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Trip Code: KEIMH1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £650 for 2 Weeks + £95 per Week
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Medical VolunteerRift Valley General HospitalMedical and Healthcare Placement

This fascinating look behind the scenes of Kenya’s medical and healthcare system is the perfect starting block for your career in medicine, or an excellent opportunity to share your experience to aid the local community and promote development of Kenya’s national healthcare framework. Working in a large general hospital in Nakuru you will experience the inherent hardships and the rewarding nature of a working role within an African health service.

Medical and Healthcare in Kenya
Kenya has been striving to improve its healthcare system for many years, yet it is still struggling to overcome the many obstacles faced by developing countries, particularly those in Africa. Due to a lack of financial support and resources, hospitals are understaffed and under equipped, resulting in an inability to provide an adequate level of healthcare for the increasing population. As a medical and healthcare assistant you would be providing essential help and support to the hospital in areas where it is desperately needed, having a direct and positive effect on the health of those in local community, aiming to increase their quality of life, as well as providing much needed to assistance to the overworked healthcare professionals that work tirelessly to provide medical care and support to the community.

Your Medical and Healthcare Placement
Based in the beautiful and peaceful region of Nakuru in western Kenya, you will be assigned to the local general hospital as a medical assistant. This varied and educational placement will give you the unique opportunity gain a real insight into the Kenyan healthcare system and how the dedicated staff and volunteers are able to cope with the severe lack of key equipment, staff and facilities that we all take for granted in Western society. The large general hospital in Nakuru has to provide a service for the ever expanding population of the local community, and often struggles to keep up with the sheer number of admissions on a day to day basis.

This challenging, yet hugely rewarding placement is aimed towards those on a pre-med gap year or currently undertaking a medical degree, aimed at not only providing an invaluable experience to boost your future career prospects, but to provide a voluntary service to help promote health and medical awareness in the region. This would undoubtedly enhance your CV and give you a great basis on which to start your chosen career in medicine, providing you with the type of experience that will really set you apart from others in the profession. This life-changing experience will open your eyes to the desperate conditions that the medical systems in some developing nations have to endure, and through sharing thoughts and ideas with local staff you will quickly pick up some crucial skills to help overcome any future obstacles quickly and proactively.

You Medical and Healthcare Role
Working alongside a leading doctor or nurse you will assist them in areas of healthcare that do not necessarily need specialized medical skills, easing some of the pressure off their daily tasks and helping the hospital to run smoothly and effectively. Many Kenyan hospitals are incredibly short staffed resulting in an increasing need for medical assistance and volunteers in this area. This is despite the fact that there is an overwhelming need for medical support due to the circumstances and nature of poverty in Africa’s developing nations, which sadly can often go overlooked by much of ‘the West’. As well as working on the general ward you may have the opportunity to work in the maternity and nursery ward, providing you with solid knowledge of how areas such as pre and post natal care work in developing nations.

Due to the nature of the hospital and the tropical location of this placement you will have the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about uncommon and tropical diseases, which is a niche area of medicine that many doctors and nurses in Western society never get the opportunity to experience or learn about. Your daily tasks and role will vary from day to day and you will be required to adapt easily to whatever comes your way; adaptability and responsiveness are essential traits when working in any healthcare system and thus will stand you in good stead for your future career.

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is advised that participants complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check before joining this project. Changing Worlds can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On tab. 

