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Trip Code: CNVPC1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 8 Weeks
From £1100 for 2 Weeks + £550 per Week
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Get up close and personal to Giant Pandas and play an important role in the conservation of these fascinating creatures whilst living in the heart of China's breathtaking mountainous region. Embrace Chinese culture, meet like minded volunteers and help to save these amazing animals from extinction on this Panda Conservation Project.

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Panda Conservation in China

With their unmistakable black and white fur, cuddly features and peaceful character the Giant Panda has become one of the most lovable animals across the world and is now considered a national treasure throughout China. Despite this, Giant Pandas are currently one of the rarest members of the bear family left in the world and due to severe threats from human behaviour are now at a high risk of extinction. Many factors have contributed to this devastating fact including the increasing introduction of roads and railroads which consequently breaks up the forests  isolating the Panda populations and preventing future mating. Forest destruction has also played a massive part in their declining population as it reduces their access to bamboo which is vital for their survival. In response to these factors there has been a recent push by the Chinese government to protect their welfare through the opening of reserves, research projects and parks dedicated to preserving the number of Giant Pandas. 

Your Panda Conservation Project
This once in a lifetime placement gives you a hands on and unique insight into the care and conservation of the Giant Panda. You will have the opportunity to work alongside the Pandas full time carers at a successful and well established conservation centre high in the mountains of the breathtaking Chinese countryside. The centre is dedicated to protecting this endangered species through providing care and protection as well as conducting ongoing research to help us understand more about this intriguing creature, as well as panda raising, reproduction, rare wild animal rescue and education facilities. 

Over the last two years the work of volunteers has helped the centre to make amazing progress as the Panda population here has more than doubled! This incredible achievement means that they are able to move towards fulfilling the ambition of releasing the pandas back into the wild, and experiments are currently underway into this possibility. There will also be plenty of time to explore your captivating surroundings on this project and embrace all of China’s stunning natural landscapes as you hike through the mountains, explore waterfalls, fish in one of the nearby ponds and hang out with the tigers at the local zoo and relax in the local hot springs after a hard days work. 

Your Panda Conservation Role
Your role at the centre will be varied and hands on allowing you to gain a full insight into the extensive and demanding work that goes into Panda conservation. On a daily basis typical activities include cleaning the pandas enclosures and ensuring they are secure in their environment. Preparing food and feeding the Pandas is a big part of this project which comes in the form of apples, panda bread, carrots - and of course their favourite - bamboo (and they eat a lot of it!). You will also be required to chop and carry the bamboo in order to feed the Pandas.  

You may even get the chance to conduct further research into their habits and health, in order to extend the centres knowledge and caring activities for this highly endangered species as well as providing medical care.

Note: Direct contact with the Pandas is not allowed, as human contact has negative impacts on the rehabilitation and development of the animals.

Gap Year and Career Break Panda Conservation Project
Take part in this rewarding Panda Conservation project and help to support the welfare of this fascinating endangered species. Immerse yourself in China’s breathtaking countryside, spend your days hanging out with Giant pandas and help this amazing cause on this once in a lifetime gap year or career break opportunity.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Panda Conservation Project
Trip Code
CNVPC1
Continent
Asia
Country
China
Airport
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (Airport Code CTU)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
8 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Wildlife & Conservation
Cost
From £1100 for 2 Weeks + £550 per Week
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
We would like volunteers to come for as long as possible in order to make the most of this project.
Pre-requisites
Reasonable standard of health and fitness is required for the project activities.
Ideal for
Panda conservation holidays in China, animal conservation gap year overseas, volunteering with Pandas in China, career break opportunities with pandas.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive any Sunday of the year. Pick up window for free transfer at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (Airport Code CTU) is between 08:00 and 24:00. Full details will be provided when you book.

Visa 
British Nationals will require a visa to enter China. You can click here to read more about visa requirements.

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Included

Accommodation
Twin rooms at a hostel based at the Panda Conservation Centre
Food
You will be provided with three nutritious meals a day. These will be Chinese dishes typical of the local area comprising mostly of noodles, rice dishes, vegetables and meat.
Airport Transfers
You will be picked up from the airport by a member of the in country team and returned on the last day of your project.
Training
Full orientation and induction on arrival
Support
24 hour in country support and pre departure advice.
Equipment and Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
Transport
Transport to and from your project sites 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.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visa; Vaccinations; Extra spending money.
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Social Life in China
The Panda base is located at the top of the mountain so you will enjoy all the tranquility and peacefulness of beautiful rural China. It is however a popular destination for Chinese tourists, particularly around the holidays so there is the chance to socialise and party with them. There is plenty of time to play table tennis, Chinese chess, chill out in the volunteer centre or immerse yourself in the culture and expand your learning at free daily Chinese language classes in the afternoon. You will also gain an access all areas card to the Panda reserve so you can spend your free time hanging out with the Pandas!

