What We Do

Connecting People. Changing Lives.

Vine Trust is an international development charity which enables volunteers to provide medical, home-building and care support to communities living in severe poverty in Tanzania and Peru. We aim to empower communities; connecting enthusiastic volunteers with in-country partners and local people to create significant, sustainable development for vulnerable children and families.

We collaborate with local partners and communities to create effective change by:

  • building individual family homes and larger children’s homes
  • supporting care and education programmes for children and families
  • providing a floating primary healthcare service to remote and isolated communities
  • educating local people on health and disease prevention

Our projects are demanding, enriching and transformative, fostering partnerships that are life-changing for local communities and short-term volunteers alike.

Vine Trust grew out of a charity gift shop set up in the 1980s in Bo’ness Scotland in response to famine in Africa. Our projects in Tanzania and Peru have now helped over 1.3 million people living in severe poverty.

We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2015 and two years on we are grateful to all the individuals and organisations that have been part of our story and helped us to achieve everything we have accomplished, but the story is still being written!


Support Us

Help us to connect people to change lives by:

  • volunteering on one of our Home-Building, Medical or School Expeditions to Tanzania or Peru
  • donating funds towards our life-changing work
  • sponsoring specialist medical equipment for our medical ships
  • offering specialist advise or technical expertise to support our work – Contact Us

Ready for an adventure?

Challenge yourself to empower marginalised children and families through our 3 volunteer expedition programmes.

Home-Building Expeditions

Home-Building Expeditions in Tanzania work with partner organisations to provide shelter and security for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. These individual homes and larger children’s centres offer much needed hope and the opportunity to look forward to a brighter future. So far, corporate groups, social groups and teams of individual volunteers have helped to build 78 small family homes and 3 large children’s homes, changing the lives of hundreds of local people.

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Thank you!

Thanks for taking an interest in Vine Trust. We are incredibly passionate about what we do and always looking for innovative ways in which to help those living in poverty.

We are always keen to hear from you. If you’d like more information about Vine Trust or any of our projects, please get in touch!

School Expeditions

School Expeditions support secondary school groups from across the UK to volunteer on sustainable social development projects in Tanzania or Peru, to learn about the people, culture and history of the country and become active global citizens. So far, over 600 school pupils have made memories and friendships which will last a lifetime, bridging cultural and language differences with local people to help change the lives of those living in severe poverty.

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Medical Expeditions

Medical Expeditions enable medical and dental volunteers to use their clinical skills on the Peruvian Amazon and Lake Victoria Tanzania, providing primary healthcare to isolated and remote communities living in extreme poverty. Our floating healthcare programmes provide a vital lifeline to these communities, treating common health issues and education families on sanitation and disease prevention. In total, the projects in Peru and Tanzania have held 1.3 million consultations for local people who would otherwise have to travel great distances to receive even the most basic healthcare.

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