African Adventures is an award-winning travel company that matches volunteers in the UK with one of 25 community projects we support in developing areas of Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar. We provide these projects with the resources they need in order to grow, whilst organising the trips from start to finish for our volunteers.
This means that we fulfil the dual role of tour operator and development agency, providing a high-quality service to our volunteers, who make everything happen, whilst working closely with each partner project to help them provide better outreach services to the communities they serve.
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 and according to our Community Development Pledge, which applies to each and every trip.
Then, we prepare our volunteers with as much information as possible about their forthcoming experience. This includes providing the tools they need to make a difference, 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.
In 2007, I travelled to Kenya for the first time to volunteer with an amateur football team in the Rift Valley region.
The team comprised primarily young men who lived in a slum community on the perimeter of the town’s huge dumpsite. The smell was foul but most residents lived there simply because they had nowhere else to go. Some women would race daily to the entrance of the dumpsite to collect ‘fresh’ recyclables when the tipping trucks arrived, in the hope some could be exchanged for enough money to feed their families.
Before football training each day, I volunteered at a community project, set up by Alex and Patricia Maina, called The Walk Centre. The project provided a free nursery education and lunchtime meal to approximately 60 children aged 3-6 who, like the football team, were born at, and lived on, the nearby dumpsite.
Most players from the football team had not been to high school, so their chances of securing any form of regular employment were low. Alcoholism, substance abuse, HIV, lack of food security and poor health were just some of the problems faced by an inspiringly resilient community that couldn’t help but make a fresh-faced 18-year-old like me understand real life challenges.
I also visited similar community projects in the same town, meeting some inspirational leaders in the process. They had the motivation, compassion and knowledge in abundance to grow their respective projects; what they lacked was financial support.
I was only in Kenya for six weeks but I knew immediately I would be back.
The whole experience helped me realise that I wanted to spend my professional life providing community projects like The Walk Centre with the humanitarian and financial support they need to grow whilst offering people from the UK the same life-changing opportunity I had.
Two years later, African Adventures was born. Fast-forward to the present day and we are now partnered with over 25 community projects across developing areas of Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar and support just over 20,000 children.
You can help us to make a lasting and tangible difference.
There is a lot more to achieve and I am delighted that you are considering embarking on your own journey with us. We promise it will be worth it…
– Dan Mew, Director and Founder of African Adventures
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 through our work. 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 always benefit from local knowledge and experience. When you decide to travel with us, please be assured that you are in very good hands!