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The Garden Route Adventure

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The Garden Route AdventureThe Garden Route AdvetureThe Garden Route Adventure

Become a wildlife conservation volunteer with Africa’s famous and majestic Big 5 on a well established game reserve before hitting the road on a week long tour and soaking up the spectacular coastlines, adventure activities and lively nightlife that awaits you. Embrace South Africa at it’s very best on this two week, action packed adventure!

There is nowhere in the world quite like South Africa, with it’s immense natural diversity and spectacular landscapes it is the perfect destination for wildlife lovers and adventure seekers alike. Pristine coastlines, subtropical forests and energetic cities are just a few of the reasons why you will fall in love with this intriguing country, and The Garden Route Adventure is the best way to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

This two week experience encompasses the best that South Africa has to offer, from immersing yourself in the African wildlife as a game reserve volunteer, to a road trip along the breathtaking coastline of the famous Garden Route. This action packed tour starts with a week of conservation volunteering at a Big 5 game reserve where you will gain a thorough understanding of South African wildlife and do your bit to help the sustainability of the natural landscape. After a weeks hard work it’s time to hit the road and have some more fun! Your week long road trip will begin in Port Elizabeth stopping off at some of South Africa’s best destinations and eventually ending up in the countries party capital, Cape Town.

Week One
Your first week will be spent getting to the heart of Africa’s spectacular wildlife as you become a wildlife conservation volunteer on an established private game reserve. The game reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife including the Big 5 (Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos and Leopards) as well as playful monkeys and baboons, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, wildebeests and antelope all roaming freely in your surroundings. Working alongside an experienced coordinator you will be given a hands on, practical role at the reserve from protecting the natural landscape to researching the animals through data collection. 

You will get stuck into important conservation efforts such as the eradication of alien plant species; helping to care for orphaned animals such as lion cubs; assist in elephant training; help out in game captures; interacting with guests; accompanying the rangers on game drives and even feeding the predators!

Week Two
After all your hard work it’s time to hit the road and soak up some the best of South Africa’s coastline! This week will see you heading down the famous garden route starting off in bustling Port Elizabeth and finishing in the lively, fun filled city of Cape Town. There will be plenty of activities and adventures to keep you busy during this week as you stop off at some of the countries most exciting destinations and take in the beautiful landscape. Visit the Red location museum to gain a deeper understanding of South African history; enjoy a surf lesson on the famous Jeffrey’s bay or take a horse ride along the beach; trek the suspended bridge trail at Tsitsikamma national park; take a boat ride to the beautiful Knysna heads; get a guided tour around a crocodile ranch; take in the breathtaking scenery at table top mountain or visit the most southwesterly point of Africa at Cape Point and last but not least finish the week off with a ‘last supper’ in Cape Town where you can share memories with your new friends and make the most of the city's vibrant nightlife!

Highlights
1. Volunteer for a week alongside Africas Big 5 on an established game reserve 
2. Visit the Cango Caves of Oudtshoorn
3. Surf lessons or horse riding along the beautiful Jeffrey's bay
4. Visit to the Red Location museum in Port Elizabeth
5. Boat ride along the breathtaking Knysna heads
6.Tour of Oudtshoorn crocodile ranch
7. Cable Cart to Table Mountain or Visit Cape Point
8. Exploring the suspended bridge trail of Tsitsikamma
9. Let your adventurous side out on a bungee jump, zip lining or rafting in Tsitsikamma
10. Last supper meal and night out in Cape Town

Your Gap Year and Career Break Garden Route Experience
Take part in this Garden Route adventure and have the trip of a lifetime whilst exploring the best that this magical country has to offer. From being a wildlife conservation volunteer at a Big 5 Game Reserve to a road trip along the sparkling southern coast, The Garden Route Adventure is the perfect opportunity for your gap year or career break.

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Quick Facts

Trip Name
The Garden Route Adventure
Trip Code
ZATGR1
Continent
Africa
Country
South Africa
Airport
Port Elizabeth (airport code PLZ)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering, Group Tours
Activity
Wildlife & Conservation, Adventure
Cost
From £945 for 2 Weeks
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This is a 2 week tour only.
Pre-requisites
No prior conservation experience or qualifications are required. You will need to be healthy and of reasonable fitness to work on the game reserve.
Ideal for
Adventure Tours in South Africa; Garden Route Guided Tour; Game Reserve Experience; Port Elizabeth to Cape Town; Gap Year and Career Break Tours.
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Arrival Dates

We have monthly departures. Please contact us for specific dates.

