School Expeditions

Are you a secondary school student or teacher looking for a challenge that will stretch and inspire you?

If you are keen to travel and change lives, become part of our unique and rewarding adventures.

Take learning beyond the classroom and spend 2 incredible weeks of fun in Tanzania or Peru, surrounded by fascinating history, natural beauty and incredible cultures, and supporting vulnerable communities living in poverty!

Begin your school’s Vine Trust adventure and help us to deliver significant and sustainable development to those who need it most.

Start your school's adventure today. Contact us to arrange a unique trip to Tanzania or Peru:

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Schools will volunteer in Tanzania or Peru in 2018


School Volunteers in 2018


Over 600 School Volunteers in Total

What is a School Expedition?

Vine Trust’s School Expeditions provide an exceptional opportunity for students to engage in sustainable international development while making incredible friendships and memories.

Support the construction of orphanages and small family homes in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, and community projects and children’s homes in Arequipa and Lima, Peru. Through Vine Trust’s hands-on projects, in partnership with local organisations, we enable students to become active global citizens through enacting and empowering vulnerable communities, leading to significant change.

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Make friends and memories which will last a lifetime.

Cultural learning

In addition to volunteering on sustainable development projects, your school will also discover more about the culture, history and nature of Tanzania or Peru. In Tanzania, students will go on an organised safari, learning about the country’s amazing geography and biodiversity, hoping to catch sight of as many of the “Big 5” as possible!

For schools visiting Peru, there is the opportunity to learn more about the history of the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and explore the incredible geography of the country.

School Expeditions to Peru

If you’re looking for the school trip of a lifetime with added South American flare, then join us on a Vine Trust School Expedition to Peru!

Working alongside local organisations, we help to provide children and adults with access to education facilities and a safe and loving home where they can stay.

Working with Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace) in the Lima shanty town of Chorillos, your school will help build small classroom units to enable children and parents to gain an education, improving their quality of life and teaching the community new skills.

The New Hope children’s home in Arequipa is a warm and welcoming centre for between 40 to 50 orphaned children. School Expeditions will help maintain and develop the centre through renovation, landscaping and construction, ensuring the children have the best possible start in life. You will be able to get involved with sport, crafts and game activities with local children on both projects, ensuring it is rewarding and enjoyable for everyone.

School Expeditions to Tanzania

Go on an African adventure to Tanzania and experience the vibrant life and colour this continent has to offer!

Vine Trust’s School Expeditions work in partnership with in-country organisations to build individual homes for families, and larger homes for orphaned children. These life-changing homes, built in the Kilimanjaro region, provide shelter, security and hope to some of the world’s most vulnerable families living in poverty.

You will visit children’s homes and centres for children orphaned by HIV, AIDS, TB and other, often treatable diseases. The work you undertake during your visits will help to make a significant and lasting difference to these children’s futures.

What skills will students develop?

In addition to making a significant difference to vulnerable communities, School Expeditions are an invaluable way to enhance students’ personal skills while learning about other peoples and cultures. Our volunteering programme will encourage you to recognise the diverse challenges faced by communities across our world, and ask you to consider how the actions of individuals and communities affect others.

Students will:

  • become active global citizens
  • develop leadership skills, becoming confident and responsible citizens
  • actively engage with global issues and use teamwork to discuss solutions and improvements
  • make a practical difference to the lives of marginalised children and families
  • become ambassadors for change, representing those living in poverty
  • experience another culture, and learn from collaborating with local people
  • overcome cultural and language differences to support and complete projects
  • have fun and change lives while working together as part of a team

Frequently Asked Questions

Vine Trust’s expeditions are not holidays! You need to be physically and emotionally fit to deal with long days working in the heat and on uneven terrain. If you have any underlying health conditions, you should check with your doctor that you are fit to travel.

You do not need any prior experience in building work in order to join one of our teams. You will be working alongside local builders who will carry out all technical work. However, you will need to be a good team-player and bring plenty of enthusiasm with you!

Although no specific skills or training are required to be part of a Vine Trust team, all participants are asked to attend at least one pre-trip orientation session in order to cover important cultural, health and safety issues, as well as to set out expectations, what the expedition will entail and to meet other members of the team.

Contact us for the latest information about costs.  Please note that all costs include a minimum £400 contribution towards construction materials and local labour.

Please also note that we are unable to accept CAF, Charities Trust, Stewardship or Give As You Earn (GAYE) or ‘payroll giving’ as payment towards expeditions.

We will be happy to put you in touch with previous participants. You can also read more about what happens on a home-building expedition by visiting our blog

You will be based in the town of Moshi which is the tourist capital for those climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. You will stay in basic hostel or college accommodation. All rooms have mosquito nets.

All ventures are led by experienced UK Vine Trust leaders. These may be Vine Trust members of staff or Vine Trust volunteers who have been involved in the Trust’s work for many years and have experience of being part of numerous home-building expeditions in the past. All volunteers go through a leadership training programme and are all first-aid trained. In addition, we have our Tanzanian team of ‘Expedition and Planning Coordinators’ who work closely with the UK leaders during the venture.

For terms and conditions, please see the back of the expedition handbook and also refer to the school contract document.

If you withdraw from the expedition, you will lose your £250 deposit. You will also be required to cover any outlays which have already been paid on your behalf such as flight costs. 

An initial handbook is available at the time of booking which provides all key information about the venture. A final preparation pack is then sent to all participants 4-6 weeks before departure which provides emergency contact numbers and reminders of key areas covered in the pre-trip orientation. Participants are kept fully informed about the venture through emails and pre-trip orientation sessions in the lead-up to the departure date.