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Trip Code: ARTBR1
Duration: 17 Days
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Experience the treasures of South America as you take in the best bits of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil on this jam packed tour. Get to the heart of the passionate South American culture as you explore vibrant cities, marvel at the powerful Iguazu Falls, experience life on working estancia in the heart of Uruguay's farming country and kick back on white sand beaches on a paradise Brazilian island.

We may be able to offer a reduced price on this trip, which could mean a fantastic saving for you. Contact us for details!

Soak up the excitement and energy of South America on this action packed tour as you head from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro on an adventure of a lifetime. Stunning scenery, rich cultures and diverse wildlife make South America one of the most intriguing and exhilarating places in the world and an exotic treat for all the senses! There is something for everyone here, and whether you are looking for an adrenaline adventure, breathtaking landscapes or a slice of art, music and culture, South America has it all, and then some! 

Buenos Aires to Montevideo  Day 1- 3
Starting in the cultural and bohemian Buenos Aires you will have the chance to explore the diverse and colourful Barrios that make up the city whilst indulging in world class music, arts and cuisine. The next stop is across the Rio de la Plata to the charming town of Colonia. This historic town is the oldest in Uruguay, and boasts cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture and a fantastic nightlife and is the perfect place to explore Uruguay's fascinating history and (charming) landscapes. After a three hour bus journey we will end up in the largest and capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo. This vibrant and lively city is a hotspot for culture and you only have to head down to the Mercade del Puerto so see an impressive array of theatre, music and arts. 

Estancia farm stay in Uruguay  Day 4 -7
Immerse yourself in a traditional Uruguayan way of life as you live and work on a running Estancia ranch in the heart of the Uruguay's farming country. Embrace a simpler way of living and learn to love life without the interference and stresses of modern technology as you get stuck in to the daily farming chores such as sheep herding or tending the garden. If hard grafts not your cup of tea then just kick back on the veranda and soak up the spectacular countryside views before being treated to some hearty home cooking.

Foz do Iguazu to Paraty  Day 8 - 12
Next you will cross the border into Brazil and head for the town Foz do Iquazu, which has been nicknamed the ‘gateway to Iguazu Falls.’ The Iguazu falls are a spectacular and breathtaking collection of waterfalls that border Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and consist of roughly 270 falls with some reaching as high as 80m! Whether you want to explore the waterfalls on foot or splash out on a helicopter ride to get the ultimate views these waterfalls are a sight not to be missed! Your next port of call will be the beautiful town of Paraty where you can soak up some of Brazil’s most impressive wildlife, explore jungle trails and waterfalls or just chill out and admire the gorgeous colonial architecture in the town. 

Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro  Day 13 - 17
The next stop of your South American adventure is to the paradise island of Ilha Grande where you can indulge yourself in the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters for three days. Ilha Grande boasts some of the best beaches in Brazil and you can spend your days snorkelling and swimming in the tropical waters or exploring lush, virgin rainforest. Spend a day boat hopping around the island to the blue lagoon, or just discovering the islands fascinating history of pirates and prisons as you explore surviving ruins. The last leg of your tour will take you to the colourful and intoxicating Rio de Janeiro! There is so much to keep you busy in this fantastic city so why not check out the spectacular views from the top of sugarloaf mountain, visit the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, take a guided tour of one of the local favelas, soak up some rays on Copacabana beach and dance the night away at one of the city’s lively bars!  

Buenos Aires to Rio

Highlights 
1. Explore the city of Buenos Aires and experience it’s lively and unique culture. 
2. Visit the parakeets at the Playa Mayor in Colonia.
3. Roll up your sleeves and experience life on a traditional working Estancia ranch in Uruguay.
4. Witness the immense power of Iguazu Falls. 
5. Head off on an adventure through jungle trails and waterfalls in Paraty.
6. Snorkel in the paradise waters of Ilha Grande.
7. Discover Ilha Grande’s fascinating history of pirates and criminals. 
8. Enjoy the laid back city of Montevideo.
9. Visit the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio and check out the impressive views across the city.
10. Show off your Samba moves with the locals in Rio de Janeiro.

