First of all, we would like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers who were involved in our extremely busy and successful summer programme across our partner projects in Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar. It has been fantastic to see the level of enthusiasm from all of you and the progress that has been made. Planning of trips for 2016 and 2017 is now in full swing and we look forward to welcoming back any returning groups – thank you for choosing to travel with us again!
PROJECT FOCUS: HADASSAH MISSION SCHOOL – Kenya
Over the summer, volunteers from Barton Peveril College and The Romsey School helped to construct and renovate classrooms at Hadassah Mission School. These developments mean the school is now up to government standards so that the students can take their examinations there instead of having to go to local government schools to sit them at an additional cost.
Lottie Kale travelled to Kenya with us in August with Springfield School and was very proactive with her fundraising, organising several events along with her friends ahead of the trip. She has even set up her own business as a children’s party entertainer, dressing up as Elsa from Frozen. In this role, her activities include facepainting, playing the piano and singing with the children. With these innovative ideas Lottie managed to raise all the funds needed for her trip by Christmas and then went onto raise even more to support the projects through the African Adventures Foundation. Well done Lottie!
Lottie (second from left) bag packing with her school group at their local supermarket.
Lottie even took her creativity to the classroom in Kenya!
“My trip to Kenya was an eye opener for me, and I have noticed a change in how I spend my money, as I think I value it a lot more now. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is thinking about going to Kenya It is an amazing experience and one that I will never forget.” Lottie Kale, Springfield School
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MEET THE TEAM AT AFRICAN ADVENTURES
Monika Farkas joined us as Volunteer Co-ordinator in August 2015 and she is looking forward to the new challenges ahead. Her role is to support the Groups Managers with the organisation of our trips and to help our volunteers from the start of their journey with us through until they return.
“Volunteering has always been important in my life since I took part in a European project as a volunteer in Italy. I can truly understand the importance of volunteering and the effect it can have on both the community and the volunteers themselves.”
“I am very interested in different languages and cultures, and in 2014 I went travelling outside Europe for 6 months. I feel very lucky to have had the chance to do this and visit some of the less fortunate but beautiful countries, such as India, Nepal and various countries in Africa. I have learnt a lot throughout these trips and I feel very lucky to have a job now where besides doing my work I can make a difference.”
OUR NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE!
After three long months of our team working around the clock we are delighted to share our new website with you!: www.african-adventures.co.uk. We hope you enjoy exploring it and we would be grateful for any feedback.
Over the coming months, we intend on adding more video content and making our website a bit more fun in terms of interaction, with regular news and blog updates as well as fundraising stories from our volunteers.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NEXT…
Next month, we look forward to welcoming The Westgate School and Burnley FC in the Community to Ghana; Guildford County School and Eastbourne College to Kenya; Uddingston Grammar School to Zanzibar. We hope you all have a fantastic time and we can’t wait to hear all about your trips! Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts using #TripsInAfrica