Latest News2018-10-25T08:33:36+00:00
105, 2019

2020 Winter & Spring Trip Dates Released…

By |May 1st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

You may be thinking I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow let alone next year but we at YTA want to be as planned as possible and enable YOU to experience a trip of a life time with plenty of time to save your funds! The sooner you plan a big trip like this the better. You have longer to pay, save and plan! Plus It’s always good to have [...]

2504, 2019

10 Ways Travelling Can Enhance Your CV & UCAS Applications

By |April 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

From students leaving college or university to career breaks, more and more people are searching for an adventure to see more of the world.  Did you know you can do all this, without having to take a Gap Year?  At YTA our main aim is to leave a positive impact, on those who travel with us and the communities we visit, in our carefully put together trips. We have put [...]

1104, 2019

10 reasons why you should Volunteer with YTA

By |April 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

10 Reasons Why you should volunteer with YTA! It’s good for your health! Yes, it really is scientifically proven that by helping people and making a difference, it has a positive impact on your body, helping to reduce stress an anxiety. It’s a career booster Stand out in a pile of CV’s, by enhancing it with your volunteering experience.  By taking yourself out of your normal surroundings you are showing [...]

804, 2019

Meet the Team – Le Dieu Thuy – Vietnam

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

The great thing about our teams is that they are based exactly where we visit!  This week we would like to introduce you to Le.  Le is our main point of contact in Vietnam and works with our groups when in Vietnam.  We asked her some questions, to get to know her better. What do you love most about your job?  I get to meet a lot of people from [...]

2803, 2019

Travellers share feedback of their experience with YTA…

By |March 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

We have recently had a number  people join us on our trips which is fantastic. Our most recent group trip to Kenya in February was made up of a mixture of people of which the majority were retired. We worked with this group throughout the run up to their trip to ensure the itinerary was exactly what they wanted. The group handpicked their trip including their various excursions, including a [...]

402, 2019

Meet the Team – Kiran Kapoor

By |February 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Time to introduce you to some of the team from our partners in India.  This week we would like you to meet Kiran, Kiran is a trekking and climbing guide and assists with the trek section of our India trips. What do you love most about your job? Meeting people from the around the world is best part of my job. I love to climb the mountains and assist people [...]

2801, 2019

Meet the Team – Robyn Hitch

By |January 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

  It's time for you to meet another of YTA's amazing Outreach Coordinators, Robyn.   How long have you worked with YTA? My first trip was in 2015, and I lead my first trip in 2016.   Why do you like working with YTA? I love working with YTA because I can see the difference we make in each school and how it builds year on year.   What’s the [...]

2301, 2019

Younite Foundation & YTA’s Impact Review 2018

By |January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|

It's time to take a look back over 2018 to see just how much was achieved at our projects in Kenya. Younique Travel Adventures and Younite Foundation have worked together again to ensure that the projects in Kenya are being supported responsibly & ethically, whilst progressing and making a positive change on all involved. The review below highlights our greatest achievements for 2018, and we look forward to an epic [...]

801, 2019

The Winner of the Christmas Competition 2018 is…

By |January 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

  A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our Christmas Competition Last year.  Below are the 25 correct answers to the quiz.  Only those who answered all questions correctly were entered into our draw. Question 1- What are the 8 original Reindeer called? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Donner, Vixen, Comet, Cupid and Blitzen Question 2 - How many lords are leaping in the song, 12 days of Christmas. [...]

2512, 2018

Christmas Day – Day 25 – Christmas Competition

By |December 25th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

It's Christmas Day!!! We hope you like our special Christmas Video on Facebook. Thank you all for taking part in out Christmas Quiz Competition. Here is your final question of the month. What Christmas Ballet is the most famous of all? A)Rudolph's Surprise B)The Nutcracker C)Mr. and Mrs. Claus D)Frosty Goes to New York Send your answer to info@ytauk.co.uk Don’t forget to be entered into this competition you need to [...]

