Volunteer costs

The total amount of money that you pay for your trip trip is made up of two parts:
1) A logistics cost to Adventure Alternative which is the tour operator for all the staffing, transport, food, accommodation and tour activities
2) A donation to Moving Mountains which is a registered charity for all the programme and project costs you will be taking part in plus an amount which goes to Moving Mountains for it's own staff like teachers, counsellors and project managers. It also covers the cost of your training and preparation in the UK. 

Additional costs for you to pay seperately are
1) A return flight to Nairobi airport
2) Travel insurance, vaccinations, anti-malarial tablets and a visa 

UK Overheads
Apart from our office costs and staff payroll we also have to cover the following costs to enable us to run Gap trips:
Annual accreditations for the likes of BS8848
Financial bond with AITO for the protection of your money 
Tour operator insurance policy
Vehicles and equipment in Kenya

In country costs
This money covers all of the costs of your trip, plus staffing, insurances, office costs and affiliations to organisations like AMREF and KATO.

Volunteer costs - payment to Moving Mountains
The total payment that you make to Moving Mountains can be raised through fundraising. You must put this money into the Moving Mountains Trust account and keep a running total of your total. You can create an online account for yourself at Justgiving.com or MyDonate, with whom we have charity accounts, or you can collect cash or cheques (made out to Moving Mountains Trust, not you or Adventure Alternative). Either way, this money is separate to the money you give to Adventure Alternative, and it goes directly to the programmes and projects that you will be taking part in plus your training and preparation before travelling. 

Peer training
For many trips we include activities for Kenyan peers who might be at school or college. The fundraising also allows us to run training and preparation sessions in Kenya for the person you will be paired up with. It is managed by our own counselling and training staff. During these sessions your peer will learn about living and working with you, and being part of the national volunteering scheme that we run in Kenya. They will also learn the same lessons on teamwork, cultural etiquette and practical tips for their trip. All of them will be young people who have been sponsored and supported and mentored throughout their primary and secondary school education with Moving Mountains and are now in their year prior to either going into college, university or vocational training

Peer Costs in country
This is the money that will be used for food and accommodation and travel for your peer during the programme in Kenya.

Projects and programmes
This is used to support the programmes in support of our beneficiaries, and which you will be taking part in. The exact projects you will work on will depend on the priorities of Moving Mountains and this will be discussed in the run-up to your trip. However the programmes, which run continually throughout the year and have been running in many cases for many years, will be funded in part by your visit.

These are some of the programmes which you will be visiting and taking part in, and therefore directly funding:

Embu Rescue Centre:

  • Daily feeding programme
  • Electricity and gas for the showers for street kids and for the cooking
  • Staff salaries for social workers and counsellors at the centre
  • Educational materials and teachers salaries
  • Vocational training programmes
  • Provision of educational workshops
  • Staff salaries for Black Cats coaches and food allowances for volunteer coaches
  • Equipment for Black Cats programme and transport costs and food for matches

Solio - Construction Projects:

  • Purchase of raw materials
  • Transport costs of raw materials
  • Labour costs and Moving Mountains Work Team
  • Investigation and development of new construction techniques eg interlocking bricks
  • Training programmes for street children and Kenya Work Team in construction
  • Capacity-building programmes with local communities eg in unskilled building techniques

Ulamba Orphanage and Early Child Development Centre

  • Daily food costs for all children and staff in the centre
  • Electricity for lighting and communications and gas for showers, cooking and heating
  • Staff salaries for the centre personnel
  • School fees, uniform and transport costs for children
  • Equipment, furnishings, bedding and maintenance costs
  • Staff salaries for Black Cats coaches and food allowances for volunteer coaches
  • Equipment for Black Cats programme and transport to matches

National programmes

  • Social welfare and educational costs for children in primary and secondary schools
  • College costs and vocational training costs
  • Black Cats football coaching costs for coaches, games and training kits
  • Community Health Programme in Kibera (HIV AIDS, sex education)
  • School exam fees
  • Salaries for counsellors, teachers and medical staff, plus the main staff in Moving Mountains who manage all the programme

Our support policy in Kenya lasts from primary school right through to employment, combining financial assistance with holistic support which involves the school, family and community to ensure that beneficiaries become independent, break the cycle of poverty and contribute in turn to the further development of their communities.

A vital part of this is the potential created by your visit; in one sense it helps finance the work of the charity, giving you the chance to experience work like this, while at the same time it allows vital interaction between you and the beneficiaries, which can only promote self-esteem and self-belief for both parties.