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We create adventures which bring people together from different walks of life in a common goal to help small children charities across Asia and Africa and in doing so changing their lives forever.

We only do life changing trips,  Nepal, India, Tanzania or Sumatra? . It’s time to get off the sofa, stop living your life through your kids or just stop that “one day” answer to everything.

About Adventure Aid

Founded by Ashley Platen-Mills in 2010, “Charity Road Trips” first adventure was in a 1995 Land Rover Discovery V6 from Wimborne in Dorset to Dushanbe in the Land of the Tajiks. The second hand vehicle of choice was destined to fail but fail it did not and with not even a puncture the team travelling through 16 countries, across the Georgian mountains, Caspian sea, Turkmenistan desert,the fuel starved Uzbekistan,  through the Anzob Tunnel and along the Afghanistan border to The Sworde Teppa Education Centre in Querghon Teppa in Tajikistan! Ashley and his team had accumulated the support of over 60 sponsors in the six month marketing build up to the event and received camping equipment, vehicle parts and GPS equipment.

Initially a journey of self destruction turned into a epiphany and on his return Ashley decided to develop the charity to share his experiences with like-minded individuals looking for adventure and in turn helping small children’s charities across Asia and Africa and thus Adventure Aid was born.

Since that first adventure we have returned to Tajikistan with a team of people from a wide range of backgrounds and ages, ran a rally to Rome, built an orphanage in Sattenapalli, Andhra Pradesh in India, helped with education supplies in Helambu, Nepal after the Earthquake of 2015, developed a partnership with a small charity helping cleft lip/palate children in Sumatra and recently distributed 3000 second hand bras to women in Tanzania to reduce sexual assault and now committed to the building of a new Masai school.

The secret with our adventures is we personally vet each partner charity, we spend a week with them developing a long lasting friendship more than just a relationship and around our projects we build an adventure for our growing number of supporters who normally book their next adventure whilst on their first.

Adventure Aid as minimal operating costs so 100% of the donations you raise for your place on a team on any of our projects goes to that project after the trip expenses are paid. We use the gift aid to explore and develop new projects and provide an emergency fund for our current partners so everything is nice and transparent !

Current Projects;

India – On-going support of the 30 orphan and disadvantaged children in the new hostel in Sattenapalli with the chance to visit temples, eat home cooked food, swim in the Bay of Bengal, travel by overnight train to Pondicherry and the beautiful Serenity Beach.

Nepal – Supporting the small remote schools in the Helambu Region of Nepal with education resources and school bags with the chance to trek through the lowlands of the Himalayas, eat home cooked food with the locals and explore Kathmandu.

Sumatra – Working with our partner charity who search for children with Cleft lip and Pallate, we help fund around 30 operations a year whilst the team experience a one day jungle trek to feed the orang-utans, get to meet some of the children they have changed the lives of, stay on Samosir Island on Lake Toba and eat great food in great surroundings.

Tanzania – Wearing a bra helps reduce sexual assault for some disadvantaged african women, so we have partnered with  a charity in Iringa, Tanzania to distribute donated bras to women in the remote villages and Iringa itself with funds raised going to the building of a new Masai School. The team then get a two day safari to finish off the adventure.

Future projects are currently being investigated in Bhutan and Mauritius.



What is happening

After six years of the charity it is great to see new trips getting booked up so quick, in fact we can't update the website fast enough. All this is great for Adventure Aid UK and the projects we help through the trips. It's all testament to how good the trips are for those who join. Don't leave your adventures to retirement, don't allow for regret, life is for living!

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Over the past six years, one thing has been clear

When the adventure starts the people involved whether they be an IT engineer, Private school teacher, Farrier or an O.A.P forget about who they are back home and become unified in the goal of the project. Why do I say this? Because I know there are thousands of people out there looking for something… an adventure to make a difference, an adventure because the children have left home or an adventure to feel alive. So… don’t feel like you cannot get involved or be one of those “one day” people, join up now.

Projects so far

  • July 2010: Roof of the World Rally – Award for highest donation and corporate exposure for Sworde Teppa Education Centre
  • June 2012: Eurorally 33 London to Rome for Children in Need
  • May 2012: Tajikistan for Sworde Teppa educations Centre
  • July 2013: India for APT Orphanage in Sattenpalli
  • May 2014: India for APT Orphanage in Sattenpalli
  • October 2015: India for APT Orphanage in Sattenpalli – Fully Booked
  • March 2016: India for APT Orphange in Sattenpalli – Fully Booked
  • September 2016: Naples working with a after school club in Portici – Fully Booked
  • October 2016: Nepal for Helambu Education and Livelihood Partnership – Fully Booked
  • February 2017 : Nepal for Helambu Education and Livelihood Partnership – Fully Booked
  • April 2017: Sumatra with Children of Sumatra – Fully Booked
  • June 2017: Tanzania with Iringa Rural Development Initiative – Fully Booked
  • October 2017: India  for APT – Fully Booked
  • October 2017: Nepal for H.E.L.P – 2 places left
  • January 2018: Sumatra with Children of Sumatra – places available

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