Join Kent Scouts in Ghana in 2022

Information Evening: Thursday 1st February 2021

Introduction

African Adventures has teamed up with Kent Scouts once again to offer its young people a unique opportunity to volunteer in Ghana – and you’re invited to join!

This will be Kent Scouts’ second trip with African Adventures, with the group having previously travelled to Ghana in 2018.

African Adventures is a unique volunteer travel company, dedicated to improving lives in the UK and Africa. We work with 12 community projects in the Volta region of Ghana that help improve the lives of the 5,500 children who attend.

Kent Scouts’ 14-night trip takes place on 13th August 2022, where you’ll spend eight days volunteering alongside your fellow volunteers at one of our partner projects. You’ll also get the chance to explore Ghana on two exciting adventure weekends, giving you the opportunity to experience the wildlife, history and rainforest of this beautiful destination.

You can help teach in classrooms, coach sports, or build new classrooms during this trip, enabling you to develop new skills and dedicate your time to a valuable cause.

Why Get Involved?

African Adventures first started working in Ghana in 2013, after we formed our first partnerships with community projects in the Volta region. Since then, we have grown to support 12 partner projects in Ghana. We currently have partnerships with 26 community projects across Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, and support more than 22,000 children.

As a volunteer, you can help our partner projects improve the quality of education that they provide and extend their community outreach by providing much-needed support with teaching and building work.

Away from volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to discover everything that Ghana has to offer on our Cape Coast Adventure Weekend and Volta Adventure Weekend. Explore the tumultuous history of Cape Coast Castle, stay overnight in a beach resort, trek through the rainforest and visit a protected monkey sanctuary.

As no trips to Ghana took place in 2020 because of the Coronavirus outbreak, your support will be needed more than ever in 2022. So, what are you waiting for? Start your African Adventure today!

Volunteer Roles

You can choose from two volunteer roles:

Teaching Assistant & Sport

Classrooms at our partner projects are often overcrowded and under-resourced. By choosing a Teaching Assistant role, you’ll help teachers to set and mark homework, deliver lessons (where appropriate) and help support small groups of students with their work. Core subjects include English, maths, science, geography, religious studies and sport. There are lots of resources on the My African Adventure portal to help you prepare for this role.

Building & Renovation

Volunteers who are hands-on and like to see a project through from start to finish should choose the Building & Renovation role. A large part of African Adventures’ work includes the construction/renovation of classrooms, kitchens, toilets, walls, offices and assembly halls at schools. The work carried out, which is always led by a local builder, is often physical and can be hard work, but is suited to all those ready to participate.

About Ghana

LOCATION

The trip will take place in the rural Volta region of Ghana, which is located on the south eastern coast of the country. The region is dominated by Lake Volta to the west and Togo to the east. The main industries in the area are fishing and agriculture, and many children work alongside their families to bring in an income instead of attending school. As a result, it is common for children not to start school until the age of six or seven.

Ghana represents modern-day West Africa. However, although the country has enjoyed economic success in recent years, this is not the case in rural areas, where levels of poverty remain high. We are working with our partner projects to encourage more children to start school earlier and stay in education longer.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

The group will stay at a volunteer house, comprising two stone buildings, built on a private plot of land off the main road that runs through two small towns: Anloga and Keta. There are 14 rooms which contain two bunk-beds each. All accommodation is located on the ground floor, and all rooms (except three) are en-suite. Mosquito nets are provided.

The hotel benefits from a security wall, a catering area, electricity, and outside areas for relaxing or playing sports. The surrounding area comprises a small community that are used to volunteers and the programme that African Adventures runs. They have accommodated volunteers for the past 10 years and the community is peaceful with low levels of crime.

Trip Information

Duration

14 nights

Departure Date

Saturday 13th August 2022 (subject to flights)

Flying From

London Heathrow

Trip Cost

£2,395.00

Deposit

£195.00 to secure your place

Sign-up Deadline

31st March 2021

First Instalment

£735.00 due by 1st February 2021

Second Instalment

£735.00 due by 1st September 2021

Third Instalment

£730.00 due by 1st April 2022

Trip Package

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Virtually everything you need is included in the cost of the trip:

  • Financial protection through the ATOL scheme
  • Return indirect flights to Accra from London Heathrow
  • Specialist volunteer travel insurance
  • Single-sex, shared accommodation
  • Three meals per day (except adventure weekend & transit days)
  • Orientation upon arrival, 24-hour in-country support and dedicated Trip Host in Ghana
  • All scheduled transport in Ghana
  • Organised project work
  • Access to our online portal, My AA, for trip details, pre-departure support & fundraising ideas
  • Drumming lesson, beach visits & farewell celebration
  • Volta Adventure Weekend Cape Coast Adventure Weekend
  • Project development contribution
  • African Adventures t-shirt

What’s Not Included?

Not much, actually.

  • UK medical expenses (any vaccinations or antimalarials) – always consult your GP
  • Visa fee (£60)
  • Drinks
  • DBS check for over 18s

Fundraising Support

Raising the money

There are lots of ways of raising the money you need to take part in Kent Scouts’ African Adventure. If you’re in a position to pay for the trip through personal funds, then you can do so.

If, however, like many of our volunteers, you need to generate financial support from elsewhere in order to travel, you can start fundraising. Lots of volunteers carry out fundraising to support their trip costs, and it can be a lot of fun too! In fact, 41% of volunteers surveyed in 2019 raised between 50-100% of their trip costs.

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 a great way of learning new skills and getting to know the other volunteers in 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

If the 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 place.

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 destination, and how to best prepare for your trip. And, if you cannot find the information that you are looking for, we are always available via phone and email to help you out.

No, but the most rewarding experiences rarely are! You are likely to be stepping out of your comfort zone, meeting new people, travelling to a new country, in a different environment and with a different culture.

This will be an exciting challenge for you but you will have plenty of support whilst you are away. Our trained Trip Leaders and Trip Hosts will be there to look after you and your fellow volunteers.

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.

Volunteers stay in single-sex, shared accommodation for the duration of the programme. In Ghana, the group will stay in a private guesthouse.

All accommodation has showers, flushing toilets and lockable rooms.

Further information (including pictures) is available on My African Adventure, our online portal which is accessible once you have signed up.

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 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.

No; African Adventures is a social enterprise. Our volunteers carry out fundraising to cover their trip costs – this 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 charity 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 is able to ensure that 100% of the money donated is sent to where it is needed most, meaning that real impact can be made. Visit www.aaf.african-adventures.co.uk for more information.

Get in touch

Katie PaxmanTrip Co-ordinator

katie@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3504

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Get in touch

Katie PaxmanTrip Co-ordinator

katie@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3504