The Marist School

 

Join the Marist School in Ghana in 2021

Information evening: 6pm Thursday 23rd April 2021 in the School Library

Introduction

African Adventures has teamed up with The Marist School for its first trip to Ghana, and you’re invited to join!

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.

The Marist School’s 10-night trip takes place on 7th July 2021, where you’ll spend six days volunteering alongside your friends at one of our partner projects. You’ll also get the chance to explore Ghana on an exciting adventure weekend, which includes a canopy trail through the rainforest and an overnight stay at a beach resort.

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?

We provide students like you with a unique opportunity to volunteer in Africa, and there are two simple reasons to grab this opportunity with both hands.

The first is to help others. Whilst many economies in Africa are growing much quicker than those in richer countries, not everybody is seeing the benefits. The children we support live in poor communities and do not have the start in life they deserve. The schools we work with focus on providing an education to those otherwise unable to have one. You can help teach in classrooms, build new ones or help deliver sports coaching sessions.

The second reason to is to help yourself. There’s a huge world out there waiting to be explored and here’s a chance to see a different part of it alongside your friends from school. You’ll pick up lots of new skills along the way, and come back a more knowledgeable individual with an outstanding experience to add to your CV (and your UCAS application!).

So, the question isn’t ‘why should you go?’ but more ‘why wouldn’t you go?’.

Volunteer Roles

You can choose from two volunteer roles:

TEACHING ASSISTANT & SPORT

Classrooms at our partner projects are often over-crowded 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

10 nights

Departure Date

7th July 2021 (subject to flights)

Flying From

London Heathrow

Trip Cost

£1,895.00

Deposit

£195.00 to secure your place

Sign-up Deadline

To be announced

First Instalment

£570.00 due by 15th September 2020

Second Instalment

£560.00 due by 15th January 2021

Third Instalment

£570.00 due by 1st May 2021

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
  • Cape Coast Adventure Weekend
  • Drumming lesson, beach visits & farewell celebration
  • 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 the Marist School’s 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 to great effect, 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.

Furthermore, students who have fundraised their way to their trip usually enjoy and appreciate the experience more than those who just take their seat on the plane!

The best approach is to break the total trip cost down into monthly targets, so you can focus on smaller, more manageable amounts. Then, split this into three ways to raise funds: individual events (with your friends or family), group events (that you and other volunteers can organise together) and personal savings (part-time work, Christmas/birthday gifts, pocket money etc.).

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 some great online support provided to help you reach your fundraising target – just take a look at our Fundraising Tools on My AA.

FAQs

If the trip is cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, you will receive a full refund of you 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.

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 – mostly young people – 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 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.

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.

The group will stay in single-sex, shared guesthouse-style accommodation for the duration of the trip.

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.

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.

The good news is that 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.

Plenty! All our volunteers have access to My African Adventure, our online portal that contains a wealth of information relating to fundraising, the country you’re going to and everything you need to get ready. And, if you can’t find the information you’re looking for, our team are happy to help – just take a look at the bottom of this page to see the friendly face organising the trip.

Some schools also run group fundraising events in the lead up to the trip, to help spread the load. Please discuss possible opportunities with the teacher leading the trip in school.

Once students are up and running, the fundraising journey can be almost as fun as the trip itself.

Sometimes it can be difficult, particularly if one of their early events doesn’t go to plan, but if they stay positive and take advantage of the support available through African Adventures and the school, the chances are your child will reach their target.

If you decide for any reason that you no longer want your child to go, you can cancel their place at any time. Please be aware that the deposit is non-refundable and there are incremental cancellation fees that start 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 (eg 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 aaf.african-adventures.co.uk for more information.

Get in touch

Laura KalusTrip Co-ordinator

Laura@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3504

Register your interest

Get in touch

Laura KalusTrip Co-ordinator

Laura@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3504