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Duration: 2 Weeks - 8 Weeks
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Want the ultimate in flexibility whilst you travel and explore the fascinating country of Cambodia? Plan, build and tailor your perfect Cambodian travel experience with Flexi Travel and get off the beaten track to discover more to this captivating nation.

Flexi Travel in Cambodia
In Cambodia we offer a wide range of experiences. Each experience has a certain number of credits assigned to it. Mix and match from these experiences to build your Flexi Travel trip. Build your personal itinerary or just book the number of credits you want and decide during your intro week! You can even book more credits after you have started.

Flexi Travel Packages:
A) 5 Credits = GBP600
B) 10 Credits = GBP825
C) 20 Credits = GBP1275
D) 30 Credits = GBP1725
E) Build Your Own…Pick a package and add additional credits for GBP45 per credit

  
Please note all credits purchased will need to be redeemed during your trip - unused credits are non refundable.

Cambodia Intro Week (included)
Your Cambodia Intro Week based in Siem Reap Samraong is included in your registration fee and is designed to ease you into Cambodian culture and way of life. Throughout the week you will get to know the local area and the traditions of the local people through sightseeing trips, Cambodian cookery and language lessons, and opportunities to embrace the relaxed Buddhist way of life in Samraong.

Build Your Flexi Travel Trip From…

Community Volunteering
Teaching in Samraong (5 credits per week)
Everyday over 200 children attend our school facilities in Samraong, and our volunteers play a key role in the educational development of the children. Our volunteers have the flexibility to teach a range of subjects to support the English language development, along with creative workshops including art, music, singing, and more.

Building & Construction in Samraong (5 credits per week)
Help with the construction efforts in the disadvantaged communities around Samraong, and help to provide facilities, including schools and community centres, to promote a sustainable future within the communities we support.

Medical – Outreach in Oddar Meanchey (10 credits per week)
Aimed towards motivated volunteers with a background in medicine and/or healthcare, this project operates in range of basic local schools around Oddar Meanchey to assist the children’s development of health education. Topics include sanitation/hygiene, sexual education, and personal bodily health.

Medical – Hospital in Oddar Meanchey (10 credits per week)
Medical volunteers will work in the Referral Hospital of Oddar Meanchey, and depending on the personal level of medical and/or healthcare experience our volunteers will gain exposures to the daily medical practices at the hospital, from observations and monitoring, to more “hands on” roles in specific wards.

Conservation Volunteering
Mangrove Conservation in Kampot (10 credits per week)
Help to support the long standing fishing industry of Kampot in south-eastern Cambodia by supporting local mangrove conservation efforts through work planting new mangrove sites and supporting the education of the younger generations into the benefits of maintaining these important habitats.

Temple Conservation in Banteay Chhmar (8 credits per week)
Banteay Chhmar temple is widely recognised as one of Cambodia’s most important and least understood archaeological complexes from the Angkor period. Ongoing conservation and research activities at the site are required to better understand and support the buildings and the villages that surround the temple. Activities include planting trees, clearing debris in the surrounding areas, temple site cleaning and making information signs.

Marine Conservation in Koh Sen (4 weeks = 88 credits)
This 4 week specialised marine conservation programme based on the remote island of Koh Sen is a unique opportunity to become a qualified scuba diver, complete an emergency first aid response course, gain first hand experience in coral reef surveying and species identification, as well as gain a deeper understanding of marine conservation and ecology. This programme is ideal for gaining experience in marine conservation and environmental issues.

Travel & Experiences
Free Week (0 credits per week)
If you want to take a week off from any project work and just want to do some independent travel in your chosen destination, the Free Week option gives you added flexibility to enjoy your trip exactly as you want it to be.

