Local woman paddles through the water in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai struck the country in March

Disaster Relief Volunteer Work in Mozambique

Volunteer in Mozambique and help rebuild schools and other educational facilities destroyed by Cyclone Idai

Travel to Africa and assist with disaster relief efforts in Mozambique as a volunteer. You’ll focus on rebuilding schools damaged after deadly Tropical Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in March 2019.

The storm hit Mozambique at its strongest intensity and left a trail of destruction through many of the country’s poorest towns and communities. Businesses and schools flooded.  Infrastructure and agriculture were destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless.

First responders are already on the scene providing care to the people that need it most. However, the next stage of recovery is to rebuild infrastructure which is vital in getting the country back on its feet. This is where we need your help.

You’ll assist local workmen with the reconstruction of schools and classrooms to ensure the continued education of children in Mozambique. When you aren’t building, you’ll teach children.

You’ll work in various areas around the Buzi River and the coast while living with other volunteers at various accommodations. In the midst of your disaster relief volunteer work in Mozambique, remember to take the time to appreciate the beauty of the country. Mozambique is a country with a diverse and rich cultural heritage. As you work in the communities, you can learn from the locals and discover more about their daily lives in Mozambique.

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Project Overview

Trip Format:

Flexi Trips - A flexible project that gives you the support and independence you need as you volunteer

Project Name:

Mozambique > Disaster Relief

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:


Various options Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged 16 or over can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is disaster relief volunteer work in Mozambique right for me?

If you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty and work hard, then our Disaster Relief volunteer placement in Mozambique is for you.

With every wall you construct and paint, and every roof or window you install, you’ll know that you’re working towards a tangible result: a school that’ll provide an education to hundreds of students over the coming years.

You don’t need previous construction experience to join. Our staff, masons, engineers, and architects are on hand to guide and instruct you. You’ll simply provide the manpower behind the construction and repair of infrastructure in the communities that need it most.

What will I do as a disaster relief volunteer abroad?

As a volunteer in Mozambique, you’ll build and repair educational facilities to ensure the children receive the education they deserve. You’ll even get involved in a little teaching.

Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do:

  • Rebuild damaged or destroyed classrooms from the ground up
  • Install toilets and wash facilities for schools and the community
  • Repair and renovate existing classrooms by painting walls, replacing windows and fixing roofs
  • Plan and teach basic skills to the children

Your work will focus on the following areas:

Rebuild damaged or destroyed classrooms from the ground up

You’ll be involved in everything from the initial clean-up of the site to laying the final brick. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as you:

  • Clear the construction site
  • Dig and fill foundation trenches
  • Mix cement
  • Lay bricks to create walls
  • Install wooden frameworks for the roof and fittings

All of your efforts, big or small, are part of our wider goal of creating safe educational spaces for children. Masons, architects, and engineers will guide your work at all times at the construction sites.  

Build toilets and wash facilities for schools and the local community

To ensure optimal sanitation for the children, the school needs functioning toilets and wash facilities. You’ll also assist with the development of community sanitation facilities that will stop the spread of disease caused by open defecation and a lack of hygiene. These facilities are hugely important to ensure the good health of the community.

Repair and renovate existing classrooms

If school structures are safe enough to remain in use, you’ll need to assist with basic repair to ensure the classrooms are usable once more. This may include replacing window panes, repainting walls, or fixing damage to roofing.

Repairing the school won’t be the final step. These educational spaces need to inspire imagination in children and provide them with an environment that is safe and uplifting. This is why you’ll add final touches to the classrooms. You’ll paint walls and educational murals. These could be ABCs and 123s, animals, or drawings. It can be anything that will help the teachers with their lessons moving forward.

Get involved and teach educational classroom activities

Many of the children affected by this disaster may be without a teacher or regular school lessons. With the support of your project supervisor, you’ll have the opportunity to step in and teach a class or two. Materials will be scarce and facilities may be lacking, but a little bit of fun and planning is all that you need. Your supervisor will provide you with the assistance you need.

