished communities and enable an improved living and learning environment. Our building projects allow volunteers to be immersed in the host community and work with the locals to ensure these projects get completed and match the needs of the people they're benefiting.
The work of the volunteers is varied but may include digging foundations, mixing cement, building walls, constructing a roof, plastering or putting the finishing cost of paint on the completed building. The work is quite challenging as building are made using traditional methods and locally sourced materials. The construction materials techniques are also simple to master and are ideal for sites with limited facilities. No electricity is required - everything is done by hand!
In addition, we are looking for mentors to travel with the team and work with our partners assisting them to look after the team and ensure that they supported in carrying out their tasks. There is no age restriction for this post.
You do not need any 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, so a flexible attitude and a willingness to get involved when needed is essential.
Volunteers costs for flights, accommodation and food are provided. However, there will be some fundraising involved to directly benefit those children and poor families our partners work with.
You will live in shared accommodation with other team members. Projects will be in and around the local town area. Please take into consideration that the work will be demanding and the conditions sparse, full participation in the project will be expected from all volunteers.