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Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
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On this sports coaching volunteer project in India, you will get to the heart of sport in this captivating country. So many children do not have regular opportunities to experience coaching and structured games sessions in their favourite sport, so this incredibly humbling project allows you to make an amazing difference to the lives of children in two different schools in Udaipur.

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Sport in India

Over years India has hosted a variety of successful sporting events from the Cricket and Hockey World Cups to the Commonwealth Games, which have significantly helped in boosting the interest and desire to compete in sport amongst this country’s thriving population. International tournaments such as the Indian Cricket Premier League (IPL), International Soccer League and the World Kabaddi assocciationn (A traditional Indian sport that has seen an increase in global participation in recent years), along with national and regional sports associations that are making sports worth pursuing as an opportunity for securing scholarships into elite educational institutions, as well as a medium to earn modest earnings for the talented athletes in India. 

Although cricket still dominates the dinnertime discussions in most households, this increase in sporting awareness and opportunity has spurred a new generation to aim towards success in a variety of other sports, all they need is the right environment and enthusiastic coaches to guide them on the right path by providing structure coaching sessions, and sharing their passion for sport. 

Your Sports Volunteer Placement
Based in the beautiful lake city of Udaipur, our sports volunteers will get to enrich themselves within the deep rooted culture in the State of Rajasthan and its myriad of sights and activities. Apart from a passion for your chosen sport, our volunteers are expected to be committed to contributing towards the development of the underprivileged society in Udaipur, aiming to  pass on sporting and exercising skills that will be integrated into the local community. Your coaching sessions will be mixed between two schools in the local area, one of which being an international school, and the second being a school children with speech and hearing impairments.

The key emphasis of the coaching sessions in the schools is to bring the children together, building a sense of school community togetherness, whilst having fun and using sport to teach them key life skills to aid their progression through life. Each of the schools have school sports teams that compete in local tournaments against others schools, therefore there is also an emphasis on getting individual players and teams building on their skills and team play with a view to competing and winning against local opposition.

Although you do not need any formal coaching experience or qualifications to take part in this placement, you will need to be passionate about your chosen sport, and have the relevant playing experience and knowledge of the game to be able to expand of certain areas to aim in individual and team development. Coaching sessions will run early in the morning for 2 - 3 hours, and then again in the afternoon for a further 2 - 3 hours.

Your Sports Coaching Role
Your role as a sports coach in India will be to organise and run structure and fun sports coaching sessions for the children from two local schools in the city of Udaipur. Many of the players you will be coaching will have had some experience in your chosen sport, however many will have never been shown the correct techniques or had any guidance of specific skills. 

Our sports coaching volunteers will therefore get the opportunity to introduce specific skills, techniques, rules, focus & discipline with a view to enhancing the sporting development of the children in each of the schools. You will be required to introduce the key elements of your chosen sport, focussing on individual and team play and skill development, as well as building the kids’ awareness of the rules and regulations that govern how the game is played at a competitive level. As the children begin to pick up these new elements of the game, you will soon see development and progression in each of your coaching sessions, which will hopefully result in your teams competing and winning against other local schools. 

In India we offer the following Sports Coaching Programmes: 
Cricket
Football
Hockey
Volleyball

If the timing of your visit is right, there may be the opportunity for you to take part in training sessions alongside a local club, so you can keep up with your personal skills and fitness whilst on your placement. This would be a great opportunity to share ideas with local players, as well as to experience the other side of sport in India.

Gap Year and Career Break Sports in India
India is one of the top destinations for adventure and volunteer travel, and given the enthusiasm the youth in the slum and disadvantaged communities have for sport, taking on the extremely rewarding role of sports coach will give you the chance to soak up the culture and the pure delight that comes from a volunteer sports placement in India. Whilst living with a team of other volunteers, you will make some great friends and fall in love with India’s people and culture. 