Our in country team know the area inside out and will be on hand to advise you on what to do if you are planning on continuing your travels. China has a unique and intriguing social life with a vast array of activities to keep you entertained. China still embraces its ancient customs and traditions whilst moving forward into the technological, globalised world. This clash of worlds allows for a thriving and exciting social scene where traditional tea tasting still takes place alongside colourful street festivals, and modern club nights. 

Travel and Adventure in China
During the weekends you are able to stay at the Panda base, however many participants choose to arrange their own excursions to explore further afield, such as visiting the Jinli night fair or the Wuhou shrine, or taking a trip to the Tibetan quarter in Chengdu city. For the more adventurous head to Emei mountain or Mount Qingcheng for a weekend trekking, or just explore the waterfalls and try a spot of fishing near the panda camp. Chill out at a hot spring resort with fish that nibble your feet, feed the tigers at the local zoo, head out on the Yangtze river cruise or just relax with a drink in the river, eat the traditional Sichuan Hot Pot and watch the locals play mah- jong! Our in country team know the area inside out and will be on hand to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime so will help you to plan trips, organise transport and hostels depending on your budget.

Accommodation 
Your accommodation is based in a recently renovated hostel with TV, hot water, toilets, and laundry services are included at a price of 20 CNY each time. There is free WiFi at the Panda base as well as the hostel and plenty of small shops on the Panda base which serving snacks and drinks. A greater range of shops such as supermarkets and pharmacies are in the nearby town of Ya’an, which is an easy 30 minute bus ride from the panda base. 

Arrivals and Departures 
You will be met at the airport by a friendly, English speaking in country coordinator who will take you the 30/40 minute journey to Chengdu city where you will spend the next full day exploring the area and receiving an orientation on Chinese culture. The next day you will make the 3 hour journey to the panda base ready to start your placement. Please note there are no ATMs close to the placement location so make sure you take out enough money at the airport. 

There is a transfer from the Panda base to the airport at 8.00am Saturday mornings on completion of the programme, arriving at the airport at 11.00am. Those with later flights may choose to be dropped off in Chengdu city however they must make their own way to the airport later. 

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China is a country of immense cultural and geographical variety where East meets West and old collides with new. A real treat for the curious traveller this fascinating country offers a unique blend of traditional customs, history and outstanding natural beauty. Perhaps most well known for it’s ancient civilisation, world famous cuisine and historic, treasured landmarks China has always drawn in visitors from around the world.

It is however, in recent years that that China has undergone an enormous social and economic change and remerged as an economic superpower and a hub for technological advances. This mix of the globalised, cosmopolitan world and traditional, historic customs makes China a fascinating and surprising land to discover.


Quick Facts
Name
People's Republic of China
Location
Asia
Bordering Countries
Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Capital City
Beijing
Government
Communist State
Population
1.3 billion
Language
Mandarin
Currency
Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
Name
People's Republic of China
Poverty
13.4% live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Office machines, Data processing equipment, Electrical machinery, Telecommunications equipment, Clothing
Climate
China's climate varies from region to region. In the northeast the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold. The north and central regions have frequent bouts of rain coupled with hot summers and cold winters. In the southeast there is plenty of rainfall, semi-tropical summers and cool winters.
Time Zone
GMT +8
Flag
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Fun Facts
• Almost one-fifth of the world's population lives in China
• According to legend, tea was discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 B.C. when a tea leaf fell into his boiling water
• The world’s tallest man is Chinese, Bao Xishun is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as 2.47m (8 ft 1 in) tall

Travel Highlights
• Marvel at the hugely impressive Giant Buddha of Leshan, standing 73m high and carved out of a cliff face in Sichaun, Western China.
• Visit the worlds largest palace, the Forbidden City, in central Beijing.
• Take in the monumental scale of China's wonder of the world, The Great Wall of China.
• Soak up the breathtaking scenery on a a Li River cruise. So far removed from China's concrete metropolis cities
• Discover the secretive life of the Giant Panda, at the dedicated breeding centre in Chengdu, central China

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Where is China?
China is located in the East of Asia and is the second largest country by land area. Due to it’s large size China is bordered by 14 countries including, Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Japan and the Philippines. It is also bordered by the Pacific Ocean on it’s East Coast. With a population of over 1.3 billion China consists of twenty-two provinces, four municipalities, five autonomous regions, and two specially administered regions.

Climate of China
Due to the vast amount of land the climate varies significantly between different regions in China and tends to be split into four different temperature and rainfall zones: North, Northeast and Northwest, central, South and Tibet. In the North, Northeast and Northwest summer falls roughly between May and August and can get extremely hot and dry, while the winter, which falls between November to December and March to April can sometimes drop to -40C. In Central China the summer tends to be extremely hot and humid and the winter a lot shorter than in the North. The South is significantly warmer than the rest of the country with temperatures often reaching 40C between April and September. Tibets weather can vary dramatically throughout the day with temperatures below zero during the early morning and evening and up to a scorching 40 C at midday.   

