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.

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.

Working from home set-up.
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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Coronavirus – an update for volunteers (29th June)

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.

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.

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…

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...

Fishing in Ghana
What to expect when travelling to Ghana

Are you considering travelling to Ghana? The Gold Coast is famous for it's traditional, laid-back way of living. Here are some highlights of Ghana as a destination and what you can expect to see during your visit.

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Why you should do a group volunteering trip in Africa

Volunteering in Africa is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those who want to experience new and exciting landscapes and cultures but also possess the desire to encompass the altruistic aspect within their trip.

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Project Progress – Chaddy Mission School

In our ‘Project Progress’ blogs, we explore the history of our partner projects, discuss the work carried out by our volunteers, and look at what our project leaders have planned for the future. This blog will look at Chaddy Mission School, one of our biggest partner projects, which is based in Nakuru, Kenya.

Volunteer in Africa
Six reasons to volunteer in Africa before starting uni or work

Taking some time out and putting your mind to a new challenge to give yourself a break from university or before moving into the world of work can be really beneficial.

Springfield's donation - Springfield School volunteers in Kenya
Springfield’s donation with a difference

Over the years, our groups have been unwavering in their loyalty and dedication, and Springfield School in Portsmouth is a wonderful example. Last year, parents, students and teachers donated over £14,000 to our Foundation.

Resolutions blog - girl holding child in Ghana.
Resolutions Recommendations – 2020 Youth Development Programme

2020 is set to be an exciting time, especially if you’re aged between 16-19. The start of a new decade offers you the chance to think about what you want to accomplish in order to make this pivotal period of your life the best – and most memorable - it can be.

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Christmas Meal Appeal – thank you for your generosity!

In 2019, your generous donations to the Christmas Meal Appeal amounted to an amazing £2,149.78! Read on to see some of the best party photos we received from our partner projects.

Year in review - sunset in Zanzibar
2019 Wrapped – African Adventures Foundation’s Year in Review

As the start of a new decade approaches, we’ve been reflecting on the unwavering generosity of our supporters. Without your generous donations, and ongoing commitment to our cause, we wouldn’t be able to continue to support our partner projects in Ghana, Kenya, and Zanzibar. Proudly presenting 2019 Wrapped…

Volunteer in Kenya - Will and his volunteers
Travel Tales – Will’s Wanderings – Kenya

In part two of this month's Travel Tale, Will - our Volunteer Recruitment Manager - writes about his time volunteering in Kenya, how it differed to his experience in Ghana, and how his own perceptions of volunteering were challenged by his time at one of our partner schools.

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Travel Tales – Will’s Wanderings – Ghana

Will, our Volunteer Recruitment Manager, visited Ghana and Kenya earlier this year to meet our in-country teams and learn more about our partner projects. In part one of this month’s Travel Tale, he talks about his time in Ghana, and everything he got up to whilst he was there...

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Get involved with Giving Tuesday for the Christmas Meal Appeal

Giving Tuesday - which takes place this year on 3rd December – is a global day of giving that sees people all over the world come together to support charitable causes. We're fundraising for our Christmas Meal Appeal this Giving Tuesday - read on to see how you can get involved!

Kenya schools - team meeting to discuss plans
Nationwide campaign of school inspections in Kenya

Following the recent incident in Nairobi, Kenya, we have had a lot of messages from worried volunteers - past and present - concerning our partner projects in Nakuru and its surrounding areas. Please see below an open letter from our director, Dan, regarding the situation with the Kenya schools, and what is being done as...

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.

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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!

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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.