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The Philippines is a country of huge diversity and there is no better way to explore the islands than to build a flexi travel trip that allows you to combine a range of projects to make a trip that is perfect of you.

Flexi Travel in The Philippines
In The Philippines we offer a wide range of experiences, each of which 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 = GBP650
B) 10 Credits = GBP875
C) 20 Credits = GBP1325
D) 30 Credits = GBP1775
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.

Philippines Intro Week (Included)
Your trip will begin with an introduction week in your starting location, this is a great way to get you ready to join your first project as you learn about the Filipino culture and meet lots of your fellow travellers. You will enjoy sightseeing as well as language and cooking workshops and more! 

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Palawan
Building and Construction in Palawan (5 credits per week)
Assist the local community by helping to build and repair unsafe community buildings, these could be schools, libraries, or even the homes of local people. The specific details of the project will be determined by the greatest needs of the community, you will work alongside the people of Palawan who will greet you with the welcoming hospitality that The Philippines is well known for.

Teaching in Palawan (5 credits per week)
Join a local school and help children aged between 7 - 18 years old to practice and improve their English skills, moderate you own teaching style and lead lessons in a fun and engaging way. Teach through arts, sports, music or playing games, the children will love to have new volunteers and will enjoy learning about your life back home. 

Child Care in Palawan (5 credits per week)
Working in a kindergarten with children aged between 3 - 5 years old, you will be involved in the general day to day care of the children as well as teaching and playing. Beginning to speak English with a fluent English speaker from such a young age will be so beneficial to the children and you will find this a unique and hugely rewarding project to be a part of. 

Palawan Experience (5 credits per week)
Experience the real authentic lifestyle of the people in Palawan by assisting the poorest communities at work. The main professions in Palawan are fishing and farming, you will assist in fixing fishing tools, planting rice and vegetables and generally being an extra pair of hands. You will be overwhelmed at the friendly nature of the local people and this will give you a real insight into the culture of the local people.

Village Healthcare in Palawan (8 credits per week)
This is a project aimed at those with a medical background who can help out in a local healthcare centre and assist overworked doctors and nurses whilst gaining a real insight into the medical profession in the Philippines. This will look great on your CV as you will get stuck in and experience the difficulties that need to be overcome in a very rural health care centre and you can be a part of providing a solution to these problems.

Palawan Beach Week (15 credits per week)
Schedule a week of relaxation in some of the best beaches the Philippines has to offer, as you will spend the week in El nido, an archipelago with around 45 Islands and over 50 white sandy beaches. You will spend one morning kayaking and one morning receiving a traditional Filipino massage. The rest is up to you, you can get involved in watersports, diving is particularly popular here, or you can just explore and relax on the beaches. You will not regret your visit to El Nido.

Palawan Dive Course (30 credits per week)
The waters of El Nido will undoubtedly be some of the clearest waters you have ever seen, that is why this is a perfect destination for you to complete your PADI dive course. You will start with classroom based learning and you will never forget the moment you take your first breath underwater. Once you are a certified diver you will be able to use your dive qualification all over the world. Near by Coron has some of the best wreck diving in the world, be sure to make the short trip here to use you new qualification. 

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
Philippines Flexi Travel
Trip Code
PHFT1
Continent
Asia
Country
Philippines
Airport
Depends on starting location: Francisco Bangoy International Airport, Davao (DVO) or Puerto Princesa International Airport, Palawan (PPS)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering, Group Tours, Flexi Travel
Activity
Teaching, Care Work, Building & Construction, Adventure
Cost
From £650 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 (Criminal Records) check in order to be eligible for some elements of this trip. A positive attitude and willingness to get stuck in to the projects is essential.
Ideal for
Volunteer Projects Abroad; Travel Programmes in India; Flexi Travel in the Philippines; Gap Year Flexible Travel Programme; Career Break and Student Travel Abroad.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive any weekend of the year, preferably on a Sunday between 10:00 and 17:00 so that we can pick you up from the airport (Puerto Princesa International Airport - PPS) and transfer you to our accommodation, approx 1.5hr drive.

Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation, costing GBP30.

Visa
British Nationals will not require a visa to enter The Philippines if you are going to stay for 30 days or less. For stays longer than 30 days we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Philippines embassy by clicking here.

