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Community Volunteer in Kandy

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Community Volunteering in Sri Lanka
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Trip Code: LKVCV1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £600 for 2 Weeks + £250 per Week
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Gain a deeper understanding of the people, culture and daily life in Sri Lanka by lending a helping hand on a range of important community volunteer projects in around the stunning cultural epicentre of Kandy. Care for babies, children, and the elderly, as well as help out in the renovation of hugely important temple sites.

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Community Work in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a simply stunning island nation, hanging like an elegant teardrop off the south-east corner of India, combining beautiful scenery, magical culture and extremely friendly people. Although Sri Lanka is teeming with natural beauty and amazing people, the underlying conditions that many of the country’s population are exposed to make life very different to what you will be used to back at home.

Volunteering in Kandy, the vibrant cultural capital of Sri Lanka, you will be working closely with a range of community groups, experiencing the life of many local people that will regularly go undiscovered by tourists in the area. With many families being unable to financially and educationally support their children and elders, there is a growing trend in Sri Lanka with the use of permanent and day care centres for babies and children, as well as elderly care centres across the country. Not all of these centres have the funding to be able to pay for regular staff, and the assistance from international volunteers is crucial for the development and ongoing running of the centres. This volunteer project in Kandy is you opportunity to support the local community through helping out in a range of rewarding placements.

Your Community Volunteer Placements
We currently work with a range of projects in the city of Kandy, helping to support community groups from disadvantaged social backgrounds. From working with young babies and supporting the education of children and teenagers, to the emotional support of Sri Lanka’s elderly residents and the building and renovation of important community facilities, there are many ways to support the community as a volunteer in Kandy.

Babies Care Centre
This hugely supportive and giving centre currently houses between 15 - 20 babies all aged under 12 months old. This rewarding placement is an opportunity for you to work closely with the dedicated staff at the centre to support the ongoing daily activities that are crucial for the development of these amazing babies. It is important that the centre remains clean and sterile at all times, so as a volunteer you will help to clean beds and sheets, change nappies, as well as prepare baby food and feed that babies throughout the day.

Child Care Centres
This project is a hugely rewarding opportunity volunteering in two fantastic care centres for boys aged 4 yrs - 18 yrs. Working with the local staff at the centre, there is an emphasis on helping the boys to improve their English language, help them with their homework from school, play educational games, sing songs, and generally help develop their interpersonal skills. There may also be opportunities to help out with ongoing renovation and painting work at the centres.

Elderly Care Home
The Elderly care home located in Kandy provides free shelter, food and medical aid and facilities to 75 elderly community members aged between 50yrs - 80yrs, both male and female. As a volunteer working in the home you will help out with a range of duties throughout the day including cleaning and bathing the physically impaired residents, playing games or reading books, helping the staff to clean, prepare food and assisting with the medicine rounds. Sitting and talking to these enlightening people is a fantastic way to learn more about the culture of Sri Lanka and how life has changed over the years.

Building and Renovation
Working as part of a team, you will be playing an active role in the building and renovation of a range of important Buddhist temple sites in and around Kandy. The ongoing work involves repainting temples, cleaning in and around the temple grounds, construction and maintenance of temple features, as well as interacting with the local villages and children, whilst helping to organise community youth centres in the village communities you will be working in. 

Your Cultural Immersion - Your First Week
Before you join your volunteer project you will first fully immerse yourself into life in Sri Lanka via a culture Introduction week in Kandy. This will be an action packed week, full of information to prepare you in your volunteer role, you will be talking and cooking like a local in no time. You will get involved in fantastic activities and explore the amazing sights Kandy has to offer. For more specific information check out the extra info tab.

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is required that participants complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check before joining this project. 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.

Volunteering in Sri Lanka
Community volunteering in Sri Lanka on your gap year, career break or summer holidays is the best way to get to the heart of the culture of this welcoming nation. Work with babies, children and the elderly to gain a real insight into life in Kandy, and also gain a deeper understanding of the importance of Buddhism and the sacred temple sites on our renovation projects.

