Where does your money go?
Unlike many other organizations, we donate 15% of the money paid by volunteers directly to the project itself (can differ per project). So the volunteer does not only help by giving the project their time but also by offering them financial resources. Many bigger organizations don’t offer any financial donations to the projects. For most of the projects we offer, we have made the costs of that project as transparent as possible to the potential volunteers. We do this so that you can see exactly where your money is going. If you cannot find out where your money is going for one of our projects, please contact us and we will gladly clarify any questions.
Another difference is that we are based in Africa and are directly involved in the running of the local projects. We also take time out to go visit the other projects around the country to see how things are going and where we can help them. If need be we also do fundraising for projects where extra money is needed and we keep close contact with our projects. We also offer 24/7 emergency support and are always available to support with any needs volunteers might have. African Travels also strives to help the community by offering local employment in a number of the projects.
If you find that your intended project is not for you, we will help you find a new project that is better suited for you. African Travels advises that you speak to us about the kind of volunteer work you would like to do before booking your trip so that we can assist you in selecting the right project.
Going the extra mile
If you need help with travel arrangements of have other questions not directly relating to the participation of a project; African Travels is there to assist and to go the extra mile. Many projects offer weekend trips and outings to make your stay as complete as possible.
Keeping it real
All the pictures that African Travels use on their website and advertising are taken either by the African Travels staff or the volunteers themselves. We do this to try and show the project as seen through the eyes of a volunteer so what you see is what you get. We are not a backpackers lodge that offers volunteering to fill up its beds; please be selective when chosing the right organisation as many out there are just in it to make as much money as they can and care little about the communities they are working with.