Volunteer to build a school in 7 days

Building Blitz Dates Announced : 11-18 November 2017

Volunteering with Mellon Educate

A Mellon Educate ‘Building Blitz’ will change your life. More importantly, it will change the lives of thousands of impoverished children who desperately need your help. It is a one-week opportunity of a lifetime to meet people just like you – people from all walks of life who want to make a difference. Nelson Mandela once described the work of Mellon Educate as “inspirational”. It is the volunteers who make it so.

To go on a Building Blitz you have to fundraise. It sounds daunting but remember, thousands of people have hit this target before. Close to 22,000 people from Ireland, South Africa, the UK and the US have volunteered since 2003. Many have done so repeatedly after being bitten by the blitz bug! And we’re here to help you make it, with fundraising tips and advice, mentoring and an incredible support network provided by the thousands of like-minded individuals who already walked in your shoes.

During blitz week itself, construction experience is not necessary – a willingness to muck in is. You’ll work hard but the jokes, team spirit and general camaraderie carry you through. It’s not just schools we construct, we also build friendships that last a lifetime. The rewards for your success are spectacular – both for you and the children whose lives you are changing. The joy and excitement on the faces of the children, the tears in their parents’ eyes, the look of hope and pride in the faces of their teachers; these are the people you will meet in Africa as part of a group of like-minded individuals helping to build a better future for those most in need.

* Fundraising Targets 2017 *

Ireland & European (Euro)

  • New Volunteer €4,500

    1st time volunteer

  • Veteran Volunteer €4,000

    Veteran discount of €4,000 is only available to volunteers with 2 or more blitz weeks completed.

Northern Ireland & UK (Sterling)

  • New Volunteer £3,950

    1st time volunteer

  • Veteran Volunteer £3,500

    Veteran discount of £3,500 is only available for applications received by 14th February 2017 and to volunteers who have 2 or more blitz weeks completed.


  • New Volunteer $5,200

    1st time volunteers

  • Veteran Volunteer $4,700

    Veteran discount of $4,700 is only available to volunteers who have 2 or more blitz weeks completed.

Refer a friend

The “Refer a Friend” discount offered in previous years is no longer available.

* New fundraising targets as per the Mellon Educate Irish and UK Board of Directors – January 2017
Click Here To Complete Full Application Form Online


We would like to encourage our donors and volunteers to make use of the Gift Aid facility when they are making their payments. This extra income for the charity will make a considerable difference to the overall programme of work we deliver.

To clarify: The funds received from Gift Aid will not assist you in achieving your fundraising targets.

Please note: The cost of the flights and accommodation are considered a benefit to yourself, as so please ensure you do not personally claim gift aid on £1400.00 of your overall target.

If you have any queries regarding Gift Aid eligibility, please contact HMRC direct. For further information please contact us on 353-1-494 8200 to speak to a member of our team.

What You Need To Know

  • Fill in the volunteer application form to register your intention to volunteer for the 2017 building blitz. We’ll follow up in person to confirm registration.
  • A deposit of €250 / £200 / $300 is required to book your place on the building blitz
  • Volunteers must fundraise in advance of travel.
  • Mellon Educate may, at their sole discretion, refuse applications to volunteer. Spaces are limited so pay your deposit to secure your place next year.
  • All volunteers will receive a health check form which must be completed by your GP within 3 months of your departure date
  • Volunteers aged 18-65 are eligible to travel on the building blitz. Persons under-age must travel with a parent/guardian.