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.

Here is a great video that sums up what we love so much about our personal development trips:


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.