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Quick Facts

Trip Name
Buenos Aires to Rio Adventure
Trip Code
ARTBR1
Continent
South America
Country
Argentina
Airport
Ezeiza Airport (airport code EZE)
Minimum Duration
17 Days
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Group Tours
Activity
Adventure
Cost
From £1765 for 17 Days
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This is a 17 day tour only.
Pre-requisites
Reasonable standard of health and fitness for some of the activities involved, and the trip involves some long/overnight journeys so a level of patience will be required.
Ideal for
Adventure Tours in South America; Tour of Buenos Aires; Tour of Rio; Gap Year Adventure Tours; Career Break Adventure Tours; Adventure Holidays.
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Arrival Dates

2016

Jan 11th, Feb 8th, Feb 22nd, March 14th, March 21st, April 4th, April 18th, May 16th, May 23rd, June 6th, June 27th, July 4th, July 18th, July 25th, Aug 15th, Aug 29th, Sept 5th, Sept 19th, Sept 26th, Oct 10th, Oct 17th, Oct 31st, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, Nov 28th, Dec 12th

2017

Jan 9th, Feb 6th, Feb 19th, March 13th, March 20th, April 3rd, April 17th, May 15th, May 22nd, June 5th, June 26th, July 3rd, July 17th, July 24th, Aug 14th, Aug 28th, Sept 4th, Sept 18th, Sept 25th, Oct 9th, Oct 16th, Oct 30th, Nov 6th, Nov 20th, Nov 27th, Dec 11th

Note: These dates are your tour start dates, so please aim to arrive in Buenos Aires before this date and prepare to meet at the designated meeting place on the tour start date. Designated meeting place details will be supplied after you have secured your place. 

Visa

British Nationals will not require a visa to enter Argentina for up to 90 days. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Argentine Embassy website by clicking here.

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Included

Accommodation
A range of accommodation options will be arrange for you for the duration of your tour, including hotels, hostels and home stays.
Some Meals
Some meals are included during your tour (6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners). You will need to budget for meals not included. We recommend approx. $400 to cover food costs and other expenses.
Tour Activities
A range of amazing activities will be arranged for you throughout your tour. Please see the Extra Info tab for a detailed itinerary of activities.
Transport
All transport (for included activities) is included for the duration of your tour. Transport types will include ferry, bus and overnight bus.
Tour Leader
You will have a dedicated tour guide for the duration of your tour, who will show your the sights and give you all the information you need.
24 Hour Support
You will have 24 hour support from our in-country staff and from our UK office for the duration of your tour.
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; Airport Transfers; Travel Insurance; Vaccinations, Tourist Visa; Some Meals as per Itinerary; Any Activities not on Itinerary or optional activity options.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires 
On your first day you will discover the culture and charm of Buenos Aires as you explore this bustling city. Buenos Aires is full to the brim with beautiful architecture, exquisite cuisine and a thriving nightlife, and there will certainly be plenty to keep you busy! You will start the day with an orientation walk of the city including the Microcentro area passing by the iconic Plaza de Mayo and San Telmo. This will all be followed by an optional tango show in the evening! 
Accommodation - Hotel

Optional Activities 
• Tango Show ARS640

Day 2: Colonia
Today you will take the ferry across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.  This picturesque town is the oldest in Uruguay and boasts cobblestone streets, charming buildings and a great nightlife. This is a fantastic town to soak up the culture as you explore the World Heritage listed Barrio Historico and witness parakeets at the Playa Mayor. 
Accommodation - Hotel 

Optional Activities
• Lighthouse visit - UYU15

Day 3: Montevideo 
Today you will take a three hour bus journey to the capital city of Montevideo, which is also Uruguay’s largest city. Montevideo is a vibrant and eclectic city with stunning beaches and a real hot-spot for music, theatre and the arts at the Mercade del Puerto. Optional activities in Montevideo include a guided city tour and a visit to the Gaucho Museum. 
Accommodation - Hotel 

Optional Activities:
• City tour - USD24
• Gaucho Museum - Free

Day 4 - 7: Estancia  
For the next three days you will experience life on a working estancia in the heart of Uruguay's farming country. You will take a bus to Tacuarembo (approx 5 hours), and from here it will be a further hour by truck and 4WD to the ranch where you will start your work on the farm. This is a really fantastic chance to get stuck in and experience life as a local in Uruguay. Jobs on the farm may include herding the sheeps and cows, branding cattle and marking and injecting the lambs. You will receive a warm welcome from your hosts and delicious Uruguayan home cooking each day. 