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Quick Facts

Trip Name
Sports Coaching Volunteer Project
Trip Code
INVSC1
Continent
Asia
Country
India
Airport
Udaipur Maharana Pratap Airport (Airport code: UDR)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Sports
Cost
From £500 for 2 Weeks + £250 per Week
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
There is no preferred duration but we believe that the longer you can stay the more you will experience and benefit. Please take into account that the first week of your project will be a cultural orientation in Udaipur to help you settle in.
Pre-requisites
No prior coaching experience or qualifications are required, but a basic understanding of the game and/or playing experience is necessary. It is important that you can speak English.
Ideal for
Gap Year and Career Break Sports Travel; Sports Coaching in India; Volunteer Sports Travel in Asia.
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Arrival Dates

Start dates are on the first and third Sunday of each month, accept July, when start dates are every week. You must arrive on the Sunday to receive a free airport pick-up and transfer. Early or late arrivals will incur an additional charge.

Note: The first week is centred around Udaipur and the surrounding area for a comprehensive orientation and induction week with the sports project starting on the proceeding Monday. Therefore if you want to do at least 2 weeks coaching you should come for a 3 week trip.

Visa
British Nationals will not require a visa to enter India. For a stay up to 30 days you can get an evisa, for longer stays you are required to get a tourist visa. To read more about visa requirements you can click here. 
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Included

Accommodation
Volunteer camp with shared rooms (2-8 people per room); Basic but comfortable; Shared toilet and shower facilities; Communal areas for socialising and relaxation designed with an authentic Indian style; internet access and use of a TV with international cable channels; Single and double rooms may also be available – contact us.
Food
3 meals a day are provided on Monday - Friday, with 2 meals per day on weekends; Basic but nutritious meals, predominantly vegetarian of a traditional Indian fare.
Airport Transfer - Arrival
Included on arrival into Udaipur. Ask us for details if you are arriving early / late.
Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival, witha full week of cultural orientation provided. Training will be provided for working in the school for speech and hearing impairments.
Support
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
Donation
Part of your fee is used to buy decent equipment for the project and community you work with. If you wish to bring further donations please make this in the form of equipment and not monetary donations.
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; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; In country travel; Payment for transport to / from placement; Laundry service; Extra activities not on itinerary. Departure transfer.
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Udaipur
Udaipur, commonly called the Venice of the East and nicknamed ‘the city of lakes’ is located in the princely state of Rajasthan. Primarily known for its art and architecture, it has temples dating as far back as 950 AD and palaces dating back to the Rajput era. 

The Lake Palace (Jag Niwas) located in the middle of Pichola Lake is an architectural and cultural marvel. The grand City Palace on the banks of the lake along with the Monsoon Palace (Sajjan Garh) on the hill above enhances the beauty of this magnificent city. Udaipur is also the centre for performing arts, crafts and its famed miniature paintings.

Climate:
Summers (mid-March to June) has hot weather with a temperature reaching a maximum of 45°C
Monsoons (July to September) offer very little rainfall and are considerably humid
Winters (December to February) offers a pleasant climate with a temperature not going beyond 32°C

Accommodation and Meals
All accommodation is included during your stay on our program within the schedules/ itineraries provided. Your stay will be comfortable, clean and is single gender dormitory style, with adequate bathroom and toilet facilities including running water/shower.

3 good meals are also provided every day of the program, and on weekends only brunch and dinner. We provide Indian and western food, mainly vegetarian food like rice, pulses, vegetables and rotis with some chicken dishes.

Weekends are free to relax, and to explore the local area, or take part in a pre-arranged excursion or sightseeing trip.