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Quick Facts

Trip Name
Community Volunteer in Kandy
Trip Code
Sri Lanka
Bandaranaike International Airport (Airport code: CMB)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
Trip Type
Care Work, Building & Construction
From £600 for 2 Weeks + £250 per Week
£ 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 week.
No prior experience or qualifications are required, but an interest in working with children, and a desire to help others through education and care is required. It is important that you can speak English. Participants will also require a CRB/DBS check in order to take part in the project.
Ideal for
Care Work and Community Volunteer Holidays and Placements in Asia; Community Work and Activity Breaks in Sri Lanka; Care Work Volunteer Gap Years and Career Breaks in Asia; and Student Summer Holidays in Sri Lanka.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive any weekend of the year, preferably on a Sunday between 10:00 and 17:00 so that we can pick you up from the airport and transfer you to our accommodation.

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

Note 2: The first week of your trip will be a cultural introduction week centred in and around Kandy. Therefore, if you want to volunteer for 2 weeks, we suggest booking a 3 week trip.

British Nationals will require a visa to enter Sri Lanka, we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Sri Lanka High Commission website by clicking here.

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You will be staying in basic but comfortable dorm style accommodation with all the amenities you need.
3 meals a day during the week, 2 meals at weekend. Local nutritious foods.
Airport Pick-up
Included on arrival/start date. Ask us for details if you are arriving early.
Transport to and from your placement is provided. Volunteers are expected to walk short distances.
Introduction Week
Your first week will be a cultural introduction week including a range of sightseeing activities, classes and cultural exchanges.
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival, with project related training during your first few days of your placement.
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
Equipment & Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visa; Vaccinations; Airport Drop-off; Spending Money; CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check.
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Cultural Introduction Week
Before beginning this project you will first enjoy a culture immersion week, learning about all things Sri Lanka, this is perfect way to get you settled into your new environment. The week will begin with an introduction to the do’s and dont’s whilst in Sri Lanka, and you will then learn all about the history and culture, including Buddhism and mythology. You will visit local temples in Kandy, including the famous Temple of the Tooth, you will begin local language lessons so you can start to talk to local people and you will even learn the secrets behind the fantastic Sri Lankan cuisine. And if that wasn’t enough you will also be treated to a local Kandyan dance performance and a traditional Ayurvedic massage, after which you will be relaxed and ready to volunteer.

Social Life in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is still relatively quiet in terms of the number of tourists visiting so you will still have a very real and authentic experience. There will lots of evening and weekend activities to get involved with which the in-country team will be happy to advise you with, and no doubt you will really enjoy socialising with the local people. Sri Lankans are a very friendly nation who will love to interact with tourists and show them how they like to unwind and relax.

Adventure Travel in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a relatively small Island, this is great for many reasons, firstly you will never be too far from a white sandy, palm fringed beach. The beaches are perfect if you want to relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery or if you want to learn to surf, Sri Lanka has some fantastic surf spots, particularly in the South of the Island, or if Scuba diving is your thing then you will not be disappointed with the dive sites around Sri Lanka, famous for its fantastic reefs and wrecks. Sri Lanka is home to so many stunning national parks, including Yala National park, which should not be missed, famous for its variety of of wildlife if you are lucky you will spot wild elephants and leopards. There are also so many beautiful temples to be explored in Sri Lanka and if you fancy a challenge you should trek to Adam’s peak, the views from here will definitely be worth it. Sri Lanka is a fascinating country and you will never feel short of something to do. 

Accommodation in Sri Lanka 
Your accommodation will be basic but comfortable in a shared volunteer house in shared dormitory style rooms, private rooms can be requested but for an additional fee. You will have all necessary amenities for a comfortable stay including shared communal areas, toilet and shower facilities with running water, electricity, and kitchen facilities.

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.  