2312, 2018

10 reasons why you should Volunteer with YTA – Day 23

By |December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

10 Reasons Why you should volunteer with YTA! It’s good for your health! Yes, it really is scientifically proven that by helping people and making a difference, it has a positive impact on your body, helping to reduce stress an anxiety. It’s a career booster Stand out in a pile of CV’s, by enhancing it with your volunteering experience.  By taking yourself out of your normal surroundings you are showing [...]

2212, 2018

Day 22 – Donations, donations, donations

By |December 22nd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Our volunteers who go out to Kenya always take a crazy amount of donations!  This year we saw everything from a 'Pants' campaign so that the children received new underwear, hundreds of pairs of socks donated from local schools here in the UK, homemade knitted hats, goody bags, school supplies, shoes and as well as clothes. From toiletries and clothes, to toys and books, these are so appreciated by our [...]

2112, 2018

#FeedbackFriday & Day 21

By |December 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

It's the last Friday before Christmas and we have a new #FeedbackFriday to share with you all.  This week's is from Emily, Emily travelled out to Kenya with us in August.  Three definitely was the magic number with this group.  They achieved so much in their two weeks for being just the three of them.  They were a force to be reckoned with and provided world class lessons, and materials [...]

2012, 2018

Younite Foundation Charity Ball 2019 & Day 20 of our Christmas Competition

By |December 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

  Tickets are selling fast for Younite Foundation's Charity Ball taking place in March next year.  This event is set to be the best one yet and tickets are just £45 and include a 3 course meal, a welcome drink on arrival, music, auction and so much more... Doors will open at 7pm and we hope you will all have a fantastic night whilst raising all important funds for our [...]

1912, 2018

Gus Gardner – A year in review: An Outreach Coordinators Perspective of 2018… and day 19 of our Christmas Competition

By |December 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

2018 has been another amazing year for Younique Travel Adventures and it only gets better every year! 2018 marks a special year for me as it marked 3 years of travelling to Kenya/India and 3 years of being involved with such an awesome company. Writing this blog has made me realise how we, as a company, have gone from strength to strength and 2019 looks even brighter than this year! [...]

1812, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Day 18

By |December 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

It's still not too late to get involved with YTA's Christmas Competition and our YTA Tuesday offer is in it's last few days. To be in with your chance of winning £100 off a YTA trip or a £100 Amazon gift voucher all you need to do is answer all 25 questions correctly from our YTA Christmas quiz.  Just joining in now?.. no problem head back across our posts from [...]

1712, 2018

Meet the Team – Charlotte Quinn and Day 17 of our Christmas Competition

By |December 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

  How long have you worked with YTA? I started working for YTA in January 2018, so almost a year now.  It's gone so quickly and I can't believe its nearly been a year.  What a great year it has been!   Why do you like working with YTA? I love working with YTA because of the travel opportunities that we provide to people of all ages, and the variety within [...]

1612, 2018

Adventures of a lifetime… and day 16 of our Christmas Competition.

By |December 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Our adventures are nothing less than jam packed and 'what's included'? We hear you ask, well in this blog we will be looking at some of the excursions available for YTA's trips! Within each of our trips YTA include 'Younique' excursions for you to be able to experience. Even though Kenya is a predominantly volunteer based and community engagement trip; as standard in our packages we include a Safari at [...]

1512, 2018

The YTA Way and day 15 of our Christmas Competition!

By |December 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

  Carrying on with our theme of taking a look back over the year, we wanted to re-share a blog with you that we wrote at the beginning of the year, which outlines what makes YTA different, and how we work.  So grab a cup of coffee and give it a read! https://ytauk.co.uk/blog/the-yta-way/   Here is today's Christmas Question: When was the first Christmas Card sent? Send your answer [...]

1412, 2018

#FeedbackFriday and day 14 of our Christmas Competition!

By |December 14th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Christmas is getting ever closer and it's time for the weekend, hopefully yours will be filled with lots of festive activities!  #FeedbackFriday is back and this week we have received some great feedback from one of YTA's travellers Emily.  Emily has now joined us in all three destinations with most recently visiting Vietnam with us to complete the hat-trick. Here's what she had to say: "Vietnam is a completely unique [...]

