African Adventures has teamed up with Preston North End CET to offer its supporters a unique opportunity to volunteer in Zanzibar – and you’re invited to join!
African Adventures is a unique volunteer travel company, dedicated to improving lives in the UK and Africa through volunteering. We work with three schools near Stone Town in Zanzibar which help improve the lives of the thousands of children who attend them.
Preston North End’s 10-night trip takes place on 2nd April 2023, where you’ll help with teaching, sports coaching or building and renovations at one of our partner schools. Away from volunteering, you’ll explore everything Zanzibar has to offer on our spectacular Ocean Safari.
Join Preston North End CET in Zanzibar next year!
why get involved?
African Adventures started working in Zanzibar in 2014, after we formed our first partnerships with community projects near Stone Town.
Today, we support three schools in Zanzibar. We currently have partnerships with 26 community projects across Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, and support more than 22,000 children.
As a volunteer, you can help our partner schools improve the quality of education and extend their outreach by providing vital support with teaching.
Away from volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to discover everything that Zanzibar has to offer on our Ocean Safari. Sail the turquoise seas on a traditional dhow boat, snorkel through tropical reefs and try some of the freshest seafood imaginable. What more could you want!?
As no trips took place in 2020 or 2021 because of the Coronavirus outbreak, your support is needed more than ever. So, start your African Adventure today!
the volunteer role
You can choose between two volunteer roles.
Teaching & Sports Coaching
Classrooms at our partner schools are overcrowded and under-resourced. By choosing a Teaching Assistant role, you’ll help teachers to set and mark homework, deliver lessons (where appropriate) and help support small groups of students with their work. Core subjects include English, maths, science, geography, religious studies and sport. There are lots of resources on My African Adventure to help you prepare for this role.
Building and Renovation
Volunteers who are hands-on and like to see a project through from start to finish should choose the Building & Renovation role. A large part of African Adventures’ work includes the construction/renovation of classrooms, kitchens, toilets, walls, offices and assembly halls at schools. The work carried out, which is always led by a local builder, is often physical and can be hard work, but is suited to all those ready to participate.
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous island off the east coast of Tanzania. Stone Town, near to where our partner schools are located, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has a population of around 16,000. Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is alive with incredible smells and sounds to enrich the senses. However, behind the tourism and the picture-perfect scenery lies a different story. Life can be very difficult and a large percentage of the population is surviving on less than 75p per day. We are working with our partner schools to improve their facilities and provide additional teaching support.
Where You'll Stay
You'll stay at a hotel in Stone Town, comprising two buildings, which is located just a short walk from the ferry terminal and Forodhani Gardens. There are 32 rooms which can accommodate 71 guests. It has a mixture of single, double, twin, triple, and family rooms, and each room is en-suite. There is a roof terrace where guests can relax in the evenings, and WiFi is available at the hotel. The hotel is staffed 24 hours a day, and a security guard is on duty overnight. There is also a restaurant, electricity, and outside areas for relaxing.
2nd April 2023 (subject to flights)
£195.00 to secure your place
30th March 2022
£620.00 due by 1st June 2022
£615.00 due by 1st October 2022
£615.00 due by 1st February 2023
What’s Not Included?
There are lots of ways to raise the money you need to take part in Preston North End CET’s African Adventure. If you’re in a position to pay for the trip through personal funds, then great!
If, however, like many of our volunteers, you need to generate financial support from elsewhere in order to travel, you should consider fundraising. Lots of volunteers carry out fundraising events to support their trip costs, and it can be a lot of fun too! In fact, 41% of volunteers surveyed raised between 50-100% of their trip costs.
Fundraising can be really fun, and many of our volunteers tell us that this part of the experience was a great way to learn new skills and get to know the other volunteers in their group.
We have years of experience and dozens of ways to help, so ask our team for support. From organising events to earning money just by shopping online, we can help you reach your target.
There is also a comprehensive Fundraising section on My African Adventure, our volunteer portal, which you can access once you’ve booked your place.
If the trip is cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, you will receive a full refund of your trip costs from African Adventures, so you can book with confidence.
If a volunteer falls unwell on one of our trips, including with suspected Coronavirus, the cost of medical treatment and, if required, repatriation is covered under the personal travel insurance policy included in the cost of your place.
We pride ourselves on our personalised and friendly approach, and we want to be there to support you at every stage of the adventure. Our online portal, My African Adventure, contains a wealth of information relating to your destination and how to best prepare for your trip. And, if you cannot find the information that you are looking for, we are always at the end of the phone to help you out.
No, but the most rewarding experiences rarely are! You are likely to be stepping out of your comfort zone, meeting new people, travelling to a new country, in a different environment and with a different culture.
This will be an exciting challenge for you but you will have plenty of support whilst you are away. Our trained Trip Leaders and Trip Hosts will be there to look after you and your fellow volunteers.
If you’ve not been to this part of the world before, you’ll need some vaccinations before you go.
Please visit your doctor or travel nurse for advice regarding which vaccinations you need. You can also visit www.travelhealthpro.org.uk or www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for helpful information relating to each of our volunteering destinations.
Most vaccinations needed are available on the NHS. However, you will need to pay for the Yellow Fever vaccination and antimalarial tablets. More information is available on the My African Adventure portal.
In a word, yes! Of course, there are risks with any form of travel, whether you’re going to Los Angeles, Lima or London but hundreds of thousands of Britons travel to Africa every year and the majority of visits are trouble free.
At African Adventures, we have organised trips for over 5,000 volunteers and hold a wealth of experience. From pre-departure support and in-country orientations to knowing nearby hospitals and medical centres, we know how to deliver a safe and exciting experience. We are accredited by reputable travel bodies and we follow Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) advice at all times: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Volunteers stay in single-sex, shared accommodation for the duration of the programme. In Zanzibar, the group will stay in a basic hotel.
All accommodation has showers, flushing toilets and lockable rooms.
Further information (including pictures) is available on My African Adventure, our online portal.
Previous experience has demonstrated that, with the right commitment, enthusiasm, planning and organisation, it is possible to raise the entirety, or a large portion, of the trip funds. We will be available to support you throughout the fundraising stage, with ideas, inspiration and practical advice.
Should you find that it is proving too difficult to raise the money required, and you do decide to cancel, you can do so at any time. Please be aware that the deposit is non-refundable and there are cancellation fees from the date of your first instalment.
No; African Adventures is not a charity. The money you fundraise covers your trip costs, such as your flights, accommodation, adventure activities and meals.
We do, however, have a charity arm called African Adventures Foundation and some volunteers choose to fundraise for our charity on their return from Africa. Because African Adventures Ltd covers any associated costs, African Adventures Foundation is able to ensure that 100% of the money donated is sent to where it is needed most, meaning that real impact can be made. Visit african-adventures.co.uk/foundation for more information.