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Posted on 03 June 2010 by Amateurs

We’re closing in on the World Cup and before we get to carried away amongst football fever we’d love to hear from you!

Please let us know what you want to see and what you think of our trip so far – the stories, the pics and of course the videos. If you don’t like something we’ll try to fix it and if you love what we’re doing we’ll do our best to keep it up.

Has our site changed your mind on West Africa? Have we made you want to take it on as well or get involved with any projects? Are you surprised by some of the things you’ve seen?

Please let us know and leave a comment below!

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Support along the way

Posted on 11 May 2010 by Amateurs

We weren’t joking when we said we needed help to get to the World Cup and back. Thankfully, we’ve had a bit of help along the way.

Want to help us out? We’re in need of everything from cameras to equipment to accommodation to a decent lunch! If you can help us out or know a business that might want to get involved with us – let us know at support@amateursinafrica.com and we’ll be happy to get in touch and add to our list.

>>> Accommodation
AWET Hotel - In the heart of Accra, where the cool kids hang out Ozu, you’ll find a pretty sweet hotel. The guys at AWET were the first organisation to support us on the road and they offered us a free room for our entire stay – how could we refuse and it proved it’s no problem to find luxury in Ghana. After 6 weeks of sleeping here, there and everywhere, AWET was basically a West African oasis.

It might be hard to believe but we’ve never stayed in classy hotels so this was a first for us and in this part of the world if you find a place with air conditioning, cable TV, a refrigerator and wi-fi what more could you want? Mass breakfasts are of course included and as for the staff, well, they were incredible.

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Other Amateur work

Posted on 11 May 2010 by Amateurs

Seeing we’re pretty much the only two guys backpacking West Africa to the World Cup – some people have actually asked us to write for them. Here some of the websites that you’ll find more tales of our travel exploits and plenty of other great African and travel related stories.

>>> African Photography
@Africa Lens - Telling the story of Africa today through pictures, the guys at Africa Lens asked us to get on board – So we did – check out our stories in pictures.

>>> Travel Websites
@Travel Dudes - One of the biggest travel sites in europe, these guys recruit travellers from all around the world to share their stories. It travel by travellers for travellers and when it comes to Africa – they asked us.

@Runaway Jane – She’s an epic travel writer from Edinborough and with a eye for adventure Jane asked us for tips on the most epic train ride in the world.

@Top backpacking destinations – Covering the world with backpacks, these guys know no limits to travel. A site such as this wouldn’t be complete without some of the best from the West!

@Travel with a mate – These guys know travel. They spend their days tracking down travellers from across the globe for their stories. We’d were only to happy to jump on board with our thoughts on Africa.

@Landlopers – Running with travel news, tips and reviews covering the travel world. As African border crossings have become our specialty we passed on our thoughts.

@Cumi & Ciki – Covering food across the globe these guys know a thing or two about fine cuisine. Naturally we shared some of the treats of Africa.

@Ytravel Blog - Scouering the globe for over a decade here’s a couple dedicated to everything travel. They asked for a few toughts on Africa – naturally we obliged.

@ One Travel – These guys not only specialise in travel Deals, but they run a travel blog as well, one in which they asked us to write.

>>> World Cup stories
@Cheapoair.com – Specialising in cheap tickets for air travel, these guys were after some World Cup stories. Enter the Amateurs on the long road there and back.

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Mentions in the Media

Posted on 11 May 2010 by Amateurs

From time to time we’ve been lucky enough to get a mention in the media.

>>> Australian Radio

We hit the jackpot in July when we took a call from the guys at Triple J while we were in Malawi. This is our interview on Australia’s best radio station on their World Cup Safari show. Listen in here!

We were interviewed on ABC Radio Brisbane on the 10th of June. Here’s the full stream.

We were also mentioned on Adelaide’s Fresh FM in early May.

>>> Australian Newspapers

The Toowoomba Chronicle – The first paper to report on the Amateurs and we made page 4. Check out the full article.

The South East Advertiser – The local Brisbane based paper featured a piece on our trial to the World Cup on the 12th May 2010. Here’s the full article online.

The Northern Daily Leader – The regional New South Wales paper published a featured story on our travels 18 May 2010.


>>> Online Spiels

CBC Canada – We were interviewed by Anjali Nayar, a Canadian based reporter covering the African continent, she featured us and our journey to the World Cup .

Dragstripgirl.de – All the way from Germany, Berliners are talking about us and one of the coolest blogs from Berlin featured a story about us on the road to Timbuktu.

Travel with a mate – These guys search high and low interviewing global nomads to share their experiences. They asked us about Africa and here’s the featured interview!

We’ve also been featured by some of the leading online travel blogs in the world like Suzy Guese and Adventurous Kate and received mentions by travel experts such as lonely planet via social media.

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