Community investment

Formed in 2001, African Exposure has established itself as arguably one of Southern Africa’s leaders in the field of ‘travel with a purpose’.  Our ethos is based on a mission to use volunteerism as a vehicle to enhance the quality of life of people and communities who find themselves in economically and socially challenging environments.  It is our commitment to convert the goodwill of our clients into tangible benefits and experiences that encourage development, community upliftment, cross-cultural understanding, introspection and personal growth. Strong alliances in both the private, public and non-profit sectors have enabled our team to deliver this service.

 Our Company commitment is to work closely with various Non-Profit Organizations to devise opportunities for individuals and corporates to invest both financial and human resources toward humanitarian support in South Africa. We encourage donors and volunteers to take a holistic approach to their support by way of both funding a particular project and personally traveling to South Africa to execute and visibly make a difference.  The significance of ‘people to people’ interactions from a development perspective is in-valuable and an empowerment tool with unlimited potential that goes way beyond financial support. With this is mind, the team at African Exposure has created multi-dimensional short-term packages to provide individuals and groups with unparalleled experiences that contribute positively to both their personal development and to the lives of the people they meet. Our leisure based department, Africa Tours, was developed congruently to not only provide quality experiences in Southern Africa but to help fund the administration side of African Exposure which ensures all volunteer proceeds go directly into the communities we work with. 

The following opportunities are examples of the type of work that volunteers and corporates can get involved in by way of financial and physical support.  All our projects are meticulously developed in partnership with the communities we work in. Local community steering committees are established to ensure all that we do is community driven and not a perceived need.  This process also ensures that we not only reach the neediest, but that we create a positive impact within the community as a whole. 

 - Build a House: The orphan crisis in South Africa caused by the HIV/Aids pandemic has resulted in a desperate need to provide literally thousands of children and their caregivers with secure, safe and clean shelter based in the community that they live in and are familiar with.  Building a home for a child is a unique experience that opens your eyes to the plight of those who do not have the basics, that most of us take for granted – a decent home, clean water and electricity.  It is both a physical and emotional experience, and volunteers often come away from their experience with a greater understanding of poverty housing and the affect it has on family life.

Partner NPO: Habitat for Humanity

  - Build or renovate a school: Schools, particularly in rural areas, are largely under-equipped in terms of not only infrastructure but also the basic teaching resources that are required for the holistic mental and physical development of children.  In KwaZulu-Natal alone there is an estimated shortage of 14,500 classrooms.  Many existing classrooms are overcrowded, and are in poor condition, with major structural and ventilation issues.  The bottom line is good education, a corner stone of any society, cannot happen without adequate resources.

Partner NPO: Project Build

  - Food security: Malnutrition and hunger as a result of poverty and unemployment is rife in South Africa.  The immune systems of both adults and children with poor nutrition are significantly weakened making them more susceptible to injury and infections and less capable of resisting diseases.  Poor nutrition also challenges the ability of a person to break the cycle of poor education, poverty and unemployment as their mental and physical capacity is compromised. Through community garden initiatives we are attempting to give schools and families access to fresh healthy food and equip individuals with the skills take personal responsibility for their nutritional needs.

Partner NPO: Thandanani Children’s Foundation

 Don’t take our word for it

“Going was no less than life changing” - Kati Holloway, Marketing Director – GE Money UK     

“I can undoubtedly say that nothing comes close to the value this programme provides to the individual, the team and the firm.  The powerful experience that our people have had will never be forgotten” - Tim Coleman, Head of Human Resources – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

“The network building was the best I have seen during my 18 years at Reuters.  No other challenge provides such powerful results – real life problem solving whilst making a positive difference.” - Sally Field, Head of Global Finance – Reuters 

“ The programme took a group of individuals, some of whom had never met before, and turned them into a really strong team with a common goal of making a difference to communities in need.” - Carol Key, Corporate Communication – Schroders