A country full of culture, faith and spiritualism. It is vibrant, colourful and incredibly beautiful. The seventh largest country in the world with an ever-growing economy. India is a diverse country of affluence, extreme poverty, bustling cities and tranquil mountain retreats; temples, rivers, markets, yoga, elephants, monkeys, cows you name it, India has it. India has something for EVERYONE! The Food in India is unbelievably delicious and it’s not all ‘blow your socks off’ spicy!! There is a range of foods to suit everyone’s taste buds! If you want to go traditional then you will be blown away by the different [...]
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We are very excited to share with you our Trip Newsletter from our two big group trips that took place in Kenya and India this April. Better late than never!! Grab a cup of tea (Other drinks available) sit back, relax and enjoy the read via the link below :-) yta-april-newsletter-kenya-and-india
Having always wanted to do volunteering in Africa, I felt very lucky to be given the opportunity when in college to go to Kenya, with what was then ‘YOUnite Outreach Project’. I fell in love with the country, the people and the projects we worked with. I can vividly remember the excited squeals of children seeing bubbles for the first time, and turning the front camera on my phone, to be greeted by shocked faces of them being able to see themselves. I was involved with Younite Outreach Project quite heavily in the beginning. Assisting with event planning and offering fundraising [...]
Here at YTA we are very different to your usual Travel Company, and we don’t think we shout about this quite enough… Although our friends and family might be sick of hearing just how passionate we are about what we do, we need to start letting everyone know, the YTA Way... YTA is an independent Swindon based company, who pride ourselves on our community engagement and sustainable travel ethos. We specialise in trips to Kenya, India and Vietnam, and each trip offers something very different to those who take part. Whilst our core aim is and always will be about helping [...]
In 2018 & 2019 we are running several 10 Day Charity Challenge trips to India. In addition to our costs for this trip, we are offering the opportunity for you and your group to raise money for a charity of your choice. Our trip begins in Rishikesh in the north of India where your team will take a day to acclimatise, here you will do a 3-hour trek to Neergarh Water Fall and get some training in place before the real challenge begins! Your Charity Challenge starts in a village called Sari a 7-hour drive from Rishikesh, here you will [...]
We are so excited to announce our new destination for 2018 is the stunning Vietnam. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2rd6aebSJI A country of astounding natural beauty and culture, both mysterious and compelling. Full of History and adventure and culinary delights. From hiking the hills of Sapa to exploring some spectacular caves in Halong Bay. Here you will meet some of the most welcoming of people. This country has you enchanted the moment you arrive. Join a Group – Pre-arranged group Travel If you are looking to join a pre-arranged group, then this could be the option for you! We run several group trips throughout the [...]
With only limited spaces available on our current trips, we wanted to provide more opportunities this year for people to join us. 😊 Our New Departure dates are as follows: India 2018 – October 10 days (with options to extend) Departure date 25th October (Subject to change by a day or two) Kenya 2018 - October 10 days (with options to extend) Departure date 25th October (Subject to change by a day or two) Kenya 2018 – July 10 days (with options to extend) Departure date 1st July (Subject to change by a day or two) Kenya August – 2 Weeks [...]
YTA & Younite Foundation 2017 Highlights & Achievements…. Just before we make our way into a new year, we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of our 2017 achievements and highlights. We have put together a comprehensive report which shows the impact both YTA and our partner charity Younite Foundation has made to projects in Kenya & India. This report is specifically about the support we have given our international projects and covers the whole of 2017. To those who have visited our projects via YTA or donated funds through Younite, we hope this report shows you [...]
YTA Kenya Blog June 2017 - Evie Crawshaw -Textile & Design Student Falmouth University I really enjoyed my two week volunteering trip out to Kenya this June with YTA. I was a bit nervous going out as I didn’t really know anyone but I didn’t need to be as everyone in the group was friendly and welcoming. Our first stops were to an Elephant Sanctuary and a giraffe sanctuary and then onto the Rift valley which was very scenic. We also got to experience a Gospel service which was very lively and cheerful. Before actually going into the schools, we had basic [...]
6 years, 14 trips, hundreds of different people, two schools, 600 children! Where am I talking about? Kenya still blows my mind even now after so long. Every trip is unique and every time I learn something new about myself and about others. I honestly had no idea that my life could change so dramatically from one two-week trip in 2011. You can never predict the path your life will take and that’s probably the most exciting thing about it. I just knew that after my first visit to Melon Mission in Nakuru it wasn’t going to be my last. Despite [...]
We hope you have enjoyed our 2016 advent calendar updates. From inspirational volunteer stories, to messages from sponsored children we have loved every moment & believe it shows how much we have accomplished this year. Without YOUre support we wouldn't be where we are today. All competition winners will be announced on the 28th December. We hope you have a peaceful & blessed Christmas. A review of 2016 is coming soon.... Thank you!
......by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in you sail. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain Thank you to everyone for all your support this year. It’s been a great year with so many amazing people visiting our partner projects and experiencing our adventure and cultural activities. A review of our year will be up after Christmas. Until then have a blessed and safe Christmas. Enjoy time with your family, friends and loved ones and don’t eat to much Turkey! Fiona [...]
........is Service to God." James is executive director at Melon Mission "My work is to implement Melons Vision, by ensuring that needy children in our community, have a full life through Melons Mission of provision of food, clothes, shelter, education and other services that will enhance their full development. I really appreciate the great support from YTA to Melon Mission for the last five years. YTA has not only been providing financial support to help in the mission school day today activities, long term goals such as the building of a school, but have also been bringing volunteers to help in [...]
........The Meaning of Life Is to Give Your Gift Away" ~William Shakespeare "To feed a hungry child, now that is peace, joy and meaning in a cup! I'm a volunteer coordinator and lecturer at New College Swindon, I lead the teacher training programme and have recently commenced a crop growing programme. I have been taking students over to Kenya since 2011 alongside Fiona. To see the life change from start to finish in a student is a real honour. An enriching experience for all and one I would recommend to any other school/college that want to really make a difference to their students [...]
.......would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” » Mahatma Gandhi "The Kenyan trip, offered by YTA, is one that you will never forget and its life changing. Just as a small insight I have been out to Kenya several times and seen the incredible progress of the schools, the general maintenance, children and teachers. It is brilliant to see how teachers across the world can share experiences with those in Kenya. The children love to spend time with visitors from around the globe and really want to learn – I have sponsored a little girl, Fenny, and the sponsorship [...]