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
Participants must complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, or provide a valid CRB certificate in order to be eligible for this trip. 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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Quick Facts

Trip Name
Cambodia Flexi Travel
Trip Code
KHFT1
Continent
Asia
Country
Cambodia
Airport
Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
8 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering, Flexi Travel
Activity
Teaching, Care Work, Wildlife & Conservation, Building & Construction, Medical & Health, Adventure
Cost
From £600 for 2 Weeks
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
The minimum duration for our Flexi Travel trips is 2 weeks. There is no preferred duration past this point but we believe that the longer you can stay the more you will experience and benefit.
Pre-requisites
Participants must complete a DBS check for any projects that involve working with children. Please see that extra info tab for more information.
Ideal for
Tailor made gap year travel, gap year travel in Cambodia, flexible travel programme in Cambodia, volunteer and travel in Cambodia.
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Arrival Dates

Most of the programs in Cambodia start every Sunday of the year but please note that there may be some exceptions (see specific program information for more details) or contact us for advice. You must arrive at Siem Reap Airport between 06:00 on 16:00 on the Sunday to receive airport pick-up and transfer.

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

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Included

Accommodation
All accommodation is provided. You will be staying in basic but comfortable accommodation with all the amenities you need.
Food
On all projects you will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals a day on weekends. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes.
Airport Transfer
Airport pick up included on arrival date
Training
Full project training and orientation included on arrival
Support
Pre departure help and advice; local in country team; 24 hour emergency support
Excursions and Activities
Entrance fees for a range of excursions are included relevant to your chosen selection of programme
Transport
Transport to and from your project sites / tour locations during your induction week is provided by our in-country team. Transport will include public and private: taxi, bus, boat, bicycle. Participants will be expected to walk when travelling short distances.
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; Visa; Vaccinations; CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check; Airport Drop-off; Spending Money.
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What is Flexi Travel?
Flexi Travel is the new way to create and experience a gap year, career break or summer holiday like no other. Build your trip from scratch and develop your itinerary as your travel! Intrigued?

See how much fun you can have designing your own adventure! Here is our simple Step-by-Step Guide to Flexi Travel…

Step 1: Pick Your Destination
Choose from one or more of the following destinations:
Thailand, India, Fiji, Bali (Indonesia), Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Philippines 

Step 2: Check Out The Trips
In each country we offer a wide range of experiences, from community volunteering to adventure tours. Each experience will have a certain number of credits assigned to it. Mix and match from these experiences to build your Flexi Travel trip.

Step 3: Pick Your Credit Package
Credits can be used for experiences across multiple locations, so you can travel and take part in some amazing activities as part of one package. 

Flexi Travel Packages:
A) 5 Credits = GBP600
B) 10 Credits = GBP825
C) 20 Credits = GBP1275
D) 30 Credits = GBP1725
E) Build Your Own…Pick a package and add additional credits for GBP45 per credit

Step 4: Go Flexi Travelling
You have the freedom to decide which experiences you want to do before or after you have started your trip. Build your personal itinerary or just book the number of credits you want and make those big decisions during your intro week! You can even book more credits after you have started. Easy as that…

Social Life in Cambodia
Cambodia’s social life has certainly come into it’s own in recent years with the increase of travelers visiting from around the world. The beaches in the South of the country are very reminiscent of Thailand 10 years ago, with beach parties, BBQ’s under the stars and plenty of lively hostels. Further North you will find more traditional, ussualy religious events where you can gain a unique insight into the Cambodian way of life. Or just head to one of the bustling markets to get a real taste of local Cambodian food at it's very best (and cheapest!) Whatever you feel like doing our in country coordinator knows the area inside out and will be on hand to give you the best advice on where to go.

Travel and Adventure in Cambodia
There is plenty to keep you busy in Cambodia and there are no end of amazing travel and adventure activities to keep you busy in your spare time! Full to the brim with fascinating ancient sites and breathtaking scenery, and landscapes that range from lush jungle to crystal clear beaches there is certainly something for everybody here. Take a trip to the intriguing ancient ruins of the Angkor Wat and lose yourself in this maze of beautiful temples intertwined with trees and steeped in history; or head to the traditional and charming Kampot and discover how one of Cambodia’s largest exports, pepper is produced; barter at the markets and get to know the locals in the bustling Phnom Penh or just soak up the sunshine on the palm fringed beaches of Sihanoukville. 

