Life-changing college and school expeditions

Meaningful volunteer experiences for students

College and School Expeditions

Inspiring college and school expeditions providing a challenging and rewarding learning experience for students aged 13-18.

Educational, meaningful and affordable school expeditions are hard to come by. Ideally, as a teacher, you’ll be looking for a trip that not only meets specific curriculum objectives but helps your students’ educational and personal development. Well, look no further…

Taken out of their comfort zones, your students will have a unique opportunity to learn and develop new skills that will support their schooling, and life after education. Furthermore, you could accompany them on this eye-opening and rewarding adventure.

Our aim is to make the entire experience for you as a group leader as simple and hassle-free as possible. Therefore, we take care of a lot of the admin, provide inclusive school expedition packages, and help your group through every step of their trip journey so that you feel supported from start to finish.

The experience starts long before the trip itself. Through fundraising the monies required to go on the trip, your students can gain invaluable life skills such as money management, independent decision-making, and planning. Following the experience, we are confident that they will return as more resilient, enterprising and rounded individuals, having had an insight into what it takes to become a global citizen.

Please explore our school expeditions, find out more and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Five Reasons Why Schools and Colleges Choose Us

African Adventures is an education travel specialist, having organised successful volunteer experiences for thousands of students and hundreds of schools and colleges. We proudly hold a number of accreditations that should give you faith that you are travelling with a reputable and trusted company that is safely run, fully insured, and responsibly motivated.

We make your trip as easy to organise as possible. Our bespoke online platform holds all the tools and resources you and your group will need to prepare you for the journey ahead. Your dedicated Groups Manager will take care of trip admin and make sure that your entire group is looked after, from launch to your safe return.

African Adventures is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, aligning our work to the UN Sustainable Development Goals; the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. We are committed to driving 14 of the 17 Goals – related to people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership – giving our work real focus and meaning.

Here at African Adventures, we have established a unique, ethical and effective model of volunteering which allows volunteers to get the most out of their experience whilst providing maximum benefit to our partner projects.

Quite simply, we guarantee that you won’t find the same opportunity for less. Our packages include everything you need and our support tools make financing them as simple as possible.

College and School Trip Package

What’s Included In Your Package

We pride ourselves on our excellent pre-departure service and comprehensive packages.

Pre-departure
  • Free staff place with every 10 volunteers
  • Dedicated UK Groups Manager
  • Launch presentation and pre-departure meeting
  • Fundraising support and ideas
  • Access to our online portal, My African Adventure, for trip information, travel advice, payments and planning
  • Bespoke volunteer travel insurance
  • Financial protection under the ATOL scheme
  • African Adventures t-shirt
  • Visa application support
When You Travel
  • Return indirect flights from London Heathrow1 2
  • Return airport transfers in-country and daily transport
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • Dedicated in-country Trip Host
  • Single-sex, shared accommodation
  • Three meals per day (except adventure days)
  • Pre-planned project work
  • 24-hour support in the event of an emergency
  • Cultural events and activities
  • Project development contribution

What’s Not Included

Very little, actually.

Pre-departure
  • UK medical expenses – any vaccinations or antimalarial tablets
  • Visa fee (£30-£60, subject to destination)
  • DBS check for over 18s (£10)
During your trip
  • Drinks
  1. Direct flights and regional airport departures available for additional cost
  2. A £50 supplement applies for flights departing in July or August
In a recent survey of our youth volunteers…
94
of respondents said that the experience met or exceeded their expectations
98
of respondents feel that their trip gave them a better insight into a different culture and the wider world
97
of respondents said their trip has given them the confidence to try new things

Adventure Activities

Discover and Explore

African Adventures group trips proudly focus on volunteering and ensuring that all volunteers make a positive impact at their designated partner project.

During their journey, it’s important that volunteers also get an opportunity to explore the magnificent sights and cultures of Africa. That’s why we have carefully selected a range of extraordinary adventure activities which groups can choose to add to their trip. Our adventure tours focus on culture, geography, history, adventure, wildlife and relaxation. Be assured that there’s something for everyone, whatever your interest.

So, whether you’re looking for a rainforest trek in Ghana, a chance to explore the phenomenal Great Rift Valley in Kenya, or an ocean safari through the crystal-clear waters of Zanzibar, view our adventure activities brochure and explore all that Africa has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your students will benefit greatly and will:

  • Learn valuable skills such as money management, fundraising, planning and critical thinking.
  • Enjoy a unique educational experience, enhancing college, apprenticeship and university application prospects.
  • Return as more globally and culturally aware citizens.
  • Help to create lasting change and become more understanding of international development work.
  • Feel proud of the impact made whilst volunteering.
  • Go on an emotional journey that will make them appreciate their quality of education.
  • Build new relationships and make new friends.
  • Be encouraged to continue their philanthropic commitment into the future.

The benefits of educational volunteering can be found in our Learning Outside the Classroom white paper.

Yes, return flights are included as standard in all our group trip packages.

Any student between the ages of 13-18 would be ideally suited to volunteer with African Adventures.

We have groups travelling throughout the year. Just let us know when is the best time for your group to travel!

Our safety record is impeccable. Visit the ‘Your Safety’ section of our website to find out more.

Our teacher places are entirely free (based on 10 students travelling for every one teacher).

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 (e.g. 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 www.aaf.african-adventures.co.uk for more information.

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