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.
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?
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.
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.
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.