Sri Lanka Map

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island which appears to be hanging off the bottom of India like a teardrop and is referred to as being the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” due to its tropical beaches, stunning scenery and diverse array of wildlife! Although the country was in the midst of civil war up until 2009, Sri Lanka has recently opened its arms to the global travel community, with the local people being only to willing to show off the delights of this vibrant nation. 

Famed for boasting some of the world’s most incredible Buddhist ruins, this maritime hub of activity is a melting pot of the world’s most fascinating cultures, mouth-watering cuisines, friendly local people and breath-taking coastlines.

Quick Facts
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Formerly: Ceylon)
South Asia
Bordering Countries
Island Nation - No geographical borders. Closest neighbour is India to the North West.
Capital City
Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic
20 million
Sinhalese and Tamil
Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Formerly: Ceylon)
6.4% living below the national poverty line
Main Exports
Tea, Clothing, Textiles and Rice.
Being close to the Equator Sri Lanka averages temperatures of between 25 - 30 degrees C. The annual monsoon brings rainfall to many coastal areas between May - September.
Time Zone
UTC +05:30
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Fun facts 
1. Due to the very high number of waterfalls in Sri Lanka, most of the electricity on the island is powered by hydroelectric energy!

2. Sri Lanka's flag is said to be one of the oldest in the world, dating all the way back to 486 BC.

3. Ella kiri (pronounced ala-ki-ri) is the Sinhala term for 'awesome', but in literal terms it translates into ' cow's milk'. Say it to the locals when you are chatting, they absolutely love it!

Travel Highlights
1. Take the Buddhist pilgrimage to the summit of Adam's Peak. Grab a cup of tea at the top and soak up an incredible view.

2. Check out Yala National Park, home to Sri Lanka's largest population of leopards, as well as loads of monkeys, crocodiles and elephants.

3. Head deep into the Dambulla underground cave temples, and experience a treasure trove of Buddhist artwork, statues, shrines and murals.

4. Work with the turtles on our Turtle Project in Ambalangonda, which is fast becoming one of the most recognised turtle conservation efforts in Sri Lanka.

5. Witness the spectacle that is the Esala Perahera in Kandy, known to be one of the most spectacular festivals in Asia, with everything from elephants and drummers, to dancers and acrobats.

Ambalangonda Beach Local Children Turtle Nesting

Where is Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka can be found seemingly hanging delicately off the South East of the Indian sub-continent in Southern Asia, right in the heart of the Indian ocean. Being an island nation, Sri Lanka does not share any geographical borders with any other nations (although is very close to India), however being located between Africa, India and South East Asia, and being subject to many years of European colonial rule this country benefits greatly from possessing a truly enlightening concoction of cultures.

Sri Lanka’s Climate
For a small country, Sri Lanka’s climate is relatively complicated. With two annual monsoon seasons, affecting different parts of the country, you need to be careful to travel at the right time of year to avoid getting a bit wet in the rains. However, as there are two different monsoons affecting different regions, this means that there is always somewhere on the island with nice weather! The main ‘Yala’ monsoon occurs on the western and south-western coasts and brings rain from May through to September each year, however the ‘Maha’ monsoon brings rains to the east coastal regions from November through to March. Also, watch out for the heavy rains season in November / December which can affect the whole island.

Beigna  tropical country, and not far from the Equator, Sri Lanka stays at a relativel;y consistant temperature year round. The main seasons bring the following temperatures:

Dry Season (December to April) where the temperature is between 22°C to 30°C.
Monsoon (May to August) with the temperature ranging between 25°C to 29°C.
Inter-monsoon (September to November) where the temperature lies between 24°C and 29°C.

Language in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has a population of approx. 20 million people and the official language of the country’s vibrant population is Sinhala. Of these 20 million people approx. 75% speak Sinhala as their first language, with a further 20% having Tamil as their first language. English is the language of business and is used in Sri Lankan government, and therefore is widely spoken throughout the population. 