On the afternoon of your last day you will travel to Concordia in Argentina before taking a 12 hour overnight bus to Puerto Iguazu. 

Accommodation - Things are pretty simple down at the ranch and you will be staying in authentic farm style accommodation, with a dorm style sleeping and limited hot water and electricity, which all adds to the experience! Three nights staying in a hacienda and one on the overnight bus. 

Days 8 - 10: Foz do Iguazu
After arriving in Puerto Iguazu you will take a minivan to cross the border into Brazil and head to Foz do Iquazu, the ‘gateway to Iguazu Falls.’ These waterfalls border Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and consist of roughly 270 falls with some reaching as high as 80m. They are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara and certainly are a spectacular site to be seen! 
Accommodation - Hotel (2 nts), Overnight bus (1 nt)

Optional Activities:
• Helicopter ride - USD110
• Bird Park - USD17
• Acquamania Water Park - BRL40
• Iguazu Falls - Argentinean Side - USD68
• Great Adventure - BRL150

Days 11- 12: Paraty 
Paraty is one of the worlds best preserved Portuguese colonial towns and boasts fantastic architecture and beautiful landscapes. Paraty is a hotspot for nature and the surrounding national parks are filled with trails, waterfalls and a huge array of wildlife. 
Accommodation - Hotel 2 nights 

Optional Activities: 
• Boat trip BRL40
• Trindade Excursion BRL8

Days 13 - 15: Ilha Grande
Today you will take a local bus and ferry to the paradise island of Ilha Grande, where you can kick back and soak up the idyllic surroundings for 3 days. Untouched by major development, Ilha Grande boasts an array of tropical beaches for you to swim and snorkel in and virgin rainforest to explore. 
Accommodation - Hotel 3 nights 

Optional activities:
• Boat trip to the Blue Lagoon - BRL50

Days 16- 17: Rio de Janeiro 
You will wake up bright and early to start the journey to Rio de Janeiro where you will finish your tour in style! Rio is a colourful and exciting city dripping with culture, white sand beaches and a lively nightlife. There is so much to keep you busy in this fantastic city so why not check out the spectacular views from the top of sugarloaf mountain, visit the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, chill out on Copacabana beach and dance the night away at a Brazilian bar!  
Accommodation - One night hotel

Optional Activities:
• Sugar loaf cable car - BRL53
• Christ the Redeemer lookout - BRL26
• Favela tour - BRL80
• Botanical Gardens - BRL5
• Santa Teresa tramcar - BRL1
• Maracana soccer game - BRL80

Argentina Map

Argentina, the second largest country in South America, and is the eighth largest in the world by land area. The climate is one of the most diverse in the world which varies from sub-tropical temperatures in the Patagonian desert to sub-zero temperatures along Cape Horn - one of the world’s most southerly cities, Ushuaia, and the Americas' highest peak, Aconcagua in the Andes to the West of the country.
 
Despite earning headline fame for its economic and political upheavals, Argentina is not to be missed. It's one of South America's most charismatic and passionate countries, and for many visitors the devaluation of the Argentine peso just means even more for your money. Sport plays a huge role in Argentinean society, and those who visit this energetic land will soon start to embrace this sport mad culture.


Quick Facts
Name
Argentine Republic
Location
South America
Bordering Countries
Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay
Capital City
Buenos Aires
Government
Democratic Republican
Population
40 million approx
Language
Spanish
Currency
Peso
Name
Argentine Republic
Poverty
20.6% of population below the poverty line
Main Exports
Agricultural products, minerals, fats & oils
Climate
The climate is one of the most diverse in the world; Buenos Aires and the Pampas are temperate; cold in the winter, hot and humid in the summer; Patagonia is cool in the summer and cold in the winter.
Time Zone
GMT -3
Flag
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Fun Facts
• Argentina derives from Argentum, the Latin word for Silver
• The country is the fifth largest producer of wine
• Argentines have the largest consumption of red meat in the World

Travel Highlights
• The fantastic Iguazú Falls, in the north-east corner of the country
• The Nahuel Huapi National Park, in Patagonia in the foothills of the Andes mountains
• El Calafate & The Perito Moreno Glacier, a must when visiting Argentina
• The Ibera Wetlands (or Esteros del Ibera), a nature reserve of 13'000 km2
• The wine regions of Mendoza and Salta are popular tourist destinations

Beaches in Argentina Wildlife in Argentina

Where is Argentina?
The Argentine Republic is a large, elongated country in the southern part of South America, neighbouring countries being Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay to the north, Uruguay to the north east and Chile to the west. In the east Argentina has a long South Atlantic Ocean coastline.
 