Accommodation
Your accommodation is based in basic but comfortable shared volunteer residence within close proximity to your project. The rooms are single gender bedrooms with a maximum of 4 people per room, with a fan, cold shower and wifi in the room and communal areas. There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hands at the volunteer house, however there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too at a small cost.

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
Participants must complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, or provide a valid CRB certificate in order to be eligible for this trip. 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. 

Cambodia

Cambodia is the perfect destination for the explorer, the adventurer and the more curious amongst us. A hidden gem in South East Asia and less traveled than it’s sister Thailand, Cambodia is full of Asian charm, traditional customs and bundles of character. Whether you’re looking for a slice of beach paradise, a jungle adventure or to gain an understanding of the country's turbulent history through temples and museums, Cambodia has everything you could ask for. 

Cambodia’s varying landscape, tropical weather and extremely cheap prices make it a must see destination for those wishing to travel and there are plenty of beautiful areas waiting to be discovered. 


Quick Facts
Name
Kingdom of Cambodia
Location
South East Asia
Bordering Countries
Thailand, Vietnam, Laos
Capital City
Phnom Penh
Government
Constitutional Monarchy, Parliamentary System
Population
15 million
Language
Khmer / Cambodian
Currency
Cambodian Riel (KHR)
Name
Kingdom of Cambodia
Poverty
31% of the population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Textile Garments, Fisheries Products, Rubber
Climate
The climate can generally be described as Tropical. There are two distinct seasons: the Rainy Season (June - October) and the Dry Season (November - May).
Time Zone
GMT +7
Flag
Cambodia Flag

Fun Facts
•  The Cambodian flag is the only one in the world that features a building on it. The building is the temple of Angkor Wat.
• To greet each other many Cambodians press their palms together in front of their bodies and bow, this is called Sompeah and the younger or lower rnaked person will imitate the gesture.
• Most Cambodian young men are monks for some time during their lives.

Travel Highlights
• Discover the ancient ruins of Angkor, one of the most spectacular ancient sites on Earth. Explore the mesmerising Angkor Wat temple, the imposing stone faces of the Bayon temple and the enchanting  ruins of Ta Prohm where ancient monuments are intertwined by trees.
• Kick back and relax on the golden beaches of Sihanoukville in the South of Cambodia. With glistening blue waters and beaches for miles this is the perfect place to put down your rucksack and rest your feet! Take a boat trip to one of the surrounding islands for a secluded, tranquil treat.
• Spot Irrawaddy Dolphin in the beautiful town of Kratie along the Mekong River. This lively riverside town boasts beautiful French architecture and arguably the best sunset along the Mekong in Cambodia.
• Explore the local markets of the bustling, vibrant Siam Reap. With a vast array of trinkets, food and traditional clothing on offer at unbelievably low prices you are sure to pick up some original souvenirs for your friends back home. This charming town is also packed full of amazing restaurants and bars to relax at the end of the day.
• Visit the floating villages of Tonle Sap based on the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. During the dry season the lake drains into the Mekong River, but in the wet season it is a thriving, agriculturally significant lake for Cambodia.

Where is Cambodia?
Situated in the heart of South East Asia Cambodia’s international borders are shared with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. It’s fantastic central location makes Cambodia the perfect destination for those wanting to explore this fascinating part of the world as the surrounding countries are easily accessible.  

Cambodia’s Climate
Like most of Southeast Asia, Cambodia is warm to hot year round and the climate is dominated by the annual monsoon cycle with its alternating wet and dry seasons. These cycles are split into two distinct season, the dry season from October to April and the wet season from May to October. 

