Volunteer Newsletter November 2015

VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2015

IN-COUNTRY UPDATE

Another brilliant programme has been taking place over the last couple of weeks with a number of school groups spending their half term break in Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar. Our first group from Scotland, Uddingston Grammar School, visited Kijito Upele for the first time in Zanzibar; Eastbourne College have been in Kenya at Love For All and Ronaken; and Guildford County School have also been in Kenya at Hadassah, The Walk Centre and Ungana Academy. The Westgate School and Burnley FC in the Community have just visited Ghana where they have been at Rema Abutia, Woe E.P and Dedzidi projects. We hope you have all had a fantastic trip and thank you!

Next week, we will be welcoming Eddie, Lori and Brian on their return trip to The Walk Centre in Nakuru. The Kenya team are very excited!


PROJECT FOCUS

UNGANA ACADEMY – NEW BABY CLASS

Those of you who have volunteered at Ungana Academy over the last year will know that the baby class was largely overcrowded. There was a space at the front of the school to build a new classroom which has now been started by Guildford County School and is coming along tremendously. We look forward to sharing the building photos with you once they have settled back home.


FUNDRAISING SPOTLIGHT

THE ALBION FOUNDATION

We’re delighted to say that The Baggies are on record for their biggest trip yet next summer with 22 members signed up, a perfect way for the Foundation to celebrate their 25th anniversary! Their fundraising is already in full swing; Paula Burns has run a half marathon and together with her husband Neil and friend Sallyann, they are actively Tweeting about a number of items for sale or auction on Ebay. Great effort guys! We look forward to hearing about your upcoming events over the next few months.

Don’t forget to share your fundraising stories with us by emailing frankie@african-adventures.co.uk and tag us in your social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #TripsInAfrica


MEET THE TEAM AT AFRICAN ADVENTURES

LUCY MACE – GROUPS MANAGER

Lucy joined us this summer as a Groups Manager. Her role is to ensure groups feel ready, prepared and, very importantly, excited ahead of their trip to Africa!

“I love working for an organisation where the work I do contributes to the development and growth of the projects we work with in Africa, and ultimately to improving the lives of the children and adults involved in these projects.”

“Not only this, but having volunteered in Uganda and Kenya myself, at the age of 18, I know that there is so much to be gained from volunteering. It is an experience that stays with you for a long time, influencing the way in which you live your life and the choices you make on a daily basis – it led me to my current role with African Adventures!”

Lucy is currently on her way back from her first African Adventure to Ghana where she has been spending time with Burnley FC in the Community and The Westgate School.


AFRICAN ADVENTURES FOUNDATION

CHRISTMAS MEAL APPEAL 

The African Adventures Foundation has officially launched its most ambitious Christmas Meal Appeal to date, with the target of raising £5,000 for the children across our partner projects in Africa to enjoy a festive celebration.

A big thank you for your kind and generous donations so far, we have raised £262.50.

If you would like to get involved in helping to make their Christmas special please donate here


INDIVIDUALS TRIPS

Looking to return on a trip independently with like-minded individuals? Take a look at our trip dates coming up. The first ten to sign onto each trip receive a free African Adventures travel bag!


RECENTLY RETURNED VOLUNTEERS

Please remember to fill out our Volunteer Feedback survey on Survey Monkey, which we will email you about. It is very important to us that we hear about your experiences and how we can continue to improve. 

Share your photos and memories with us, whether it be at the projects, on safari or simply your favourite moments #TripsInAfrica