Stoke Newington School

 

Join Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form in Zanzibar in 2022

Introduction

African Adventures is delighted to team up with Blatchington Mill School once again to offer its students 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 at home and in Africa. We work with several community projects on the outskirts of Stone Town in Zanzibar that help improve the lives of the 14,500 children who attend.

Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form first travelled to Zanzibar with African Adventures in 2019. The school’s second eight-night trip takes place on 12th February 2022, where you’ll spend five days volunteering alongside your friends from school at one of our partner projects, before wrapping up your trip with an exciting ocean safari.

You can help teach English in classrooms and coach sports sessions 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 Zanzibar

Location

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region off the east coast of Tanzania. It is world-famous as a tourist destination due to its sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, but daily life is very difficult for a large percentage of the population, and many people survive on less than 75p per day.

Stone Town, where our partner projects are located, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a population of around 16,000. The schools we work with are desperately overcrowded and underfunded, and it is not uncommon to have upwards of 100 children in one classroom, with just two teachers. There are rarely enough desks for the students, and the schools often lack sufficient learning resources such as textbooks, pencils and exercise books.

Where you’ll stay

Your group will stay at a hotel in Stone Town, in Zanzibar’s main city, just a short walk from the island’s ferry terminal and Forodhani Gardens. The hotel comprises two adjoining buildings with 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.

The hotel has hot running water and electricity, and mosquito nets are provided. The accommodation is staffed 24 hours a day, and has a security guard on duty overnight. All rooms are equipped with a double-phase lock, and the windows are reinforced with steel frames.

Trip Information

Duration

8 nights

Departure Date

12th February 2022 (subject to flights)

Flying From

London Heathrow

Trip Cost

£1,745.00

Deposit

£195.00 to secure your place

Sign-up Deadline

TBC

First Instalment

TBC

Second Instalment

TBC

Third Instalment

TBC

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 Dar es Salaam 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 Zanzibar
  • All scheduled transport in Zanzibar
  • Organised project work
  • Ocean Safari
  • Access to our online portal, My AA, for trip details, pre-departure support & fundraising ideas
  • 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 (£40)
  • Drinks

Fundraising Support

RAISING THE MONEY

There are lots of ways of raising the money you need to take part in Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form’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 the majority of visits are trouble free.

At African Adventures, we have organised trips for over 5,000 volunteers – mostly young people – 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. However, we do have a charity arm called African Adventures Foundation. 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.

Register your interest

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Get in touch

Laura KalusTrip Co-ordinator

laura@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8178 0957