History of Argentina
Argentina was relatively sparsely populated until the period of European colonisation and archaeological history is relied upon to tell us about the indigenous population. Evidence suggests the first human settlements in Patagonia by the tribes known as Tehuelches around 13,000 years ago while the Diaguita of northwestern Argentina lived on the edges of the expanding Inca Empire. Europeans arrived in the region with the 1502 voyage of Amerigo Vespucci. Spanish navigator Juan Diaz de Solias visited what is now Argentina in 1516. Spain established a permanent colony on the site of Buenos Aires in 1580, although initial settlement was primarily overland from Peru. The Spanish further integrated Argentina into their empire by establishing the Vice Royalty of Rio de la Plata in 1776, and Buenos Aires became a flourishing port. Buenos Aires formally declared independence from Spain on July 9, 1816. From 1880 to 1930 Argentina became one of the world's 10 wealthiest nations based on rapid expansion of agriculture and foreign investment in infrastructure. However, instability in the government based on corruption and civil war reduced the incoming foreign investments which lead to a huge fiscal deficit and currency devaluation. Despite economic setbacks, Argentina is today a prosperous country, although grass roots sport is yet to be developed, and although they have had their downfalls, they have had many successes as well. Argentineans are proud of their heritage and like to share their scars and achievements with anyone who asks. Not to mention that they are also happy to play soccer as long as you show an interest and have athletic feet to keep up. This is a vibrant country to volunteer in and is sure to leave lasting memories.

Climate in Argentina
Argentina’s sheer size and rich Flora, Fauna and varied terrain means the climate varies hugely from region to region. The north is subtropical, and in southern Patagonia it is sub-Antarctic, whilst in The Pampas the climate is mild and humid.
 
Language in Argentina
The official language of Argentina is Spanish, with the prominent regional dialect Rioplantense. Other spoken languages are English, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and even a few places in Patagonia have native Welsh speakers.
 
Food in Argentina
Continental dishes such as pasta, sausage and dessert dishes are popular in Argentina. They also enjoy a wide variety of indigenous dishes which include empanadas (a stuffed pastry), locro (a mixture of corn, beans, meat, bacon, onion, and gourd), humitas and yerba mate, all originally indigenous Amerindian staples, the latter considered Argentina's national beverage.
 
The Argentine barbecue, asado as well as a parrillada, includes various types of meats, among them chorizo, sweetbread, chitterlings, and morcilla (blood sausage). Sandwiches de miga, are also popular. Argentines have the highest consumption of red meat in the world.
   
Festivals in Argentina
The Gualeguaychu Carnival bridges January and February. This is one of the biggest festivals in Argentina, involves street music, dancing and colourful costumes, and is likened to the Mardi gras festivals of Rio de Janeiro. The Buenos Aires Tango Festival celebrates the city as the birthplace of Tango with big performances and free lessons. The major Argentinean music festival ‘Personal Fest’ takes place at the Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires; it is considered the most important international music festival in the country, with national and international bands playing rock, pop, funk, dance, and others.
 
Travelling in Argentina
Walking: Buenos Aires is known as a great place for walking, you can combine bus & subway rides with walks through the streets to make the most of the city. If you get lost you will receive help from the locals, the friendly ‘porteños’ and some advice on the best things to check out.

Taxis: Buenos Aires has an excellent Taxi Service, (with around 32,000), you will wait only a few minutes to get a taxi in the touristic areas. Taxis are painted yellow on the roof and black on the rest, a taxi is available when a red light in the inside is on and/or says LIBRE, the fare is metered in Argentinean pesos by the time and the distance travelled, rates are established by the Municipality and should not change from day to night.

Urban Buses: known as ‘Colectivos’ they are a fast and inexpensive means of transportation around the city. Over 180 bus lines operate 24 hours each day, the fare is paid directly to the driver or into a machine at the front of the bus (this must be paid by coins only). These take some getting used to but are a good way of seeing Buenos Aires at low cost.