Introduction week Schedule 
Monday 
08:30 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Introduction to Program’s Do’s and Don’ts, Culture Shock 
11:00 - Discussion on Women traveller and safety tips, Transport 
12:30 - Lunch at house 
14:30 - Visit City center 
19:30 - Welcome Special Indian Dinner at house

Tuesday 
07:00 - Yoga Classes (1hr) 
08:30 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Talk on Volunteering projects 
11:00 - Language Classes 
12:30 - Lunch at house 
14:30 - Visit Nehru park, Boating, FatehSagar lake, Prathap memorial 
19:30 - Dinner at House 

Wednesday 
07:00 - Yoga Classes (1hr) 
08:30 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Visit to the Vegetable market 
11:30 - Cooking Classes 
12:30 - Lunch at house 
14:30 - Visit Monsoon Palace and Sajjan Gargh Fort 
19:30 - Dinner at House 

Thursday 
08:30 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Discussion on Indian religion 
11:00 - Visit Local Markets 
12:30 - Lunch at house 
14:30 - Visit SasBahu Temple, Shilpgram, Bollywood Movie 
19:30 - Dinner at House 

Friday 
08:30 - Breakfast 
09:30 - Language Lessons 
11:00 - Visit to the local Spice market 
12:30 - Lunch at house 
14:30 - Visit Lake Pichola, Jagadish Temple 
19:30 - Dinner at house 
20:30 - Introduction week Feedback 

India Tourist Visa 
Visa Cost - £92.20 per person
Anyone travelling to India requires a visa to gain entry. This visa is usually valid for 6 months and you should apply for a tourist visa. UK citizens applying for their visa should include:
• 2 recent identical passport size colour photographs
• Your Passport
• A filled out application form and
• A visa fee (Up to six months approximately £92.20)
 
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure with at least two blank pages. These requirements could change so it is better to first confirm them before applying. You may contact the India High Commission for any queries:
 
Contact details for the India High Commission in London:
India House
Aldwych
London
WC2B 4NA
United Kingdom
 
Phone: +44 (0)207 836 8484
Fax: +44 (0)207 836 4331
 
For more information and to download a visa application form visit:
http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk 

Equipment Donation for India
To ensure a steady supply of sports equipment is available on our sports project, part of your volunteer fee is used to buy decent equipment for beneficiary organisations in India. You will often get to use this sports equipment during your project and it is always left with the community when you leave. If an equipment donation is not appropriate, a financial contribution is made instead.

Other Volunteer Projects in India
Although our focus is on creating sporting opportunities for children in India, there are plenty of other areas in the community that need volunteer support. You will, therefore, be welcomed to get involved with a variety of non-sports projects in the local community, ranging from teaching in schools to helping with community volunteer programmes. This extra volunteer work adds another dimension to your experience in India, and these projects often become one of the most rewarding parts for our India volunteers.

Social Life in India
Although you are expected to work hard on your sports project, we also want you to have lots of fun in your free time. This is why we organise a variety of social activities to bring volunteers together and show you some of the best bits of Indian culture. The social side of your project is incredibly important and will provide you with some of your happiest memories in India.

Playing Sport in India
If you're coaching sports with us, the chances are you love to play sport. That's why we have links with a number of sports clubs in Udaipur who welcome you to get involved with training and matches.  You will soon discover just how effective sport is for building cross-cultural friendships.

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. 

    

India Map

India is a land of overwhelming richness, both in its landscapes, among its people and its captivating culture which is truly unique. Snow-capped mountains line the northern border while palm-fringed beaches line the southern coastlines. Tribal villages co-exist with cosmopolitan cities.

Modern India has also become an epicentre for business in Asia with its political and commercial influence steadily on the rise. However, while business thrives in India’s cities, over 250 million people still live below the poverty line. This is why India needs its tourism and voluntourism sector to bring added income and support to the many people living in disadvantaged communities across the country.


Quick Facts
Name
Republic of India
Location
Southern Asia
Bordering Countries
Bangladesh, Bhuta, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan
Capital City
New Delhi
Government
Federal Republic
Population
1.2 billion approx.
Language
14 official languages; English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Urdu, Punjabi and more
Currency
Rupees (INR)
Name
Republic of India
Poverty
25% of population below the poverty line
Main Exports
Petroleum products, Textiles, Gems, Chemicals, Leather
Climate
Varies from tropical monsoon in the south to temperate in the north
Time Zone
GMT +5:30
Flag
India Flag

Fun Facts
• India is the largest tea producer in the world
• India has more post offices than any other country
• Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world
• India has a Bill of Rights for Cows!

