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Villa in the Community: Your chance to take part in African adventure

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Villa in the Community: Your chance to take part in African adventure

The club's official charity Villa in the Community has teamed up with African Adventures to offer supporters a unique travel experience with a difference in Kenya this November.

This volunteering opportunity allows fans a chance to give something back, following on from the club's recent work in Kenya in deprived areas of Kericho and Nairobi.

From November 9 to 16, the Villa in the Community team will spend seven days working in schools and community projects in Nakuru and Kericho - and you are invited to join them.

The trip aims to raise funds for the work of Villa in the Community, while supporting African Adventures' partner projects in Kenya and providing supporters with a life-changing experience.

The money raised for Villa in the Community will help fund the club's on-going work in the slums of Kericho along with supporting work delivered locally in Birmingham in projects addressing issues around education, literacy and childhood health and wellbeing.

In addition, the funds raised will also help increase sporting opportunities for those with disabilities.

African Adventures works with community projects in developing areas of Africa.

Volunteers can choose how they help, with project roles ranging from teaching in schools and working with underprivileged children, to football and multi-sports coaching.

Volunteers of all ages welcome but U18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit.

There will also be the chance for volunteers to see the continent's famous wildlife on a safari in Lake Nakuru National Park, as well as a number of other natural wonders the region has to offer.

Ravinder Masih, Head of Villa in the Community is eager for supporters to enjoy this opportunity.

"Fans have already given us amazing support with our efforts in Kenya through the shirt amnesty," he said. 

"However, I have spoken to several fans who said they would like to do more.

"Teaming up with African Adventures gives us a great opportunity to engage fans in further work in Kenya.

"Not only will fans get to embark on a goodwill trip they will remember forever, they'll also be helping provide vital funds to support the work we do in the community right here in Birmingham."

Dan Mew, UK Development Manager at African Adventures, said: "We are delighted to be working with Villa in the Community.

"Volunteers on this trip will help support our Community Development Pledge, where we have committed to providing schools and youth centres across Kenya with teaching, coaching and community support, as well as development assistance.

"In Kenya, the needs of the community are particularly pressing and we are truly grateful to the club. Additionally, we are excited at the prospect of supporting Villa in the Community and their work in the Birmingham area.

"Most of all, fans and staff will have a life changing experience and by the end of the trip will have positively engaged with over 1,000 children with a background far removed from their own."

All aspects of the trip will be organised by African Adventures and Villa in the Community, including fundraising support, so the trip is also an opportunity for fans to engage with the club as part of a range of fundraising activities.

Anybody interested in finding out more about this exciting opportunity is invited to attend the trip's launch event at The Holte Pub [access from Trinity Road] on Wednesday April 30, at 6pm.

If you wish to attend the launch, ask a question or receive an information brochure, please contact James Quayle at or by phone on 02381 780957.

Alternatively, you can secure your place by booking online now. 

By @AVFCOfficial 9th April 2014
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