Gap Year and Career Break Medical and Healthcare Placements in Kenya
By embarking on a journey into the heart of Kenya’s healthcare system you will certainly return home with a host of new, transferable skills to aid your development as a future healthcare professional. Dedicating your time and energy into this remarkable placement is a truly amazing way to gain valuable work and life experience, giving your CV a significant boost to really help you stand out from the crowd. A medical placement in Kenya is a credible way to demonstrate that you can adapt to new cultures, communicate effectively with other members of staff, and perform critical in sometimes stressful situations. This placement will offer your an exhilarating life changing experience in one of the world’s most sought after travel destinations.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Medical and Healthcare Placement
Trip Code
KEIMH1
Continent
Africa
Country
Kenya
Airport
Jomo Kenyatta Airport (Airport Code: NBO)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering, Internships & Work Experience
Activity
Medical & Health
Cost
From £650 for 2 Weeks + £95 per Week
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
You should try to come for as long as possible preferably for 8 or 12 weeks. This ensures better management of the placement and also helps you get the most from the social activities and travel opportunities on offer.
Pre-requisites
No specific qualifications are required, but participants will benefit from an understanding of basic medical and health issues and have a keen interest in medicine and healthcare, with a view to pursue it as an career. This position is open to pre-med students and qualified healthcare professionals.
Ideal for
Gap Year and Career Break Medical and Healthcare Work in Kenya; Medical Volunteering in Africa; Medical and Healthcare Work Experience Overseas; University Medical Electives and Dissertations.
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Arrival Dates

Start dates are on a Friday. You must arrive on a Friday into Nairobi, and you will be met by our in-country coordinator and taken back to your accommodation in Nakuru. You will receive an induction and orientation over the Saturday and Sunday, and your placement activities will begin on Monday.

Visa
British Nationals will require a visa to enter Kenya, we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Kenya High Commission website by clicking here.

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Included

Accommodation
Homestay with a local family, basic but comfortable; Shared bedrooms, Shared toilets and showers.
Food
2 meals a day (breakfast and evening meal); Basic but nutritious local foods.
Airport Pick-up
Included on arrival date. Ask us for details if you are arriving early.
Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.
Support
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
Donation
Part of your placement fee is donated to to the Nakuru General Hospital, to be put towards equipment and resources.
Equipment and Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; Lunch each day (budget approx. £20 GBP per week); In country travel; Payment for transport to / from placement; Laundry service; Soft drinks and alcohol; Extra activities and excursions not on itinerary; Return Airport Transfer back to Nairobi.
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Optional Activities in Kenya
Depending on your schedule and the availability of the placements at the time, you may have a chance to get involved with a care work or teaching placement as well as your programme. These are based in the same area of Nakuru and would be organised through your in- country coordinator.

Equipment Donations for Kenya
We are dedicated to sustainable development and so many of our volunteers chose to make a donation that would help to benefit the local community. This usually goes to local schools or care centres and could include anything from fun books and games, to decent learning resources.

Social Life in Kenya
Our social life is unrivalled and we believe it is important to give you the chance to unwind and have fun while they are away. Our in-country team therefore organises a variety of activities to bring volunteers together, to share their experiences and, above all, have a good time. You will have the opportunity to visit local restaurants to try authentic Kenyan food and show off your dance moves at the lively local bars.

Travel and Adventure in Kenya
You will be encouraged to explore this beautiful country during your free time. Your in-country guide knows the area inside out and she will be able to give you all the information and tips that you need to make sure don’t miss a thing. Kenya has plenty to offer so you are certain never to get bored! Some of the activities you could get involved in include visiting the world famous national park, Lake Nakuru, which is right next to your placement and best known for it’s huge array of flamingos. You could also have a go at scuba diving and snorkelling in Mombasa, exploring the famous Masai Mara reserve, hiking up Kenya’s largest mountain Mount Kenya, white water rafting down Tana river, bird watching at kakamega forest and even a trip to the river Nile.

Accommodation
You will be staying in a basic but comfortable homestay with a friendly and welcoming local family. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture as you eat breakfast and dinner with the family and relax after a days work. The homestay will be in a residential area that is in close proximity and easy to travel to your placement.

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
Participants are advised to complete a CRB check in order to join this project. Changing Worlds has a partnership with a third party organisation that processes all CRB / DBS checks and disclosures on behalf of the Changing Worlds team. The process is extremely straight forward, making all aspects of the check as easy for the applicant as possible. Changing Worlds can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On tab. 

