International Academy

buildOn is a global non-profit organization that is breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. We run afterschool programs in high schools across the U.S. where urban youth contribute intensive community service and internationally we work in some of the poorest developing nations to build schools.


For twenty years, buildOn has brought education to over 65,000 children, parents and grandparents in these developing countries. Right now buildOn is breaking ground on a new school every five days and has built over 515 schools.


The Trek for Knowledge is an opportunity for buildOn Members from the US and buildOn partner villages in Senegal to share in a cultural immersion experience. US participants travel to Senegal, live in a community and help build a buildOn school.


In 2010, IA buildOn funded the entire construction costs of a school in in Chaquitillo, Nicaragua. Thirteen students from IA lived with host families in the village and broke ground for the construction of this school.

In 2011, we helped fund a school in Mali. A group of three IA students traveled to Africa to begin the construction of this school.

In 2012, we traveled to Nicaragua to build a school.

In 2014 we fund-raised $30,000 to build a school in Nepal. Twelve students form IA Central and West traveled to Kidi village to construct the school.

In 2015 we fund-raised $30,000 to build a school in Haiti. 14 students plus two chaperones from IA Okma and West traveled to Sainte Helene village to construct an elementary school.

In 2016 we fund-raised $30,000 to build a school in Malawi. 14 students plus two chaperones from IA Okma and West traveled to to construct an elementary school.

In 2017 we fund-raised $30,000 to build a school in Nicaragua. 15 students plus two chaperones from IA Okma, IA East and IA West traveled to La California (Nicaragua) to construct an elementary school.

In 2018 we fund-raised $30,000 to build a school in Haiti. Students plus 1 chaperone from IA Okma and IA East traveled to Chalumeau to construct and elementary school.


Help make it happen!

100% of the money donated will go directly toward the building of the school in Malawi in June 2019 .