We run popular, safe and well proven school expeditions to Kenya, Nepal and Borneo. All of these trips can be tailored to specific aims and objectives but all work in conjunction with, and support of, the Moving Mountains Trust and the local communities where we work.
Our school trips are part adventure holiday, part travel experience and part learning programme about social responsibility and global citizenship. We have developed a great itinerary for international and personal development since 1996 and our track record for safety is faultless.
What is a School Expedition?
Adventure Alternative works with educators and chaperones to create customized itineraries to work with our Moving Mountains sister charity. School trips typically involve a community development experience with a local touring experience such as a hike or safari. We aim to enrich the lives of the students and the local communities in which they work. Furthermore, we want students to experience the value of travel both through engaging with the local community as well as experiencing the remote areas we work in.
Students celebrating with smiles and laughter in one of our sister schools in Nepal.
Who Can Attend School Expeditions?
Our students come from a wide range of places including universities, youth groups, and schools. We tend to like to keep groups to a manageable level in order to ensure that everyone has an intimate experience on our tours. We encourage all kinds of groups to reach out and ask if our offerings are right for them. We do have room to customize a trip if there is a particular activity you would like to spend more time on or an attraction your group would like to see.
School Trips to Kenya
We offer three separate trips to Kenya. Each trip can be customized to fit the needs of both you and your students. Our School Expedition Trip focuses on connecting students with other students. Kids connect with local Kenyan children by attending summer camps. Together we aim to bridge the gap between nations and enhance future generations. Afterwards, students are invited to trek up to Point Lenana, one of the three summits of Mount Kenya. This trip also features a multi-day safari in one of Kenya’s most renowned national parks.
Playing around in the swimming pool is a great way to cool off and have some fun!
Our Kenya Charity Expedition also works with connecting schools across the globe. Here students engage in building projects to help our Africamp. Home visits, game days, crafts, teaching, and health education are all activities that we encourage participants to engage in. Student groups are also expected to buy and prepare meals for evening campfires as well. This trip includes several excursions such as a day in Hell’s Gate National Park where you can cycle with the giraffe and zebra. As well as a chance to wild camp with the Masai people. The trip ends with some trekking and a multi-day safari in the Masai Mara.
The Kenya Charity Expedition Challenge has a similar itinerary to the Kenya Charity Expedition, except it is a bit more physically demanding in that we will trek up Mount Kenya. Each of these trips can be customized to the group’s individual needs and we are happy to tailor your school trip experience in Kenya.
A student group gets ready to trek up Mount Kenya.
School Trips to Tanzania
We have been operating school trips in Tanzania since 2013. Our Tanzania School Expedition does charitable work in the Marangu village, located right on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Our efforts focus on building and renovating schools so children do not have to take an un-economical bus all the way to Moshi in order to get an education. Following the volunteering portion of the trip, we offer the group the opportunity to climb Mount Meru, the sister mountain to Mount Kilimanjaro. The trip finishes off with a safari in Tarangire, Tanzania’s sixth largest park for the opportunity to see some amazing wildlife, including the Big Five.
A volunteering holiday is a unique chance to connect with locals and their familes at one of our many projects.
Nepal School Trips
Nepal is a friendly, landlocked country in the heart of the Himalayas. Our student volunteer trips here focus on helping the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi. Moving Mountains has been working in these villages for quite some time. The only way into these remote villages is by foot. We trek to the villages and spend a week there engaging with the local community and helping out with any current Moving Mountains projects.
Afterwards, we have the option to continue on to Namche Bazaar, the high Himalayan capital of the Everest region. From there we will return to Lukla where we will have an adventurous flight back to Kathmandu. We also offer the opportunity to add a jungle safari to Chitwan National Park if your trip coincides with the right time of year.
Sherpas dancing and celebrating the awesome work of our volunteers.
Student Charity Trips to Borneo
Our Borneo student trip is our longest trip and is reserved for smaller groups. We travel deep into the remote jungles of Sarawak to work with local tribes. Our mission is to plant trees as an act against the logging industry. This trip is for the intrepid group that does not mind exerting some effort to get to these remote destinations.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in a homestay and live with the local people. Other activities include climbing Mount Kinabalu, whitewater rafter, snorkeling on tropical islands, river safaris, and a jungle survival course.
Planting trees in the jungle to help combat logging operations.
What are Accommodations Like on a School Charity Expedition?
Since our charity expeditions are located in more rural areas, accommodations are basic but sufficient. Each country has a different housing type, ranging from our guesthouse in Kenya to village homestays in Borneo. We do our best to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone in the group, however, you are not traveling at home. Some things will be different, including the housing. Expect to have a shared room accommodation and enjoy bonding with your group.
We also do our best to accommodate any dietary concerns your group may have. If you let us know in advance, we can do our best to make sure that any special concerns are addressed. The countries we operate in boast excellent food. In addition to home-cooked meals and restaurants, on some of our expeditions, you will be doing some of the cooking with locals. Cooking as a group is an excellent bonding opportunity and a unique way to share cultures.
A look at our Embu Guest House in Kenya.
What Should Students Take on a Charity Expedition?
Since each expedition is vastly different than the next, we encourage you to examine our packing guides for safaris, treks, and jungle activities. We will provide you with a comprehensive list of packing items. However, in all cases, protection from the sun is essential. In areas such as Nepal and Mt Meru, you may want to bring non-cotton layers and a puffy jacket in order to stay warm. For the jungle, quick-drying material is most important, as is protecting yourself from the flora and fauna of the jungle.
Studnets helping to build schools in Kenya.
A school charity trip is one of the most rewarding experiences you can give a student. Interacting with other students across the globe gives a lasting impression that will stay with you for your entire life. So what are you waiting for?