The People & Culture of Sri Lanka
The people of Sri Lanka are incredible friendly and charming, always offering their services to a lost traveller, or going out of their way to speak to you, asking about your life back at home. The laid back,m peaceful atmosphere in the country is partly down to the Buddhist and Hindu influences that are apparent throughout the country. Buddhism accounts for approx. 70% of the population, with countless shrines, temples and ancient ruins scattered across this beautifully spiritual island nation.

Sri Lankan people are easy going, happy and forgiving people by nature, and are extremely appreciative of visitors to their country who take the time to learn more about their culture and respect their way of life!

Travelling in Sri Lanka
Although much smaller that its neighbour (India), Sri Lanka boasts some of the most incredible sights in Southern Asia. From palm-fringed beaches, turtle nesting sites, and wild elephants, to awe-inspiring temples, mountain ranges, bustling cities, the diversity of this island is not to overlooked. In the cities you will find festivals of lights and colour, and the sights and sounds that will remind you of India, then if you head down to the coasts you will find epic beach parties, surf shacks, and adventures. Here is a quick breakdown of our project locations in Sri Lanka

Kandy is simply stunning, it is one of the most scenic and revealing cities in Sri Lanka. Located amidst the rolling hills of the central region, it is home to some incredible cultural attractions, including the famous Temple of the Tooth relic. Sri Lanka has had a dramatic past, with Kandy serving as the capital of the Sri Lankan (Sinhalese) kingdom, withstanding centuries of attacks from the Portuguese and Dutch before finally falling to the British in the early 1800s, which gives Kandy a real sense of culture, ideal for cultural exchanges with local people!

This beautiful, coastal town located on the main transport route between Sri Lanka’s capital and the popular tourist destination of Hikkaduwa on the South West coast, is an amazing place to spend some time during a tour of Sri Lanka, or to settle for a few weeks on a volunteer project. Although slightly overshadowed by some of the other coastal town such as Galle and Hikkaduwa, Ambalangonda is a seaside gem! Many visitors to the town have come to uncover some souvenirs and artefacts from the lively markets and also to unravel some of the mysteries around Sri Lanka’s devil masks and devil dances, used to drive out spirits that are thought to cause illness! Interesting stuff...worth a visit we think!

Gap Year and Career Breaks in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, although not as regarded as one of the top tourist hotspots in Asia, it is slowly growing into one of the best places to visit, with all the cultural and traditional charm that makes you feel like an explorer, but a good tourism infrastructure to make your trip painless and straight-forward. Sri Lanka is becoming more and more popular for gap year, career break and student travel, so why not check it out for yourself!

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

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.

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.

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. The food will consist of mainly local Sri Lankan cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, curry dishes and rice). 

2) What accommodation and support is provided?
Accommodation is provided in our comfortable volunteer houses (shared rooms of 4-8 people.) You will be provided with a 24/7 emergency number for each respective country on arrival, and you will have the dedicated support from English speaking staff on site. Our in-country team also operates formal helpdesk during working hours for any feedback and questions from our participants.

3) What ages are allowed on the trip? 
We recommend that those taking part in this trip should be 18+ year olds. For those who are under 18 years old, it is still possible to take part in the trip, we would however need written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Please mention this in the comments section of your booking. 

4) When do trip activities take place? 
The general schedules for this trip runs from Monday to Friday (unless otherwise stated that some weekend work is available) with evenings during the week, and weekends free for travel, excursions and activities. This trip is available all year but please take note that schedule adjustments may occur on certain dates throughout the year, due to the constant evolution of the projects and circumstances beyond our control.

5) When can a participant arrive? 
As part of our in-country service we endeavour to provide an airport pick-up for all participants. A participant should arrive at their arrival airport 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! 

7) 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. 