Visa
British Nationals only require a visa to enter South Africa is they intend on staying over 90 days. Click here to check your eligibility or to get a tourist visa for visit over 90 days. 

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Included

Accommodation
Luxury dorm style accommodation is provided at the Game Reserve in your first week. In the second week you will be staying in dorm rooms in hostels and guesthouses along the route.
Food
Three meals a day whilst at the game reserve. Only breakfast is included during your second week.
Airport Transfers
You will be met at Port Elizabeth airport by a friendly Changing Worlds representative and taken to the project. Return transfers will be taken to Cape Town airport between 7-8 am on the last day of your project.
Training
Full Project induction and orientation on arrival
Support
Pre departure help and advice; local in country team; 24 hour emergency support
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, lunch and dinner during the second week.
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Itinerary 
Day 1- 7 Big 5 wildlife conservation project.
The first week is spent on an established Game Reserve close to Port Elizabeth as you become a wildlife conservation volunteer. Take a look at our Big 5 Conservation Experience for more information. 

Day 8 Port Elizabeth
You will leave behind Kwantu game reserve today and head off on your adventure, starting in Port Elizabeth. Here you will be staying at a backpacker accommodation right in the heart of the action, where you will have the chance to head of and explore your surroundings. Take a trip down to the beach, check out the local oceanarium, gain an insight into the history of the Apartheid at the Red location Museum or just embrace Port Elizabeth’s thriving nightlife. 

Day 9 Jeffrey's Bay
You will leave Port Elizabeth bright and early today ready to make the journey to the beautiful Jeffrey’s bay, the surfing mecca of South Africa! Your accommodation is close to the beach so you can make the most of the fantastic location and explore the area. There will be the option to take part in a surf lesson in the morning or horse riding in the afternoon depending on availability.

Day 10 Tsitsikamma
Today you will make the trip to Tsitsikamma which is home to one of the highest bridges in the world, and of course one of the highest bungee jumps! Tsitsikamma is packed to the brim with adventure activities including rafting activities, zip lining and bungee jumping which is all only a few minutes away from your accommodation in Tsitsikamma village. There will also be a trip to Tsitsikamma national park where there are a number of exciting trails for you to choose from, including the impressive suspended bridge trail. 

Day 11 Knysna
After some well earned rest you will set off to Knysna, one of the most famous and beautiful coastal towns along the Garden Route and home to the captivating Knysna heads and Knysna quays. In the afternoon you will take a boat out to Knysna heads and marvel at the natural beauty of the South African coastline. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this vibrant town, check out the bars, catch up on some souvenir buying and soak up the atmosphere along the waterfront.

Day 12 Oudtshoorn
Today you will make the journey inland to Oudtshoorn where there will be plenty of activities to keep you busy. You will get the unique chance to have a guided tour around a crocodile ranch in the afternoon, getting up close to these fascinating creatures. After this you are free to explore the area as you wish, whether you fancy taking a trip to the breathtaking Cango Caves or even getting adventurous with a spot of Ostrich riding!

Day 13 Cape Town
You will wake up bright and early today, ready to make the journey to Cape Town. Here you will have the choice between visiting the spectacular views of Table Mountain or the most Southwesterly point of Africa at Cape Point. After this you are free to make the most of what Cape Town has to offer; whether you fancy taking an invigorating speed boat ride, catching up on some shopping or enjoying it’s lively nightlife! There will be a group dinner in the afternoon where you will be able to reminisce and share stories about the amazing 2 weeks you have had.

Day 14 Cape Town
This is the last day of your tour and time to say your goodbyes. There will be a transfer leaving to the airport between 7 - 8am for people with flights out on the same day, whilst some people might be staying on in Cape Town and continuing their travels around south Africa. 

