Join Romsey School in Kenya in 2022

Information Evening: 7pm Monday 27th January 2020 at Romsey School

Introduction

African Adventures has teamed up with Romsey School once again to offer its students a unique opportunity to volunteer in Kenya – and you’re invited to join!

African Adventures is a unique volunteer travel company, dedicated to improving lives in the UK and Africa. We work with 11 community projects in Nakuru, Kenya, that help improve the lives of the 3,500 children who attend.

Romsey School has been travelling with African Adventures since 2013, and this will be the school’s fifth trip to Kenya. The 13-night trip takes place on 24th July 2022, where you’ll spend one week volunteering alongside your friends at one of our partner projects. You’ll also get the chance to explore Kenya on an exciting safari weekend.

You can help teach in classrooms, coach sports, or build new classrooms during this trip, enabling you to develop new skills and dedicate your time to a valuable cause.

Why Get Involved?

We provide students like you with a unique opportunity to volunteer in Africa, and there are two simple reasons to grab this opportunity with both hands.

The first is to help others. Whilst many economies in Africa are growing much quicker than those in richer countries, not everybody is seeing the benefits. The children we support live in poor communities and do not have the start in life they deserve. The schools we work with focus on providing an education to those otherwise unable to have one. You can help teach in classrooms, build new ones or help deliver sports coaching sessions.

The second reason to is to help yourself. There’s a huge world out there waiting to be explored and here’s a chance to see a different part of it alongside your friends from school. You’ll pick up lots of new skills along the way, and come back a more knowledgeable individual with an outstanding experience to add to your CV (and your UCAS application!).

So, the question isn’t ‘why should you go?’ but more ‘why wouldn’t you go!?’

Volunteer Roles

You can choose from two volunteer roles:

Teaching Assistant & Sport

Classrooms at our partner projects are often 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 the My African Adventure portal to help you prepare for this role.

Building & 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.

About Kenya

Location

The trip will take place in Nakuru, Kenya. With a population of around 350,000 people, Nakuru is the country’s fourth-largest town. It serves as Kenya’s main connection between Nairobi and Kisumu, and Kenya and Uganda. It is popular with tourists and most famous for the adjoining Lake Nakuru National Park.

Nakuru has enjoyed significant economic development over the last 10 years. This has brought lots of jobs and increased wealth to the town, with a growing middle class. However, not everybody has reaped the benefits, and levels of extreme poverty remain high. Food insecurity, limited access to education and inadequate housing remains a real problem for many. The projects that African Adventures supports are located in deprived areas of the town.

Where you’ll stay

The group will stay at a 3* hotel just outside the centre of Nakuru. Volunteers will share single-sex rooms, which have an en-suite, with 2-3 other volunteers.

The hotel benefits from a large outdoor space, restaurant, WiFi and a private room to be used by the group for breakfast and evening meals, and as a social space. The hotel also has 24-hour security, CCTV and a security wall around its perimeter.

African Adventures has been working with the hotel since 2015 and it is a perfect base for our volunteer groups.

Trip Information

Duration

13 nights

Departure Date

24th July 2022 (subject to flights)

Flying From

London Heathrow

Trip Cost

£2,465.00

Deposit

£200.00 to secure your place

Sign-up Deadline

23rd February 2020

First Instalment

£265.00 due by 1st July 2020

Second Instalment

£750.00 due by 1st February 2021

Third Instalment

£750.00 due by 1st September 2021

Fourth Instalment

£500.00 due by 1st February 2022

Trip Package

What’s Included?

Virtually everything you need is included in the cost of the trip:

  • Financial protection through the ATOL scheme
  • Return indirect flights to Nairobi from London Heathrow
  • Specialist volunteer travel insurance
  • Single-sex, shared hotel accommodation
  • Three meals per day (except adventure weekend & transit days)
  • Orientation upon arrival, 24-hour in-country support and dedicated Trip Host in Kenya
  • All scheduled transport in Kenya
  • Organised project work
  • Access to our online portal, My AA, for trip details, pre-departure support & fundraising ideas
  • Giraffe sanctuary visit, community visit, local market and farewell celebration
  • Maasai Mara Safari Weekend
  • Elephant Orphanage and Menengai Crater visits
  • Project development contribution
  • African Adventures t-shirt

What’s Not Included?

Not much, actually.

  • UK medical expenses (any vaccinations or antimalarials) – always consult your GP
  • Visa fee (£30)
  • Drinks
  • DBS check for over 18s

Fundraising Support

RAISING THE MONEY

There are lots of ways of raising the money you need to take part in Romsey School’s African Adventure. If you’re in a position to pay for the trip through personal funds, then you can do so.

If, however, like many of our volunteers, you need to generate financial support from elsewhere in order to travel, you can start fundraising. Lots of volunteers carry out fundraising to support their trip costs, and it can be a lot of fun too! In fact, 41% of volunteers surveyed in 2019 raised between 50-100% of their trip costs.

Furthermore, students who have fundraised their way to their trip usually enjoy and appreciate the experience more than those who just take their seat on the plane!

The best approach is to break the total trip cost down into monthly targets, so you can focus on smaller, more manageable amounts. Then, split this into three ways to raise funds: individual events (with your friends or family), group events (that you and other volunteers can organise together) and personal savings (part-time work, Christmas/birthday gifts, pocket money etc.).

We have years of experience and dozens of ways to help, so always feel free to ask us for support. From fun events to earning money just by shopping online, we can help you reach your target.

There is also some great online support provided to help you reach your fundraising target – just take a look at our Fundraising Tools on My AA.

FAQs

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.

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 most 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 experience. We are accredited by reputable travel bodies (see Trusted and Experienced) and we follow Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) advice at all times: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

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.

The group will stay in a basic hotel with single-sex, shared rooms for the duration of the trip.

All accommodation has showers, flushing toilets and lockable rooms.

Further information (including pictures) is available on My African Adventure, our online portal which is accessible once you have signed up.

If you’ve not been to this part of the world before, you’ll need some vaccinations before you go.

Please visit your local GP 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.

The good news is that 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.

Plenty! All our volunteers have access to My African Adventure, our online portal which contains a wealth of information relating to fundraising, the country you’re going to and everything you need to get ready. And, if you can’t find the information you’re looking for, our team are happy to help – just take a look at the bottom of this page to see the friendly face organising the trip.

Some schools also run group fundraising events in the lead up to the trip, to help spread the load. Please discuss possible opportunities with the teacher leading the trip in school.

Once students are up and running, the fundraising journey can be almost as fun as the trip itself.

Sometimes it can be difficult, particularly if one of their early events doesn’t go to plan, but if they stay positive and take advantage of the support available through African Adventures and the school, the chances are your child will reach their target.

If you decide for any reason that you no longer want your child to go, you can cancel their place at any time. Please be aware that the deposit is non-refundable and there are incremental cancellation fees that start from 150 days prior to departure.

No; African Adventures is a social enterprise. Our volunteers carry out fundraising to cover their trip costs – this is an important part of the African Adventures experience. The money that volunteers raise funds all aspects of their trip, such as flights, accommodation and adventure activities. As this money is not raised for a charity, volunteers should use crowdfunding webpages (eg FundMyTravel), rather than charity pages, such as Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving.

We do, however, also 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 aaf.african-adventures.co.uk for more information.

Get in touch

Laura KalusTrip Co-ordinator

laura@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3505

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Get in touch

Laura KalusTrip Co-ordinator

laura@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3505