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Kenya is one of Africa’s most exciting nations, and for decades has been the focus of adventure travel in East Africa, well known for being the finest, and undoubtedly the most famous, safari destinations in the world. From the awe inspiring marine reserves of the Eastern coasts, the impressive array of bird life in the central national parks such as Nakuru, and the world renowned safaris trails of the Masai Mara reserve in the north, Kenya is a land of hugely diverse natural surroundings.

The wildlife for which Kenya is famed for is, however, not the only reason why hundreds of thousands of tourists visit this captivating land every year, many come for the other attractions such as the rich culture and heritage of the indigenous tribes, and the astonishing natural environments that encompass this beautiful country.


Quick Facts
Name
Republic of Kenya
Location
East Africa
Bordering Countries
Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
Capital City
Nairobi
Government
Presidential system, Representative democracy
Population
44 million
Language
Swahili and English are the official languages. There are also 69 local languages spoken in Kenya
Currency
Kenyan Shilling (KES)
Name
Republic of Kenya
Poverty
50% of the population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Tea, Coffee, Fruit, Vegetables, Petroleum products
Climate
Kenya enjoys a tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country.
Time Zone
GMT +3
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Fun Facts
• Kenya is named after Mt Kenya, the tallest mountain in the country (5,199 metres, 17,057 feet).
• Before marriage Kenyans still pay a dowry to the bride’s family, which starts at 10 cows
• Kenyans usually drink their beverages hot or at room temperature. Hot beer, anyone?

Travel Highlights
• Visit Malindi on Kenya's beautiful coastline for a spot of surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, and other watersports
• Witness the greatest flamingo gathering on Earth at Lake Nakuru National Park
• Take a hike and soak up the amazing scenery on Mount Kenya
• Visit Kenya's most impressive and popular wildlife spectacles at the world famous Masai Mara reserve
• Bird watching and wildlife tracking in the enchanting Kakamega forest

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Where is Kenya?
Kenya is situated right along the equator, on the eastern coast of the Africa. The country’s coastal region is on the southeast, with amazing coastline on the India ocean. With Somalia to the east, and Ethiopia is to the north, the Sudan to the northwest, and Uganda directly to the west. The south-western border of Kenya is marked by the hugely impressive Lake Victoria, and southward lies the Masai Mara region and Tanzania.

Kenya's geography is amazingly diverse. While much of north-eastern areas are flat, bush-coated plains, the remainder of the country contains some astonishing white-sand beaches, some indescribable scenery in the highlands and lake regions, the Great Rift Valley, and the truly magnificent Mount Kenya.

Climate in Kenya
Although Kenya's varied environments experience a wide variety of climate conditions, the temperature in this remarkable land remains comfortably warm year-round due to its central positioning on the equator. As with many countries on the equator, Kenya does experience a seasons in the form of wet and dry. Much of Kenya receives heavy rainfall from March through to May and from October through to December. The best time for most outdoor activities, including the ever popular safaris, coastal trips and mountain climbing, is during the dry season of June to September, when the majority of Kenya’s visitors descend on the country.

Languages in Kenya
Kenya is a multilingual country, with a range of different tribal and regional languages spoken in different areas of the country. There are however two main languages spoken by the people of Kenya, they are Swahili, and English. Swahili is the traditional language used to communicate throughout the country, and the latter, English, was inherited from the British Empire’s colonial rule, and both of which are widely spoken in this diverse nation.

There are a total of 69 known languages spoken across Kenya, which is a fantastic reflection of the country’s hugely diverse population that contains the vast majority of major ethno-racial and linguistic groups that can be found in Africa. The local, tribal and regional languages spoken in Kenya in the most part belong to two language families, the Bantu (Niger-Congo) language branch, and the Nilotic (Nilo-Saharan) language branch. As with many African nations, Kenya has a range of other language dialects that have been introduced by other ethnic groups, for example, the Cushitic and Arab residents speak their own languages belonging to the Afro-Asiatic language family, and the Hindustani and British residents speak languages belonging to the Indo-European language family.

