African Adventures’ Summer Camps

Volunteer in Africa in 2022

Join a team of young people and take part in an unforgettable experience in Ghana, Kenya or Zanzibar.

African Adventures' Summer Camps

African Adventures’ Summer Camps are open to all young people aged 16-18. If you want to enjoy the experience of a lifetime in Africa as part of a team of young people, this is the trip for you.

Our Summer Camps are an epic opportunity to learn about a fascinating new culture and the world around you. You’ll gain new friends, new skills, and memories to last a lifetime.

There are three trips to choose from – to Ghana, Kenya or Zanzibar –  each of which gives you the chance to volunteer at our partner projects. You’ll also have the chance to explore your destination on our unforgettable adventure weekends. You can choose to spend 13 nights in Kenya or Zanzibar, or 28 nights in Ghana for a more immersive volunteering experience.

You can choose to work as a teaching assistant, help construct new classrooms, or coach sports sessions. There are plenty of tools to help you get ready on My African Adventure, our online volunteer portal, so don’t worry if you’ve never done something like this before.

The trip is organised by African Adventures from start to finish, and our friendly UK staff will be with you in Africa. In June 2022, you’ll get to know the staff and your fellow volunteers face-to-face at a Pre-Departure Day. Then, on the day you depart, everyone will meet at London Heathrow to head for Africa. Our in-country Trip Hosts will be waiting to co-lead the trip when you arrive, and they’ll be with you until you leave.

What are you waiting for? Do something amazing this summer.

Trip Options

Ghana

Ghana

Ghana is a vibrant, beautiful country with friendly people, stunning landscapes and unspoilt beaches. Dancing and drumming are central to the way of life, and you are never far from a beating drum.

If you’re looking to experience vibrant and rural West Africa, Ghana is the destination for you.

In the rural Volta region, the main industries are agriculture and fishing, and many children work alongside their parents to bring in an income instead of receiving an education. We’re working with our partner schools to improve their facilities and encourage more children to attend school from an earlier age.

Youth Development Programme - Cape Coast, Ghana

This trip includes three adventure activities, ensuring you experience everything your destination has to offer. Stay overnight at the tranquil Keta Lagoon, learn about Ghana’s turbulent history on our Cape Coast Adventure Weekend, and experience Ghana’s wild side with our Volta Adventure Weekend. What more could you want!?

Trip Cost

£2,995.00

Duration

28 nights

Departure

Saturday 9th July 2022

Flying From

London Heathrow

Payments

£195.00 deposit (required to sign up)
£935.00 (due by 15th November 2021)
£935.00 (due by 1st February 2022)
£930.00 (due by 1st May 2022)

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Kenya

Kenya

Kenya is a country of real contrasts, with breathtaking scenery, incredible wildlife, and a popular tourism industry on one hand, and extreme poverty on the other.

Destinations - Kenya

If you’re looking to experience urban Africa, Kenya is your destination.

We work in Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest city, where agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the backbone of the economy. In the communities where we work, the cost of an education is out of reach for many, so we partner with schools that have been set up by local people to give children the chance of a better future.

Included in your trip is our famous Rift Valley Adventure Day, which includes a safari drive through Lake Nakuru National Park, a hike down Thomson Falls, and a visit to the Equator.

Trip Cost

£2,045.00

Duration

13 nights

Departure

Saturday 30th July 2022

Flying From

London Heathrow

Payments

£195.00 deposit (required to sign up)
£615.00 (due by 15th November 2021)
£615.00 (due by 1st February 2022)
£620.00 (due by 15th May 2022)

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Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, is world famous among travellers and tourists for its white sandy beaches and historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Youth Development Programmes - Zanzibar

If you’re looking for a taste of island life, coupled with impactful volunteering, historic Zanzibar is the place for you.

Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is alive with incredible smells and sounds. However, behind the idyllic scenery lies a different story. Life can be very difficult, and overcrowding in schools poses a serious challenge. We show you the realities of life for many on this beautiful island.

Included in your trip is the chance to explore the narrow streets of historic Stone Town, visit a local spice farm, and stay the night in a spectacular beach resort on our Taste of Zanzibar Weekend.

Trip Cost

£2,195.00

Duration

13 nights

Departure

Saturday 30th July 2022

Flying From

London Heathrow

Payments

£195.00 deposit (required to sign up)
£665.00 (due by 15th November 2021)
£665.00 (due by 1st February 2022)
£670.00 (due by 15th May 2022)

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Summer Camps Package

What’s included?

Virtually everything you need is included in the cost of your trip:

  • Financial protection through the ATOL scheme
  • Pre-departure day (June 2022)
  • Return indirect flights from London Heathrow
  • Specialist volunteer travel insurance
  • Single-sex shared accommodation
  • Three meals per day (except adventure weekend & transit days)
  • Orientation upon arrival, 24-hour in-country support and dedicated African Trip Host
  • Airport transfers and in-country transport
  • Organised project work
  • UK Trip Leaders (travelling with group, 1:10 ratio)
  • Cultural activities
  • Weekend adventure activity (see above)
  • Project development contribution
  • Access to our online portal, My African Adventure, for pre-departure support & fundraising ideas
  • African Adventures t-shirt

What’s not included?

Not much, actually.

  • UK medical expenses (any vaccinations or antimalarials)
  • Visa fee (£30-60)
  • DBS check 1
  • Drinks
  1. All volunteers aged 18 or above will be required to undergo a DBS check prior to travel

FAQs

If your trip is cancelled by African Adventures due to coronavirus, you will receive a full refund, 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.

We pride ourselves on our personalised and friendly approach, and we want to be there to support you at every stage of the adventure. Our fantastic online portal – My African Adventure – contains a wealth of information about fundraising, your destination, and how to best prepare for your trip. If you cannot find the information that you are looking for, we are always at the end of the phone or available via email to help you out.

Our friendly UK team are always on hand to help you with any worries or concerns you may have as you fundraise and prepare for your trip. We are available via phone and email, so please feel free to get in touch at any time.

You will be required to attend our pre-departure day in June 2022, where you’ll meet your group leaders and fellow volunteers.

When it’s time to depart, you will be met at London Heathrow by your UK Trip Leaders, who will travel and volunteer alongside you. They will be with you throughout your time in Africa, staying in the same accommodation and sharing the entire experience with you and your group.

In Africa, you’ll be in the safe hands of our knowledgeable In-Country Trip Hosts, who are all local to the communities where you’ll be staying, and are undoubtedly the best people for the job. They’ll be with you throughout your adventure, helping to ensure that your trip is safe, fun, and enjoyable!

Your trip will have its challenges, but the most rewarding experiences always do! You are likely to be stepping out of your comfort zone, meeting new people, and travelling to a new country that has a different environment and 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 always 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 our online portal, My African Adventure.

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 vast majority of visits are trouble free.

At African Adventures, we have organised trips for over 6,000 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, and in Kenya and Zanzibar volunteers will stay in basic hotels.

All accommodation has showers, flushing toilets and lockable rooms.

Further information (including pictures) is available on My African Adventure, our online portal which you can access after booking your place.

Previous experience has demonstrated that, with the right commitment, enthusiasm, planning and organisation, it is possible to raise the entirety of the trip funds. We will be available to support you throughout the fundraising stage with ideas, inspiration and practical advice.

Should you find that it is proving too difficult to raise the money required, and you do 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 150 days prior to departure.

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 aaf.african-adventures.co.uk for more information.

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Get in touch

Laura KalusSenior Trip Co-ordinator

laura@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3505