Join Aston Villa Foundation in Kenya in 2021

Information Evening: Virtual launch on 29th October 2020

Introduction

African Adventures is delighted to team up with Aston Villa Foundation for its first trip, and you are invited to join!

African Adventures is a unique volunteer travel company, dedicated to improving lives in the UK and Africa. We work with 11 community projects in Nakuru, Kenya, that help improve the lives of the 3,500 children who attend.

The Aston Villa Foundation eight-night trip takes place on 23rd October 2021, where you’ll spend five days volunteering alongside like-minded others at one of our partner projects, before wrapping the adventure up with an exciting safari day.

You can help teach in classrooms, coach sports, or build new classrooms, kitchens and other key infrastructure projects during this trip, enabling you to develop new skills and dedicate your time to a valuable cause.

Part of the trip costs will also be donated to Aston Villa Foundation to help support the vital community projects they run in the Birmingham area.

Why Get Involved?

Kenya is where African Adventures was born after we formed our first project partnership with The Walk Centre in Nakuru in 2009. Since then, we have grown to support 26 partner projects and more than 22,000 children across Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar.

As a volunteer, you can help our partner projects extend their outreach within their local communities and improve the quality of education that they provide. Previous volunteers at our partner projects in Kenya have renovated classroom interiors, run workshops on sexual health and hygiene, organised sports sessions, helped construct new toilets, and even taught skills such as knitting and crocheting.

Away from volunteering, you’ll have the opportunity to discover everything that Kenya has to offer on our Rift Valley Adventure Day. Spot the Big Five on safari at Lake Nakuru National Park, witness the Earth’s gravitational pull in action at the Equator, and hike down the spectacular Thomson Falls – one of the deepest waterfalls in east Africa.

As no trips to Kenya took place in 2020 because of the Coronavirus outbreak, your support will be needed more than ever in 2021. So, what are you waiting for? Start your African Adventure today!

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. No formal teaching qualifications are required, and 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 Kenya

Location

The trip will take place in Nakuru, Kenya. With a population of around 350,000 people, Nakuru is the country’s fourth-largest town. It serves as Kenya’s main connection between Nairobi and Kisumu, and Kenya and Uganda. It is popular with tourists and most famous for the adjoining Lake Nakuru National Park.

Nakuru has enjoyed significant economic development over the last 10 years. This has brought lots of jobs and increased wealth to the town, with a growing middle class. However, not everybody has reaped the benefits, and levels of extreme poverty remain high. Food insecurity, limited access to education and inadequate housing remains a real problem for many. The projects that African Adventures supports are located in deprived areas of the town.

Where you’ll stay

The group will stay at a 3* hotel just outside the centre of Nakuru. Volunteers will share single-sex rooms, which have an en-suite, with 2-3 other volunteers. (Single rooms are available for an additional supplement.)

The hotel benefits from a large outdoor space, restaurant, WiFi and a private room to be used by the group for breakfast and evening meals, and as a social space. The hotel also has 24-hour security, CCTV and a security wall around its perimeter.

African Adventures has been working with the hotel since 2015 and it is a perfect base for our volunteer groups.

Trip Information

Duration

8 nights

Departure Date

23rd October 2021 (subject to flights)

Flying From

Birmingham

Trip Cost

£2,045.00

Deposit

£195.00 to secure your place

Sign-up Deadline

27th November 2020

First Instalment

£620.00 due by 24th January 2021

Second Instalment

£615.00 due by 24th May 2021

Third Instalment

£615.00 due by 24th August 2021

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 Nairobi from Birmingham
  • 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 Kenya
  • All scheduled transport in Kenya
  • Organised project work
  • Giraffe sanctuary visit, community visit, local market and farewell celebration
  • Safari day in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Project development contribution
  • Access to our online portal, My AA, for trip details, pre-departure support & fundraising ideas
  • African Adventures t-shirt
  • Donation to Aston Villa Foundation

What’s Not Included

Not much, actually.

  • UK medical expenses (any vaccinations or antimalarials) – always consult your GP
  • Visa fee (£30)
  • Drinks
  • DBS check (if over 18)

Fundraising Support

Raising the money

There are lots of ways of raising the money you need to take part in Aston Villa Foundation’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.

The process of fundraising can actually be a valuable process in itself – many of our volunteers tell us that this aspect of the experience was a great way of learning new skills and getting to know the other volunteers in their group.

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 a comprehensive Fundraising Support section for you to use on My African Adventure, our online portal.

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.

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 facility, My African Adventure, contains a wealth of information relating to fundraising, your destination, and how to best prepare for your trip. And, if you cannot find the information that you are looking for, we are always available via phone and email to help you out.

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 most visits are trouble free.

At African Adventures, we have organised trips for over 5,000 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 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 Kenya, 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 is accessible once you have signed up.

Previous experience has demonstrated that, with the right commitment, enthusiasm, planning and organisation, it is possible to raise the entirety, or a large portion, 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 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.

Get in touch

Laura KalusTrip Co-ordinator

laura@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3505

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Get in touch

Laura KalusTrip Co-ordinator

laura@african-adventures.co.uk

023 8184 3505