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.