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Included

Accommodation
You will be staying in basic but comfortable dorm style accommodation with all the amenities you need.
Food
3 meals a day during the week, 2 meals at weekend. Local nutritious foods.
Airport Transfer - Arrival
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
Equipment & 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.Travel between Palawan and Davao if you choose to visit both locations.
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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 = GBP650
B) 10 Credits = GBP875
C) 20 Credits = GBP1325
D) 30 Credits = GBP1775
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 The Philippines
Whilst you will be kept nice and busy during the days of your projects, you will generally have your evenings and weekends to explore and travel and socialise with your fellow volunteers. The Philippines is still a relatively quiet country in terms of tourism, which means you can still really experience the authentic life of the country. Our in country team will be there to advise you of activities you can join at the evenings and weekends, so that you can make the most out of every moment in the Philippines.

Travel and Adventure in The Philippines
The Philippines is made up of over 7000 Islands, so you will find you may spend a lot of time on the breathtaking beaches the Philippines is famous for. You can spend days island hopping, kayaking, and exploring under the sea by snorkelling and diving. The Philippines is known to have some of the best dive spots in the world, mainly due to the amazing visibility in the clear waters but also the range of underwater creatures, from tiny beautiful corals to the giant Whale Sharks. But there is also so much more to explore in the Philippines, each Island has something different to offer.

Other travel highlights in the Philippines include, wreck diving in Coron, trekking through the rice paddies in Banaue, caving in Sagada, climbing to the highest point in the country - the semi active Volcano, Mount Apo, visiting ‘The Chocolate Hills’ in Bohol, taking a boat along the underground river in Puerto Princesa, shop in some of the world’s biggest shopping malls. 

The Philippines has so many wonderful and unique travelling experiences, it is a country you will find almost impossible to leave as there is also one more adventure you will want to squeeze in before you book that flight.


Accommodation in The Philippines
Your accommodation in the Philippines will vary depending on which project you are joining, but generally you will stay in sociable shared volunteer houses. Normally you will be in basic but comfortable dormitory style bedrooms with lockable doors. You will have a shared bathroom where usually there are just cold water showers (because of the tropical climates of the Philippines most people find this preferable). Your room will have a fan and mosquito protection where necessary, you will also have access to wifi, however this will not always be in your room. 

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
Participants are required 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. 

Intro Week - your first week
Before you begin your volunteer project in Palawan you have a week to immerse yourself into the Filipino way of life, you will be introduced to the beautiful Island of Palawan and learn how to how the locals live. We want to ensure you will be making the most of every minute of your volunteer role, so to help you settle in you will go sight seeing in the local area and the surrounding areas of Palawan, join in a Filipino language class and a cooking class, where you will learn to make traditional Filipino dishes.

You will be blown away by how remarkably beautiful Palawan is, you will visit Palawan's capital city of Puerto Princesa and visit the popular sightseeing destinations, as well as swimming in the stunning waterfalls of Nara, after visiting a local market. This week will leave you feeling confident about starting your new role in the local school and begin teaching English and practise your new Filipino language skills.   

Intro Week Itinerary
Monday
8:00 Breakfast
09:30-11:30 Cultural introduction and handling of all required documents 
12:00 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Walk through the local village.
18:00 Welcome Dinner

Tuesday
08:00 Breakfast
09:00-11:30 Philippine language class  
12:00 Lunch
15:30 Cooking class
17:00 Dinner (cooking class)

Wednesday
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Visit the capital of Puerto Princesa, downtown area (visit a famous church, memorial park and the shopping area)
12:00 Lunch at Puerto Princesa.
13:00 Sightseeing around Puerto Princesa; visit the  weaving village and the  crocodile park
17:00 Back to our centre.
18:00 Dinner

Thursday
08:00 Breakfast
09:30 Visit Nara and sightseeing around Nara, visit a local market and the supermarket.
12:00 Lunch in Nara
13:00 Visit waterfalls (have free time for swimming).
16:00 A meeting about the  projects in Palawan
18:00 Dinner

Friday
08:00 Breakfast
09:00  A Visit to the project location
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Volunteering at the placement
16:30 Evaluation
18:00 Dinner

Philippines Map

The Philippines is a collection of 7,107 islands of remarkable beauty, exciting adventure and fascinating history that should not be missed. It is a country of amazing diversity, with breathtaking rice terraces filled to the brim with culture, from modern super shopping malls in the cities, to unspoilt idyllic beaches where it looks like no person has ever stepped foot before you. The Philippines is home to some of the World’s most beautiful white sandy beaches and almost unbelievable turquoise waters, you will never get bored of the feeling that you are in paradise while you are visiting the Philippines. You can surf/dive/snorkel and if you are really lucky swim with the Whale Sharks that regularly visit the surrounding seas of the Philippines. There are active volcanos, caves, an underground river, ship wrecks and so much more ready to be explored.

