Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’s 2021 trip to Ghana

About us

At African Adventures, we specialise in educational trips and are dedicated to improving lives in the UK and Africa. We are partnered with 25 community educational projects in developing areas of Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, impacting the lives of the 20,000 children that attend. We provide volunteers and financial support to assist with the projects’ development, which is furthered through our charity, African Adventures Foundation.

Back home, we work with schools, colleges, football clubs, NCS providers, and charities to recruit volunteers who will help deliver the support we commit to providing. It’s our job to provide all the support and preparation our volunteers need for them to make a difference at our partner projects, and come away with experiences and memories that will stay with them forever.

Why Get Involved

We provide grads 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 that 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 it alongside other like-minded grads from your NCS programme. You’ll develop the skills you learnt during NCS and return a more knowledgeable, globally aware individual with an outstanding experience to add to your CV.

So, the question is not so much ‘why should you go?’, but rather ‘why wouldn’t you go?’.

Volunteer Roles

You can choose from two volunteer roles whilst volunteering on your trip:

Teaching & Multi-Sports

Project Impact

Supporting children’s education is at the heart of this role. Activities include: assisting teachers with lessons for children aged 3-17, reading stories, preparing meals, playing games and sports, and general interaction. The enthusiasm from children, who are so eager to learn, makes this role so rewarding.

Building & Renovation

With overcrowding an issue at the projects, improved facilities are needed to accommodate growing numbers and create more learning spaces. Tasks include painting, moulding bricks, and assisting with the build of school facilities. Clear progress makes this challenging role so worthwhile.

About Ghana

Where you will volunteer

  • Tropical climate – hot and humid with temperatures between 28-32°C.
  • Full of true West African culture; drumming, dancing, colour and different foods
  • Based in Woe – a rural, traditional African village on the south-east coast
  • Perfect if you are looking to get away from everything Western

Where you will stay

  • Accommodation at the volunteer house and nearby guest houses
  • En-suite rooms that sleep 2-5
  • Basic Western amenities (UK plug sockets)
  • Running water and electricity (prepare for power cuts and no water!)
  • Meals brought to you

Trip Information

Duration

10 nights

Departure Date

12th February 2021 (subject to flights)

Flying From

Birmingham or Manchester

Trip Cost

£1,895.00

Deposit

£195.00 to secure your place

Sign-up Deadline

30th September 2019

First Instalment

£565.00 due by 3rd February 2020

Second Instalment

£570.00 due by 1st July 2020

Third Instalment

£565.00 due by 2nd November 2020

Trip Package

What’s Included In Your Package

As specialists, we pride ourselves on our excellent pre-departure service and fully inclusive youth development programme.

  • Return indirect flights to Accra
  • Bespoke volunteer travel insurance
  • All accommodation
  • Three meals per day (except adventure weekend & transit days)
  • In-country transfers and daily project transport
  • Orientation upon arrival, 24-hour in-country support and dedicated Ghanaian Trip Host
  • Pre-planned project work
  • Volta Adventure Weekend
  • Drumming lesson, beach visits & farewell celebration
  • Project development contribution
  • Access to our online portal, My African Adventure, for trip details, pre-departure support & fundraising ideas
  • African Adventures t-shirt

What’s Not Included

Not much, actually.

  • UK medical expenses (any vaccinations or antimalarials) – always consult your GP
  • Visa fee (£60)
  • Drinks
  • DBS check for over 18s (£10)

Fundraising Support

African Adventures volunteers across the country run fun, exciting fundraising events to help raise the money they need to travel. In fact, in 2018, 41% of volunteers surveyed told us that they raised between 75-100% of their entire trip costs.

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

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

FAQs

Plenty! All our volunteers have access to My African Adventure, our online portal that contains a wealth of information relating to fundraising, the country you’re going to, and everything you need to prepare for your trip. 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 two friendly faces of those organising the trip.

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. You will need to pay for the Yellow Fever vaccination and antimalarial tablets though. 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 to 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.

Once you’re up and running, your fundraising journey can be almost as fun as the trip itself.

Sometimes it can be difficult, particularly if one of your early events doesn’t go to plan but if you stay positive, take advantage of the support available to you through African Adventures and your college, the chances are you’ll reach your total.

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

African Adventures Lucy
Lucy MaceSenior Groups Manager

lucy@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3501

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