Are you looking for a lifetime experience that will take you off the tourist track, challenge how you see the world and give you the opportunity to make a practical difference?

How you can make a difference!

Teams4U is highly experienced in taking teams of people from the UK and other countries into the heart of communities in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. These trips are led by individuals with extensive experience of the sensitivities of working across different cultures. We consider the needs of a specific community or region and develop a trip with these in mind.

Empowerment Teams

Tackling poverty not just where it hits the roof over your head or whether there is food in your stomach but where it robs a child of their self-esteem, their motivation to achieve and their ability to dream. These teams bring laughter, fun, encouragement and praise to hundreds of children and by travelling with us you are providing much-needed aspiration to these often neglected and vulnerable kids.

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Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Tour of Kampala Animal Sanctuary and meet the White Rhinos and feed the giraffes

Day 2- 6: Travel with the team from the Aids Information Centre to one primary school each day (the medical team from AIC will be conducting the HIV/AIDs and Hep A tests‚ volunteers may get involved if they have the appropriate medical training) and run ball games with songs, dramas and (where appropriate) partnering with our Ugandan team delivering sex education and the Develop with Dignity programme.

Day 7: Church in Mukongoro (an optional cultural experience!) and BBQ before rolling out the empowerment programme in another school

Day 8: Again taking our Empowerment programme into the final school of the trip

Day 9-10: Wind down in a local resort overlooking the Nile and travel home.

“It was great to be on a team that had such a positive impact and where each member of the team were fully engaged and involved in delivering the programme!”

District Inspector for Kumi, Mike Otai, gives us his reasons for why these teams are so important here. Read his reasons

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Community Teams

Working with various communities to promote general well-being and avoid future health problems through creative play and crafts whilst encouraging the children to wash their hands before eating, the importance of brushing their teeth and demonstrating to parents/guardians how to check for lice.

Part of the power of these teams is their ability to strengthen existing networks in the community through bringing people together. These teams work with the children to promote self-esteem and aspiration but also communicate the value of school, the importance of respecting each other and healthy relationships.

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“It was so encouraging to hear that months after our team travelled out, the community children of Prey Tasor village [Cambodia] were still regularly washing their hands before mealtimes which we know is going to limit the spread of dysentery, cholera and other infections.”

John Harrison, Team Leader, 2015

Our Community Teams travel particularly to Cambodia, Romania, the Philippines and Sierra Leone. Most trips are around 10 days in duration (travel dependent) and are flexible to include any particular skills team-members may have (e.g. a music teacher would be able to provide music lessons in the schools in addition to the main programme).

These teams teach basic hygiene, teach English as a Foreign Language, assist with the Develop with Dignity programme (where appropriate) and get involved with any T4U projects in the country of travel.

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Summer Camps

These camps provide some of the most vulnerable children from poverty-stricken communities a holiday focused around them. We take young people from discriminated and/or marginalised people groups, refugees from war-torn areas and/or orphans looked after by the State for a 7 day break.

Travelling on this team will mean high-spirited games of hockey, bike-riding, swimming, basket ball, football, crafts, story-telling, face-painting, marshmallows over the fire and basically all the fun activities you remember from your own youth camps away!

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“Each moment throughout this holiday I saw these children grow in dignity and purpose which has been incredibly humbling”

Sarah, Volunteer, Ukraine, 2015

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Shoebox Distribution

Travelling out to Eastern Europe to deliver Christmas shoeboxes, these teams take boxes into schools, nurseries, hospitals, day-centres and even door-to-door through mud, snow, mountains, and farm tracks to the poorest communities living on the fringes of society.

No other team we run ever sees so much excitement or joy in the faces of children on arrival with the van full of Christmas presents and on discovery of the wondrous gifts been sent to them from someone unknown so far away.

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“I felt really happy and privileged to have been part of doing something that brightened the children’s lives. It was an incredible experience.”

Glenys, Volunteer, Romania 2014

Shoebox Distribution teams are normally just over a week in duration in either early December or early January.

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