Language in Cambodia
Khmer is the official language spoken in cambodia and is used in most social contexts including throughout education and in the mass media. Khmer is spoken by roughly 90% of the population which is almost 7 million people. 

The People of Cambodia
Cambodia has had it’s fair share of unrest and has only recently emerged from years of turmoil at the hands of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge with the devastating loss of approximately two million lives throughout their regime. Since the invasion of Vietnam and the fall of the Khmer Rouge Cambodia has made great steps forward and has slowly begun to rebuild its economy and sense of culture, however as one of the poorest countries in the world there is still a long way to go, and much of their economic future depends upon it’s increase in tourist development. Despite this Cambodians are some of the most warm and friendly people you are likely to meet and are sure to welcome you with open arms and an inviting smile.

The majority of Cambodians follow a form of Buddhism called Theravada Buddhism. Originated in India Theravada teaches the concept of reincarnation, with the belief that depending on their behaviour in this life they will either come back as a lower or higher being in their next life. 

Travelling in Cambodia
There are plenty of temples, jungles and beaches to keep you busy during your free time in Cambodia and the more you discover of this amazing country the further you will want to delve! Whether you fancy catching some rays on a deserted beach or trekking through ancient temples, Cambodia is certain not to disappoint and you will find something for everyone here. 
Cambodia’s most famous tourist attraction, and rightly so, are the temples of Angkor Wat, hidden in lush jungle just outside Siem Reap. One of the most important archaeological sites in South East Asia these temples tell the history of the Khmer Empire and is highly significant as a site of cultural, religious and symbolic values. For the best way to view Angkor Wat set your alarm early and experience the awe inspiring sunrise across the temples away from all the crowds. For white sand beaches, deserted islands and amazing diving head to Sihanoukville, a thriving backpackers town on the beach where there is no shortage of fun! Or visit one of Cambodias three floating villages, where the houses are built on bamboo stilts and locals sell food and trinkets from boats. 

Gap Year and Career Break Trips in Cambodia
Visit Cambodia and experience one of the most exotic and alluring countries in the world. Explore the lush jungles, enchanting temples and palm fringed beaches that await you and make your gap year or career break the trip of a lifetime!

Some people find the concept of paying to volunteer a bit strange. The truth is you don’t actually pay for your volunteer placement. That part is free. Your money goes on all the other benefits around it.

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 volunteer in a foreign country 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 rest of the team and other volunteers.

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 volunteering 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 volunteer 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.

Recruiting More Volunteers
In order to provide a reliable flow of volunteers to our placements overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you. Our projects simply wouldn’t survive if we didn’t. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
  
Travel in Cambodia

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 or take part in a placement 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 project fee in easy-to-manage installments.
 
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 relevant previous 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.
 
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 project. 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 project. 
1) Are meals included in this trip? 
Food is an important, so we include meals for the duration of this trip. On Weekdays our team will provide 3 meals per day and on weekends 2 meals per day (Brunch/ Dinner). 

2) What accommodation and support is provided?
Accommodation is provided in our comfortable volunteer houses (shared rooms of 2-4 people) or at a local home-stay, staying with a local family, and in some cases at the project site. You will be provided with a 24/7 emergency number for each respective country on arrival, and you will have the dedicated support from English speaking staff on site. Our in-country team also operates formal helpdesk during working hours for any feedback and questions from our participants.

3) Can a participant book a private room? 
On the whole, the accommodation we provide is twin or four shared, however we do offer those looking for a bit more privacy the opportunity to guarantee their own single room for an extra fee per week (dependant on availability – ask us for details). Just let us know in the comments section of your booking and we will try to make it happen for you! 

4) What ages are allowed on the trip? 
We recommend that those taking part in this trip should be 18+ year olds. For those who are under 18 years old, it is still possible to take part in the trip, we would however need written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Please mention this in the comments section of your booking. 

