Our Story

What we do

African Adventures is a travel company that organises unique volunteering experiences for people of all ages. 

We are partnered with over 20 schools in developing areas of Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, and we provide volunteer and financial support to help their development. 

Our method of support is ethical and sustainable. We’re guided by our partner projects, who tell us what they need in order to grow. Our volunteers then help us carry out the work we’ve agreed to do.

Not only does our work make a difference to lives in Africa, volunteers’ lives are changed by the experience they have with us. Our trips take volunteers on an incredible journey which challenges their perceptions, helps them grow as individuals and gives them a better understanding of the world around them.

 

We make no grand claims that we are going to change the world, but we know we are changing our partner projects for the better.

How? Firstly, we do things the right way, with our partner projects and volunteers at the heart of everything we do. The Our Purpose section of our website shows our commitment to sustainable and responsible volunteering, and this applies to every trip.

Next, we support our volunteers throughout their volunteering experience. We share our long-term development goals, whilst managing expectations of what can be achieved in a single trip. We receive no external funding and exist thanks to our volunteers, so we strive to provide the best possible experience with an outstanding service along the way.

We are not bothered about being the biggest – we are focused on being the best.

Our Story

I first travelled to Kenya in 2007, where I volunteered at a community project called The Walk Centre. The project provided a free education and lunchtime meal for children living in slum areas on and around the nearby dumpsite. Without projects such as The Walk Centre, it is unlikely that these children would have attended school at all, due to the costs of items such as uniforms and textbooks that come with attending a government school. During my time in Kenya, I visited similar community projects in the same town, and met some inspirational leaders from the local community in the process.

I was only in Kenya for six weeks, but I knew I would be back. My experience at The Walk Centre, and in Kenya, helped me realise that I wanted to spend my professional life supporting similar projects, whilst offering other people from the UK the same life-changing opportunity that I had. Two years later, African Adventures was born, and in 2019 we were proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

Today, the company supports more than 22,000 children across our host destinations of Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, and over 6,000 volunteers have travelled with us.

As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, we commit to upholding the 10 Principles – which focus on human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption – and to helping to advance the Sustainable Development Goals in order to create a better and more sustainable future for all people and the planet.

You can help us make a lasting and tangible difference at our partner projects, and in the disadvantaged communities where we work. There is a lot more to achieve, and we are delighted that you are considering embarking on your own life-changing journey with us.

We promise it will be worth it…

– Dan Mew, Director and Founder of African Adventures

The African Adventures Team

Our staff members have a great deal of experience when it comes to travelling, working and volunteering in Africa. Perhaps more importantly, they have a real passion to improve lives in both Africa and the UK.

Our in-country staff are Ghanaian, Kenyan and Zanzibari – they live and work in the communities you visit, and know the areas where we work far better than we ever could, which means you benefit from local knowledge and experience.

There are no ivory towers and no British staff based in-country. Why? Because neither are needed. Great people, high standards, open communication, and a shared vision combine to give you a meaningful volunteer experience.

In fact, we’ve committed to:

  • Exclusively hiring local staff to run our programmes
  • Only using locally owned accommodation and transport
  • Sourcing food locally
  • Paying all our staff fairly
  • Investing in our staff by providing quality training and development opportunities
  • Ensuring our carbon offsetting schemes benefit local communities
  • Supporting female-led enterprises during our trips

Meet the team that makes everything happen…

UK Staff

Ghana Staff

Kenya Staff

Zanzibar Staff