Villa in the Community head to Kenya
Aston Villa's official charity, Villa in the Community, have teamed up with African Adventures to offer supporters a unique travel experience with a difference in Kenya May 2015.
This volunteering opportunity allows fans a chance to give back, following on from the club’s recent work in Kenya in deprived areas of Kericho and Nairobi.
From 25th May 2015 - 1st June 2015, the Villa in the Community team will spend 7 days working in schools and community projects in Nakuru and Kericho and are inviting you to join them!
The trip aims to raise funds for the work of Villa in the Community, whilst supporting African Adventures’ partner projects in Kenya and providing supporters with a life-changing experience.
The money raised for Villa in the Community will help fund the club’s on-going work in the slums of Kericho along with supporting work delivered locally in Birmingham in projects addressing issues around education, literacy and childhood health and wellbeing. In addition, the funds raised will help increase sporting opportunities for those with disabilities.
• Return indirect flights to Nairobi from Birmingham International Airport
• Visa for entry and application support
• Pre-departure support including fundraising packs and trip t-shirts
• Personal travel insurance which includes cover for volunteer work
• Accommodation for duration of stay
• Fully organised project work
• 3 meals per day (except adventure day)
• Return airport transfers and daily return project transport
• In-country orientation, 24 hour incountry support and UK Co-ordinator based in Kenya
• Contribution to African Adventures’ Community Development Pledge
• Rift Valley Adventure Day; includes entry fees, transport, guide
• Menengai Crater visit and Swahili lesson
Rift Valley Adventure Day
Kenya is a beautiful country which boasts an abundance of adventure activities.
During your weekend off in Kenya, you will embark on an exciting adventure-packed day through the Rift Valley.
You will begin your day at Kenya’s second most-visited safari park, Lake Nakuru, which is most famous for its hundreds of thousands of pink flamingos that line the large lake. You will ride the hilly terrain up to Baboon Cliff to overlook the lake - make sure you look out for lions, leopards, rhinos, giraffes, hyenas and hundreds of species of birds on your way!
You will then head north to the equator to stand on both sides on the earth’s hemisphere at once and witness a science experiment, delivered by a local guide, which shows the earth’s gravitational pull.
Finally, you will hike down to the bottom of Thomson Falls, one of the deepest waterfalls in East Africa. Thomson Falls was discovered by the British explorer, Joseph Thomson, in the early 1800s.
Please note that you should possess a reasonable level of fitness to descend Thomson Falls and appropriate footwear must be worn, as it can be a challenging walk.
Volunteers on the trip will stay together in the Kivu Resort in Nakuru.
The accommodation has basic amenities including Western-style toilets, electricity and running water.
Volunteers will share single-sex rooms with up to two other volunteers. Each chalet-style unit has two rooms.
The accommodation also benefits from a large social area, a sports field, a swimming pool*, gym* and bar. (* extra cost)
Please be aware that power cuts and a lack of hot water are commonplace at the accommodation, but whenever there is an issue, every effort is made to fix it as soon as possible, and it is all part of the experience!
The group will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi at the beginning of the trip and returned at the end.
During each project day, transport is provided from the volunteer house to your projects and back again at the end of the day.
All transport is included during the Rift Valley Adventure Day.
The transport is usually via minibus and any transport used by African Adventures comes fully-equipped with seat belts and meets all domestic transport requirements.
Always advise an African Adventures member of staff if you wish to travel alone or use public transport.
What's Not Included?
• Personal medical expenses
• Personal spending money (budget £100 approx.)
How You Can Help
This fantastic volunteering opportunity allows fans a chance to give back, following the club’s recent work in Kenya in deprived areas of Kericho and Nairobi.
Volunteers will be able to help out in a variety of roles and make a real difference to the lives of children in Kenya, whilst also having a once-in-a-lifetime experience themselves.
Volunteers from 18+ are welcome to embark on the trip and contribute towards our Community Development Pledge. There is no upper age limit. Volunteers over the age of 65 may be asked to provide a letter of support from their GP.
Volunteers will face daily challenges and need to show patience, enthusiasm and understanding in order to get the most from their time in Africa.
It is important to understand that cultures are different and that volunteers help to support projects - not try to run projects themselves.
So, we ask that you travel without inhibitions, expectations or preconceptions and you may well fall in love with the country.
P.S. Expect a very warm welcome!
Book your place on the trip here with a £150 deposit. The rest is paid in two installments, the dates for which are at the bottom of this page.
The trip will depart on 25th May from Birmingham airport and return 1st June, subject to flight times.
It is important to know how your money is divided when you join this trip.
The total cost per person is £2300. From this, £660 (£825 after Gift Aid is added) is donated to Villa in the Community to help fund project work.
The remaining £1,640 covers the cost of the trip. Deposits are non-refundable and there are cancellation fees if you pull out less than five months prior to the event.
A £150 deposit will be required to secure your place on the trip. To pay this and sign up, you can go to the trip overview tab and fill in an online booking form. Alternatively, you can email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (023 8178 0957) trip organiser Matt Scott to request a booking form to send in the post with a cheque or bank transfer. You can also contact Matt with any questions you have about the trip in general or the projects you will be working on - he will be happy to help!
£150.00 to secure your place on the trip
£1,075 by 12/01/15
£1,075 by 01/04/15