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Trip Code: ECVSC1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 4 Weeks
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Join us on this football coaching project in Ecuador, and share your knowledge of the game coaching children in a local football school in the capital city, Quito. This project gives you the opportunity to help young footballers to develop, while also allowing you to experience the passion of football in South America.

Football in Ecuador
South America takes things to a slightly different level when it comes to football, as it is a hotbed for extremely passionate fans, and some hugely talented players. Ecuador is no exception, as the nation has made some strong appearances in a range of international competitions including the Copa América and the FIFA World Cup, however while the country does have strengths in the professional and international end of the scale, the grassroots level of the game remains underfunded and certainly is in need of some development. This lack of adequate financial support has resulted in many of the talents youth players never reaching their full potential in the game, as the players from the disadvantaged and poorer communities do not have the opportunity to develop through structured games and coaching sessions. On this football coaching volunteer project you will join one of Quito’s soccer schools, and give young players the chance to develop their football skills and enjoy the game in a safe and structured environment.

Your Football Coaching Placement
You football coaching placement in Quito is based in a local football school, which welcomes many young, enthusiastic players from the local area who are keen to develop their skills. The school started to provide local players from disadvantaged backgrounds with a safe and structured environment to develop in football, to encourage the development of the grassroots level of the game in Ecuador’s capital city. The players vary in age and skill level, making for a diverse and challenging coaching placement which will see you quickly pick up tips from the local coaches on how get the most out of the young players you work with. The main focus of the placement is for you to organise football matches and drills for the players to help them work on their in-game skill-set, whilst gaining an insight into the different levels of Ecuadorian football.

Your Football Coaching Role
On this football coaching volunteer project in Quito, you will become immersed in the life as a coach in an Ecuadorian football school, which will give you the opportunity to gain invaluable experience of running football coaching sessions catering for a wide variety of ages and abilities. Working alongside local coaches will give you a behind the scenes view on the structure of Ecuadorian football. As you develop as a coach in your new role, and you gain in confidence, you will find that you will receive more responsibility within the school, leading coaching sessions, and assisting with matches and competitions. The school regularly organises football matches for the kids again local teams in the city, and have been trying to introduce weekend tournaments into the schedule to help with player development and to keep the kids busy and out of trouble at the weekends.

Football is a centre point for many community activities in Ecuador, so you role as a coach will be help in high regard by the local parents and players. Coaching sessions run 3 afternoons per week, in which you will get to work on specific drills with the players, and work on the match-play awareness and decision making through conditioned games. The coaching schedule will give you plenty of time to explore the beautiful city of Quito, to learn Spanish, and get to know your homestay family and the other volunteers.

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 Football Coaching in Ecuador
Football coaching Ecuador during your gap year or career break is an amazing opportunity to experience football in the captivating and passionate South American continent. Famed for its football loving flamboyancy, Ecuador will leave you with some treasured travel memories and a deeper understanding of the role football plays in this part of the world.

Download the Ecuador Country Info Brochure - Click Here!

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Football Coaching Volunteer Project
Trip Code
ECVSC1
Continent
South America
Country
Ecuador
Airport
Mariscul Sucre International Airport (airport code UIO)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
4 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Sports
Cost
From £795 for 2 Weeks + £150 per Week
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
Preferred duration is 4 weeks, as we believe that the longer you can stay the more you will experience and benefit.
Pre-requisites
No prior football coaching experience or qualifications are required, but a strong understanding of the game and/or playing experience is necessary. You also need to be healthy and of reasonable fitness. Basic conversational Spanish is required.
Ideal for
Football Coaching Holidays and Placements in South America; Sports Coaching and Activity Breaks in Ecuador; Sports Coaching Gap Years and Career Breaks in South America and Student Summer Holidays.
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Arrival Dates

Contact us for start dates as they are flexible.

Note 1: 2 weeks = 14 nights, 3 weeks = 21 nights, 4 weeks = 28 nights.
Note 2: Dates are subject to change.
Note 3: It is important that you arrive on a Sunday to give you the day to settle into your new surroundings, with the project induction starting on the Monday. Arrival dates can be flexible but this is arranged on an adhoc basis. Our preference is that everyone arrives on the same day using the published arrival dates to help with operational management and induction. Note that if you arrive on the Saturday there will be an additional GBP25 charge.


Visa
British nationals will not require a visa for the first 90 days of their stay in Ecuador. For more information about your visa requirements you can click here.