There really is something for everybody in the Philippines. You can adjust your Philippine experience to your mood, kick back on the beaches and relax or plan an action packed trip, jumping from one adventure straight into the next. 


Quick Facts
Name
Republic of the Philippines
Location
Asia
Bordering Countries
The Philippines does not have any bordering countries
Capital City
Manila
Government
Unitary State, Constitutional Republic, Presidential System, Republic
Population
102 million
Language
Official languages are Filipino (Tagalog) and English but there are also 13 indigenous languages and dialects
Currency
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Name
Republic of the Philippines
Poverty
28% of population below the poverty line
Main Exports
Electronic products, transport equipment, copper, coconut oil and fruit
Climate
Tropical Rainforest Climate, high temperatures and high humidity
Time Zone
GMT + 8.00
Flag
Philippines Flag

Fun Facts
• The Country is named after King Philip II of Spain 
• The Philippines is the only country in the world whose flag is hoisted upside down when at war. 
• Manila is considered the world’s most densely populated cities 955,446 people per square mile)

Travel Highlights
• Island hop and snorkel around the beautiful Bacuit archipelago off of northern Palawan.
• Snorkel with Whale Sharks, these magnificent creatures are regularly spotted in Donsol, Cebu, and Palawan.
• Wreck Dive in Coron, 11 amazingly well preserved shipwrecks from WWII.
• Hike to Batad, North Luzon, to the rice terraces which are a UNESCO world heritage site for good reason. 
• Take a boat trip on the underground river in Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River National Park.

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Where is The Philippines?
The Philippines is an Archipelago of 7,107 Islands in the Western Pacific Ocean, in South East Asia. The Philippines is south of Taiwan, East of Vietnam and Malaysia, and north of Indonesia. There are 3 main geographical divisions of the county; Luzon (in the North), Visayas (in the middle) and Mindanao (in the South). . 

The Philippine’s Climate
The Philippines has a Tropical Rainforest Climate, with high temperatures and high atmospheric humidity throughout most of the year. The summer months between March and May can see very high temperatures, this is followed by a typhoon season from June - October when a lot of rainfall should be expected. Although at specific times the climate can be very diverse across the country, with different regions experiences different patterns in climate. 

Language in The Philippines
The official languages of the Philippines are English and Filipino. English has been an official language since 1935 (when under occupation of the US) and Filipino an official language since 1973, Filipino is made from the native language of Tagalog. Often people in the Philippines will use both Tagalog and English interchangeably in one sentence, resulting in ‘Taglish’. There are 13 different recognised indigenous languages however over  the different regions of The Philippines there are thought to be between 120 & 175 different languages.

The People of The Philippines
The Philippines has one of the largest groups of Christians in Asia, 80% of the population are Roman Catholics, due to  Spanish influences in the country for over 300 years. The people of the Philippines are renowned for their hospitality, being a guest in a Filipino home will see you eating the best food they have to offer and sleeping in their best bed. Filipinos are a very passionate and emotional nation with very close family relations.
The people of The Philippines love to sing at karaoke, so when visiting the country you will be sure to pass a karaoke bar or two (or a hundred).

Travelling in The Philippines
The Philippines is as close to paradise as you can get, the white sandy beaches full of beautiful tropical shells and the pristine clear waters just perfect for snorkelling and diving. It is the perfect country for Island hopping, where you can be on your own private paradise all day long. 

Nothing will prepare you for the first time you see a ‘Jeepney’, one of the main forms of local transport which were originally made from US military jeeps left behind from WWII. They are like nothing you will have seen before and you won’t believe how many people they can squeeze in there.

Exploring the North of Luzon you will experience a very traditional side of the Philippines, very different to the Islands, trek through the thousand year old rice terraces of Banaue, watch the horse and carts on the cobbled streets of Vigan and hire a tour guide to soak up the culture of Sagada where you will learn why there are coffins hanging on the side of a cliff. 

Climbing the country’s tallest peak Mount Apo (2956m), a semi active volcano in Davao will leave you with memories you will never forget. ‘The Chocolate Hills’ are a must see when visiting Bohol, 1500 mounds as far as the eye can see is a truly spectacular site. 

Gap Year and Career Break Travel in The Philippines
The Philippines has the perfect blend of qualities needed to be a perfect gap year destination, white sandy beaches, active volcanos, UNESCO world heritage sites, world class diving and surf spots. Join a gap year project in the Philippines now and you won’t regret it. 

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!     
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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!     
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 will vary with each different project but generally will be in comfortable volunteer houses (shared rooms). 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) 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. 

4) 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.

5) 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! 

6) 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. 

7) 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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  • "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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