VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2015
As we round up our volunteer programme for 2015, we are pleased to say we have seen some really exciting developments at the projects this year in Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar.
Eddie, Lori and Brian have recently returned from spending much valued time at The Walk Centre in Kenya and we are delighted that the school has come a long way this year (see ‘Project Focus’ below). Last week we published our Community Development Pledge Review and are proud to have exceeded the goals we set out to achieve. This is all thanks to our incredible volunteers, so a big thanks to you all!
The Walk Centre
The Walk Centre has seen big changes this year with our volunteers showing extreme dedication and spending many hours renovating the classrooms and providing teaching assistance fo the children.
In November, Eddie, Lori and Brian carried out further renovation to the toilets; they have been installed with a flushing system, so the Centre now has flushing toilets and running water for the children to wash their hands, which will have a huge impact on the children’s health.
The classrooms are looking fantastic as is the school playground so thank you to all groups of volunteers who have played a part in these developments.
CHARLES DARWIN SCHOOL
Charles Darwin School have been fundraising hard for their Zanzibar trip next July and one of their big fundraising highlights has been walking to the Tanzania High Commission in London from their school in Bromley. They raised an outstanding £4,000, which is absolutely fantastic!
Don’t forget to share your fundraising stories with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and tag us in your social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #TripsInAfrica
MEET THE TEAM AT AFRICAN ADVENTURES
BETH PAGE – FINANCE AND ADMIN OFFICER
“I joined the team at African Adventures in November 2015 as a Finance and Admin Officer. My role is to support the Finance and Office Manager by taking on responsibilities for the daily finance, administration and in-house operations.”
“It is great to be a part of a purposeful organisation and I am excited to have joined African Adventures at this time because it is a growing company that is attracting increasing numbers of volunteers.”
“I have visited Kenya and it was an inspiring trip that enabled me to experience and embrace a completely different culture and enjoy amazing scenery and wildlife.”
AFRICAN ADVENTURES FOUNDATION
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Every penny raised through Easyfundraising this month will go towards the Christmas Meal Appeal, through which we are hoping to provide all 20,000 children at our partner projects with a special festive dinner this Christmas.
We’d love you to be part of the happy bunch of charity challengers who will be climbing Mount Kenya next June! Find our more and sign up here.
There are still a few spaces left for the Bath Half so if you’re feeling energetic and would like to get fitter for spring, this is the perfect motivation. Click here for more details.
We are very proud that Dan has received the prestigious ‘Rising Star’ Award this week at the British Youth Travel Awards ceremony, held in London. Dan, ever humble, was delighted to win the award, testament to all the hard work he has put into African Adventures over the past few years.
BLOGGING AND REVIEWS
African Adventures is now listed on Go Overseas, a website where you can find all sorts of volunteer programmes and we would very much welcome reviews from our volunteers. Share with the world how awesome your trip was so that others can be inspired to come and do it too!
As always remember to share your African Adventure memories and reviews on our social media channels too #TripsInAfrica
HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON!