Humanitarian travel and work
Rafiki adventures is a tour and outreach agency committed to providing opportunities for all those involved, enabling both visitors and locals to benefit from the holiday experience. This means focusing on a range of worthwhile activities, whilst at the same time conserving the environment and respectfully interacting with the culture of the people. Our aim is not only to give you an insight into some of the more colorful peoples and cultures of Uganda and Kenya, and the opportunity to interact with local people, but also to appreciate the wild life. We are a specialist African travel agency for independent and group working holiday travelers. We don’t produce large catalogs and use numbers to describe our trips. We focus on the client and their individual dream of Africa to build personalized trip itineraries. The company was established as an alternative holiday and tour company specifically to deliver an Ethical, affordable and enriching African holiday experience for people that also care about the needs of the local people in Africa, care about preserving the environment and natural resources, care about respecting local customs and practices and want more than the average safari package deal.
on booking 40% of deposit has to be sent to Rafiki adventures before 2 months of your traveling with us.
We arrange both long and short term trips to Africa for individuals,families and groups.
We care about preserving the environment and natural resources, and also care about respecting local customs and practices by planting trees in the communities with locals, building programs, water projects ,encourage our guest to buy locally made African crafts from the local, support the local drama groups especially of youth and women in the communities, also the locals especially women,get a chance to teach our travelers how to prepare African dish, peeling Matooke (Banana) African dance. Through all these activities the locals and travelers have interacted and gotten to know each other.
Please review our website:http://www.rafikiadventures.com
Thousands of people are anxious to donate their time and abilities but become frustrated because they don’t know where their talents are needed. At the same time, hundreds of African non-profit organizations are seeking competent volunteers to enable them to carry on their very important work. As a service organization, HDV has a dual role: providing the solutions for both the volunteer and the not-for-profit organizations. HDV is, in fact, a matchmaker.
We assure a good organization-volunteer match by gathering pertinent information about both prospective volunteers and non-profit organizations.
Whether you are looking for a change of career, a year-out, a chance to improve your skills and experience or you are an organization looking for a volunteer, we can help.
Why Volunteer with Hope Development Volunteers? We offer low cost, affordable volunteering work abroad opportunities in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.
It’s a strong statement when people try to make a difference in poor places, such as Africa. Ever get the feeling that you have a higher calling? Like to travel differently than with a big group of people or are you looking for changing yourself? Then Hope Development Volunteers through its program of Volunteer Abroad Africa can provide you with an assortment of opportunities for finding some answers.
One of the biggest differences you will notice at the end will not be external but will be the difference inside of yourself. Most importantly, you will be changed forever because you will have a greater understanding of another culture, you will challenge your personal limits, and you will develop friendships.
Many travelers know where they want to go, but don’t know what to do once they get there. Volunteering abroad Africa gives your travels a purpose and an itinerary.
In some cases you may find a volunteer gig in your field of study. A volunteer position may give you the hands-on experience you won’t get stuffing envelopes for an internship.
Volunteering requires flexibility, patience; those who are self-starters, and people who genuinely respect the host people and their culture. Volunteers never come to teach the people western ways, nor are they here to save the people. Volunteers come to share their energy and time with the people, to experience their culture first hand and to grow themselves.
You may learn a new language, a new culture, and a new way of life. Flexibility and patience are the keys to having a satisfying experience.
Can you please share you experience with Mzungu – thanks Paul
Admin got an email today from a contact in Uganda,and as a result we have decided to blacklist this organization. Excerpts from the email:
Dear Traveling Differently,
I see from your website that you list Mzungu Volunteers as an organization with which you have a link. I need to alert you to some recent events which may make you review that relationship.
I wish to inform you that the founder and leader of this group, Kennedy Ochieng, was found guilty in Kampala City Central Court yesterday, Frday 27th July 2012, of obtaining money under false pretences. (Court Reference No. 1315/12) He was fined and given a suspended sentence of six months imprisonment.
He and Mzungu Volunteers are currently under investigation for credit card fraud, embezzlement, theft and impersonation. His Programme Manager is currently being sought by Police for credit card offences and theft. A number of volunteers have been defrauded and had significant amounts of money stolen, and two have had long haul flights booked on their credit cards, one actually in the name of the Programme Manager.
Kennedy’s usual method of operation is to found an organization, producing an attractive website with cute pictures and emotive text, attracting volunteers, encouraged by the prospect of doing good deeds and some adventure in the form of a safari or white water rafting. He claims that the projects are «his». This is the third «project» of this kind in four years.
As a supplementary point, as a senior education and child protection worker, I was alarmed that not one single check was made on the suitability of volunteers for working with vulnerable children.
When the bookings come in, he contacts local schools, orphanages or projects offering them volunteers. The schools, etc accept them in the hope of some positive relationships with potential sponsors, and some free labour. The Mzungu Volunteers website and Facebook page state that 85% of fees for volunteers go to cover expenses of airport pickup, food and accommodation. This implies that 15% goes to the projects they claim to support. None of this, to my knowledge is paid to the groups.
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