1312, 2018

Day 13 – A Taste of India

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

  YTA's second destination is Magical India... Way back in August we wrote a blog, with the 5 reasons India should be on your list of places to visit, we thought we would re-share it this festive season just in case you missed it! If you think India is somewhere you would love to visit... Don't delay to get in touch. https://ytauk.co.uk/blog/india-not-everyones-first-choice-holiday-5-reasons/ https://ytauk.co.uk/blog/india-not-everyones-first-choice-holiday-5-reasons/   We hope you are all [...]

1212, 2018

Day 12 – It’s time to Dance!

By |December 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

There is no denying that the children in Kenya love to sing and dance and so do YTA's Volunteers by the looks of thing!!...  YTA have made a fair few music videos over the years.  This year in the summer our Uni group set to work, bringing you some highlights from there trip.  This is a great insight to see what they got up to, and all the fun they [...]

1112, 2018

Day 11 and it’s YTA Tuesday!

By |December 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Tuesday has come round again, and here is a little reminder for you about our offer that we have running until the 21st December!   If you are thinking of joining us on a trip in 2019... you really don't want to miss out on this one.  Follow the link below to find out more! https://ytauk.co.uk/blog/ytatuesday/ Oh... and of course it's day 11 of our Christmas quiz and here is today's [...]

1012, 2018

Day 10- Meet the Team Monday Fiona Simpson

By |December 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

  It's Monday and time for a brand new Meet the Team Monday, and today is none another than our company Director Fiona Simpson.  Fiona has worked so hard across the last 8 years to make YTA what it is!  Quite simply without Fiona, YTA wouldn't be here, everyday we are changing lives and giving people brand new experiences because of what Fiona has created, and isn't that a wonderful [...]

912, 2018

Day 9 – The Beauty of Halong Bay!

By |December 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Our fast-paced Vietnam trip certainly shows you the best of what Vietnam has to offer.   One of the trip highlights is a visit to Halong Bay with an overnight stay aboard a boat and a cookery class.  This is certainly an experience our travellers won’t forget any time soon. Halong Bay is also listed as UNESCO World Heritage site and is located in northern Vietnam.  The Bay is dotted with [...]

812, 2018

Day 8 – See one of the 7 Wonders of the World with YTA!

By |December 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

  The Taj Mahal is included as a excursion on YTA’s India trip.   The Ivory-white marble Mausoleum is in the Indian city of Agra, about a 4 hour drive from Delhi.   The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “The Jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage”. Listed as one of the wonders [...]

712, 2018

Day 7 – #FeedbackFriday

By |December 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

  It's the first Friday in December and as usual we have a #FeedbackFriday for you all!  This week is from Ela!  Ela has travelled out to Kenya with us twice and she left us some wonderful feedback following her trip back in June! "Nothing quite compares to the feeling of working with children in Kenya. YTA give the perfect means to do this with their wonderful trips to Nakuru. [...]

512, 2018

Day 6 – Desk the Halls this Christmas!!

By |December 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Melon Mission School in Nakuru, Kenya need our help! With their new school well on it’s way with building work, we need your help to fill their new classrooms. It would be amazing to help fill each new classroom with a desk and chair for every child.  This will enable them to work and learn comfortably...something we take for granted for our children in this country. Not only would this [...]

412, 2018

All I want for Christmas…. is a trip to Vietnam!

By |December 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

It’s Day 5 of our Christmas Quiz and Giveaway and today we are officially launching our September 2019 Trip to Vietnam!! Our April trip is now FULL but do not fear we are running another group trip at the start of September 2019 and we are now taking bookings for this! Vietnam is an incredible destination to visit and its jam packed with adventure, culture and history. This trip will [...]

312, 2018

YTA Tuesday…. And day 4 of our YTA Christmas Competition!

By |December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

It's YTA Tuesday and our 50/50 deal is still up for grabs! See below for more information. This deal ends on the 21st December and is for new bookings only. https://ytauk.co.uk/blog/ytatuesday/ It's also Day 4 of our Christmas Quiz! Today's question is: Name the film this picture is from? Send your answer to info@ytauk.co.uk Don't forget to be entered into this competition you need to answer every question we post [...]

