Youth Development Programme – Summer 2021

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.

Youth Development Programme

Our Youth Development Programme (YDP) is open to young people between the ages of 16 and 20, who want to embark on a trip of a lifetime in Africa next summer alongside like-minded volunteers.

The YDP is an epic opportunity to learn about a fascinating new culture in the world around you, and you’ll come away with new friends and memories to last a lifetime.

There are three 10-night trips to choose from – Ghana, Kenya or Zanzibar –  where you’ll spend 7 days volunteering at one of our partner projects before rounding the trip off with one of our exciting adventure weekends.

You can put your skills to good use and choose to work as a teaching assistant in a primary school, help construct new school classrooms in a building role or deliver sports sessions in primary schools as a multi-sports coach. There are plenty of tools to get you ready on My African Adventure, our online volunteer portal, so don’t worry if you’ve never done something like this before.

The trip is organised by African Adventures from start to finish. In April 2021, you’ll meet your group leaders and fellow volunteers face-to-face at the YDP pre-departure day. Then, everyone will meet at London Heathrow Airport on the day of travel to head for Africa. Our in-country Trip Hosts will be waiting to lead the trip when you arrive, and they’ll be with you until you leave.

What are you waiting for? Do something amazing next summer and join the YDP.

This is your opportunity to explore a new country, meet new people, and have an impact on the world around you.

Want to find out more?

How it works

Phase 1

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 get started!

The preparation phase gives you time to fundraise towards your trip costs and we’ve got lots of tools on My African Adventure to help you through your fundraising journey.

Phase 2

Get stuck into the action phase of the programme, as you start volunteering at your partner project alongside your fellow volunteers and Trip Leaders.

You can choose between providing support with teaching, delivering 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.

Phase 3

As you approach the end of your trip, you’ll begin the reflection phase of the programme and complete your log book to help you reflect on your experience and the ways in which you have grown.

On your return home, you’ll also receive your Youth Development Programme certificate, which you can proudly show off when applying for future education or employment opportunities.

Trip Options



Ghana is a vibrant, beautiful country with friendly people, stunning landscapes and unspoilt beaches. Dancing and drumming are central to the way of life, and you are never far from a beating drum.

Youth Development Programmes - Ghana

If you are looking to experience vibrant and rural West Africa, we think Ghana is the destination for you.

In the rural Volta region, the main industries are agriculture and fishing, and many children work alongside their parents to bring in an income instead of receiving an education. We are working with our partner schools to improve their facilities and encourage more children to attend school from an earlier age.

Youth Development Programme - Volta Adventure Weekend, Ghana

Included in your trip is a chance to experience Ghana’s wild side. You will visit a protected monkey sanctuary and take a trip to the stunning Wli Falls, before staying overnight in a beautiful lodge.

Trip Cost



10 nights


Saturday 3rd July 2021

Flying From

London Heathrow


£195.00 deposit (required to sign up)
£565.00 (due by 15th November 2020)
£565.00 (due by 1st February 2021)
£570.00 (due by 1st May 2021)

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Kenya is a country of real contrasts, with breathtaking scenery, incredible wildlife, and a popular tourism industry on one hand, and extreme poverty on the other.

Youth Development Programmes - Kenya

If you are looking to experience an urban part of Africa, where real development is taking place, Kenya is your destination.

We work in Nakuru, Kenya’s fourth largest city, where small-scale agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the backbone of the economy. In the communities where we focus our work, the cost of an education is out of reach for many, so we work with schools that have been set up by local people to give children the chance of a better future.

Youth Development Programme - Rift Valley Adventure Day, Kenya

Included in your trip is our activity-packed Rift Valley Adventure Day, which includes a safari drive through Lake Nakuru National Park, a hike down Thomson Falls, and a visit to the Equator.

Trip Cost



10 nights


Saturday 31st July 2021

Flying From

London Heathrow


£195.00 deposit (required to sign up)
£550.00 (due by 15th November 2020)
£550.00 (due by 1st February 2021)
£550.00 (due by 15th May 2021)

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Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, is world famous among travellers and tourists for its white sandy beaches and historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Youth Development Programmes - Zanzibar

If you are looking for a taste of island life, coupled with impactful volunteering, historic Zanzibar is the place for you.

Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is alive with incredible smells and sounds. However, behind the idyllic scenery lies a different story. Life can be very difficult for a large percentage of the population, and overcrowding in schools poses a serious educational challenge. We show you the realities of life for many people on this beautiful island.

Youth Development Programme - Ocean Safari, Zanzibar

Included in your trip is the chance to explore the paradise waters and pristine beaches of this beautiful island, and try some of the freshest seafood imaginable, on our Ocean Safari.

Trip Cost



10 nights


Saturday 3rd July 2021

Flying From

London Heathrow


£195.00 deposit (required to sign up)
£585.00 (due by 15th November 2020)
£585.00 (due by 1st February 2021)
£580.00 (due by 1st May 2021)

Book now

Programme Package

What’s Included In Your Package

The programme fee covers virtually everything you need for your trip:

  • Financial protection through the ATOL scheme
  • Pre-departure day (April 2021)
  • Return indirect flights from London Heathrow
  • Specialist volunteer travel insurance
  • Single-sex shared accommodation
  • Three meals per day (except adventure weekend & transit days)
  • Orientation upon arrival, 24-hour in-country support and dedicated African Trip Host
  • Airport transfers and in-country transport
  • Organised project work
  • UK Trip Leaders (travelling with group, 1:10 ratio)
  • Cultural activities
  • Weekend adventure activity (see above)
  • Project development contribution
  • Access to our online portal, My African Adventure, for pre-departure support & fundraising ideas
  • African Adventures t-shirt

What’s Not Included

Not much, actually.

  • UK medical expenses (any vaccinations or antimalarials) – always consult your GP
  • Visa fee (£30-60)
  • DBS check 1
  • Drinks
  1. All volunteers over the age of 18 will be required to undergo a DBS check prior to travel

Fundraising Support

Fundraising is a great way to raise your trip costs, and it can be a lot of fun too! In a 2019 survey of our youth volunteers, 41% of respondents said they raised 50% or more of the money they needed, which is a fantastic achievement.

Many of our volunteers tell us that the fundraising aspect of their experience was a great way to learn new skills, and gave them a sense of pride when they earned the money to go on the trip themselves. 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 our online portal, My African Adventure.


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 portal – My African Adventure – contains a wealth of information about fundraising, your destination, and how to best prepare for your trip. If you cannot find the information that you are looking for, we are always at the end of the phone or available via email to help you out.

Our friendly UK team are always on hand to help you with any worries or concerns you may have as you fundraise and prepare for your trip. We are available via phone and email, so please feel free to get in touch at any time.

You will be required to attend our pre-departure day in April 2021, where you’ll meet your group leaders and fellow volunteers.

When it’s time to depart, you will be met at London Heathrow by your UK Trip Leaders, who will travel and volunteer alongside you. They will be with you throughout your time in Africa, staying in the same accommodation and sharing the entire experience with you and your group.

In Africa, you’ll be in the safe hands of our knowledgeable In-Country Trip Hosts, who are all local to the communities where you’ll be staying, and are undoubtedly the best people for the job. They’ll be with you throughout your adventure, helping to ensure that your trip is safe, fun, and enjoyable!

Your trip will have its challenges, but the most rewarding experiences always do! You are likely to be stepping out of your comfort zone, meeting new people, and travelling to a new country that has a different environment and 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 always 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 or 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 our online portal, My African Adventure.

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 the vast majority of visits are trouble free.

At African Adventures, we have organised trips for over 6,000 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 and exciting experience. We are accredited by reputable travel bodies (see Trusted and Experienced) and we follow Foreign & Commonwealth (FCO) advice at all times  (

Volunteers stay in single-sex, shared accommodation for the duration of the programme. In Ghana, the group will stay in a private guesthouse, and in Kenya and Zanzibar 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 you can access after booking your place.

Previous experience has demonstrated that, with the right commitment, enthusiasm, planning and organisation, it is possible to raise the entirety 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 do 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 for more information.

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Get in touch

Laura KalusTrip Co-ordinator

023 8184 3505