African Adventures provides unique volunteer teaching experiences for trainee teachers.
Your trainee teachers will work alongside local teaching staff at our partner projects in Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, exchanging educational ideas and practices in the process. This experience of working in an unfamiliar environment, with minimal resources, helps develop invaluable skills that will be hugely beneficial for future teaching careers.
Trainees will return home with a deeper sense of global awareness, having become highly creative and flexible teachers. With the option to teach at primary or secondary level in subjects such as English, mathematics and geography, trainees are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, adapting their teaching styles to meet the needs of the children.
Trainee teachers will help students work towards local curriculum objectives which differ dramatically from those in the UK. Up to six hours per day can be spent teaching, all of which count towards initial teacher training (ITT) hours.
We make the entire experience for you as a group leader as simple as possible. We take care of everything, provide inclusive packages and support you and your group from start to finish.
Take your trainees on the experience of a lifetime; one that will help shape their characters and their futures for the better.
Please explore our university trips, find out more and don’t hesitate to get in touch.
University of Southampton trainee teachers reflect on their Kenya experience.
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Five Reasons Why Universities Choose Us
African Adventures is an education travel specialist, having organised successful volunteer experiences for thousands of students. We proudly hold a number of accreditations that should give you faith that you are travelling with a reputable and trusted company that is safely run, fully insured, and responsibly motivated.
We make your trip as easy to organise as possible. Our bespoke online platform holds all the tools and resources you and your group will need to prepare you for the journey ahead. Your dedicated Groups Manager will take care of trip admin and make sure that your entire group is looked after, from launch to your safe return.
African Adventures is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, aligning our work to the UN Sustainable Development Goals; the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. We are committed to driving 15 of the 17 Goals – related to people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership – giving our work real focus and meaning.
We have established a unique, ethical and effective model of volunteering which allows trainees to get the most out of their experience whilst providing maximum benefit to our partner projects.
Quite simply, we guarantee that you won’t find the same opportunity for less. Our packages include everything you need and our support tools make financing them as simple as possible.
University Trips Package
What’s Included In The Package?
We pride ourselves on our excellent pre-departure service and comprehensive packages.
- Free staff place with every 10 volunteers
- Dedicated UK Trip Co-ordinator
- Launch presentation and pre-departure meeting
- Fundraising support and ideas
- Access to our online portal, My African Adventure, for trip information, travel advice, payments and planning
- Bespoke volunteer travel insurance
- Financial protection under the ATOL scheme
- African Adventures t-shirt
- Visa application support
When You Travel
- Return indirect flights from London Heathrow1
- Return airport transfers in-country and daily transport
- Orientation upon arrival
- Dedicated in-country Trip Host
- Single-sex, shared accommodation
- Three meals per day (except adventure days)
- Pre-planned project work
- 24-hour support in the event of an emergency
- Cultural events and activities
- Project development contribution
What’s Not Included?
Very little, actually.
- UK medical expenses – any vaccinations or antimalarial tablets
- Visa fee (£30-£60, subject to destination)
- DBS check for over 18s
During your trip
- Direct flights and regional airport departures available for additional cost
In a recent survey of our youth volunteers…
of respondents said that the experience met their expectations
of respondents feel that their trip gave them a better insight into a different culture and the wider world
of respondents said their trip had helped them develop new skills
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Experience gained of teaching abroad in a different environment
- Skills honed in terms of improvisation and managing with limited resources
- Fulfilment of initial teacher training hours
- Knowledge gained of African curriculums and varied teaching styles
Yes, return flights are included as standard in all our group trip packages.
PGCE and trainee teacher groups, societies, RAG organisations, sports societies and departmental groups.
Our safety record is impeccable. Visit the ‘Your Safety’ section of our website to find out more.
Yes, for every ten student volunteers signed up, one group leader will travel completely free.
We have groups travelling throughout the year. Just let us know exactly when is the best time for your group to travel!
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.