2911, 2018

Extra Extra Read all about it! It’s time for our next Newsletter…..

By |November 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

As the children in Kenya would say…. Sit back, Relax and Enjoy (Another slightly overdue YTA newsletter) Check out our latest newsletter which covers all our trips across the last 7 months. It’s a cracker!! It's been a great adventure and we are so excited to share with you everything that we have been up to. Click the link below to read more 🙂 YTA November Newsletter 2018

2811, 2018

Day 3 – Meet The Team – Daniel

By |November 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

  After introducing you to Margaret last week we thought it was only right for you to meet Daniel this week.  Pastor Daniel works alongside Margaret at Silverbells, and over the past 11 years has been responsible for the maintenance and up keep of the school along with the general day to day running of the school.  Daniel is our go to funny man, and will have you laughing the [...]

2811, 2018

Day 2 – We’re on top of the World!

By |November 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

A highlight of our India trip is always the trek, and more importantly the moment they reach the top!! And it was no different for our group who travelled back in April.  We are sure they will be sharing stories from their Indian Adventure this Christmas time! Today's Christmas Quiz Question is: In the Song "The Twelve Days of Christmas, how many lords are leaping?"  Email your name and answer [...]

2711, 2018

Day 1 – It’s Christmas!! Well nearly….

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

It's the 1st of December and to celebrate we are launching our 25 day giveaway and Christmas Quiz! Before we give you your first question why not check out this fab music video.  Made by one of our volunteers Billie who joined us in Kenya this April. https://youtu.be/MBrYH36dYgo Today's Christmas Quiz question is: Name the eight original Reindeer? Email your name and answer to info@ytauk.co.uk Quiz answers will be revealed [...]

2711, 2018

Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday it’s all about YTA Tuesday!!!

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Receive your discount today... Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday it’s all about YTA Tuesday!!!   With Christmas fast approaching and presents that need purchasing we are offering YOU the opportunity to secure a place on any of our 2019 trips for just £50. The remaining deposits will then be due end of January and end of February with the bulk of your trip costs not due until approx. [...]

2211, 2018

Meet the Team – Margaret

By |November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

This week it is time to introduce you to the wonderful Margaret, Director of Silverbells. Margaret along with her husband Daniel founded Silverbells in 2007 with only 8 children.  The school now has 130 students who receive an education, access to food and clothing and a safe place for all of those children.  Margaret is a remarkable woman, who has spent the last 11 years caring for the children of [...]

811, 2018

Meet The Team – Gus Gardner

By |November 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

  It's time for another Meet the Team Blog and this time we would like to Introduce you to Gus, an integral member of the YTA team.  Gus assists both operationally in the UK and also as an Outreach Coordinator too, and he is excellent at both areas! The knowledge that Gus has about the industry is second to none,  and he is an absolute asset to our team. How [...]

2910, 2018

Meet the Team – Tony (Dorje)

By |October 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

    This week we want to introduce you to one of our team in India; Tony.  Tony travels with and looks after our groups whilst they are in India, .  The knowledge he has of the places you visit when in India is second to none, and we know you are in safe and knowledgeable hands with Tony!  Read the interview below to find out more! Name: Tony ( [...]

2310, 2018

Here is why we think Vietnam should be one of your top destinations to visit…

By |October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

We have just returned from our group tour of the North & South of the country & what an unbelievable experience it was. From the bustling cities to the tranquillity of the countryside & the coastal towns. It simply has a bit of everything. Once you have got used to the 35 million people who go around on their mopeds and have built the confidence to cross the road there [...]

1810, 2018

Meet the Team – Joyce

By |October 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

  This week we would like to introduce you to Joyce, one of YTA's Kenyan based Outreach Coordinators.  If you have travelled out to Kenya with us then you have had the absolute pleasure of meeting Joyce.  She is a ball of sunshine, and full of sass and quite frankly we love her.  She looks after the groups amazingly well and she is an asset to our team.  She has [...]

