FAQs

For many of our volunteers, it's their first time visiting Africa. If you're the same, you've probably got lots of questions. Don't worry, we've got all the answers!

The great thing about travelling with African Adventures is that you’re supported every step of the way.

Whether you’re a group leader interested in launching a new trip, or the parent of a young person looking to join one, we’ll answer any questions you have. Our team has decades of combined experience volunteering and travelling in Africa, and planning trips.

The Basics

General Questions

If your trip is cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you will receive a full refund of your trip costs from African Adventures, so you can book with confidence.

If a volunteer falls unwell on one of our trips, including with suspected Coronavirus, the cost of medical treatment and, if required, repatriation is covered under the personal travel insurance policy included in the cost of your trip.

Our Book With Confidence policy means you can go ahead and book a new trip now with peace of mind. When you book a trip with African Adventures:

  • All trips are ATOL protected
  • All trips include travel insurance with Covid-19 cover
  • If we have to cancel the trip for any reason, everybody receives a full cash refund
  • You can change your dates for free, except for any airline charges.

You can read our Book With Confidence policy in full here: www.african-adventures.co.uk/book-with-confidence

Yes, return flights are included as standard in all our group trip packages.

We have groups travelling throughout the year. Just let us know when the best time for your group to travel is.

Our safety record is impeccable. Visit the ‘Your Safety’ section of our website to find out more.

When you book your place on one of our trips you will gain access to your My African Adventure portal. There is also a section dedicated to fundraising ideas, resources, and tools that we have created to help you raise the money you need. 

Participating in the trip means that every individual is responsible for their trip costs, so they must take ownership of their fundraising plan. African Adventures provides ongoing support but is not responsible for individual volunteers’ fundraising. 

In 2019, 41% of our volunteers fundraised 50% or more of their trip costs.

The best way to approach fundraising is to split the total amount into monthly targets, and split that smaller target between personal savings, part-time work, individual fundraising events and group fundraising event. 

If a volunteer wishes to cancel their place, they can do so at any time. Their deposit (£195) is non-refundable and there are incremental cancellation fees that become applicable as you near the departure date.

Whilst you are in-country you will experience a variety of local cuisine. You will be able to find more information in your My African Adventures portal once you are booked on to the trip. 

In Kenya you will have lots of local stews with chapati and potatoes, plenty of fresh tropical fruits and you’ll get to sample mandazi – the local doughnuts!

In Ghana you will get to sample lots of tropical fruits, local staples such as yam, plantain and red-red (a pepper and bean stew) alongside fish, chicken and plenty of vegetables. 

In Zanzibar you’ll experience local staples such as ugali and cassava, alongside stews with plenty of vegetables. There are lots of tropical fruits to try and Zanzibar is also famous for its fresh seafood. 

We can cater for all dietary requirements/allergies; however, we do need to be made aware of these prior to travel.

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Volunteering

We work with a cross-section of schools – some primary, some secondary, and a mixture of government and private schools. We currently support 26 schools throughout Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar and have so far helped over 22,000 children in Africa through our work.

We offer two volunteering roles on our trips:

Building & Renovation
Depending on what work needs to be carried out at your school, you could be doing anything from making bricks and painting classrooms to screeding floors and fixing new doors and windows. No experience is necessary, and you will always be under the supervision of local tradespeople. 

Teaching & Multi-sports Coaching 
For this role, you’ll be assisting teachers in the classroom, providing some 1-2-1 support, and even running some lessons if you fancy the challenge! You’ll also have the opportunity to run some casual sports coaching sessions. You do not need any previous experience of sports coaching, and there are lots of helpful tools on My African Adventure to help you plan.

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For Parents

Your child will be accompanied from the UK by their group leader/teacher and once in-country the group will be met by their dedicated Trip Host. Our Trip Hosts stay with each group throughout their stay in country, accompanying them to their host school each day and also on their adventure activity. 

All our Trip Hosts are either Ghanaian, Kenyan or Zanzibari and this means the staff know the local schools and regions far better than UK based staff ever could. They will be on hand throughout the trip to provide support and answer any questions.

The visa and vaccination requirements differ for each of our destinations. Once you have booked your place on a trip you will gain access to your My African Adventure portal which will provide you with all the information you will need to know about your trip and preparation before you go.

Your dedicated Trip Co-ordinator will guide you through the visa application process around three months prior to departure, providing in depth instructions and all the necessary supporting documents.

We advise seeing your GP around two months before travel to discuss vaccination requirements as these will differ for each volunteer depending on previous travel and medical history.

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For Group Leaders

Your volunteers will:

  • Develop or build upon invaluable skills and qualities such as budgeting, organisation, resilience, communication, independence, and teamwork.
  • Enjoy a unique educational experience which enhances college, apprenticeship, and university applications as well as CV’s. 
  • Return as more responsible and culturally aware global citizens.
  • Help to create lasting change and develop their understanding of sustainable development.
  • Feel proud of the impact they have made whilst volunteering.
  • Have an immersive experience of a new culture, which will alter their world view.
  • Build new relationships and make new friends.

For every 10 students, we provide one staff place completely free of charge.

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About African Adventures

No, African Adventures is not a charity – it is a social enterprise. Our volunteers carry out fundraising to cover their trip costs, which is an important part of the African Adventures experience. The money that volunteers raise funds all aspects of their trip, such as flights, accommodation, and adventure activities. As this money is not raised for a charity, volunteers should use crowdfunding webpages (e.g. FundMyTravel), rather than charity pages such as Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving. 

We do, however, also have a charitable arm called African Adventures Foundation, and some volunteers choose to fundraise for our charity on their return from Africa. Because African Adventures Ltd. covers any associated costs, African Adventures Foundation can ensure that 100% of the money donated is sent to where it is needed most, meaning that a real impact can be made. Visit aaf.african-adventures.co.uk for more information.

African Adventures is a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which aligns our work to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. By being a Signatory to the UNGC, we commit to providing an end-of-year report on our progress. This holds us accountable for the decisions we make and the work that we do, and it ensures that we retain a focus on the goals in question, giving our work real meaning.

At African Adventures, we are so committed to minimising our carbon footprint and reducing the amount of waste we produce that we have written our environmental aims into our business development plan. This holds us accountable and helps guide our day-to-day decision-making. We are currently working towards becoming carbon neutral.