All Kenya’s ethnic groups will speak with their mother tongues when communicating in their own communities; however Kenya’s two official languages, Swahili and English are spoken widely, with English being predominant in commerce, schooling and government.

People of Kenya
The people of Kenya, as with many African nations, are extremely friendly and welcoming to those visiting their county, going out of their way to help you out and make you feel at home during your stay. The population of Kenya is mostly composed of those of African decent (97%), however due to the ethnic diversity of Kenya, this high percentage is made up of over 70 different tribal groups, each with their own cultural norms and way of life. The most significant tribal groups in Kenya are the Kikuyu, Kamba, Gusii, Luhya, and Luo. Kenya’s tribal origins mean that many of these tribes are distinguishable by their authentic, and striking, face-paint and clothing.

Kikuyu – The Kikuyu are a group of Bantu people, who speak the Kikuyu-Bantu language as their mother tounge. This tribal group constitute the single largest ethnic group in Kenya, with their main settlements concentrated in the Mount Kenya region of the country.

Kamba – The Kamba (pl. Akamba) are another Bantu ethnic group who occupy a a region in the Eastern Province of Kenya, from Mairobi to Tsavo, and up to Embu. This area is known locally as Ukambani.

Gusii – Also known as the Kisii or Kosova people, the Gusii are a Bantu speaking community who inhabvit the highland areas of the hills of western Kenya between Lake Vistoria and Tanzania. The Gusii are likely to have been occupying this highland territory for some 500 years.

Luo – The Luo people are a Nilotic group consisting of several ethnic groups that inhabit a huige area of Africa ranging from South Sudan and Ethiopia, through Uganda and Congo, into Western Kenya and the Masai Mara region of Tanzania.

Travelling in Kenya
You will have your weekends free to explore this diverse and beautiful country, so be sure to see as much as you can while you are in Kenya. Getting around this exciting nation is great fun, as well as having some spectacular sights along the way.

There are 3 main forms of transport available to you:
 • Taxis – these are generally more reliable and safer (in terms of the vehicle condition). ALWAYS take officially registered taxis only which are easily identified as they have yellow wing panels and generally a taxi sign on the roof.
• Matutu – the most common option. These are a shared transport vehicle (usually a mini-bus style van) on set routes, usually displaying a board on the front with the destination.
• Intercity buses – long distance bus service between cities and towns. Reliable and good value.

Your in-country coordinator knows the area inside out and she will be able to give you all the information and tips that you need to make sure don’t miss a thing. Kenya has plenty to offer so you are certain never to get bored! Some of the activities you could get involved in include visiting the world famous national park, Lake Nakuru, which is right next to your placement and best known for it’s huge array of flamingos. You could also have a go at scuba diving and snorkelling in Mombasa, exploring the famous Masai Mara reserve, hiking up Kenya’s largest mountain Mount Kenya, white water rafting down Tana river, bird watching at Kakamega forest and even a trip to the river Nile.

Gap Year and Career Breaks in Kenya
Kenya is such an incredible destination, giving visitors a real sense of Africa’s pride and heritage. With sensational landscapes that sprawl from every border of this dazzling nation, and a truly charismatic population, a gap year or career break placement will Kenya could open your eyes to the wonders that Kenya holds, making for a genuine life changing trip.

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your placement is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
 
Project Assessment
Before you see a placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement, both for you and the community. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to the local community.
 
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation where you can meet the people you will be living with.
 
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while you are abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the project summary for further details.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
Ongoing Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support the work you do in-country. This donation funds future initiatives in the countries and supports the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop.

Giving Others Similar Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our tours overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
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There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour.

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. If you would like to talk with one of our STA Travel advisors to get a quote then either call them on +44 (0)333 321 3102 or email changingworlds@statravel.co.uk

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Changing Worlds is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.
 
STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.
 
Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.
 
Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.
 
Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.
 
To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:
 
• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
 
Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.
 
Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Visas
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Changing Worlds will supply you with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Vaccinations
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to travel overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
 
Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your project fee in easy-to-manage instalments.
 
Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen trip and all the things you need to do before you depart.
 
Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous relevant experience you have, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check depending on the nature of your trip.
 
Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.
 
Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your trip. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane.
 
Orientation
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your time overseas.

"What a fascinating country. I not only learned so much about the healthcare system and gained some great experience to help with my degree, but got to visit some amazing places in Kenya. The Masia Mara trip was just unreal."

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    Katie Godfrey , Teaching, Kenya
     
  • "This was such a heartwarming project, the children have so little but are so greatful. I met some amazing people and will remember this experience forever."
    Sylvia Amani , Teaching, Kenya
     
  • "What a fascinating country. I not only learned so much about the healthcare system and gained some great experience to help with my degree, but got to visit some amazing places in Kenya. The Masia Mara trip was just unreal."
    Aaron Leyman , Medical & Health, Kenya
     
  • "The kids were so amazing, it was such a heartwarming experience and i'm just really glad that I could help out."
    Gemma Bracknell , Care Work, Kenya
     
  • "What a great project! I am so greatful to have had this opportunity and it is certainly something I will never forget."
    Suzanne Hart , Care Work, Kenya
     
  • "I really enjoyed my time on the Galapagos Islands. This tour is such a great way to see the islands. Everyone I met were so welcoming, and they helped to make this an unforgettable experience. Seeing giant tortoises up close was awesome!"
    Jocelyn Whitehead , Wildlife & Conservation, Ecuador
     
  • "This is was certainly one of the most unique and fulfilling trips I have had. From helping out the kids with learning the game of tennis, to seeing the smiles on their faces, these moments gave me a new light on my career and my way of life."
    Peter Kung , Sports, Argentina
     
  • "The experience of living with other volunteers and students was a great! An unbelievable sports experience! As a football fan I really couldn't imagine a better place to visit."
    Joseph Berry , Sports, Argentina
     
  • "Working in the orphanage with these adorable kids was a great way to do something really good with my time abroad on my gap year. I would recommend it to anyone who is keen to work with children. A magical experience! I cannot wait to go back to Argentina and see how they are all getting on."
    Jade Garcia , Care Work, Argentina
     
  • "I loved this volunteer project in the orphanage in Buenos Aires. So many great kids, who love to play and learn from you. I really enjoyed the cooking lessons in the bakery, and the kids really liked to do face painting and arts, which was really fun, it was great to be able to put smiles on their faces. I will treasure my memories of my trip to Argentina for a long time."
    Susan Tanner , Care Work, Argentina
     
  • "Football coaching in India was awesome - from the day I arrived to the day I left. The people, especially the children, the culture, the food, were all great!! It was an experience that I will never forget!! If you have the opportunity travel and coach sport... especially in India....then just go for it! .... Sanj"
    Sanjay Thanki , Sports, India
     
  • "The experience I had in Ecuador was without doubt the greatest experience of my life so far. I would recommend the programme to anyone who has even the slightest interest in playing or coaching football."
    Craig Lawlor , Sports, Ecuador
     
  • "My time in Quito was amazing. I had a wonderful experience working with the kids, and partying in the Mariscal. My homestay was also fabulous and I made amazing friends with my other housemates and the family. I look forward to returning sometime soon."
    Francesca Ioffreda , Sports, Ecuador
     
  • "Overall it is such an enjoyable placement and very good for helping my German and communication skills. It’s really fun and everyone is really friendly. The kids are lovely and there’s never a dull moment!"
    Stephanie Memory , Teaching, Germany
     
  • "The experience of becoming a ski instructor was out of this world. The group bonded and we all met friends for life! The local people were the friendliest and most welcoming people I have ever come across."
    Phil Nolan , Sports, Canada
     

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