2409, 2018

Meet The Team – Carla Hitch

By |September 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

  This weeks meet the team, is our lovely Carla!  Carla has worked with YTA for many years, as an outreach coordinator travelling with our volunteers out to Kenya. Her enthusiasm and passion to be able to make a difference in Kenya is second to none, and we love having her on our team! 1.       Why do you like working with YTA? I love that this is about the long [...]

1709, 2018

Meet The Team – James Kagema

By |September 17th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Along with the launch of our amazing new website, we thought over the next couple of months we would introduce you to the YTA team, with a series we are calling Meet the Team Monday.  Every Monday we will bring you a new member of the team to meet. As this is the first week, we thought we would kick this off with introducing you to James.  James is the [...]

1608, 2018

India is not everyone’s first choice for a holiday but here are 5 reasons why it should be!

By |August 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

2006, 2018

Extra Extra Read All About……

By |June 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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   

2903, 2018

New YTA Team Member – Charlotte Quinn – Customer Support Manager

By |March 29th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

1503, 2018

The YTA Way…..

By |March 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

1701, 2018

Reaching New Heights for Charity……

By |January 17th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

1601, 2018

New Destination for 2018 – Vietnam

By |January 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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. [...]

1001, 2018

New Trip Dates for India & Kenya in 2018

By |January 10th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

2812, 2017

YTA & Younite Foundation 2017 Impact Review….. How YOU helped us make a difference this year.

By |December 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

911, 2017

My Kenyan Experience – Evie Crawshaw -Textile & Design Student Falmouth University

By |November 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

2108, 2017

Directors Blog – Kenya 6 years on…..

By |August 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog|

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 [...]

2312, 2016

From everyone at YTA have a very Merry Christmas…….

By |December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2312, 2016

Fiona Simpson – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed…..

By |December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

......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 [...]

2212, 2016

James Kagema – “Service to Humanity……

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

........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 [...]

2212, 2016

Roger Francis – “The Purpose of Life Is to Discover Your Gift…….

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

........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 [...]

2112, 2016

Tony Gilbert – “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing…..

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

.......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 [...]

2012, 2016

Peter from Baby Class at Silver Bells has a picture for his sponsor…..

By |December 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Peter from baby class at Silver Bells is sponsored by Maddie Wojtowicz who has volunteered in Kenya the last few years and is planning on returning in 2017. There are so many children at Silver Bells in need of sponsorship. This not only helps the child you sponsor directly but also helps the school cover every day costs to ensure over 100 children are cared for. If you would like to [...]

1912, 2016

Alex Diplock – “The world is a book,……

By |December 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

.... and those that do not travel read only one page." “YTA exceeded my expectations with a trip of a lifetime to India. I was apprehensive about going as it is so different from here in the UK. We were looked after all the way through our time and there was always someone there to help. It was a culturally amazing and was very active with some short treks, white [...]

1812, 2016

My name is Fidelis Ouma and I would like to thank my sponsor Carla…..

By |December 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

...... I'm 14 years old from Melon Mission school. I would like to thank my sponsor Carla from YTA for helping me in my studies and i am happy to be going to secondary school next year. Happy to be sponsored. Thanks Carla. Thanks YTA for helping out.        If you would like to sponsor a child at Melon Mission then please go to http://www.melonmission.org/sponsor-a-child/

1712, 2016

UTC Swindon Students tell us about their Kenyan experience……

By |December 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

In October 2016 a group of staff and students from the UTC Swindon volunteered in Kenya. As well as the amazing support they provided the schools, they also had the chance to experience the culture of Kenya and took part in a Safari and visit to Thompson Falls. Here are some videos from Lewis, Skyla and Ben talking about their trip. If you are from a school, college or university [...]

1612, 2016

Pastor Daniel Njoroge – “We should take care of our children ……

By |December 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

because they are our posterity " A quote from William Samoei Kenya’s DP My name is Daniel Njoroge, I am director father at Silver-bells which was founded by my wife and myself. Margaret could see the struggle of an African child and wanted to do something to help. It was very difficult when we started because of funds but we did what we could. Later, a friend introduced Fiona to [...]

