Africa & Asia Venture (AV) - gap year and summer cultural immersion programs

Africa & Asia Venture (AV)

About

Africa & Asia Venture (AV) offers unique immersive summer and gap year volunteering and work experience programs in Africa and Asia for those aged 17 to 25.

We build groups of individuals and, normally in pairs or fours but never on your own, you will live in the local community, with the locals as they live. You will live with fellow participants from around the world.

We offer five-week to 12 or 16-week programs.

Our 24/7 local management teams provide continuous support throughout your time with us, ensuring a fun, safe and secure experience of a lifetime.

Founded
1993
Headquarters

13 Petworth Road
Haslemere Surrey
GU27 2JB
United Kingdom

Summer programs - with a difference!

Adventure, travel and international work experience in Africa and Asia: get more out of summer 2018!

Reviews

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Harry
9/10

My time in Kenya was amazing, I couldn't recommend it more. The school I was with was so welcoming and kind, and charles, who worked for AV, was unbelievably kind to us. I made friends with people in the village and had an amazing time. After a few weeks we became confident to go out and spend our evenings with the local people or go places with them at the weekend. I was invited to teachers houses for dinner and to visit them on weekends. AV did everything they possibly could have to make my experience so enjoyable and charles was always there when we needed him but never made it feel like he was just there to watch over us. All in all it was an amazing time and I would do it again in a heartbeat and recommend to anyone. So so much fun.

How can this program be improved?
Stay at the schools for longer. They were the best times, and I couldn't recommend msambweni school more.
Yes, I recommend
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Sharon
10/10

My son has just returned from 4 months in Kenya with AV. He has had an amazing time and loved every minute. He has fully involved himself in village life and made many friends and memories that will stay with him forever. The accomodation was basic but in a compound with a family who became friends as well as hosts.I never felt worried about safety as the people were very welcoming friendly and pleased to see them. They managed to cook together quite easily visiting the local market each day and also being invited to teachers and locals house to eat. The school he worked in were welcoming and supportive and by the end he was teaching almost a full time table ( and dont worry if they have no traching experience as they helped him in) The school were very grateful to have him there and part of the money he paid
To AV went towards new gates and a wal. Iin fact if you ask him his favourite part of the whole trip it was being in school every day. From start to finish I felt he was supported by the staff at AV without taking away any independence. Their staff member Charles who worked in Kenya became a friend to the group and organised a doctors visit when tonsillitis hit and helped the group sort their onward free travel( even inviting them to his family home in Mount Kenya ).
My main concern was the free travel month but Charles guided them as to where and where not to travel and they had an amazing time in Zanzibar Tanzania and on safari. I cannot recommend the whole experience highly enough and it was worth every penny we raised. AV have far exceeded my expectations and i would have no hesitation in using the company again. Thank you

Yes, I recommend
Allison
10/10

I spent three amazing months with AV in Nepal, not only was everyone from AV themselves amazing but all the people that helped in Nepal were to. Going away with AV was a once in a life time chance I wish everyone would have the chance to take. AV made everything easy from organizing everything to making sure that we knew what to pack. AV has showed me a whole new side to the world and I'm so happy with the thing that AV has given me.

How can this program be improved?
I'm not sure if they have anything that they need to improve on.
Yes, I recommend
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Lennart
9/10

In the spring of 2017 I had the pleasure to spend four very, very nice months in Nepal - Syangja. I was teaching English and Mathematics at an English boarding school on the countryside of Nepal. It truly was one of the most recommendable experiences in my life. Our host-family and almost everyone I meet there were incredibly hospital, the landscape is stunning and the work was interesting. In my opinion staying with a traditional Nepali, getting to know them and their culture, and getting a glimps of what everyday life is like there was just great!
I can only recommend. Furthermore our Nepali coordinator was a really lovely and competent guy, so I never felt unsave or not looked after, in case I would have needed help.

Lennart

Yes, I recommend
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Helena
10/10

My experience in Kenya has changed me in many ways. It was an incredibly humbling experience, it brought me back to the pure joy of connecting with people with zero material possession or status and it made me aware of how truly blessed I am to live in the United States. I loved the people I met on this trip, the amazing sites, activities and cultures I immersed myself in and the feeling of making a difference in those less fortunate than I. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could - I miss the country very much and all of the wonderful people I have met.

How can this program be improved?
All I would improve is the packing list - make it geared towards each individual site, not general.
Yes, I recommend

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