Arrival and Departure Information
You will need to arrive in Port Elizabeth on the Sunday ready to begin your project the next day. You will be met at the airport by one of our friendly in country team who will then take you to Game Reserve which is about 85 KM from Port Elizabeth. Please aim for your flight to arrive before 4pm as your coordinator will collect all participants from the airport at 5pm. Your return transfer will take you to Cape Town airport on the last day of the tour. The vehicle will depart between 7-8 am in the morning.

Please note that if you are not arriving by plane on your day of arrival, please make arrangements to meet us at the following address no later than 3pm: 

Al Beit Lodge 
49 Admiralty Way 
Summerstrand 
Port Elizabeth 
Tel: +27 41 583 6415 
Email: reservations@al-beitlodge.co.za

Social Life in South Africa
We believe it is important to give our volunteers the chance to unwind and have fun while they are away. Our in-country team therefore organises a variety of social activities to bring volunteers together, to share their experiences and, above all, have a good time. The social life in South Africa really is second to none and you will return home with some truly unforgettable memories and friends for life. Your in country coordinators will arrange excursions for the weekends to Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown or another near by destination to make sure you get the very most out of your stay.

Travel and Adventure in South Africa
Port Elizabeth is a hot-spot for travellers worldwide and with its abundance and variety of exciting activities there is no wonder why. You will be able to experience all the delights of the local area, including its renowned scuba schools and friendly nightlife, as well as its 40km of golden beaches which include Nelson Mandela Bay. There is a whole assortment of extreme sports and adventurous activities for you to try out in South Africa if you can muster up the courage! These include: mountain biking, camping, shark diving, bungee jumping, 4x4 safaris, golf, fishing, scuba diving, parachuting, horse riding, dune boarding, body boarding, deep sea cruises, tennis, squash, kayaking, badminton, water skiing, coastal hiking, power kiting and more! Time will also be available for you to travel around Southern Africa, and beyond. Head west to Cape Town and the legendary Table Mountain, or veer north to Namibia, and the deadly skeleton coast. Our in-country staff will be able to advise on safe ways to travel and will be only too happy to suggest some of the best sights to see in Southern Africa.
 
Accommodation
Week One
During your first week you will be staying in luxury dorm style accommodation in the heart of the reserve with shared rooms and communal areas for socialising and relaxing. This accommodation is newly built and has all the facilities (and more) that you could want to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. There is plenty on the reserve to keep you busy in your spare time including a pool table, table tennis table, darts, large screen TV and even a BBQ to relax and socialise after a days volunteering whilst you listen to the evening sounds of the animals around you. If you still have some energy left after the day then there are plenty of sporting facilities for you to take advantage of such as a cricket field and tennis courts. 

Week Two
During the second week you will be staying in dorm style accommodation, such as guesthouses, hostels and backpackers along the garden Route. All accommodation is basic but comfortable and situated at a convenient distance from your daily activities and close to all the amenities you will need. 

South Africa Map

With seven world heritage sites, home to the Big 5, a absolute powerhouse in international sport, and birthplace of the great Nelson Mandela, South Africa is a truly diverse and captivating country. South Africa attracts many travellers from all over the world, from the rich and famous going to have a luxury safaris at Shamwari Game Reserve, or the adventure traveller looking for their own secluded piece of natural beauty on the Garden Route, South Africa is as diverse as it is large, and has a great deal to offer.

Five times the size of the United Kingdom, South Africa’s culture and landscape will inspire and amaze you, from wildlife safaris and wine tasting tours, to breathtaking surf beaches and cosmopolitan cities. South Africa will leave a lasting impression long after you return home.


Quick Facts
Name
Republic of South Africa
Location
Africa
Bordering Countries
Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
Capital City
Pretoria (official); Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative).
Government
Democratic Republic
Population
53 million
Language
11 official languages; English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa and Zulu.
Currency
Rand (ZAR)
Name
Republic of South Africa
Poverty
50% of population below the poverty line
Main Exports
Gold, diamonds, metals and minerals, cars, machinery.
Climate
Temperate: Mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights
Time Zone
UTC +2
Flag
South Africa Flag

Fun Facts
• Charlize Theron was the first South African to win an Oscar (Best Actress, Monster, 2004)
• Lekker means "cool" or "awesome"
• South Africa is the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup

Travel Highlights
• Big 5 Safari – the chance to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino
• Climb Table Mountain for spectacular views of Cape Town
• Wine Tour in the Stellenbosch Valley – find a new favourite in this famous region
• Walk in the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains
• Surf at Jeffrey's Bay - have a lesson with a professional surfer

South African People Cape Town Leopard Cub

Where is South Africa?
The Republic of South Africa lies at the very southern tip of Africa, flanked by the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The country is almost five times the size of the UK and shares southern Africa with Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
 
History of South Africa
South Africa’s turbulent history is a blend of tribal warfare, racial struggle and political activity, the legacy of which lives on in the multicultural country that you see today. The Dutch were the first European settlers to land in South Africa, way back in the 17th century. They brought a new religion (the Dutch Reformed Church) and a new language (Afrikaans) which is still widely spoken throughout South Africa. The British, however, became increasingly prominent during the late 18th century and tensions soon led to the Anglo-Boer War. The conflict saw the Boers (Dutch farmers) and the British forces locked in battle from 1899-1902. The British were victorious and finally took control of the Boer regions of Transvaal and the Orange Free State (OFS) and ruled the country until 1910 when the Union of South Africa was created.
 
The Union of South Africa installed political power to the whites and, unsurprisingly, extreme racial segregation, better known as apartheid, was soon evident across the country. The Afrikaner National Party was especially renowned for upholding its strict racial regime from 1948 onwards. Blacks established their own political parties in response to this oppression, the most notable being the African National Congress (ANC), and black-led protests were met with unfettered violence. During the 1960s, the leaders of the ANC were imprisoned, including Nelson Mandela, and the country left the Commonwealth declaring itself a republic state. Racial tensions continued for many years and it was only in 1989, when FW de Klerk came to power, that South Africa gained a new hope for peace. In 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed from prison and became the first black president, winning the 1994 general election. Soon afterwards, South Africa returned to the Commonwealth.
 
South Africa has come a long way since the days of apartheid, but the division between whites and blacks still exists today. Fortunately, as one of the most democratic and well developed nations on the continent, South Africa can now be hopeful about finally resolving its turbulent and racially-loaded past.

Climate in South Africa
South Africa has an envious climate, with sunny weather being enjoyed throughout the year, although the temperatures in winter tend to be cool and mild. South Africa’s seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere and the winter months are therefore spread from June to August, with temperatures ranging from around 10°C to 20°C. The summer weather blazes from November to March, with temperatures reaching about 30°C, and spring is during September and October, with autumn between April and May.

Languages of South Africa
There are 11 official languages in South Africa but English is widely spoken, especially in the main cities. If travelling through South Africa, you will undoubtedly come across this variety of language. Afrikaans speakers usually speak English well, but this is not always the case in small towns and amongst the older generations. There are several African languages spoken, of which the most common are Zulu and Xhosa which uses a variety of clicks – hard to learn but will provide a source of intrigue for listeners.
 
Music in South Africa
Many people are familiar with the African sounds and choral beauty of the Lady Smith Black Mambazo band, most notably for their collaboration with Paul Simon on the Graceland project of 1986, winning fans throughout the world. Their music has also been used on TV commercials such as the Heinz baked beans TV advert in 1999. The Mambazo’s music has a recognizable sound (known as the Iscathamiya style of singing) but there is an array of other South African music which you should try to sample while in country, including Hip Hop, Reggae, Jazz and other contemporary styles.
 
Food in South Africa
South Africa offers traditional food spanning many different cultures, from Braais (barbeques) and biltong (dried meat), to Potjiekos (cooked meat and vegetable stew) and Mielie Pap (a stiff corn meal mix).
 
Travelling in South Africa
South Africa offers a reliable and affordable bus network that makes travelling the country by coach a convenient option. The journey from Cape Town (west coast) to Johannesburg (east coast) takes around 20 hours and there are a number of reputable companies to choose from, including Greyhound and Translux, as well as other hop-on, hop-off services that are targeted at the backpacker market. Travelling by bus is also a great way to explore the Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth – a stunning coastal landscape rich with wildlife and flora.
 