1512, 2016

Virginia Njeri – Melon Mission – “I’m in high school, i’m 15 years old and want to thank my sponsor….

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

..... Gail she helped me go to high school at a time that i was having problems going to high school. I am happy. Thanks to Gail and YTA for bringing helpful people."        Gail went to Kenya in February 2016 and was part of a great group of people. Below is a poem written by Gail about her experience. My time with the Younite project Was both [...]

1412, 2016

Sophie Plummer – “She believed she could…..

By |December 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

.....so she did” (Sophie's favourite quote) I went to Kenya June 2016. “Everyday spent in Kenya brought laughter and memories. I’ll never forget handing out our donations to the children and seeing the joy in their faces over things we take for granted. But for these children, our donations meant the world. I think everyone should go to a country like Kenya sometime in his or her lifetime. It really [...]

1312, 2016

Mary – Silver Bells Children’s Welfare – Hello Charleigh, Thank you for being there for me…..

By |December 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

......I love you and God bless. ~ Mary (Top Class) Would you like to make a direct impact to a life on one of the children at Silver Bells? Please visit their website for more information about sponsoring a child. http://silver-bells.org/donations/sponsor-a-child/

1212, 2016

Johnny Compton – “Happiness is not something ready-made,………..

By |December 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

......It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama I went to Kenya in July 2013, March 2015 and June 2016 "An incredible experience that anyone regardless of previous experiences would enjoy. I have been out three times now and each trip is different In its own right with people from a variety of backgrounds coming together for a common purpose." Currently working for the fire service.

1112, 2016

Joyce Mute – “We can’t all do great things but we can do something,……

By |December 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

.......we are not all called to do the same thing but you can do something so try and look for your something" Joyce is a very happy and positive person who loves to meet new people. She plays an active role in coordinating volunteer placements and is responsible for arranging such things as accommodation, logistics and safari’s etc, as well as helping people get acquainted with the local area. She [...]

912, 2016

Anita Ellis – “Imagine what 7 billion humans could accomplish…..

By |December 9th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

....if we all loved and respected each other." Morgan Freeman I went to Kenya in February 2016             “Amazing experience. Met fabulous, dedicated people. The children were so happy and content when they are living in absolute poverty. Working in a nursery in a school in a deprived area of Swindon, appreciating what I and the children I look after have.”

712, 2016

Jas Singh – “You don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for…..

By |December 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

.....Stay humble, stay hungry, stay driven, stay focused. Be proud but never satisfied". -  J Singh (This was one of the key lessons I took from my experience) I went to Kenya in July 2013 “An experience which I will cherish for the rest of my life. My short time out in Kenya gave me an incredible grounding and the opportunity to put things into perspective. There is no other [...]

612, 2016

Abby Class 1 Silver Bells – Dear Johnny, Thank you for supporting me……….

By |December 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

........I love you so much, I have given you this picture as a gift to you Thank you. Abby. (Class 1 Silver Bells) If just like Johnny would like to make a direct impact to a life on one of the children at Silver Bells please visit their website for more information about sponsoring a child. http://silver-bells.org/donations/sponsor-a-child/

512, 2016

Margaret Daniel – “What you do for yourself dies with you but what you do for others…..

By |December 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

.....lives on long after you have passed on" ~ Erick Opingo I’m Margaret Daniel, the Director of SilverBells Children's Welfare, a charity organisation in Kenya, Northern Nakuru. My job is to organise every day schedules for the teachers, workers and the children. I manage, assign, direct and sometimes correct! As we are one big family, I make sure everything is in order, so that we work in unity and harmony [...]

412, 2016

Jamie Reeves – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,…….

By |December 4th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

.......that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 I went to Kenya in March 2016 “A life changing experience that changed the life’s of children and of my own. Kenya made me look at life in a very different perspective of how worldly things are meaningless but the Love of God is everything. John 3:16” For 10 years, I have worked for BT Openreach [...]

