The idea of helping to construct a water project is a noble one, but it is not always practical or effective toward the goal of bringing clean water to those in need.
Our water projects use only local, in-country labor and partners. This work in the field provides specialized jobs and employment opportunities for the local population and ensures that the projects are supported over the long term by cultivating skilled workers among the indigenous population. Integrating a volunteer team at a project site would require resources that neither we nor our partners are equipped to provide. Additionally, many of the well locations are in remote areas that are not conducive to excursion travel.
But there are so many great ways to help the need for clean water in developing countries! Build awareness by talking about water on social media, involve your school or business in fundraising, donate to support a water project, walk for water, hold a bake sale... The opportunities are endless, even if they aren't quite as adventurous as traveling to Africa to build a well.