Our Story

Best Volunteering Organisation - Winner - BYTA 2018

What we do

African Adventures is an award-winning volunteer travel company that organises life-changing experiences for people from across the UK. We run trips for people of all ages to volunteer at one of the 26 community projects we support in developing areas of Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar.

We provide these projects with the resources they need to grow, whilst taking volunteers on an eye-opening and educational journey. As a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, our work is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet, through five critical areas of social and economic importance: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership.

We fulfil the dual role of tour operator and development agency by providing a high-quality service to our volunteers – who make everything happen – whilst working closely with each partner project to develop their facilities and help them provide better outreach services to their communities.

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 – the evidence proves it.

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 demonstrates our commitment to sustainable and responsible volunteering, and this applies to each and every trip.

Next, we prepare our volunteers with as much information as possible about their forthcoming experience. We advise them about 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 deliver the best possible experience for them with an outstanding service along the way.

We are not bothered about being the biggest – we are focused on trying to be 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. We are always on hand should you need any support or guidance, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Our in-country staff are Ghanaian, Kenyan and Zanzibari – they live and work in the communities you will visit, and know the areas we work in better than we do, which means you benefit from local knowledge and experience. When you decide to travel with us, please be assured that you are in very good hands!

Meet the team that makes everything happen…

UK Staff

Ghana Staff

Kenya Staff

Zanzibar Staff