Travelling by train is another affordable option, but often slightly more expensive than bus. Travel times tend to be shorter than bus, but not in every case. For example, the train journey from Cape Town (west coast) to Johannesburg (east coast) can take up to 30 hours as opposed to 20 hours by bus.
 
Renting a car gives you flexibility and is perhaps the best way to discover the areas of South Africa that the bus and train networks do not service. The roads are well kept and a number of major car rental companies operate in South Africa which makes car rental simple. You must, however, make sure you have a valid driver’s licence and are fully insured to drive in South Africa.
 
Flying is the most convenient way to travel between South Africa’s most popular areas and cities, including Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. Booking early will save you money and there are a number of domestic airlines to choose from.
 
South Africa is a haven for adventure with extreme sports, varied landscapes and famous surfing destinations, namely Jeffrey's Bay. There are also fantastic golf courses, scenic hiking routes (an ideal way of getting close to the natural environment and also an inexpensive way of exploring the country), places to parachute jump, go mountain biking, scuba dive and much more. You may want to include some of the following activities while in-country: mountain biking, camping, shark diving, bungee jumping, 4x4 safaris, golf, fishing, scuba diving, parachuting, horse riding, dune boarding, boogey boards, deep sea cruises, tennis, squash, kayaking, badminton, water skiing, coastal hiking and power kiting.
 
Sport in South Africa
South Africa has long been a respected and fearsome force in international sport with its rugby, cricket and football teams providing strong competition around the globe. South Africa is therefore a perfect destination for anyone who has a passion for sport, whether playing it, coaching it or watching it. However, behind South Africa’s sporting success, lies a lack of sporting opportunities for many of the children living in the townships and poorer communities.

Gap Years and Career Breaks in South Africa
South Africa is a fantastic destination for those who want a really varied gap year or career break. With opportunities to witness sporting drive and passion on another level, the experience of free falling from a platform high above the ground on the worlds tallest bungee jump, to getting up close with wildlife, and tracking the Big 5 in some of the worlds most famed game reserves. South Africa has something for everyone, so take this opportunity to make your trip truly memorable!

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 tour on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. Many of our tours include volunteering activities so we see it as a crucial element to make sure that the volunteering activities are as beneficial to the local community as they are to you. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the tour. Only then do you get to see the tour on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and guaranteed to be an amazing experience.
 
Help Choosing Which Tour
If you are not sure which tour 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 tour or destination for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel 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 tour. 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 people on your tour.
 
Arrival Induction
We will take you through a local orientation and tour induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, talk your through your tour itinerary, and it will also show you how to stay safe while travelling abroad.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is provided on all of our tours, you may have to pay extra for additional nights, however in most cases accommodation is included. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation, this is something that will be offered to you at different stages of your tour. We endeavour to supply food where we can on our tours, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the trip itinerary on the Extra Info tab 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 and guide you throughout your tour. Our staff can be reached 24-hours a day and will travel with you throughout your tour to ensure everything is running smoothly, and that you are happy.
 
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.

Giving Others Similar Travel Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our tours 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!
At the Airport

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 installments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any 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!

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Testimonials
  • “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
     
  • "Lake Nakuru National Park is just incredible. The game rangers were so friendly and helpful, going out of their way to make sure I had an amazing time during my placement. I would love to do it all over again!"
    Maria Rossi , Wildlife & Conservation, Kenya
     
  • "It was great fun because the kids want to learn and everything you do is such a novelty to them. I was moved by what I saw, not for sentimental reasons, but because the teachers and the children were so keen and worked so hard."
    Katie Godfrey , Teaching, Kenya
     
  • "This was such a heartwarming project, the children have so little but are so greatful. I met some amazing people and will remember this experience forever."
    Sylvia Amani , Teaching, Kenya
     
  • "What a fascinating country. I not only learned so much about the healthcare system and gained some great experience to help with my degree, but got to visit some amazing places in Kenya. The Masia Mara trip was just unreal."
    Aaron Leyman , Medical & Health, Kenya
     
  • "The kids were so amazing, it was such a heartwarming experience and i'm just really glad that I could help out."
    Gemma Bracknell , Care Work, Kenya
     
  • "What a great project! I am so greatful to have had this opportunity and it is certainly something I will never forget."
    Suzanne Hart , Care Work, Kenya
     

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