Frequently Asked Questions

June 19, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What types of programs are available?

You can get involved in teaching, care & community, medicine, journalism, veterinary & animal Care, information technology projects, sport coaching, fashion & design, law & human right, business internships.


  1. How long do placements last?

You choose how long your placement lasts. Apart from our 2-Week Specials, placements are flexible and most last from one month upwards. Most volunteers go for between two and four months. Our basic placement prices cover you for one, two or three months. Then you can add on extra months on top of these as you wish. You can stay (including placement and travel) in most countries for up to 6 months, but you can stay in Liberia for up to 12 months. These limitations are due to visa and work-permit restrictions.


  1. Can I combine placements?

Yes you can combine placements. Apply now to book your placement When can I start? When should I apply? You choose when your placement starts and finishes. Placements run all year. There are no definitive deadlines for application. Please apply as soon as you've decided what you want to do. The longer the notice, the more we can tailor a program. If you decide last minute, do give us a e-mail or call to see how quickly we can arrange it for you - we sometimes only need a few weeks notice.


  1. What are the costs involved?

See the Cost page for details of the cost of the program you are interested in. You will not be paid for your work, but you will gain unusual work experience and discover skills you never knew you had - and have a great time! Our partner schools and other partner organizations can barely afford to pay their own staff, so these positions have to be voluntary and self-funded. Similarly we get great work experience placements for volunteers because we don't ask our partner-organizations to pay you. Indeed, we always make sure that organizations or individuals in the developing world don't have to pay anything as a matter of principle. We do not have government funding or other outside funding..


  1. What do your charges include

Our costs include all food, accommodation, administrative wok, compensation for host families, out reach and support from our expert staff. Our charges are important because they enable us to provide you with a good service and full support.


  1. Will I need injections

As we are not medical experts we cannot give out official advice - so talk to your doctor, who will be happy to advise on what you may need. Don't let injections put you off - you'll be glad you had them once you are enjoying yourself abroad!.


  1. What age ranges take part in these projects?

Volunteers are welcome between the ages of 17 and 75. Many of our volunteers are between 18 and 25 years old, but a rapidly increasing number of career breakers and retired people are now taking part too. This has led to a stimulating mix of people in all our programs.


  1. Do I need to be a American or Canadian citizen?

No. We accept volunteers from all over the world - in fact we actively recruit in much of Europe and the USA. We like to have a multinational mix - that's what cultural exchange is all about.




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