312, 2016

Amrita Badesha – “Be the change you……

By |December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

.....want to see in the world" – Gandhi I went to Kenya in July 2013 and March 2015       “Kenya was the best life opportunity I have experienced as this has taught me so much, such as confidence, interaction and better communication skills. I headed out to Kenya as a volunteer to pursue an achievement in making a difference by helping others. YTA gave me the ability to [...]

212, 2016

Gus Gardner – Change your thoughts and…..

By |December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

....you change your world. ~ Norman Vincent Peale I travelled to India in October 2015.    “India was incredible. It was like nothing I could have ever imagined. It is a country full of life. Seeing such a culturally diverse country and being able to see areas where tourists don’t normally go is amazing. From seeing the Beatles Ashram to rafting down the River Ganges, every day was a new [...]

112, 2016

Amber Francis – ‘Don’t worry about failures,…….

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

....worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try" (My favourite inspirational quote) I went to Kenya March/ April 2013   'Kenya was such a rewarding experience - it has encouraged me to travel and explore different places around the world. I have just graduated with a degree in Architecture and have since worked on design projects at a school in Bali!'

1603, 2016

What do successful grads think you should study?

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: University News|

Learn to think smart. Etiam consectetur odio erat, quis mattis leo vestibulum non. Fusce ex ligula, tristique quis finibus sed, placerat sed libero. Phasellus convallis, sem ac tristique interdum, purus purus vehicula quam, ut fermentum sem orci in est. Aliquam leo purus, iaculis non condimentum hendrerit, vestibulum quis tortor. Vestibulum quis viverra felis. Vestibulum elementum magna ut diam placerat, in venenatis est egestas. Vivamus at libero auctor, ullamcorper libero [...]

1503, 2016

Student discusses success in fashion

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: University News|

My success is no accident. Etiam consectetur odio erat, quis mattis leo vestibulum non. Fusce ex ligula, tristique quis finibus sed, placerat sed libero. Phasellus convallis, sem ac tristique interdum, purus purus vehicula quam, ut fermentum sem orci in est. Aliquam leo purus, iaculis non condimentum hendrerit, vestibulum quis tortor. Vestibulum quis viverra felis. Vestibulum elementum magna ut diam placerat, in venenatis est egestas. Vivamus at libero auctor, ullamcorper libero [...]

1503, 2016

How do you best prepare for university?

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: University News|

Focus on exam results. Etiam consectetur odio erat, quis mattis leo vestibulum non. Fusce ex ligula, tristique quis finibus sed, placerat sed libero. Phasellus convallis, sem ac tristique interdum, purus purus vehicula quam, ut fermentum sem orci in est. Aliquam leo purus, iaculis non condimentum hendrerit, vestibulum quis tortor. Vestibulum quis viverra felis. Vestibulum elementum magna ut diam placerat, in venenatis est egestas. Vivamus at libero auctor, ullamcorper libero [...]

1403, 2016

Day 14 – Final Day Blog – Kimberley Bolland

By |March 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

So as group leader of the Easter 2016 group trip I have the privilege to write the blog for the last day of our adventure. So here goes………. Today was a sad day for our Easter 2016 group, as we would be departing our separate ways. It was our final morning together as we landed at 6.45am at Amsterdam airport. Myself along with my two deputy leaders Ben and Shannon [...]

1303, 2016

Day 13 Blog – Steph Dabbs

By |March 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

So today we woke up for our last morning in Kenya the past 2 weeks had flown by. It was a bit chaotic this morning as half the group went off to the Crater for 8am whereas the rest of us waited for a 9am departure for Melon. Having our last breakfast of sausages and toast. And off we set. As it was a Saturday not everyone was at school, [...]

1203, 2016

Day 12 Blog – Elle Jones

By |March 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

We began today spending the morning at melon, playing with the children and handing out donations. Handing out donations creates this energy which lights up the entire school. It was amazing watching so many kids smile like they had just been given the world. However today wasn’t just about the donations for me. Nearly two years ago i came to kenya and sponsored a child who looked up at me [...]

1103, 2016

Day 11 Blog- Amy Morgan

By |March 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

After an early night sleep, I woke up refreshed and ready for a day of teaching at Melon Mission. Feeling devastated but also excited as it was our last full day with the children and teachers from Melon. For breakfast there was sausages, toast and bananas. We then all eagerly got on the bus to a warm hello from Joseph, ready in our Melon Mission tops, too make the best [...]

