Welcome to the News section of African Adventures.

Check in here for news stories, staff & volunteer blogs, project work updates and more!

If you’re a keen blogger and would like to see your account of your volunteer experience given a platform, or if you have some news that you think would be suitable for this page, please get in touch: info@african-adventures.co.uk.

The Christmas Meal Appeal returns in 2019. Pictured - students with a meal
The Christmas Meal Appeal returns!

The Christmas Meal Appeal returns this year, with the aim of providing every child at our partner projects with a nutritious meal and festive celebration this Christmas time. Make a donation on behalf of yourself or a loved one, and guarantee yourself a spot on Santa's 'nice' list!

Win £250 towards your YDP trip. Here, a volunteer takes a selfie with children at a partner project.
WIN £250 off the cost of our Youth Development Programme!

You could WIN £250 off the cost of our Youth Development Programme this Christmas! To enter, just book your place on any of our 2020 Youth Development Programme trips to Ghana, Kenya or Zanzibar before 11:59pm on Thursday 19th December 2019, and you’ll be automatically entered into the prize draw.

Safe trip - students at The Walk Centre holding hands
How do we ensure you have a safe trip when travelling with us?

When you travel with us, your safety is our top priority. Over the past 10 years we have organised trips for over 6,000 volunteers, and have learnt a thing or two about how to deliver a trip that’s safe, exciting, and memorable - for all the right reasons!

Gap year YDP - silhouettes jumping into sea at sunset
Gap Year to ‘Gap Yeah’ with the Youth Development Programme

Many young people opt to go on gap years before they start further education or enter full-time employment. If you’re aged between 16-19 and are considering taking some time out to travel next year, we think our Youth Development Programme (YDP) could be the perfect opportunity for you.

A volunteer with children at Dedzidi Community School, the focus of our Brick by Brick campaign.
Dedzidi School needs your support – will you donate to Brick by Brick?

As the end of October draws nearer, we are imploring all of our supporters and volunteers, past and present, to donate to Brick by Brick. The more money raised, the more support we will be able to provide to guarantee the hundreds of children at Dedzidi access to a better education.

Our Communication on Progress Report is now available to view. Pictured - children playing with bubbles in Zanzibar.
What is a Communication on Progress Report?

Our 2019 Communication on Progress Report is now available to view! The report details how we are working to advance the SDGs and the 10 Principles, both at our partner projects and through our operations as a company.

Mental health volunteering. A volunteer and a rainbow drawing.
Can volunteering help your mental health?

We often receive feedback from our volunteers here at African Adventures, much of which we find incredibly motivating, gratifying, and humbling. Some of the testimonials we receive are particularly poignant when it comes to the last point on that list. For one family, the experience of volunteering in Kenya had an enormous impact. In one...

You can now complete your DofE residential with African Adventures. Pictured - two volunteersin Ghana
Can I do my DofE residential with African Adventures?

We have recently been accredited as an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) with DofE, and our Youth Development Programme can be used for your Gold residential.

Project Progress- The Walk Centre - volunteers teaching at The Walk Centre.
Project Progress – The Walk Centre

The beginning of the academic year is often seen as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. However, we think it’s also the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect, and take stock of progress.

Steph's travel story
Travel Tales – Steph’s Story

This month's Travel Tale is by Steph, our Senior Trip Coordinator. Steph reminisces about her experiences in each of our destinations. Read her travel story below...

UN Goals Part Three
UN Goals Uncovered: Part Three

In the final part of our series on the UN Goals, we take a look at how we are advancing three more Goals at our partner projects in Africa.

Brick by Brick has begun. Here, volunteers dance with the Dedzidi students.
Brick by Brick has begun!

Brick by Brick has begun! Our latest campaign, which aims to raise money for Dedzidi Community School in Ghana launched earlier this week.

Children sit amongst plastic waste at a dumpsite in Nakuru.
Plastic Problems: Minimising your impact whilst travelling

There are steps you can take to minimise the impact you have on the environment whilst out on your trip, by choosing plastic-free alternatives...

Rosie in Kenya
Travel Tales – Rosie Roams Kenya

For this month's Travel Tale, our Marketing Officer, Rosie, writes about her trip to Kenya, where she witnessed the work she writes about every day in action! Read her story below..

African Adventures is a signatory to the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals.
UN Goals Uncovered: Part Two

In a previous post, we discussed three of the 17 UN goals, and how the business and services that we provide aligns with them. In this blog, we’ll be looking into some of the other UN goals, and how we action them at our partner projects and with our volunteers.

Flamingos on Lake Nakuru
Nakuru Nature Knowledge

We thought it would be a good idea to give you a run-down on some of the furry, scaly, and feathered residents you could meet at Lake Nakuru.

African Adventures is a signatory to the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals.
UN Goals Uncovered: Part One

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a ‘blueprint’ to resolve global issues. The goals have since grown to encompass 17 initiatives which uphold and promote the UNGC's 10 universally accepted principles.

Survey competition
Complete your post-trip survey for a chance to win £50!

African Adventures is giving returning volunteers the chance to win £50 in our latest competition. All volunteers on our Summer programme a chance to win!

A sponsored swim is a great summer fundraising activity
Summer Fundraising – a Six-Week-Saving-Calendar

The sunshine illuminates opportunities to start your summer fundraising for the YDP. We’ve created a calendar to ‘turn up the heat’ on your donations. Puns fully intended.

We interviewed Dave Hadfield after his return from Kenya with the DCCT
Dave discovers Kenya with DCCT

We spoke to Dave Hadfield, following his return from Kenya with the Derby County Community Trust.

Humanitarianism – a ‘how-to’ guide

In a time of political instability, increasingly dire warnings about climate change, and the ever increasing price of Freddos, it’s all too easy to feel slightly cynical at the state of the world. Volunteering can be a ‘metaphorical light in the darkness’ (pardon the dramatics). Not only does it give you the chance to do...

Derby County Community Trust have a profound impact

Derby County Community Trust recently returned from their eighth trip to Kenya with African Adventures. With volunteers across 5 projects, find out what they got up in our latest blog.

10-Year Anniversary Dinner – £10,000 in grants ready

Our 10-Year Anniversary Dinner  was a great success, with almost £10,000 raised for The Foundation. The grants have been finalised, and we are delighted to now share details.

Luke, Hayley, Harry and Oliver
A family trip with a difference

Derby County Community Trust have recently returned from their eighth trip. This year, the Rams in Kenya group was joined by even more of the Newman famliy. We spoke to them about why they chose this instead of a conventional family holiday.