You’ll teach basic lessons like ABCs or conversational English. However, if your interests are diverse, you can teach subject like math, geography, or science. Alternatively, you can get the children active in a safe area outdoors where you can play sports games or design arts and crafts. Any activity that the children can learn from and that’ll uplift their spirits is welcome during this overwhelming time.

Where in Mozambique will I be working?

As a disaster relief volunteer abroad, you’ll carry out construction work in various locations around the Buzi River and the coast of Mozambique. These communities were severely affected during Cyclone Idai after the Buzi River broke its banks and flooded the area, damaging infrastructure as it went.

Even with this devastating event, Mozambique still remains a beautiful country. Its diversity and rich cultural heritage is captivating. Take the time to interact with the locals while you work with them. Learn about their lives and the things that make them unique.


When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Mozambique Arrival Procedures page.

A Projects Abroad disaster relief volunteer teaches a member of the local community in Mozambique.

A typical day as a disaster relief volunteer in Mozambique

Every day will be a rewarding challenge. When you wake up, you’ll pull on old clothes and sturdy shoes before fuelling up on breakfast with the other volunteers. You’ll need your energy for the day!

You’ll work from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday at your volunteer placement in Mozambique.

Daily activities will depend on the buildings stage of completion but your supervisor will brief and guide you every step of the way. You’ll collect building materials and tools before heading to work. One day may be dedicated to building, while another you may assist with painting or repairs. As your work is labour intensive, be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day.

You’ll be provided with a packed lunch to eat with the other volunteers at your placement. This is the perfect time to chat and get to know one another.

At the end of the day and over the weekend, you can explore the local area together.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of our disaster relief volunteer work in Mozambique is to reconstruct and repair educational facilities after deadly Tropical Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in March 2019.

Cyclone Idai brought ferocious winds and intense flooding which left more than 1,000 people dead and many thousands missing. In addition to this, the cyclone left a trail of destruction in its wake, flattening villages and greatly impacting many of the country’s poorest towns and communities. The country is in great need of assistance in order to recover.

By focusing on the repair and reconstruction of school infrastructure, we can ensure the continued education of the children during this tough time. This will encourage learning among the children and provide them with a safe and secure school in the future.

Previous disaster relief work with Projects Abroad

Over the years, Projects Abroad has responded to natural disasters around the world, calling on the support of hundreds of volunteers to provide substantial and sustainable repairs to schools and educational centres.

We assisted in Nepal, following the devastating earthquake that struck in April 2015. In just 20 months we managed to complete the main phase of the project. 500 volunteers helped to build over 96 classrooms, which allowed 2,160 students to return to 9 different schools and carry on with their education.

Another disaster that we responded to was Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines in 2013. This super typhoon was a Category 5 and the centre of the storm struck Bogo City in the northern end of Cebu Island. We quickly mobilised our staff and volunteers to help with rebuilding efforts in and around Bogo City. Many years and hundreds of volunteers later, all of the schools in the area that we worked in have been rebuilt and the children have returned to school.

Our Building Projects still continue in these countries, though we now focus our attention on the development and improvement of educational and sanitation facilities. We plan to do the same in Mozambique as the years roll by and the country gets back on its feet.

A Projects Abroad volunteer works together with a local staff member to rebuild a school as part of the disaster relief project.

Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.

Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.


You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers during your stay in Mozambique. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers, reflect and share experiences.

You'll share a room with at least one volunteer of the same sex and approximate age. Given the current circumstances, your room will be modest but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Despite the most recent tragedy caused by Cyclone Idai, Mozambique remains a culturally rich country. The diversity in itself is captivating to foreigners, which is one of the reasons why the country is such a treasure trove for tourists.

Spend time getting to know the locals during your time in Mozambique. You can listen to their stories and learn about their backgrounds. When you aren’t volunteering, we recommend you take a look around the area with the other volunteers. Beauty can be found even in the most unlikely of places.


Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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