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You might have seen that My African Adventure, our online portal for volunteers, has had a makeover!

Over the last 12 months, we’ve been working hard to update all three of our websites – the main African Adventures website, our Foundation website, and My African Adventure – with a fresh new design and more streamlined, up-to-date content. My African Adventure was the final stage in this process, and we’re so delighted to be able to share it with you.

When you log in to My African Adventure, you’ll see six menu options along the top:

My Trips

In this section, you can view all your upcoming trips, including your itinerary, flight details and travel documents. You’ll also be able to find out more details about your accommodation, any adventure activities, and the partner school where you’ll be volunteering.

If you’re a group leader, you’ll also be able to see everyone who’s booked on your trip, and you can opt-in to receive notifications when someone books their place or makes a payment.

Fundraising

Our Fundraising section includes everything you need to raise the money for your trip costs. In ‘How To Get Started’, you’ll find our top tips for fundraising, as well as some information about our partnerships with easyfundraising and Fund My Travel – both of which make fundraising easy.

‘Success Stories’ contains real-life, inspirational examples of how our previous volunteers have fundraised for their trips, while ‘Free Downloads’ has a sponsorship form, a bucket wrap, a money planner and a letter you can use to ask businesses to sponsor you in return for logo space on your t-shirt.

Before You Go

In this section, you’ll find comprehensive instructions to help you apply for your visa, as well as country-specific medical information and a handy packing list, which contains advice on what to bring for each volunteering role.

Whilst You’re Away

This is where you’ll find loads of info about your destination, our volunteer roles and our partner schools.

Under ‘Responsible Travel’, you can find out more about carbon offsetting, including how we’re working to reduce the environmental impact of our trips by providing families in Ghana with energy-saving Gyapa stoves. You can also read about our approach to responsible volunteering, and how you can help reduce plastic waste during your trip.

‘Destination Information’ has loads of information about the country where you’ll be staying and volunteering. Here, you can find out about your destination’s climate, culture, languages, currency and food. You can also download a free language guide and our top tips for haggling!

The ‘Volunteering Roles’ section contains detailed information about what each volunteering role involves and why each role is so important. Here, we’ve included some activities you could use in lessons, top tips for sports coaching, a free lesson plan template, songs and games ideas and some information about your destination’s education system.

Finally, ‘Our Partner Schools’ sets out our approach to supporting schools in Ghana, Kenya and Zanzibar, and details the four key areas we focus on – infrastructure, key equipment, food security programmes and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Payments

In this part of the website, you can easily make payments towards your trip, view your instalment dates, and see your payment history. Simple!

Profile

Finally, under ‘Profile’, you can update your personal details, including your passport information, dietary requirements and medical information.

You can also change your password and safely log out of your My African Adventure account.

We hope you enjoy using the new website and that it helps you prepare for your trip! We’d love to know your thoughts, so if you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to get in touch.

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