Subway: also called the ‘Subte’ is the quickest and easiest means of transportation around the city, but can be uncomfortable especially in the heat of the summer. It is reliable and punctual. For longer journeys, Argentina has a reliable railway service on lines that are open. A lot of lines are still to be laid. The most popular route is from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata. The rail option is half the price of the longer bus journeys, but there is much more option if travelling longer distances by bus.
 
Sport in Argentina
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.The national football team has won 25 major international titles including two FIFA World Cups, two Olympic gold medals and fourteen Copa Américas. Football is the most popular sport and if you are in Buenos Aires on the day of the local Derby you are likely to be asked “Boca or River?” as the Porteños assume that everybody is interested in football. Many young Porteños dream of representing their country, and with recent history it is not difficult to understand why. Argentina won both Basket and football Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004.

Other sports are quickly developing with the Women’s Field Hockey team winning the Hockey World Cup in 2002 and came third in 2006. Tennis was once a sport reserved for the wealthy until the Argentinean Guillermo Vilas did well in international competitions. Now it is played by young people throughout the country.

Gap Years and Career Breaks in Argentina
In this sport mad country, whether you are into sports or not, you will soon find that you will become engulfed by the passion that surrounds the events that dictate the lives of Argentina’s welcoming people. Argentina has so much to offer in the way of travel opportunities, so take the plunge to South America and see what this fantastic nation can offer you on your gap year or career break.

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your tour 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 tour 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 tour. Only then do you get to see the tour on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and guaranteed to be an amazing experience.
 
Help Choosing Which Tour
If you are not sure which tour 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 tour or destination for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your tour, 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 in build up to your tour start date.
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our tour fees. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to find flights and insurance to suit your tour budget. 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.
 
Arrival Induction
We will take you through a local orientation and tour induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, talk your through your tour itinerary, and it will also show you how to stay safe while travelling abroad.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is provided on all of our tours. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation, this is something that will be offered to you at different stages of your tour. We endeavour to supply food where we can on our tours, however in some cases this is not always possible. Please see the trip itinerary on the Extra Info tab 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 and guide you throughout your tour. Our staff can be reached 24-hours a day and will travel with you throughout your tour to ensure everything is running smoothly, and that you are happy.
 
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.

Giving Others Similar Travel 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.

Vaccination
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. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

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 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 overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons 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 project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Visas 
Next you will need to get your visa for your trip. British citizens do not require visas unless they are planning to work before or after the course, in which case a Working Holiday Visa will be required. 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!
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Specialising in kit that can take you off the beaten track, Nomad ensure that you leave fully prepared for your trip. With large ranges in-store and online including clothing, rucksacks, footwear and a lot more as well as a team of travel experts to help you select your gear, Nomad are the one stop shop for all your travel needs. 

In addition Nomad have been providing travel health advice to thousands of people to ensure they leave prepared health-wise for their trip. As well as general advice about your destination, vaccinations and information about anti-malaria options, you will also be able to discuss any health issues you might be worried about when travelling abroad.

Changing Worlds have teamed up with Nomad Travel Stores to offer great deals on a whole range of equipment and clothing.

By quoting 'CW1000' you will be entitled to a 10% discount on travel gear and vaccinations, both online and in-store.

Visit their website to take advantage of this great offer and service here: www.nomadtravel.co.uk 


 

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Testimonials
  • ''The teaching was great, I felt that I learnt a lot and the school seemed to enjoy having me around. The whole experience was all I'd hoped for. I can't wait to get back to Ghana one day!.''
    Charlotte Sadler , Teaching, Ghana
     
  • ''The children, the people, the volunteers, and the whole atmosphere in general, made this experience one I’ll never forget.''
    Magalee Nahas , Teaching, Ghana
     
  • ''The experience was greatly valuable to me professionally as I gained practical writing experience that I can take home and add to my portfolio and, considering how competitive media jobs are in my city, this is invaluable.''
    Sarah Kendell , Media & Journalism, Ghana
     
  • "Working on the front line on some really exciting news stories and has boosted my confidence that being a journalist is what I want to be. Amazing very relevant experience and just what I needed. Thanks to all the Changing Worlds team for making this possible for me."
    Thomas Coats , Media & Journalism, Ghana
     
  • 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
     

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