A trip like no other

An incredible volunteering experience for a group of like-minded people

Friends and Family

African Adventures’ first Friends and Family trip departs for Kenya on 28th September 2019, when a group of like-minded individuals will be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience at our partner schools in the Rift Valley – and you are invited to join us.

The eight-night trip, which departs from London Heathrow, includes a week of volunteering and our famous Rift Valley Adventure Day on your day off. Regardless of age or experience, with the right enthusiasm and motivation, we believe everyone has something to offer, and our team will be there to support you every step of the way.

You can choose between two volunteer roles – Teaching & Multi-Sports, or Building & Renovation – to help us fulfil our commitment to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our online volunteer portal, My African Adventure, contains a wealth of resources to help you prepare for your volunteer role. It also provides all the information you’ll need before travel, including visa application support, vaccination advice, fundraising hints and tips, and what to expect in Kenya. Your trip will be led by one of our friendly, experienced Trip Hosts, from your arrival in Nairobi, to your return.

Places on our Friends and Family Trip are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment! Registration will close on 1st July 2019.

Why Get Involved

This is your opportunity to make a lasting difference at our partner projects in Kenya, and lifelong memories for yourself.

Whether you go it alone, or encourage friends and family to join you, this is an incredible opportunity to really get under the skin of this enchanting country. You will make some amazing memories, tick something off your bucket list, and find out new things about yourself, through a journey that is challenging, rewarding and worthwhile in equal measure.

African Adventures needs volunteers like you to carry out the work we have committed to doing at our partner projects. There are two volunteer roles to choose from, or you can opt to get involved in both! Whichever you choose, you can be sure that you will be doing something worthwhile to support our developmental goals.

While most volunteers’ primary motivation for travelling with us is to make a difference at our partner projects, the most common underestimation is how much they will take away from the experience, which results in a uniquely balanced exchange of value, and makes the trip so worthwhile.

So, check out the trip details below and join today – we promise you won’t regret it!

Volunteer Roles

You can choose from two volunteer roles whilst volunteering on your trip:

Teaching & Multi-Sports

Volunteer in Kenya

Supporting children’s education is at the heart of this role. Activities include: assisting teachers with lessons for children aged 3-17, reading stories, preparing meals, playing games and sports, and general interaction. The enthusiasm from children, who are so eager to learn, makes this role so rewarding.

Building & Renovation

Volunteer in Kenya

With overcrowding an issue at the projects, improved facilities are needed to accommodate growing numbers and create more learning spaces. Tasks include painting, moulding bricks, and assisting with the build of school facilities. Clear progress makes this challenging and rewarding role so worthwhile.

About Kenya

Where you will volunteer

  • You will be working in Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest town
  • African Adventures partners with 14 primary schools located close to the town dumpsite
  • Fresh heat, similar to a typical British summer
  • A semi-urban, more densely populated area of Kenya
  • You will experience modern Africa and a very different pace of life
  • There is a very obvious gap between the rich and the poor

Where you will stay

  • Hotel accommodation in Nakuru
  • En-suite rooms that sleep 2-3
  • Basic Western amenities (UK plug sockets)
  • Wi-Fi, running water and electricity
  • On-site reception and private social space
  • Breakfast and evening meals served

Trip Information

Registration closes 1st July 2019
Duration

8 nights

Departure Date

28th September 2019 (subject to flights)

Flying From

London Heathrow

Trip Cost

£1,695

Deposit

£195.00 to secure your place

Deposit Due

At time of booking

First Instalment

£500.00 due by 1st April 2019*

Second Instalment

£500.00 due by 1st June 2019*

Third Instalment

£500.00 due by 1st August 2019

*Suggested instalment dates

Trip Package

What’s Included In Your Package

As specialists, we pride ourselves on our excellent pre-departure service and fully inclusive trip packages.

  • Return indirect flights to Nairobi from London Heathrow 1
  • Bespoke volunteer travel insurance
  • All accommodation
  • Three meals per day (except adventure weekend & transit days)
  • In-country transfers and daily project transport
  • Orientation upon arrival, 24-hour in-country support and dedicated Kenyan Trip Host
  • Pre-planned project work
  • Giraffe sanctuary visit, community visit, local market and farewell celebration
  • Rift Valley Adventure Day
  • Project development contribution
  • Access to our online portal, My AA, for trip details, pre-departure support & fundraising ideas
  • African Adventures t-shirt
  • Water-to-Go filter bottle

What’s Not Included

Not much, actually.

  • UK medical expenses (any vaccinations or antimalarials) – always consult your GP
  • Visa fee (£30)
  • DBS check (£10) 2
  • Drinks
  1. Direct flights and regional airport departures available for additional cost
  2. All volunteers will be required to undergo a DBS check prior to travel, under-18’s will need to be accompanied by an adult

Fundraising Support

Fundraising can be a great way to help you raise your trip costs, and it can actually be a lot of fun, too! Interestingly, 41% of volunteers surveyed in summer 2018 raised between 75-100% of the money they needed, which is a fantastic achievement.

The process of fundraising can actually be a valuable process in itself – many of our volunteers tell us that this aspect of the experience was great in terms of learning new skills and getting to know the others within their group. We have years of experience and dozens of ways to help, so always feel free to ask us for support. From fun events to earning money just by shopping online, we can help you reach your target.

There is also a comprehensive Fundraising Support section for you to use on My African Adventure, our online portal.

FAQs

We pride ourselves on our personalised and friendly approach, and we want to be there to support you at every stage of the adventure. Our fantastic online facility, My African Adventure, contains a wealth of information relating to fundraising, your chosen volunteer destination, and how to best prepare for your trip. And, if you cannot find the information that you are looking for, we are always at the end of the phone and email, to help you out.

If you’ve not been to this part of the world before, you’ll need some vaccinations before you go.

Please visit your local GP or travel nurse for advice regarding which vaccinations you need. You can also visit www.travelhealthpro.org.uk or www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for helpful information relating to each of our volunteering destinations.

Most vaccinations needed are available on the NHS. However, you will need to pay for the Yellow Fever vaccination and antimalarial tablets. More information is available on the My African Adventure portal.

In a word, yes! Of course, there are risks with any form of travel, whether you’re going to Los Angeles, Lima or London but hundreds of thousands of Britons travel to Africa every year and the majority of visits are trouble free.

At African Adventures, we have organised trips for over 5,000 volunteers and hold a wealth of experience. From pre-departure support and in-country orientations to knowing nearby hospitals and medical centres, we know how to deliver a safe and exciting experience. We are accredited by reputable travel bodies (see Trusted and Experienced) and we follow Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) advice at all times; www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Previous experience has demonstrated that, with the right commitment, enthusiasm, planning and organisation, it is possible to raise the entirety, or a large portion, of the trip funds. We will be available to support you throughout the fundraising stage, with ideas, inspiration and practical advice.

Should you find that it is proving too difficult to raise the money required, and you do decide to cancel, you can do so at any time. Please be aware that the deposit is non-refundable and there are cancellation fees from 150 days prior to departure.

African Adventures Lucy
Lucy MaceSenior Groups Manager

lucy@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3501