YTA was founded by teachers and we know how life changing volunteer work abroad can be for students.
We found that our own students developed in confidence and the experience gave them a direction and goal for their future.
Our past volunteers have pursued careers in areas such as world development, charity work and teaching.
Above all, our educational trips inspire students and give them a cultural and life changing experience that they will never forget.
“My experience in Kenya was honestly the best experience of my life, I was able to make a difference and experience new cultures, improving my confidence and independence as well as being able to work as a team.”
“Going to Kenya has been such an invaluable experience; from the change it has made in myself to how it has enhanced my CV and UCAS application, it has created so many opportunities in furthering my future prospects. Taking part in a trip like this has helped me gain so many new skills; I was recently offered a job and a lot of the skills they required I could relate to my Kenyan experience.”
“I can’t wait to join the Kenya trip, we have already had some presentations about the trip telling us what to expect and what is included. They have offered some amazing fundraising advice and I’ve already started cake sales, and sponsored events.”
“Before going to Kenya I was worried about how I could actually help the children. YTA kept saying use your skills to help them, I work as a sport coach so for me I really wanted to use my sporting ability whist at the schools.
I coached football, volleyball and got to lead on a sports morning made up of loads of different activities. It was amazing to see how happy the children were.” — Ben Williams, Wiltshire Council.
“Before going out to Kenya I was worried about teaching in front of the children, I was afraid that what I was teaching wouldn’t be important to them, through YTA my confidence grew and I could see how much of an impact teaching means to them.
Both the teachers and children were so grateful of what I had brought over, whether it be an English lesson or a simple activity like arts and crafts. The enjoyment I had brought into their lives through education has made me want to learn more myself.” — Alex Diplock, New College Swindon.
“I volunteered in Kenya across the summer.
Whist at Silver Bells we were involved in building a new classroom, and we also got involved in plastering and painting existing classrooms and helped with putting in new floors.
It was good to see that the money from our project pledge was being used whilst I was there.
It was a heart-warming and rewarding experience. I’m now fundraising to join another trip in 2015!” — Emma Matthews, New College Swindon.
“Kenya was a trip of a life time, the difference we made to the children was life changing and the difference it had made to me as an individual will stay with me for life.
We also got the opportunity to embrace the culture of Kenya by attending a church service on a Sunday and having Swahili lessons from James the director at Melon.” — Erin Simpson, Arts Educational Schools London.
“It was really rewarding being able to help feed the children at Melon and Silver Bells. It broke my heart that without these two meals a day the children wouldn’t receive anything.
We helped prepare the food and also helped with the washing up which was a huge task for over 600 children! It made me really appreciate what I have at home.” — Natan James Romano – Birmingham University.
“One of my life long dreams has been to go on safari, thanks to Younite Outreach Project we were able to experience Lake Nakuru the most amazing place I’ve ever been. We saw lions, zebras, giraffes, rhinos.
It was stunning and an amazing way to finish of our two weeks of volunteering.” — Rob Currie, Personal Trainer.
“Before going to Nakuru I didn’t know what to expect. It is in such a beautiful part of the country.
We were able to visit places such as Mengai Crater and also Thompson falls. Younite did everything they could to enhance our experience with extra trips on the side.
After working hard at the schools it was really appreciated.” — Sean Montague, Heart Radio.