Language in China
The language of China is internally diverse and comprises of seven main dialects, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Wu, Min, Xiang, and Gan. Mandarin is however, the official language of the People’s Republic of China and is the most widely spoken, recently becoming the most widely spoken language in the world after English with about 800 million speakers. This is followed by the language Wu, which has about 90 million speakers, and Cantonese with about 80 million in China.

Due to tourism English is now widely spoken throughout the larger cities and tourist destinations and has recently become a key subject in the school curriculum. Nowadays many Chinese people can speak basic English, especially the youth, students, and staff of service trades like hotels, restaurants, airlines, banks and post offices.

People of China
China’s population currently exceeds 1.3 billion people, which is by far the most populated country in the world so as you can imagine customs, traditions and general way of life vary dramatically from place to place. This only adds to China’s charm and you are bound to experience a diverse mix of interesting and unique communities wherever you travel. It is inevitable that with such a long history, spanning 5000 years, that China has developed some unique and traditional customs and traditions many of which are still prevalent in their modern society. Much of these are apparent through colourful festivals, street parties and traditional sports much of which are accompanied by singing, dancing and instrumental performances.

Present day China is an amalgamation of old world traditions and westernized lifestyles with much of the larger cities at the centre of a globalised world. Over recent years China has become the world's fastest growing economy, it’s easy to see why when you realise the hard working and determined work ethic of many of the Chinese.

Travelling in China
The sheer size of China may be daunting to navigate your way around however there are some real gems in this fascinating country so it’s worth doing a bit of planning! Make sure to add to your list the famous Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders in the world which are steeped in history and has been incorporated into much Chinese mythology and symbolism.  

For another insight into China’s history make sure to check out the Terracotta Army  or "Terracotta Warriors and Horses", which is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

For the more adventure inclined, there is plenty to keep your heart pumping as you climb into the clouds on Huang Shan , trek the Tiger Leaping Gorge or trek your way to the beautiful Tibet.

Gap Year and Career Breaks in China
Visit one of the most intriguing countries in the world on your gap year or career break and get a real taste of China’s traditional, cultural past in contrast with it’s cosmopolitan and thriving modern cities. This is the perfect destination for those wanting to immerse themselves in the Eastern world with the comforts of westernized living.

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

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. 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 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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  • ''Ghana is a fantastic country and the people are so welcoming and warm, especially the Ghanaian staff. What makes the placement is being part of a team who all have the same viewpoint to help others.''
    Lisa Paige , Building & Construction, Ghana
     
  • “Great people, great experience and there is some great sport to be played in Ghana. Something I'll never forget.”
    Matt Pheasant , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “I have had a fantastic time out in Ghana and what they are trying to acheive out there is truly incredible. I hope to able to do something like this again.”
    Dale Bradley , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “It was fascinating to associate and live with a number of different cultures. The experience of helping other who lived an extensively sheltered and innocent life was invaluable.”
    David Holmes , Sports, India
     
  • "The most amazing experience i've ever had. From the coaching to the social side, the staff and people were amazing both within the organisation and also within the schools."
    Charlotte Williams , Sports, South Africa
     
  • "A demanding, thrilling, incredible insight into this beautiful and stunning country and to top it off: an entirely rewarding project that makes you appreciate everything."
    Ross Green , Sports, South Africa
     
  • "This was the best way to spend my gap year! Sun, sea, sand and sport all whilst coaching amazing kids. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I would jump at the chance to do it again."
    Rosie Wells , Sports, St Lucia
     
  • "My overall experience was fantastic, I enjoyed all aspects of this trip and there is never a dull moment in St Lucia! "
    Sam Evans , Sports, St Lucia
     
  • "This experience was unforgettable, I have met people that I will stay friends with for many years to come and completely fell in love with Argentina!"
    Jamie Henderson , Languages, Argentina
     
  • "I was so surprised how quickly I picked up the language! The school was great and really supportive throughout the learning process and it was amazing to practice what I had learnt in real life situations."
    Melissa Cutler , Languages, Argentina
     
  • Not only did I have tons of fun I've also gained a qualification that means I can continue my travels around the world whilst getting paid to teach English!
    Helen Turner , Teaching, Argentina
     
  • This was probably the most worthwhile experience I have ever had. The organisation and staff at the school were amazing and really supported me throughout the whole process. I wish I could go back!
    Tom Mitchell , Teaching, Argentina
     
  • ''It was an ideal opportunity for me to combine travelling with my passion for sport.''
    James Hairsine , Sports, Ghana
     
  • “This was a fantastic opportunity to gain some experience in sports psychology, which has really helped with the psychology element of my sports studies degree.”
    Anthony Gibson , Sports, Ghana
     
  • "What a great way to get hands on experience in the field of finance and economics! I feel like I have acquired many skills that will stay with me for years to come!"
    Jenny Allen , Business & Law, Kenya
     
  • "This was such a sustainable way to support the community in Kenya, and I would love to return to continue helping out."
    Paul Taylor , Business & Law, Kenya
     
  • "I had such an amazing gap year! this project was challenging but completely worth it."
    Francesca Le Poideven , Business & Law, Kenya
     

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