Book your Place for Ghana 2024

African Adventures and Futurestars has teamed up with Suffolk New College to offer its students a unique opportunity to volunteer in Ghana – and you’re invited to join!

Futurestars work with six schools in Ghana that help improve the lives of the children who attend.

Suffolk New College is offering students the opportunity to participate in a 10-night trip to Ghana in March 2024. Students will spend time volunteering at one of Futurestars partner schools in a developing area of Accra or Tema.

The trip includes our Cape Coast Adventure Weekend tour, where you’ll visit the infamous Cape Coast Castle and visit Kakum national park, one of Ghana’s biggest rainforests.


Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime?

Why Get Involved?

Futurestars is a UK and Ghanaian registered charity that delivers an education-through-sports programme in six schools in Ghana (Accra and Tema) and one in Lomé, Togo.

“We’re really excited to partner with African Adventures and offer the opportunity to come and experience the wonderful country that is Ghana as well as helping the next generation of children reach their potential.” Futurestars
For more information about Futurestars click here.

As a volunteer, you can help their partner schools improve the quality of education and extend their outreach by providing vital support with teaching and building work.

Away from volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to discover everything that Ghana has to offer on our Cape Coast Adventure Weekend. You will head west of Accra where you will have a tour of Cape Coast Castle, perfect for history lovers and adventures alike. Afterwards you will kick back and relax with an overnight stay in Cape Coast. The next day you will visit Kakum National Park, where you will hike through the forest floor, walk at canopy level and enjoy lunch at a restaurant set over a crocodile pond.

You can choose between two volunteer roles.

Teaching & Multi-Sports

Classrooms at our partner schools 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 Ghana

The Location

Ghana is a vibrant, safe country with a proud African heritage. It is about the same size as the UK and has a population of 31 million people. Ghana was one of the world's fastest-growing economies only a few years ago. The trip will take place in either Accra, Ghana's capital city, or Tema, a port city, just a few miles east. Both epitomise modern-day Africa, with growing pockets of wealth but they remain beset by large amounts of extreme poverty.

Where You'll Stay

The group will stay at one of the hotels/guesthouses we work with in Accra or Tema. All rooms will be shared, single-sex, with an en-suite shower room, which sleeps between 2-4 volunteers. The accommodations
have electricity, water, showers and toilets. Some have air-conditioning. Breakfast and evening meals will be eaten at your hotel/guesthouse, and there is a social space where the group can relax together in the evenings. All accommodations are based in a secure compound.

Trip Information


10 nights

Departure Date

30th March 2024 (subject to flights)

Flying From

London Heathrow

Trip Cost



£195 to secure your place

Sign-Up Deadline

30th September 2023

First Instalment

£937.50 due by 30th November 2023

Second Instalment

£937.50 due by 1st February 2024

Trip Package

What’s Included?

What’s Not Included?

  • Return flights from London
  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Airport transfers and in-country transport
  • Dedicated Trip Host in Africa
  • Planned development work
  • Drumming lesson, beach visit & local tours
  • Hotel/guesthouse accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Cultural events and activities
  • 24-hour support
  • Travel insurance
  • ATOL protected
  • Personalised African Adventures t-shirt
  • Cape Coast Adventure Weekend
  • Visa
  • Travel vaccinations and anti-malarial tablets
  • Spending money
  • Drinks

Fundraising Support


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.


The Basics

General Questions


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.

Get in touch

Gill Robinson
Partnerships Coordinator
02381 843502