I STARTED AFRICAN ADVENTURES IN 2009 WITH A LAPTOP, A FEW HUNDRED POUNDS AND A BURNING DESIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I WANTED TO COMBINE MY PASSION FOR PEOPLE AND BUSINESS TO CREATE AN ORGANISATION THAT PROVIDES REAL OPPORTUNITY AND CHANGE FOR PEOPLE IN A REGION TO WHICH I OWE SO MUCH.
Having spent several years travelling back and forth to sub-Saharan Africa – during what I now regard as something of an apprenticeship – I felt confident enough in the experience I had gained and people I had met to know it would be possible to create an innovative company that stood out from the rest. After deciding to take the leap, we got started straightaway, organising meaningful volunteer work that truly made a difference, with a support service not offered elsewhere, at a cost people could afford.
Several years later, I could not be more proud to lead an organisation that now employs over 35 people across four countries, works with 21 community projects and has organised trips for over 4000 volunteers.
Across the UK office, we have decades of combined experience of living, working and travelling in Africa and take pride in delivering a first-class service to people in the UK and in-country.
In Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, we have committed teams of community leaders that live and work in the suburbs we support. Each of our In-Country Directors, at some point, lived in extreme poverty and know better than anybody the positive impact African Adventures can make, which is why they are the best-placed people to work for us.
Since day one, it has always been of paramount importance that the projects we support tell us what they need and that hasn’t changed – if anything, it has only become more profound. We set up African Adventures Foundation, a registered charity, in 2013 and spend 100% of all donations at projects we support. I am proud to lead an enthusiastic board of trustees who are working tirelessly to accelerate the organisation’s ambitions across each programme we run.
We are confident enough to know we are very good at what we do but remain humble enough to know we still have much to learn. I am excited by the opportunities and challenges we face in the future and am driven by the achievements we can make. If you’re interested in what we do, feel free to drop me an email. It would be great to hear from you.