Build Abroad’s mission is to build and repair communities in developing nations through socially conscious construction. We offer voluntourism trips to Costa Rica with plans to expand to neighboring countries in the very near future.
It all starts with an Idea
We first came up with the idea for Build Abroad in 2010. We were college roommates during our final year of architecture school at Miami University. Our goal was to find a way to travel the world and use our architecture skills to serve developing countries. We knew we had something, but we couldn’t quite put the pieces together. The idea stayed in the back of our minds for the last several years until we were finally able to articulate a plan and execute.
Making it Happen – Our First Trip and Beyond
In 2013 we really started focusing; coming up with a logo, designing the website, planning our first trip, and registering the business. In March of 2014 we took our first trip as Build Abroad to San Jose, Costa Rica. During the trip we volunteered at multiple construction sites and really got a feel for what the local communities needed. Taking the trip also helped us realize what we wanted the experience to be like for our volunteers.