School Expeditions

School Expeditions

Are you a secondary school student or a teacher looking for a challenge that will stretch and inspire you, informing how you see your role in the global community?

Take your learning well beyond the classroom and spend two incredible and transformative weeks in Tanzania, experiencing the way in which in-country organisations like TAWREF are empowering local communities through sustainable development practices.

Not only will you be able to strengthen your understanding of how TAWREF works with local leaders and neighbours to develop and implement strategies for community empowerment, you’ll also have the opportunity to spend time with some of the families that this organisation helps to support.

You’ll hear their individual stories and discover just how the provision of a new home can make such a transformative difference to their lives, inspiring a new sense of security, stability, and hope for the future.

These expeditions will also include opportunities to visit a local school and meet Tanzanian students of a similar age, where students can share stories about their lives and aspirations for the future together.

You’ll also spend time in a nearby village to hear from local leaders and experts on the impacts of climate change on communities in the region, and will be able to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and compelling history and culture of the surrounding area.

Contact Vine Trust to start your school’s adventure today.

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What Is A School Expedition?

Vine Trust works in partnership with Tanzanian organisations to enable UK-based students to become active global citizens through experiencing the ways in which our in-country partners are empowering their local communities.

Our partner’s programmes work with vulnerable and isolated communities in and around Moshi, and our School Expeditions are exceptional opportunities for students to engage with and learn from sustainable international development practices whilst making meaningful connections and memories.

The process will also enable students to experience different sociocultural and economic perspectives that will help to challenge and inform their own outlooks and think about the nature of their own role within the global community.

Get started with the journey here, or contact our office for more information.

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Make friends and memories which will last a lifetime.

Cultural Learning

As well as immersing yourself in the sustainable volunteering experience, you and your peers will also have plenty of opportunities to engage with Tanzanian culture, history, and nature.

There is the option of including an organised safari in your trip, where you can learn more about the country’s amazing geography and biodiversity, and, if you’re lucky, catch some (or all) of the “Big 5” in their natural habitat!

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What Skills Will Students Develop?

Students on these School Expeditions will not only experience first-hand the work our in-country partners are doing to promote sustainable international development practices in Tanzania, but they’ll also develop their own interpersonal skills and capacity to learn about and appreciate other cultural perspectives.

Our schools programme places a special emphasis on encouraging students to recognise the diverse and complex challenges faced by communities all over the world.

We are always seeking to encourage our volunteers to consider how the actions of both the individual and the collective can affect others within the global community.

Students will:

** become active global citizens with a deeper respect for the role they can play in the world

** develop leadership skills, becoming more confident and responsible people who feel empowered to be part of the change they seek for future generations

** actively engage with global issues and use teamwork to discuss potential solutions and improvements to and for these challenges

** build strong peer-to-peer and cross cultural connections as they get their hands dirty working alongside our in-country team and local community members to mix cement and help build the foundations of a home

** be challenged to become ambassadors and advocates for change, supporting the work that in-country organisations are doing as an ally when they get back home

** play a supporting role in making a practical and functional difference in the lives of marginalised children and families in Moshi

** experience another culture and learn interpersonal skills from collaborating with local people and engaging with different socio-cultural perspectives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are a pupil, a teacher or a member of Senior Management, you can contact Vine Trust to discuss your school running a Vine Trust School Expedition. A lead link teacher from the school will work closely with the Vine Trust Expeditions Team to support the students during their volunteer journey. Teachers will accompany the students on expedition at the ratio stipulated by their local authority.  

The cost includes in-country transport, food, water, accommodation, entry to visitor attractions and support from UK-based and in-country Vine Trust Staff. The cost also includes a contribution towards building materials 

International flights will be booked by Vine Trust and you will be informed of the cost at the time of booking. Vine Trust is able to access discounted flights for group or charitable rates directly with the airline and through our travel agencies. We are able to arrange flights from any major airport, and we always seek to find the appropriate balance between price and convenience.

Not included in the cost are any immunisations or anti-malarial tablets required and for Tanzania expeditions or visa entry (currently $50 USD payable on arrival at the airport).

Yes. We understand that you may wish to fundraise to support your participation in a Vine Trust Building expedition, and further guidance is available through our fundraising pack which will be sent to you on confirmation of your place on the expedition.

Contact Programme Manager Louise at or give us a call at the Vine Trust office on 0131 555 5598.