We know that choosing the right volunteer project for you in the ideal location can be tricky. We also understand that this might be your first time travelling abroad alone and that can be daunting.
To help you out we’ve answered some of the most common questions below. Please feel free to drop us a line if you still have questions or would like some guidance on choosing a program that suits you.
How safe are the projects? Will someone be with me while I work?
We make every effort to ensure all volunteers are safe during their placement. Our teams on the ground are trained and experienced and ready to handle all and any situations that may arise. Our volunteers are always accompanied by a staff member while on project.
Volunteers are briefed fully about the area that they are living and working in, with advice on how to go about their daily life as a volunteer. We are widely accepted in the communities we work with and there’s a culture of respect and understanding.
Is working with wild animals dangerous?
Yes, working with wild animals is always dangerous, but thanks to our trained staff and safety protocols incidents are very rare. It is important for any volunteer working with wild animals to understand the risks and maintain respect for all wildlife.
All volunteers will undergo a comprehensive induction and orientation program to brief them on safety and prepare them for the work they’ll be doing. It is crucial to listen to project staff at all times, and to obey camp rules! Common sense is essential and again, pay attention to the information provided and remember that animals are wild!
Do I need any working or study experience to join a project?
Most of our projects are open to unqualified volunteers who go through an orientation program on arrival to prepare them for project work. Our volunteers must have passion, an open mind and a willingness to learn, participate and contribute.
We do have some projects, predominantly medical/healthcare projects, which require varying levels of prior study or work experience. Please check the requirements for each project.
What happens in case of a medical emergency?
Medical emergencies are by no means a regular occurrence, but our project teams are equipped to deal with all situations and have strict protocols in place to do so. The Volunteer Coordinator for the project will ensure that you receive immediate medical assistance.
In the event of a serious illness or accident, each volunteer will be covered by their insurance policy, which is why we require all volunteers to have adequate insurance which includes repatriation. We recommend World Nomads or Mind the Gap Year for volunteer travel insurance.