1003, 2016

Blog 10 – Bryoni Diplock

By |March 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Today we got on the bus and went to silverbells. As soon as we got there we said hello to Margret and Daniel, put our bags in the office and went for a team meeting. After we all decided what classes we were going to teach, we set off and done lessons. Some of the kids from baby class came out and started to play with the inflatable football we [...]

903, 2016

Day 9 Blog – Maddie Wojtowicz

By |March 9th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

We had been told to expect rain all week but as usual Kenya gave us the unexpected and we had a beautiful sunny day to wake up to. A perfect start to another amazing day in this country, we were off to silverbells again, a little piece of heaven in such a heart breaking place. The day consisted of teaching sums to the baby class, maths, English and science to [...]

803, 2016

Day 8 Blog – Emilly Anger

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

We started the day with a lie in until 8.30 after a busy weekend of exciting safaris and travelling it had made us all very tired. Breakfast was sausages and toast. The plan is that we are going to the silver bells school for the day, which is half an hour away from our accommodation. When we arrived at silver bells we received a warm welcome from the children, smiling [...]

703, 2016

Day 7 Blog – Finlay Houlton

By |March 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

We woke up at 5.30am for an early morning safari on the massai mara! This was rather difficult considering we were all still pretty exhausted from the busy day we had yesterday! At the camp they only turn the generators on for an hour or so in the morning and because we got up so early the generator was yet to be switched on!! It was very dark and trying [...]

603, 2016

Day 6 Blog – Shannon Houlton

By |March 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

We woke up in the Maasai Mara at around 06:30, so we could be ready for breakfast at 7. The food seemed like a random collection; beans with onion and peppers (weird) with bread, sausages and pancakes, but it was good and kept us going for the day. We climbed onto our busses at 7.30, all ready for the safari and excited for the day ahead. Pondering the animals that [...]

503, 2016

Day 5 Volunteer Blog – Jamie Reeves

By |March 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

The day we all made our way to the Maasai Mara Safari Weekend! We left our accommodation at 7.30am heading out of Nakuru on a 7hr journey to the Maasai village. 18 of us were divided into 2 4X4 Safari vehicles. The first 4-5 hrs of our trip was full of laughter and singing. The main road then came to an end and it turned into an off road adventure [...]

403, 2016

Day 4 Volunteer Blog – Gus Gardener

By |March 4th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

The alarms were set half an hour earlier than normal and a wake up time of 7:30 was agreed with breakfast being served at 8 for a prompt 8:30 leave. Silver bells is a further distance from our accommodation compared to Melon Mission so an early start is needed! At 8:30 on the dot Joseph and his bus arrived to take us on the 20 minute bus ride to silver [...]

303, 2016

Day 3 Volunteer Blog – Emily Osborne

By |March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Today we were setting off to melon mission again, the sun was beaming and as always so are the children’s smiles. To start with a few of us continued to paint the outside of the school this time with bright colours, the chalky paint wears off so quickly that by knowing you are saving the school money on having to pay someone to do this job again shows how we [...]

203, 2016

Day 2 Volunteer Blog Billie Jones March 2016

By |March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Today at 9.30 we went back melon mission school for the day. When we got there the children were all in class, the volunteers split in to a few groups, we went to teach the children, help with preparing food or paint the outside walls white. At first I and other volunteers went in to class 3 to do reading and then we asked them questions about the book we [...]

103, 2016

Day 1 Volunteer Blog Ellie & Ben March 2016

By |March 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Early start of 7.30 after 24 hours of travelling from leaving Swindon at 9am local time on Saturday morning and arriving in Nakuru at 1pm local time on Sunday afternoon. Breakfast was served as sausage sandwiches which was a delight to most people… The bus arrived at 9am to take us to Melon our first day at the school, we were excited, nervous, overwhelmed, a complete mixture of emotions. Covered [...]



All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website www.ytauk.com  are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.