8) 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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  • "It was so interesting working into the law sector in Ghana and getting this experience. Such a great way to spend my summer doing something totally different."
    Mark Fulton , Business & Law, Ghana
  • "Costa Rica is such a wonderful country and being able to help out on the care work project with the children was such a privilege."
    Lara Gillard , Care Work, Costa Rica
  • "The whole team in Costa Rica were awesome and really helped me make the most our of my time there both on the care work project and showing me the adventures of the country."
    Tom Smith , Care Work, Costa Rica
  • "This placement gave me the mix of helping young children and also experiencing a totally different culture. My Spanish has really improved too."
    Kiki Jones , Care Work, Costa Rica
  • "I am studying in animal welfare and this placement was perfect in getting real life experience relevant to my career".
    Gordon Bennell , Wildlife & Conservation, Costa Rica
  • "The whole experience was fantastic from the staff at the rescue centre, to Andy and his family. Thank you for looking after me so well."
    Ruth Eales , Wildlife & Conservation, Costa Rica
  • Fab way to start my week, our guide was awesome and gave us so many tips. Met an amazing group of people and the team in the office really help you sort your time out after you've finished the first week. Would really recommend to solo travellers.
    Emma Lowton , Adventure, New Zealand
  • 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.
    Sean Neitzel , Adventure, New Zealand
  • Had the best time travelling around New Zealand. The team made it possible and can sort everything out for you with no problem. I would highly recommend them and will definitely be using them for my next adventure.
    Annie Frances Pritchard , Adventure, New Zealand
  • The opportunity to coach and nurture the next generation of sportsmen and women in Costa Rica was an opportunity that I couldn't give up, and I am so glad that I didn't! I had a great time and made some lifelong friends!
    Jack Johnston , Teaching, Costa Rica
  • I had a such an inspiring and life changing experience coaching in Costa Rica. The kids had such an appetite for coaching and their enthusiasm was infectious. My fellow coaches and I worked well as a team and I developed some truly great friends as a result.
    Charlie Blaken , Teaching, Costa Rica
  • What a Blast! I can honestly say that I could not have had a better time in Costa Rica as I did. Everyone was so friendly, helpful and up for a laugh, all making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone, and might even come back at some point in the near future!
    Danny McVey , Teaching, Costa Rica
  • I had a really great time in Costa Rica, honing my Spanish linguistic skills, and I really improved over the 2 weeks that I spent out there. I would like to thank all of the in-country staff for all the effort they put in, it was an intense and thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience.
    Lewis Worthington , Languages, Costa Rica
  • This has been by far the most rewarding holiday I have been on. I'll be the first to admit that the idea of an educational holiday didn't at first appeal to me, but the improvements I made in the four weeks I spent out there means that my confidence in my Spanish has improved immensely.
    Charlie Jones , Languages, Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica is not only a truly stunning country with welcoming, hospitable people, but it is also where I conquered my 'phobia' of speaking Spanish, and for this I am incredibly grateful. Such a rewarding and exhilarating experience in a wonderful country.
    Max Foster , Languages, Costa Rica
  • Easily the most rewarding trip I have ever undertaken! To see the progress the local kids made in your time out there, under your tutelage, was so inspiring! Would highly recommend it!
    Joe Taylor , Teaching, Costa Rica
  • What a trip! Spending 12 weeks in the stunning Costa Rican countryside, would have been a reward enough, but the bonds I made with my fellow travelling companions will last a lifetime, and my pride in my class of kids at the local school and the progress they made is a constant source of inspiration.
    Brett McCallum , Teaching, Costa Rica
  • I honestly couldn't have had a better time in Costa Rica, and the short time that I spent there with my new found friends will be remembered with treasured memories. Also, the challenge of helping local kids to improve impressively in a short space of time, was a reward in itself.
    Callum Sutton , Teaching, Costa Rica
  • "To be able to work behind the scenes on a game reserve in Africa has been a dream come true. Would love to do this all over again."
    Emma Agness , Wildlife & Conservation, South Africa
  • "It was great to be able to work with the baby animals and also get a sense of how a reserve operates to keep conservation and tourism positive."
    Ayesha Simmonds , Wildlife & Conservation, South Africa

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