5) When do trip activities take place? 
The general schedules for this trip runs from Monday to Friday (unless otherwise stated that some weekend work is available) with evenings during the week, and weekends free for travel, excursions and activities. This trip is available all year but please take note that schedule adjustments may occur on certain dates throughout the year, due to the constant evolution of the projects and circumstances beyond our control.

6) When can a participant arrive? 
As part of our in-country service we endeavour to provide an airport pick-up for all participants. A participant should arrive at their arrival airport any time on the Sunday of the weekend of their trip start date, and will be met in the airport arrivals by a member of our in-country team or transfer service. Please note that for those arriving on a Saturday, an extra night accommodation charge is due (dependant on availability – ask us for details). Extra nights before or after your trip (Saturday being the last day for the trip) have a cost of £25 per night). Just let us know in the comments section of your booking! 

For those participants unable to arrive on the weekend, but will be arriving after the weekend on a weekday, a £50 transfer charge applies for airport pick-up and transfer to the accommodation site, unless the participant is making their own way to the accommodation location. In all such cases, please make sure we have all information of your arrival in good time before your trip.

7) Where do you pick-up and drop off? 
Return transfers to the airport are not provided, however we do covered your drop-off to the closest main city to your trip location, NOT to the airport. This is due to people having a range of different plans after their trip, and to avoid complications and logistical nightmares, transfers back to the airport are not available. 

8) How are participants transported? 
Trip participants should expect to be transferred from the airport to their trip location by public transport (Taxi or Coach). Depending on your chosen trip, trip related transport can vary between minibus, open air cars, boats, and even bicycles. 

9) What level of interactivity is required for this trip? 
We require our participants to be socially active whilst taking part in your trip! This trip incorporates lots of inter-action with the local people and culture, involves some local travel, and our volunteer projects will need you to use initiative the ability to think on your feet. In all cases, our in-country coordinators will be there to guide you and provide 24hr support to ensure everything is running smoothly. 
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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 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
     
  • "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."
    Samantha Platt , Sports, Canada
     
  • "I am extremely passionate about this project and being a professional photographer, meant I could teach a wide range of skills to the kids".
    Remy Whiting , Art & Craft, South Africa
     
  • "Having the in-country contacts to work on my own photography stories was perfect. Thanks to all involved".
    James Burton , Art & Craft, South Africa
     
  • "This law internship gave me a unique perspective on law in Africa and has certainly widened my options within the law field".
    Andy Smith , Business & Law, Ghana
     
  • "Thanks to all the Ghana team for making this law internship happen for me. Such an amazing experience and Ghanaians are sooo friendly."
    Jemma Mansfield , Business & Law, Ghana
     
  • "It was so interesting working into the law sector in Ghana and getting this experience. Such a great way to spend my summer doing something totally different."
    Mark Fulton , Business & Law, Ghana
     
  • "Costa Rica is such a wonderful country and being able to help out on the care work project with the children was such a privilege."
    Lara Gillard , Care Work, Costa Rica
     
  • "The whole team in Costa Rica were awesome and really helped me make the most our of my time there both on the care work project and showing me the adventures of the country."
    Tom Smith , Care Work, Costa Rica
     
  • "This placement gave me the mix of helping young children and also experiencing a totally different culture. My Spanish has really improved too."
    Kiki Jones , Care Work, Costa Rica
     
  • "I am studying in animal welfare and this placement was perfect in getting real life experience relevant to my career".
    Gordon Bennell , Wildlife & Conservation, Costa Rica
     
  • "The whole experience was fantastic from the staff at the rescue centre, to Andy and his family. Thank you for looking after me so well."
    Ruth Eales , Wildlife & Conservation, Costa Rica
     
  • Fab way to start my week, our guide was awesome and gave us so many tips. Met an amazing group of people and the team in the office really help you sort your time out after you've finished the first week. Would really recommend to solo travellers.
    Emma Lowton , Adventure, New Zealand
     

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