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Included

Accommodation
Homestay accommodation; Basic but comfortable; Shared rooms; Shared toilet / shower with homestay.
Food
Breakfast and dinner included; Budget £2-£3 GBP per day for lunches.
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 fee is used to buy decent equipment for the project and community you work with.
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; In country travel; Payment for transport to / from placement; Laundry service; Soft drinks and alcohol; Extra activities not on itinerary.
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Equipment Donation for Ecuador
To ensure our sports projects are well supported and the children you volunteer with receive a high standard of sports coaching, we use part of your project fee to buy decent equipment for beneficiary organisations in Ecuador. You will often use this sports equipment during your project and it is always left with the community when you leave. In some cases, an equipment donation may not be appropriate so a financial contribution is made instead.

Other Volunteer Projects
Although your sports project will be your main focus while volunteering in Ecuador, there is the possibility to help on other non-sports volunteer projects. Projects range from teaching in local schools, to conservation in the Amazon rainforest, to helping at local orphanages and care centres for the elderly.

Spanish Lessons
Ecuador is a Spanish speaking country so you will really benefit from having a basic understanding of the language. If, however, you are not a confident Spanish speaker, you can take lessons at our language school in Quito when you arrive, and also during your sports project. The school offers friendly and personal one-to-one tuition from native Ecuadorians who will help develop your understanding of both the local language and culture in which you are living. Beginners, intermediates and advanced levels are all very welcome at the school and will benefit greatly from their time there.

The language school also incorporates a number of social and cultural activities into your learning. This will allow you to really discover the local cuisine, traditional dancing and cultural experiences in the city, as well as building good friendships with your teachers and other participants on the course.

The language school runs lessons for 4 hours in the morning or for 4 hours in the afternoon. You can therefore choose which session you want to attend, allowing you to learn Spanish alongside any other volunteer work you are doing in Ecuador. It does cost a little extra to attend the language school, but the benefits really are priceless. Not only will you be able to build stronger relationships and immerse yourself in the local culture, you will leave Ecuador with a transferable skill you can use for the rest of your life.

Social Life in Ecuador
Part of the experience of volunteering in Ecuador is meeting likeminded people who love sport and love travelling. This means you will meet a great bunch of fellow volunteers to hang out with in your spare time, explore the city of Quito with and share a beer or two at the weekend. In fact, some of your most memorable moments will come from the close bonds you make with the other sports volunteers, so much so that many will remain your friends long after you return home.

Travel and Adventure in Ecuador
Ecuador has become a very popular volunteer travel destination boasting an amazing diversity of landscapes and wildlife across its four main regions; the famous Galápagos Islands, the tropical coastline, the mountainous Andes and the lush Amazon rainforest.

The capital city, Quito, lies between two mountain ranges and is roughly divided into three parts: the Old City at the centre and the southern and northern districts to either side. The Old City has a richness of architecture and heritage and is a great place to wander through, with several museums and plenty of restaurants and terrace cafes. Modern, northern Quito is a fun place to explore, with plenty of urban parks, restaurants and great nightlife. The southern districts are more working class and seldom visited by tourists.

Accommodation
You will live with a local homestay family during your sports project to Ecuador. They will provide you with a comfortable room as well as breakfast and dinner each day. You will probably eat lots of rice, chicken and potatoes as well as lots of locally grown fresh fruit. Specific dietary requirements can be catered for. You will need to buy your own lunches each day, but food in Ecuador is very cheap. Living with a local family will not only improve your Spanish speaking skills, you will soon become part of the family and have a welcoming and safe place to relax and unwind while overseas. Contact us if you would like to discuss alternative accommodation options.

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. 

        

Ecuador Map

Ecuador is a very compact South American country brimming with biodiversity and incredible natural beauty. Less than half a day from the capital city, Quito, you will find the Andean mountains, the Amazon Rainforest and the beaches of the Pacific coast – perfect for expeditions, adventure sports and chilling out. Ancient ruins and countless volcanoes can be found all over the country including the isolated Galapagos Islands (made famous by Darwin’s theory of evolution) which are separated from the mainland by the Pacific Ocean.
 
Ecuadorians are renowned for their warmth and welcoming nature, which you will experience firsthand throughout Ecuador. And if you do ask a local for directions, be prepared to be taken to your destination in person! 


