To get the most out of your volunteering experience with us, an ample amount of preparation is essential. Admittedly there’s a lot to take on board when you first book on to your project of choice, so we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you along your way.
Before you travel, you’ll need to check whether you’ll need a visa to enter the country. All of our project’s host countries requirements are different, so it’s worth asking your i-to-i travel advisor about your options, or looking it up on the FCO website. In your online account you’ll find links to companies recommended by us who can help you sort out getting a visa.
Vaccinations and Medication
Booked your trip? Fantastic! Now it’s time to plan ahead and get your vaccinations. As we are not medically trained we cannot advise you on what specific vaccinations are required, we recommend you contact your doctor or practice nurse at least a month before you depart as they will be able to provide the current information on required and recommended vaccinations and malarial advice
Whether you’re travelling for two weeks or two years, insurance is an essential part of your preparation and will help you enjoy your travels, secure in the knowledge that you have the protection you need. Everybody travelling with us must have adequate cover before their trip begins.
Depending on the project you choose, you’ll need to look out for different levels of insurance cover. If you’re going to be getting stuck in to one of our building projects you’ll need a more comprehensive level of cover in comparison to if you were involved in conservation work.
Of course you are free to buy insurance from any provider; however we have travel insurance that has been specifically designed for the volunteer traveller and one of our travel advisors will be able to talk you through the various levels of cover available. If you think you’re already covered by an existing policy, we recommend you check the policy wording very carefully to ensure it covers you for volunteer work and the length of time you will be travelling for.
For further advice why not log onto Campfire where there are loads of blogs from previous volunteers and articles available to help prepare you for your travels including: