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Volunteer Placement Organization

Profile Cover Picture: 
Languages: 
English
Swahili
Nepali
Company Headquarters: 
Portstewart, Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
GB
Causes: 
Education
Environment
Health / Medical
Minimum Stay: 
1 week
Cost per Day: 
$50
Cost per Week: 
$300
Cost per Month: 
$1 200
Cost Includes: 
3 Meals per Day
Volunteer Hostel
Homestay
Local Transport
Airport Pickup and Drop Off
Project Locations: 
Moving Mountains Trust
Portstewart, Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
GB
Languages:
English, Swahili, Nepali
Description
We are an independent non-profit organisation working in east Africa, Nepal and Borneo delivering development solutions to social, economic and environmental problems.

We are also a responsible volunteering organisation with strong values and a successful track record of placements in development education.

Our Trust Deed specifically defines one of our objectives as providing benefits, experiences and opportunities for volunteers through global citizenship and youth development. Our placements are not only for the well-off, they are not a luxury and they don’t deny someone else a job. We have a wealth of accumulated experience developing and implementing volunteering placements and development education trips for groups from less advantaged, low-income communities in areas of the UK and Ireland, including South Wales, Northern Ireland, Aberdeenshire and inner London (as well as for volunteers from countries as diverse as Canada, Zambia and UAE). We also involve volunteers from the countries where we work as a standard part of any placement or trip. The benefits to both sets of volunteers are highly valued and the relationships forged and the impacts on personal development are often dramatic and always appreciated.

We make special efforts to target and support disadvantaged groups to ensure they are not excluded from participation. Through our experience managing long-term European Voluntary Service projects (through the European Union's Youth-In-Action and Erasmus+ programmes) we also have additional expertise in designing and managing placements specifically targeted at young people with fewer opportunities, particularly young people facing economic obstacles. Our Equal Opportunities Policy provides the framework to ensure that we treat everyone equally, regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, etc.

We select and prepare volunteers and visitors properly and we would love people to stay involved with Moving Mountains afterwards of course. We very much take the view that if you can help us deliver our programmes and help us to pay our professional staff, then our commitment is to provide you with an excellent placement that will hopefully enhance your own life choices.

For us, visitors going to spend time with our staff and learning about the work of an NGO is an education in itself and an adventure. The simple aim is to offer an experience that encourages exploration and innovation and puts people in a place where their opinions and morals would be challenged. We see this as development education, not volunteering.

Our visitors engage with teachers, counsellors, social workers and community health practitioners to examine what words like development, poverty, community, discrimination, prejudice and education can actually mean. They are encouraged to look at solutions in terms of the Millennium Sustainable Goals and how different communities tackle these problems. Properly run, these programmes really do challenge people to look at stereotypes and consider how globalisation is changing the world and the ways in which we will have to adapt in order to flourish.

We also provide similar opportunities to our country staff to travel and expand their own horizons; for example, many of the Kenyan field workers have come to the UK and Ireland to deliver lectures and training programmes to schools and organisations.
Causes
Education, Environment, Health / Medical
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$300 per week
Estimate only - visit Organization website for actual costs to Volunteer
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, Pre-Departure-Orientation, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Internet
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