Travel Highlights
• Trek through the foothills of the Himalayas
• Whizz through bustling Indian streets on a rickshaw
• Sample the flavours of a real autentic Indian curry
• Discover the history and architecture behind the Taj Mahal
• Ride an elephant and gain a new view of the world

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Where is India?
The Republic of India is located in Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan. India’s bordering countries are Bangladesh, Bhuta, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan.
 
History of India
The first great Indian empire was carved out by the Indus Valley Civilisation, commonly referred to as the Harrapans. They constructed cities, established trade routes and introduced religious deities that have now evolved into the modern day Hindu gods of Kali and Shiva. The Aryans followed the Harrapans. They established the caste system and wrote the sacred teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism, known as the Vedas.
 
In 326BC, Alexander the Great invaded India. The attack was short lived and the Mauryan Empire soon became the ruling force over much of the Indian Empire. Political and religious stability was achieved and the caste system grew steadily during this period. Ambassadors for the Buddhist faith were dispatched to ‘spread the word’ in Sri Lanka and Nepal. However, the unified India became divided throughout the next 1000 years, with the Vijayanagar Empire seizing control over the south and the Guptas ruling in central India. These pockets of power were later amalgamated by, perhaps, the most famous Empire in Indian history – the Islamic empire of the Mughals. The Mughal Empire brought architectural grandeur and gigantic leaps in art. Many of these symbols still exist today, including Agra’s Red Fort, Hamuyan’s Tomb in Delhi and Shah Jahan’s Taj Mahal.
 
The Mughal Empire ruled from the 16th century until European expansionism saw the rise of the British East India Company in Asia. The British become the dominant colonial power in India, their influence spreading from Kashmir in the north down to Tamil Nadu in the south. The British Raj ruled for over 150 years, exploiting India’s natural resources and imprinting their culture on the country. The British were soon resented throughout the empire and uprisings became commonplace. Such unrest eventually led to the independence from the British in 1947. Much of this victory was thanks to one of India’s most famous and well loved figures – Mahatma Ghandi. However, this break from British rule led to the Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims fighting to assert their place on the Asian continent. Sadly, this has been the cause of much bloodshed, particularly between Pakistan and India where Kashmir has been a hotspot for fighting and civil unrest.
 
India’s history is certainly a turbulent one, but political and economic stability in recent years has seen the country emerge as a leading international figure, particularly in politics, business and e-commerce. Nevertheless, India is still home to vast regions of deprivation and millions continue to live in poverty.
 
Climate in India
India is a vast country which means the climate various significantly between regions. While the northern areas of Jammu and Kashmir are doused in snow, the central plains receive baking sunshine. Temperatures increase to around 45°C from February to May before the monsoon season starts. Although it doesn’t rain all day in the monsoon season, there are heavy downpours every day. The monsoons end in October time and a period of pleasant sunny weather lasts to February time for the majority of India. In the north, October brings a much colder climate. The Himalayan region of Kashmir, Ladakh and parts of Himachal Pradesh are covered in snow and many mountain passes are closed for the winter.

Language in India
Hindi is the most widely spoken language in India and the primary tongue of over 40% of the population. There are over 14 official languages, but English is widely spoken and seen as the most important language for political, social and commercial communication.
 
Food in India
There is no simple definition of an Indian meal. The food is as diverse as the country’s landscape. And not all Indian food is hot and spicy, as many assume. There is a wide variety of mild dishes, flat breads and sweet deserts that make up India’s cuisine. Each region has its own specialities, so you will discover new dishes and flavours as you explore the country. Indian food is often eaten with the hands but you should always use your right hand and never let food pass the first joint of your fingers. Your fingers should also never touch your mouth directly.

