Personal Development

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and volunteering in a Kenyan village. Trekking through the Himalayas and installing eco-friendly stoves in Nepali homes. These trips combine adventure travel with volunteer work to promote personal growth and development in volunteers of all ages.

Personal development can come in many forms and from many places. The combination of extreme physical challenges with demanding volunteer work is uniquely suited to promote personal change and positive growth in teens and adults. That is why we developed our various personal development volunteer programmes.

These programmes range in length from one month to custom length volunteer placements. They are designed to bring students, university groups, and individual volunteers out to Nepal, Kenya, or Tanzania, where you can immerse yourself in a local community, give back through volunteer work, and challenge yourself to a physical and emotional travel adventure.

For high school age students, we offer our school adventures. These month-long trips bring young adults out of their classrooms and into the wider world. Chaperoned by Moving Mountains staff, teachers, and professionals, the students are encouraged to work hard, push themselves, and form friendships with their peers across the globe.

Our university challenges bring undergraduate and graduate students out into the field to gain firsthand knowledge of international development at work. Whether participants are helping to build a school, traveling to visit our various social enterprise programmes or climbing mountains, these programmes teach university students what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century.

For individuals looking for a career break, to jumpstart a new career, or just hoping to give back to communities around the world, our volunteer placement programme places volunteers where they are needed most. We work with you to discover how you can best use your unique set of skills to contribute to our wider community. Whether you’re a teacher, an early childhood education professional, a medical professional, or any other field, we are always looking for volunteers to work with our field offices in Nepal, Kenya, or Tanzania.

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No matter which programme you choose, these trips will encourage you to adapt to new situations, learn new problem-solving skills, and trigger positive personal development in many unexpected ways. To learn more about these remarkable trips, please explore the different options below.

Volunteer Work for Personal Development

Our personal development trips each include volunteer work in their itineraries. We believe that volunteering is one of the best ways to learn about a local community, form bonds and friendships that span the globe and promote intercultural exchange and understanding.

The volunteer work that you’ll complete on a trip with Moving Mountains can vary tremendously. Our main goal is to address the wishes and needs of our local communities in Nepal, Kenya, and Tanzania. For this reason, the nature of our volunteer projects changes each season.

Each personal development trip, though it follows a predetermined itinerary, is also somewhat a custom trip. As we work with you to plan your time abroad, we also discuss with our local field offices and the local authorities to find out what the most current and pressing needs of the communities are at the time. Your volunteer work will depend on their needs.

For example, we may find that the local community living on the slopes of Kilimanjaro needs new classrooms for their primary school. If this is the case, you and your university students may find yourselves working for two weeks on the slopes of the mountain, helping to lay the foundations for new classrooms or outhouses for the school.

Whatever happens, your volunteer placement will provide you with the opportunity to meet local people, forge friendships, learn about international development, and participate in our long-term development goals.

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Adventure Travel and Personal Development 

The second portion of our personal development trips focuses on adventure travel. These trips present a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a local community through volunteer work, then join with members of that community on a physical challenge in the country.

During your volunteer work, you’ll be pushed to develop new interpersonal communication skills, to communicate across cultures and with different languages, and to learn a useful skill. Then, on the adventure travel section of the trip, you’ll be pushed to whole new levels of personal growth through the sheer physical and mental challenge of summiting a mountain.

If you’ve never climbed a mountain before, the sense of pride and achievement that comes from reaching the summit is difficult to capture. On the way up, you may feel exhausted, frustrated, and like you simply cannot go on. And yet, you do continue. You push onwards and upwards. When you reach the top, you realize that you are capable of so much more than you ever thought possible.

We firmly believe that the unique combination of volunteer work with a physical challenge such as climbing a mountain creates a special opportunity for immense personal development and self-realization.


A Safe and Secure Journey

All of our personal development volunteer trips and placements are run through our partner and award-winning travel company, Adventure Alternative. With over two decades of experience, they have the knowledge and certifications to ensure your safety and comfort throughout your trip.

Adventure Alternative will take care of your accommodations, food, safety, and transport on every day of your journey, except where otherwise noted in the itinerary. With an excellent track record and years of positive feedback, we are certain you will feel comfortable and well cared for throughout your trip.

We also divide the costs of a personal development trip into two parts. The fee for the trip is paid to Adventure Alternative. This fee covers all the logistics of the trip as well as the running costs for the tour company.

Then we ask you to fundraise a certain amount for each trip. This fundraising will be donated directly to Moving Mountains and the projects where you will be working as a volunteer. This allows us to offer complete transparency to you, the donor, so you have no doubt that your money is being put to good use. It also gives you an opportunity to meet the people and communities that your donation is benefitting.

A personal development trip with Moving Mountains is a great opportunity to learn more about yourself, and the wider world as you travel through Nepal, Kenya, or Tanzania. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding these trips, please reach out to us today!