Quick Facts
Name
The Republic of Ecuador
Location
South America
Bordering Countries
Colombia and Peru
Capital City
Quito
Government
Democratic Republic
Population
15 million
Language
Spanish
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Name
The Republic of Ecuador
Poverty
65% of the population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Petroleum, Bananas, Shrimp, Coffee, Cocoa, Fish
Climate
Tropical along the coast and in the Amazon region; cooler in the highland areas
Time Zone
GMT -5
Flag
Ecuador Flag

Fun Facts
• Ecuador is the Spanish word for Equator
• Ecuador is the world’s number one producer of bananas
• You can balance an egg on a nail at the Equator

Travel Highlights
• Visit the equator at Mitad del Mundo and straddle both hemispheres
• Explore the crater of the Sierra Negra volcano on horseback
• Visit the land where 'Lonesome George' used to roam – George was the last of the Pinta Island Tortoise Species
• Surf at Montanita – one of Ecuador’s best surf beaches
• Hike up the Cotopaxi volcano and enjoy the breathtaking glacial views
• Discover the biodiversity and wildlife of the Galápagos Islands

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Where is Ecuador?
The Republic of Ecuador is located on the north western coast of South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator and bordering Colombia and Peru to the east.
 
History of Ecuador
For centuries, Ecuador was inhabited by indigenous civilisations. That was until the Incas arrived from Peru, attempting to expand their empire into neighbouring countries. Despite strong resistance from the native Ecuadorians, the Incas were successful in establishing their civilisation across Ecuador during the 1400s. The following century, in 1526, the Spanish explorers landed in Ecuador. This was the same year that the Inca Empire became divided for the first time, thanks to Huavna Capac, the Inca ruler, leaving his empire to two sons, rather than to one son as tradition dictated. Years of fighting ensued but Atahualpa finally defeated his brother to become ruler of the Inca Empire. In the 1530s, the Spaniards increased their presence and the Inca Empire was all but eradicated. The Spanish forced the local Indians and Mestizos (people of mixed European and indigenous race) into hard labour which led to various uprisings and, eventually, liberator Simón Bolívar leading his country to independence in 1830.
 
Following a turbulent and violent past, the 19th century was predictably filled with chaotic politics and rulers who could not bring stability to the region. The 1920s and 1930s put further strain on Ecuadorian society and the economy, especially with the collapse of the coco market and then the Great Depression. More positively, however, Ecuador saw a significant rise in its banana exports from the late 1940s up to the 1960s bringing increased wealth and stability for many. That, unfortunately, was until Ecuador was hit by recession in the 1960s. Social unrest and insecurity fuelled the rise of an anti-communist military government that took power in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until 1979 that a democratic government was properly installed. This gave a new voice to many indigenous groups and, for the first time, gave them a role in Ecuador’s politics. The landscape for Ecuador’s future is now much more positive, but Ecuador still has a long way to go to achieve economic stability and combat its high levels of unemployment.

Climate in Ecuador
Ecuador’s rich biodiversity and varied terrain means the climate various from region to region. As a guide, Ecuador’s winters tend to be dry, lasting from June to September, and the summers are wetter, lasting from December to April. The jungle area, known as the Oriente, remains high in humidity all year round. The sierra region is much cooler, and the coast tends to be warm throughout the year. The Galápagos Islands have a cool climate for most of the year, although December to April sees a much warmer period, perfect for snorkelling, surfing and boat trips.

Language in Ecuador
The official language of Ecuador is Spanish but Quichua, an Inca language, is spoken by the Indian population. Ten other native languages are spoken in Ecuador, and English is the most spoken foreign language.
 
Food in Ecuador
Ecuadorian food is famous for exotic fruits, fantastic seafood, and a spectacular assortment of Andean potatoes. You’ll enjoy sampling Ecuador’s national and regional dishes, including shrimp marinated in lemon, pastries stuffed with spiced meats and toasted corn. And if you're feeling really brave, why not try roasted cuy (guinea pig) or tronquito (soup made from bull penis)!
 
Travelling in Ecuador
For getting around the local area, public buses are a good bet, although you should expect crowding due to the cheap fares. Local taxis are also a popular option for short journeys or day trips around the area, especially if you are sharing the fare with other passengers. This can often be cheaper than renting a car. You should try and agree the price before you leave as taximeters rarely work.
 
For longer journeys, Ecuador has a pretty reliable bus network. However, be prepared for poor road conditions that can create an uncomfortable ride at times. Buses tend to leave from a number of central terminals in the main towns and cities, and it’s a good tip to buy your ticket a day in advance to guarantee your seat.
 
For short travel times and spectacular views, there’s no better option than flying. It is also an affordable option in Ecuador. Most travel hot spots are no more than 30mins away and there are regular flights from most of the main towns and cities. Flights to the Galápagos Islands can, however, be on the expensive side due to a 3 hour flight time. Tourists usually have to pay more than locals. Furthermore, you cannot reserve your seat. You should therefore confirm your reservation 24 hours before departure to ensure your place has not been issued to someone else!
 
