Youth Development Programme – Summer 2020
Have you ever thought about volunteering in Africa?
Now’s your chance! African Adventures’ Youth Development Programme offers young people like you the opportunity to take part in an unforgettable volunteer experience in Ghana, Kenya or Zanzibar.
Our Youth Development Programme is open to young people between the ages of 16 and 19, and the only qualities we ask of you are enthusiasm, commitment, and the drive to make a difference!
The programme offers the chance to take part in a 10-night volunteering experience in Africa, and the adventure starts as soon as you sign up.
In the preparation phase, you’ll be targeted to fundraise as much of your programme fee as possible, giving you a chance to develop skills even before you travel. Our friendly team will support you throughout your fundraising, and our online portal – My African Adventure (My AA) – contains ideas and tips to help you reach your target.
Just before travelling, you will receive a log book to fill in before, during, and after your trip, helping you to get the most from the experience. During your volunteering experience, you will not only learn about a new culture, but about what you have to offer, and what you can achieve when you are taken out of your comfort zone. You will have the chance to form close bonds with the other young people in your group as you work as a team to make a positive impact at our partner schools. You can choose to help with teaching, running sports sessions, or building new classrooms. Away from volunteering, you’ll get to explore your host destination on one of our adventure activities. From roaming Kenya’s vast plains on safari, to trekking through the rainforest in Ghana, to snorkelling alongside tropical fish in Zanzibar’s turquoise waters, there’s something for everyone.
Throughout your trip, you will be accompanied by an experienced Group Leader, who will be your main point of call and support you through the process. When you return home, you’ll be awarded a certificate stating that you have successfully completed the Youth Development Programme; a fantastic record of the commitment you have shown to your development, and something which you can reference in further education and job opportunities. You’ll return home with a new sense of independence, increased confidence, and a feeling of pride in what you have achieved.
So, what are you waiting for…
Youth organisations looking to organise their own group trip should visit our Graduate Engagement Trips page.
This is your opportunity to explore a new country, meet new people, and have an impact on the world around you. So, what are you waiting for?
Want to find out more?
We are here to support you and answer your questions.
LDPs that choose to promote the programme have access to a range of support tools – including leaflets, social media content, and testimonials – to share information about the opportunity with their grads and help boost their graduate engagement rates. Visit our Youth Development Programme toolkit or give us a call to find out more.
Choose between tropical rural Ghana, bustling urban Kenya, or the ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar, and book your place on the trip of a lifetime. Once this decision is made, it’s time to start planning for your adventure.
The preparation phase gives you time to fundraise towards your trip costs and mentally prepare for the experience. Our friendly team will be on hand with advice and guidance throughout your fundraising journey.
Get stuck into the action phase of the programme, as you spend 10 nights volunteering at our partner schools in Africa.
You can choose between providing support with teaching and running sports sessions, and assisting with crucial renovation work.
In your downtime, you’ll get the chance to explore your destination on one of our eye-opening adventure activities.
As you approach the end of your trip, you’ll begin the reflection phase of the programme, giving you the chance to look back on everything that you have achieved.
Finally, on your return home, you’ll be invited to submit your log book electronically. In return, you’ll receive your Youth Development Programme certificate, which you can proudly show off when applying for future education or employment opportunities.