We work alongside the Moving Mountains Trust to provide meaningful volunteering placements in Kenya and Nepal which have long term development aims and comply with the Fair Trade Volunteering principles. Moving Mountains Trust was started by Adventure Alternative founder Gavin Bate in 1991, and the company has been supporting the charity since then. Many of our staff in Kenya were beneficiaries of the charity.
We are interested in attracting skilled professionals in education, health and social care to work with our staff and local communities for minimum of two week periods but preferably longer.
We also accept unskilled volunteers to work alongside the charity staff or local people under supervision. These placements can be a minimum of two weeks but we prefer longer periods.
The charity will require DBS checks and references and we ask that volunteers pay for their costs in-country and help raise money for the charity. All of our volunteering trips focus on bringing sustainable growth to the communities we operate in. We do not aim to simply provide support and leave, but instead we focus on working with communities to help them gain the skills they need to sustain themselves. er supervision.
How Do I Get Involved?
Contact us through this website or through the Moving Mountains website to ask about volunteering and we will discuss what opportunities there are and how you might fit in based on your experience and abilities. The charity has clear policies and advice on volunteering including recruitment and preparation which you might want to read first. The NGO in Kenya and Nepal will also be involved in your selection and preparation and we will discuss dates and activities.
Many people choose to include a volunteering period as part of their longer travels so we try to work with people to ensure the dates fit. But especially with schools or clubs, there are term times and opening times which cannot be changed.
We are excited to have you join one of our projects.
How Long Do Volunteer Trips Last?
We recommend spending a minimum of two weeks volunteering with us. We also recommend combining your time with some travel of your own. We would be happy to arrange any tours or trips to go along with your volunteering experience.
We accommodate everyone interested in teaming up with Moving Mountains, from the individual to small groups. We are more than happy to help you find the perfect volunteering trip for your interests, experience, and group size.
Volunteer Trips to Nepal
Our volunteer trip to Nepal immerses you in local Sherpa life. We work in the Solu Khumbu region, in several small villages where we have been engaged with those communities for over 20 years.
Our projects focus on education, infrastructure, tourism, and health. Each of our projects aims to bring the community as a whole upward, providing more opportunity for future generations and empowering community leaders to create a better home for their peers. You will stay in local guesthouses, allowing the money spent on lodging to be directly received by local villages. This also opens the door for cultural exchange.
Volunteers experience a tea ceremony in the great Khumbu region of Nepal.
If you are a medical student, nurse, or dentist looking for practical experience, check out our medical camps in Nepal and Kenya. Both of these camps operate in rural areas, impacting the communities we work with directly. We not only focus on bringing clinics to hard-to-reach areas but also educating local communities on safe health practices.
Students and locals hanging out at the Bumburi school in Nepal.
What Are Accommodations like in Nepal and Kenya?
In Nepal, expect to stay in local lodges or teahouses. Accommodation is generally basic, with a twin shared room. Rooms do not have any heat, but plenty of blankets are provided. There is a central common area which is heated by a wood stove. Teahouses are communal places and offer the potential to meet locals and travelers alike.
In Kenya, depending on group sizes, we would love to host you in our Guest House with comfortable, private rooms and a common area. Bathrooms and sleeping areas are well maintained.
What Kind of Physical Shape Do I Need to be in to Volunteer?
In order to be a volunteer, you should be in good health. You will be active during this trip, but you do not need to be in tip-top shape. If you are traveling with us to Nepal, be aware that it will take a several day’s walk to reach the villages. You will need to be fit enough to be able to walk uphill for the entire day. We take plenty of breaks, but we will be walking for five to seven hours a day.
What Should I Pack for my Volunteer Trip?
You will need clothes that are specific to the region you will be traveling to. We will send you a specific kit list for each trip. If you are going to a medical camp or elective, we ask that you bring your own coat and sanitary gloves.
For all volunteer trips, we suggest you bring cards, a book, or a communal game to enjoy during your downtime. Teaching and playing a game is a great way to connect with locals and other volunteers. For more specifics see our volunteering packing lists.
Come volunteer with us and enjoy an enriching, culturally immersive holiday of a lifetime.