Sport in Ecuador
South America has a wealth of sporting talent. You only need mention the national football teams of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico to realise the skill, flair and passion for sport on the South America continent. Ecuador shares this passion, from the north to south. Football is Ecuador’s first sport, with many young athletes dreaming of playing football for their country. That is why you, as a volunteer sports coach, can give children the chance to play football in a structured environment. Football, however, is not the only sport in Ecuador. Tennis, golf, rugby and other sports are played with enthusiasm and there are grassroots initiatives in other sports including basketball, hockey and netball. You can also play lots of sport in Ecuador with a number of local sports teams. On the sports pitch, you will learn new skills and attitudes to sport. Off the pitch, the cross-cultural friendships you build are priceless.

Gap Years and Career Breaks in Ecuador
Explore the outstanding travel opportunities in this unassuming country that is rammed full of fun to be had. From the depths of the Amazon rainforests to the shores of the world famous Galapagos Islands, the diversity of people, land and wildlife will keep you in awe of this dramatic nation throughout your gap year or career break.

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your sports 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 sports 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. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is a well-structured and great opportunity to gain some sporting experience overseas.
 
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which sports placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively, all love sport 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 you are met at the airport by our airport transfer service and taken to your accommodation for a warm welcome, 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 sports 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 Volunteer Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support the work in the local communities of the country you visit. This donations we make  funds future initiatives in many countries around the worlds, and help to support the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop in their chosen sport.
 
Giving Others the Same Amazing Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our overseas sports placements, 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!
Cotopaxi Airport Flights

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 volunteer overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
 
Book Your Place
Once you have decided to volunteer with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement 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 project 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 volunteer experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous coaching you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.
 
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 placement fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners at STA Travel will help you find the best options around.
 
Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas (if required) for your placement. 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 on arrival, and take you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your project.

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  • Amazing people and amazing memories! I got a real taste for this beautiful country on the Ghana Experience.
    Gemma Hutchinson , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • There was never a dull moment on this action packed adventure. I had so much fun with the other people on the trip, I can't wait to go back to Ghana.
    James Reyland , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • I cannot believe how much we packed into only 3 weeks. Volunteering was amazing, and is was great to see the range of things that Ghana has to offer.
    Rosie Midhurst , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • ''I used this opportunity to gain work experience, and getting a new perspective of a health care service in a Third World country made me realise how much we take for granted in the UK.''
    Magalee Nahas , Medical & Health, Ghana
     
  • ''It was great fun working alongside the locals and we shared lots of laughs and stories. It also felt great to know we were leaving something behind that the community really needed.''
    Andy Hoyle , Building & Construction, Ghana
     
  • ''Ghana is a fantastic country and the people are so welcoming and warm, especially the Ghanaian staff. What makes the placement is being part of a team who all have the same viewpoint to help others.''
    Lisa Paige , Building & Construction, Ghana
     
  • “Great people, great experience and there is some great sport to be played in Ghana. Something I'll never forget.”
    Matt Pheasant , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “I have had a fantastic time out in Ghana and what they are trying to acheive out there is truly incredible. I hope to able to do something like this again.”
    Dale Bradley , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “It was fascinating to associate and live with a number of different cultures. The experience of helping other who lived an extensively sheltered and innocent life was invaluable.”
    David Holmes , Sports, India
     
  • "The most amazing experience i've ever had. From the coaching to the social side, the staff and people were amazing both within the organisation and also within the schools."
    Charlotte Williams , Sports, South Africa
     
  • "A demanding, thrilling, incredible insight into this beautiful and stunning country and to top it off: an entirely rewarding project that makes you appreciate everything."
    Ross Green , Sports, South Africa
     
  • "This was the best way to spend my gap year! Sun, sea, sand and sport all whilst coaching amazing kids. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I would jump at the chance to do it again."
    Rosie Wells , Sports, St Lucia
     
  • "My overall experience was fantastic, I enjoyed all aspects of this trip and there is never a dull moment in St Lucia! "
    Sam Evans , Sports, St Lucia
     
  • "This experience was unforgettable, I have met people that I will stay friends with for many years to come and completely fell in love with Argentina!"
    Jamie Henderson , Languages, Argentina
     
  • "I was so surprised how quickly I picked up the language! The school was great and really supportive throughout the learning process and it was amazing to practice what I had learnt in real life situations."
    Melissa Cutler , Languages, Argentina
     
  • Not only did I have tons of fun I've also gained a qualification that means I can continue my travels around the world whilst getting paid to teach English!
    Helen Turner , Teaching, Argentina
     
  • This was probably the most worthwhile experience I have ever had. The organisation and staff at the school were amazing and really supported me throughout the whole process. I wish I could go back!
    Tom Mitchell , Teaching, Argentina
     

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