Travelling in India
Air: India is huge country which makes travelling by plane a very attractive option. The local airlines are reliable and there are plenty of departures between the key cities and tourist destinations. Prices are reasonable, but booking tickets can sometimes be tricky.
 
Rail: travelling by rail is one of the most popular options in India, not only because of the reliability and affordable tickets, but because you will get see some of the most spectacular landscapes rolling past your window. You will also get to mingle with locals from all sorts of class backgrounds. However, be prepared for long travel times. The journey from Delhi in the north to Chennai in the south is around 30hours! Nevertheless, rail travel in India is an adventure in itself. There are six seat classes to choose from: First class with air conditioning (1A), Second Tier with air conditioning (2A), Third Tier with air conditioning (3A), Chair Car (CC), Sleeper Class (SL) and Second Class (II). On hot days, air conditioning is highly recommended and for longer journeys, Sleeper Class is the most popular choice. Finally, make sure you leave enough time to book your ticket at the station before departure – at least half a day is recommended.
 
Bus: India’s bus network is fantastic for short journeys, particularly between towns and cities. However, for longer trips, buses can be an uncomfortable option due to their basic seating and India’s unkempt roads. Buses tickets are also very affordable.
 
Rickshaws, Tuk-Tuks and Taxis: rickshaws and tuk-tuks are very cheap and the authentic means of Indian travel. Make sure you agree prices before you set off and do feel free to haggle your driver down – it’s expected. Rickshaws are bicycle powered, so expect them to be slower than tuk-tuks which are the motorised version. Taxis are slightly more expensive and you should make sure the meter is working before you start your journey. Also ensure that your taxi has an official rate card. You can then compare your final meter reading with the rate card – many of the meters are very old and have the tendency to be inaccurate. Finally, be prepared for your driver to take you to various shops and restaurants as they are on commission for doing so. If you really don’t want to visit these sites, politely and firmly refuse.
 
Sport in India
India is renowned for sporting excellence, especially in cricket and hockey. Professional cricketers are treated like celebrities and thousands of children dream of being India’s next test cricketer. Sport in India is like religion for many. India is therefore the perfect destination to coach sport or play sport. Sport in India is sadly limited to the few who can afford it which means sport is nonexistent in many schools. Furthermore, while cricket and hockey receive a lot of focus, children are passionate about other sports, including football, athletics, netball and basketball.

Gap Years and Career Breaks in India
Embrace the rich culture and heritage of India, and become one with the charming communities that will take you in and treat you like one of their own. The lively marketplaces that give you a real feast for the senses, the beautiful scenery that takes you to another world, and the enchanting architecture and historical artifacts, will all combine to make this a gap year or career break to be envied.

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.
 
Placement 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!
Travels 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!
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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 travel overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
 
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 project 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 trip 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 experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous relevant 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 depending on the nature of your trip.
 
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 trip. 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 time overseas.

“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

"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
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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  • "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."
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  • "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."
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  • "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"
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  • "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."
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  • "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."
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  • "I am extremely passionate about this project and being a professional photographer, meant I could teach a wide range of skills to the kids".
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  • "Having the in-country contacts to work on my own photography stories was perfect. Thanks to all involved".
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  • "This law internship gave me a unique perspective on law in Africa and has certainly widened my options within the law field".
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  • "Thanks to all the Ghana team for making this law internship happen for me. Such an amazing experience and Ghanaians are sooo friendly."
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  • "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."
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  • "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."
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  • "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."
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  • "This placement gave me the mix of helping young children and also experiencing a totally different culture. My Spanish has really improved too."
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  • "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."
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  • 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.
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  • On arrival, I felt as unprepared as can be, knowing no one, having no plans nor ideas of how to get along in New Zealand really. The in-country team did it all for me. Organise my trip. Booking it. Coming from experienced backpackers you know what's going on and getting to know awesome people from all around the world and maybe even some mates to travel with.
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