African Adventures has teamed up with St. Mary's University to offer its students a unique opportunity to volunteer in Ghana – 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 12 schools in the Volta region of Ghana that help improve the lives of the 5,500 children who attend.
St. Mary’s University is offering students the opportunity to participate in a 11-night trip to Ghana on the 19th March 2024. Students will spend time volunteering at one of our partner schools in a developing area of Volta and will have the opportunity to discover everything that Ghana has to offer on our Cape Coast Adventure Weekend.
Are you ready for an Adventure of a lifetime?
Why Get Involved?
African Adventures started working in Ghana in 2013, after we formed our first partnerships with community projects in the Volta region.
Today, we work with 12 schools in Ghana, and currently have partnerships with 26 schools across Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, supporting 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 Ghana has to offer on our Cape Coast Adventure Weekend. Enticing both history lovers and adventurers alike, you will embark on a tour of Cape Coast Castle and relax at a beautiful lodge for your overnight stay. The next day, you will visit Kakum National Park, where you will hike through the forest floor and at canopy level, finishing with lunch over a crocodile pond. What more could you want!?
Trainees will have the chance to teach their specialist subject at secondary level in Geography, MFL, Mathematics, Science, English, PE, RE or History, and will be required to adapt their teaching style according to the resources available. You will work with local teachers to help students work towards local curriculum goals, which may differ dramatically to those you have experienced in the UK. Teaching will take place for up to six hours per day and these hours can count towards Initial Teacher Training Hours, and will include organising a sustainability awareness event for local students.
The trip will take place in the rural Volta region of Ghana, which is located on the south eastern coast of the country. The region is dominated by Lake Volta to the west and Togo to the east. The main industries in the area are fishing and agriculture, and many children work alongside their families to bring in an income instead of attending school. As a result, it is common for children not to start school until the age of six or seven. Ghana represents modern-day West Africa. However, although the country has enjoyed economic success in recent years, this is not the case in rural areas, where levels of poverty remain high. We are working with our partner schools to encourage more children to start school earlier and stay in education longer.
Where You'll Stay
The group will stay at a volunteer house, comprising two stone buildings, built on a private plot of land off the main road that runs through two small towns: Anloga and Keta. There are 14 rooms which contain two bunk-beds each. All accommodation is located on the ground floor, and all rooms (except three) are en-suite. Mosquito nets are provided. The hotel benefits from a security wall, a catering area, electricity, and outside areas for relaxing or playing sports. The surrounding area comprises a small community that are used to volunteers and the programme that African Adventures runs. They have accommodated volunteers for the past 10 years and the community is peaceful with low levels of crime.
Tuesdsay 19th March 2024 (subject to flights)
£195 to secure your place
Thursday 12th October 2023
£650 due by 10th November 2023
£650 due by 10th December 2023
£650 due by 10th January 2024
What’s Not Included?
Nearly half of our volunteers raise more than half of their trip costs through fundraising, which is an important part of the African Adventures experience.
Fundraising can be great fun, and many of our volunteers tell us that this part of the experience is a great way to learn new skills, and get to know the other volunteers in their group.
Once you’ve signed up, you can set up your own sponsorship page on My African Adventure, which you can share with friends and family, or use to collect payments for fundraising events, that will help raise your trip costs. (This is only available if all your trip payments are being made directly to African Adventures.) It’s free to use and 100% of all money raised goes towards your trip costs.
You can join our free six-weekly fundraising workshop webinars, where you’ll hear from volunteers who have been there and done it before, and seasonal tips (Christmas/Easter etc.) for fundraising events you can try from the African Adventures team.
Plus, there’s comprehensive Fundraising Support section for you to use on My African Adventure, where you can download money planners, event posters, bucket wraps and much more.
Most people who travel with us are visiting sub-Saharan for the first time, so you’ll get access to lots of help and advice to get ready for your trip, including what to pack, when to apply for your visa, what your destination country is going to be like and much more. And once you’ve arrived, you’ll be looked after by our friendly team of expert Trip Hosts.
If you have any questions about your trip, just give our friendly team a call, and we’ll be happy to help.
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 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.
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 7,000 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 (see Trusted and Experienced) 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 Ghana, the group will stay in a private guesthouse.
All accommodations have showers, flushing toilets and lockable rooms.
Further information (including pictures) is available on My African Adventure, our online portal accessible once you have signed up.
About 50% of our volunteers raise at least half their trip costs through fundraising alone. With good planning, the right commitment and enthusiasm, you can too.
Once you sign up, you get access to a wide range of fundraising support. You can set up your own sponsorship page on your My African Adventure account to help raise money for your trip (if you’re making all your payments directly to African Adventures), you can join free six-weekly online fundraising workshops, and there are lots of downloadable posters/bucket wraps to use too. You also get a fundraising t-shirt from African Adventures a few weeks after booking.
However, if it proves to be too difficult to raise the money you need, and you 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 a for-profit social enterprise.
Lots of our volunteers fundraise to cover their trip costs, which is an important part of the African Adventures experience. The money that volunteers raise pays for their travel costs, so things like flights, accommodation, tours, and the staff who deliver our trips. A portion of every volunteer’s trip cost is also given to the partner school hosting the group, as a donation to fund the work being carried out.
We do, however, have a charity arm called African Adventures Foundation. African Adventures Ltd funds the running cost of our charity, which means 100% of donations given to the charity are spent at our partner schools in Africa. You can read more about our official charity by visiting www.african-adventures.co.uk/foundation.