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.

Coronavirus and Education: Africa and the UK

It's now nearly a year since schools around the world shut their doors to students in a bid to halt the spread of COVID-19. Since then, organisations ranging from the United Nations to the Institute for Outdoor Learning have warned of the negative consequences of school closures, with disadvantaged children deemed to be at greater...

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Guest Blog: Reflecting on the Past Year

At the start of 2020, Luke Newman - along with so many others - was looking forward to his upcoming volunteering trip to Africa. Luke was due to travel to Kenya in May 2020 to volunteer with Derby County Community Trust (DCCT). The trip would have been DCCT's ninth visit to our partner projects in...

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Why We Need You – Regular Giving

After months of closures as part of stringent lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, we were delighted to help the schools we support in Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar finally reopen to all students. Without these schools, thousands of children would struggle to access education due to the costs associated with attending government-run schools....

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Thank You – Christmas Meal Appeal 2020

Happy New Year! The start of January marks not only the end of the festive season, but also the end of our 2020 Christmas Meal Appeal.  At African Adventures, we’re hopeful that 2021 will be a much better year for all of us. When the time is right to do so, we’ll be ready to...

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All About the Christmas Meal Appeal!

The festive season is well and truly underway - and so is our Christmas Meal Appeal! We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s already donated. If you haven’t heard about the Christmas Meal Appeal yet (where have you been!?) then read on to find out why it’s especially important this year…

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Five Things to Expect When Volunteering in Zanzibar

In the final instalment of our ‘Five Things to Expect’ blog series, we’re heading to the spectacular and idyllic island of Zanzibar…

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Guest Blog: The ethics of voluntourism

This week's blog has been submitted by Amy Lyall, one of our previous volunteers, who is currently studying Journalism. In her article, Amy reflects on her African Adventure in Ghana, and the ethics of volunteer travel with our Founder and Director, Dan.

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Five Things To Expect When Volunteering in Ghana

In a previous blog, we paid a virtual visit (the best we can do right now!) to the spectacular landscapes of Kenya, as we explored its rich diversity and the bustling urban centre of Nakuru. Next up in our ‘Five Things to Expect’ blog series is the vibrant West African nation of Ghana…

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How has Africa been so resilient against COVID-19?

When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world in March and forced dozens of countries into lockdown, there were fears that Africa would be its next victim, and that the continent’s relatively fragile healthcare systems would collapse under pressure. As Europe frantically built makeshift hospitals and imposed lockdown measures, they looked on at their neighbouring...

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Five things to expect when volunteering in Kenya

Africa is a continent of huge contrasts, with diverse landscapes, languages, and ways of life. This rich variety is reflected in each of our host destinations, so whether you choose to volunteer in Ghana, Kenya or Zanzibar, you’ll have a unique experience that will challenge your perceptions of Africa and leave you with a new...

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Book with Confidence for 2021

It’s fair to say that 2020 hasn’t turned out how any of us expected! At African Adventures, the Coronavirus pandemic has presented a number of challenges – not least the rescheduling or refunding of all our planned trips for this year. We know that the travel landscape looks uncertain for the next few months, but...

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Beth’s month in Kenya

Our Marketing and Communications Officer, Beth, spent four weeks in Kenya in the summer of 2012. In this week’s blog, she discusses her experience of volunteering abroad, and why she thinks everyone should do it if given the opportunity. I remember the first time I considered volunteering overseas. It was during a school assembly, surrounded...

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10 Fundraising Ideas for the “New Normal”

Fundraising in this “new normal” can feel daunting. Large-scale fundraising events are now off-limits, and it seems likely that there will be some restrictions on events and gatherings for the foreseeable future. With this in mind, we thought it would be useful to put together a list of 10 socially distanced fundraising ideas that you...

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The Big Bike Ride
The Big Bike Ride – Three Years On…

Three years' on, African Adventures' Director, Dan, looks back at one of the biggest African Adventures Foundation fundraisers to date: The Big Bike Ride! It is just over three years since The Big Bike Ride team (Matt, Lucy, Jake, Harry and I) completed our 700-mile cycle from Nakuru in Kenya to Dar es Salaam in...

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The island of Ukerewe

This week's travel tale is provided by one of our amazing Trip Co-ordinators, Laura, who tells us about her adventure to the remote island of Ukerewe! I’ve been lucky to have had many experiences volunteering and travelling in Africa over the last 10 years, so it hasn’t been easy to pick one to tell you...

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Looking forward to a new kind of normal

This weeks travel tale is provided by Rachel, Our Marketing and Communications manager. Rachel talks about adapting to a new COVID-19 influenced lifestyle and the heartbreak of realising her trip to Kenya with Derby County Community Trust was no longer going ahead.

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Rosie’s Tanzania Adventure

In 2015, our Marketing Officer, Rosie, spent four weeks volunteering at Mangoto Secondary School in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. In this week’s blog, we find out more about her experience of volunteering abroad, and the lasting impact that her trip has had.

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Antonia’s Ghana Adventure

This months travel tales sees a throwback to Antonia Howell's 2016 trip to Ghana with Poole High School. This first hand account of what it is like to volunteer in Ghana at the age of 16 provides an insightful overview of the life-changing experience African Adventures has to offer.

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Katie's Kilimanjaro climb
Katie’s climb up Kilimanjaro

Katie, our Trip Co-Ordinator, took on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2018. In this month's travel tale, walk through the amazing adventure of a lifetime day by day via Katie's first hand experience.

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Working from home – some top tips

We’ve compiled a few of our top tips for keeping motivated whilst working at home, and generally staying positive during this surreal time that we’re all living in.

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Travel Update for Volunteers (February 2021)

As the coronavirus outbreak develops, the FCO has advised against all but essential travel to Ghana and Kenya. Read our blog to find out more information about upcoming trips.

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The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Ethical animal encounters – make memories, not mistakes

In honour of World Wildlife Day, we have created a guide for travellers on what they should look out for when wanting to take part in ethical animal encounters.

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Adventure of a lifetime in Africa
Could the Youth Development Programme really be the adventure of a lifetime?

It is often said that travelling can lead to some of the best experiences of your life. Whilst we can’t guarantee this, we do have a plan in place to ensure that our Youth Development Programme lives up to expectations. Here’s how…

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Green team
What are we doing to be more green?

Here at African Adventures, we’re committed to doing better – for the sake of all people and the planet. We’re proud to announce the launch of our Green Team, a group of like-minded staff in our UK office who are responsible for assessing how we can reduce the environmental impact of our work. We’ve also...

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