Upcoming BuildAid trips for 2023/24
December 27th - Jan 2024 (2 x 2 week trips) Vanuatu - more information shortly.
November 1 - 30 2023 (2 x 2 week trips) Vanuatu
TEAM 1 (1st to 16th Nov)
The first team will spend this one day in Port Vila before heading out to Ambrym to work on repairing Ranon School girl's dormitory.
TEAM 2 (16th to 30th Nov)
Team two will meet up with the first team back in Port Vila. They will be working on various projects in and around Efate Island.
July 31 - 2 x 2 week trips: -
Team 1 July 31st to Aug 11th
Based in Port Vila - this team trip involves unpacking our shipping container and some small construction jobs in the capital. Accommodation and most meals will be included. Travel insurance is at the volunteer's own cost. Estimated cost of the trip is $1950. Prices are based on a Melbourne departure and can be subject to change and airfare availability. Please click on the link below to express your interest. Passports must have at least 6 months left before expiry.
Team 2 Aug 10th to 25th
This team will head out to the island of Ambrym and be involved in projects in the northern part of the island where we have been based previously. Teams will stay in accommodation in local villages. Meals may be provided by local families. Boat travel from the air strip to the local area is involved.
Travel insurance is at the volunteer's own cost. Estimated cost of the trip is $2150. Prices are based on a Melbourne departure and can be subject to change and airfare availability. Please click on the link below to express your interest. Passports must have at least 6 months left before expiry.
We will be recommencing working/volunteer trips to Vanuatu in January 2023 (exact dates to be advised). We will keep you posted on costs and other requirements as soon as we can. In the meanwhile please email your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks - we look forward to working with you and the people of Vanuatu soon.
BuildAid trips for 2020/2021 - ALL TRIPS POSTPONED
Vanuatu North Ambrym & Port Vila Efate from the 1st week of January till 2nd week March
Townsville YWAM from 3rd week of April till July 2020
If interested, please email (email@example.com) ASAP so that we can plan costs and flights.
Works 2019 & 2020
North Ambrym working at the Richards' home, then moving back to Olal and Megamone schools to continue working on repairs and school buildings.
Build Megamone Kindergarten and complete it
Work on V2 Life dormitory Teouma Valley Efate Vanuatu
Vanuatu Cyclone Relief Update
After a short break back in Australia – work has begun again in Vanuatu. Building and repairing of schools in the area of north Ambrym will be BuildAid’s focus for the next three months. Continuation of the construction of the new school at Megamone and reroofing of the school at Olal will be amongst the first priorities. Thanks to those who have generously donated to our Cyclone Relief appeal. There is still time to contribute financially (go to our Support page) or still opportunity to join us (go to our Volunteer page). Also check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BuildAidMissions and #buildaid #buildaidmissions on Instagram for regular updates and photos!
16th April 2015 - Work has commenced on clearing and rebuilding of school sites in North Ambrym. Torrential rain yesterday caused landslides and flash flooding but work is continuing on.
18 March 2015 - News article mentioning BuildAid: Vanuatu disaster: the island hit by an earthquake, a volcano then cyclone Pam (The Guardian)
18 March 2015 - brief update from Ian who made it all the way past Willet to Megamone last night after dark. A lot of devastation there - those of you who have been on our work trips there will know the area. The existing school is completely demolished except for our sleeping quarters. Most of the homes - teachers included are flattened, trees down everywhere. BUT NO MAJOR INJURIES AND NO LOSS OF LIFE. He is now making his way back on foot back to Ranvetlam! He will check more carefully as he goes back. Taking some folk with him back to Ranon etc. principal Willie and Anna and family coming with him. Can't send any pictures because no mobile or Internet cover. Will continue to update as he can. Continue to pray for these remote communities. Their gardens (food supplies) have for the most part been ruined. They have some water. If can help financially please do.
17th March 2015 - Ian arrived in Port Vila safely. He is now booked on a small charter plane to Ambrym at 6.00 am this morning. He will take some food supplies with him but is not sure how he will get to Ranvetlam or Megamone as yet! It's a very long walk! Please be patient as getting info is hard and once he is out of the capital the only contact will be via satellite phone. He only has a little bit of battery left and there is limited power. Keep praying for him and those he's gone to check on.