Your Organization Can Help End the Global Education Crisis

buildOn mobilizes communities from some of the economically poorest countries on the planet to construct primary schools and break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations. By joining a Trek, our partners support our mission by traveling to build schools alongside villagers in the developing world.

Through this global service learning opportunity, participants immerse themselves in the local culture and customs of a rural village, live with host families, and engage in service by physically helping to construct a buildOn primary school. The impact is profound and sustainable for both the villagers and your team. buildOn is currently providing the Trek experience in six developing countries, including Burkina Faso, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal.

What Your Team Will Experience

The opportunities for growth are enormous, as participants learn the value of service and education, while developing a deeper understanding of the world and themselves as agents of change and business and community leaders.

Meaningful Service

Trek is NOT a vacation. Your team will be on the front lines of the fight to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations, serving in solidarity with local villagers as you build the foundation for a school that will benefit hundreds of children, parents and grandparents for generations to come.

Cultural Immersion

Your team will live with, and serve alongside, members of the community, engaging in dynamic cultural workshops, deep reflection activities and thorough explorations of issues facing your host community.

Team Building & Personal Growth

buildOn puts an emphasis on leadership and team building. Past Trek participants have reported significant improvements in teamwork, company pride and loyalty, leadership skills, and workplace satisfaction.

Empower Your Company to Build a School

With the help of our partners, buildOn is breaking ground on a new school every two days in the world’s economically poorest countries.

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, participants will engage in deep reflection activities concerning their current experiences with culture, inequality, education, privilege and service. Participants will be given tools to share their experience once they 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.

What Our Partners are Saying About Trek

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    “When I tell my friends about this experience, they say, ‘You definitely picked the best job in the world!’”

    Constance du Cauze de Nazelle, GE Audit Manager

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