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African Adventures has teamed up with Sankofa Freedom Academy to offer its students a unique opportunity to volunteer in Zanzibar – and you’re invited to join!

African Adventures is a unique volunteer travel company, dedicated to improving lives in the UK, USA and Africa through volunteering. We work with six schools near Stone Town in Zanzibar which help improve the lives of the thousands of children who attend them.

Sankofa Freedom Academy’s 11-night trip takes place on 2nd March 2025, where you’ll help with teaching, sports coaching or building and renovations at one of our partner schools. Away from volunteering, you’ll explore everything Zanzibar has to offer on our Taste of Zanzibar Weekend.

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime?

Why Get Involved?

Our volunteers bring our work to life by helping our partner schools achieve incredible goals, such as building a new primary school, constructing toilet blocks, creating an IT suite or helping build a new classroom block to reduce overcrowding in lessons.

Not only will you make a real difference to children’s live in Africa, but you will return home with your horizons broadened and memories to last a lifetime.

94%
said their trip exceeded their expectations
98%
gained a better understanding of the world
97%
gained the confidence to try new things

You can choose between two volunteer roles

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Teaching & Multi-Sports

Classrooms at our partner schools are often overcrowded and under-resourced. By choosing a Teaching Assistant role, you’ll help teachers to deliver sport lessons (where appropriate) and help support small groups of students with their work. There are lots of resources on the My African Adventure portal to help you prepare for this role.

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Building & Renovation

Volunteers who are hands-on and like to see a project through from start to finish should choose the Building & Renovation role. A large part of African Adventures’ work includes the construction/renovation of classrooms, kitchens, toilets, walls, offices and assembly halls at schools. The work carried out, which is always led by a local builder, is often physical and can be hard work, but is suited to all those ready to participate.

Adventure Activities

Away from volunteering, you’ll discover everything that Zanzibar has to offer with our Taste of Zanzibar Weekend which is a perfect mix of learning, touring and relaxation. The weekend starts in historic Stone Town, where you will discover its vast attractions. After lunch, you will walk through a spice farm where you can smell and taste a variety of famous spices. After all that exercise, you’ll need some downtime, and we’ve got just the thing! You’ll be heading to Zanzibar’s east coast for a relaxing stay at a tranquil beach resort, where you can kick back and watch the world go by.

About Zanzibar

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The Location

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous island off the east coast of Tanzania. Stone Town, near to where our partner schools are located, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has a population of around 16,000. Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is alive with incredible smells and sounds to enrich the senses. However, behind the tourism and the picture-perfect scenery lies a different story. Life can be very difficult and a large percentage of the population is surviving on less than 75p per day. We are working with our partner schools to improve their facilities and provide additional teaching support.

Where You'll Stay

You’ll stay at a hotel in Stone Town, comprising two buildings, which is located just a short walk from the ferry terminal and Forodhani Gardens. Each room is en-suite and there is a roof terrace where guests can relax in the evenings, and WiFi is available at the hotel. The hotel is staffed 24 hours a day, and a security guard is on duty overnight. There is also a restaurant, electricity, and outside areas for relaxing.

Trip information

Duration 11 nights
Departure Date Sunday 2nd March 2025 (subject to flights)
Flying From Indirect from New York (JFK)
Sign-Up Deadline 15th May 2024

Trip Costs

Total:
$2700
Deposit
First instalment
Second Instalment

Trip package

What's included?

  • Return flights from London
  • Comprehensive pre-departure support
  • Airport transfers and in-country transport
  • Dedicated Trip Host in Africa
  • Planned development work
  • Beach visit & local tours
  • Farewell Celebration
  • Personalised African Adventures t-shirt
  • Hotel/guesthouse accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Cultural events and activities
  • 24-hour support
  • Taste of Zanzibar Weekend

What's not included?

  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Travel vaccinations and anti-malarial tablets
  • Spending money
  • Drinks

Fundraising Support

Nearly half of our volunteers raise more than half of their trip costs through fundraising, which is an important part of the African Adventures experience.

Fundraising can be great fun, and many of our volunteers tell us that this part of the experience is a great way to learn new skills, and get to know the other volunteers in their group.

Once you’ve signed up, you can set up your own sponsorship page on My African Adventure, which you can share with friends and family, or use to collect payments for fundraising events, that will help raise your trip costs.

You can join our free six-weekly fundraising workshop webinars, where you’ll hear from volunteers who have been there and done it before, and fundraising ideas you can try from the African Adventures team.

Plus, there’s comprehensive Fundraising Support section for you to use on My African Adventure, where you can download money planners, event posters, bucket wraps and much more.

FAQS

Lots!

Most people who travel with us are visiting sub-Saharan for the first time, so you’ll get access to lots of help and advice to get ready for your trip, including what to pack, when to apply for your visa, what your destination country is going to be like and much more. And once you’ve arrived, you’ll be looked after by our friendly team of expert Trip Hosts.

If you have any questions about your trip, just give our friendly team a call, and we’ll be happy to help.

No, but the most rewarding experiences rarely are! You are likely to be stepping out of your comfort zone, meeting new people, travelling to a new country, in a different environment and with 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 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 www.travelhealthpro.org.uk or www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk 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 the My African Adventure portal.

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 majority of visits are trouble free.

At African Adventures, we have organised trips for over 7,000 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; www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Volunteers stay in single-sex, shared accommodation for the duration of the programme. In Zanzibar, the group will stay in hotels.

All accommodations have showers, flushing toilets and lockable rooms.

Further information (including pictures) is available on My African Adventure, our online portal accessible once you have signed up.

About 50% of our volunteers raise at least half their trip costs through fundraising alone. With good planning, the right commitment and enthusiasm, you can too.

Once you sign up, you get access to a wide range of fundraising support. You can set up your own sponsorship page on your My African Adventure account to help raise money for your trip (if you’re making all your payments directly to African Adventures), you can join free six-weekly online fundraising workshops, and there are lots of downloadable posters/bucket wraps to use too. You also get a fundraising t-shirt from African Adventures a few weeks after booking.

However, if it proves to be too difficult to raise the money you need, and you 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 the date of your first instalment.

No, African Adventures is a for-profit social enterprise.

Lots of our volunteers fundraise to cover their trip costs, which is an important part of the African Adventures experience. The money that volunteers raise pays for their travel costs, so things like flights, accommodation, tours, and the staff who deliver our trips. A portion of every volunteer’s trip cost is also given to the partner school hosting the group, as a donation to fund the work being carried out.

We do, however, have a charity arm called African Adventures Foundation. African Adventures Ltd funds the running cost of our charity, which means 100% of donations given to the charity are spent at our partner schools in Africa. You can read more about our official charity by visiting www.africanadventures.co.uk/foundation.

Contact Gill Robinson, our Partnerships Manager at gill@stg-africanadventures-staging.kinsta.cloud or call 023 8184 3502.