We understand that travelling to foreign countries to volunteer can be a daunting prospect and some of the details can be confusing.
Therefore below we have provided some of the information you might need when travelling abroad to one of our projects.
If you have any outstanding questions, dont hesitate to contact us .
Before you book your flights you should first check if you need a Visa for your trip. Whether you need a visa or not and what type will depend on; what country you are going to, what you will be doing and how long you will be staying for. For information on Visas you should contact the Foreign Commonwealth Office for the particular country that you are travelling to. If you would also like up to date information about the country you are visiting, you can find all the information you need on the UK Foreign Travel Advice Website.
Before travelling you will also need to check what Vaccinations and Medication you will need for your trip. Luckily all you need to do is visit your GP or Doctor and explain where you are going, what you will be doing and they can give you all the information and arrange for any Vaccinations or Medication that you might need. Please keep in mind that if you are going to be working directly with animals whilst volunteering, this should be mentioned to your doctor who will likely advise that you are vaccinated against Rabies and Tuberculosis. If you would like to read about what Vaccinations/Medication you will need for your trip, the UK NHS Website provides a comprehensive list for every country.
It doesn’t matter if you are travelling for 2 weeks in Europe or 2 years in Africa, travel insurance is always essential. From our own experiences we know that it can be tricky finding the right cover, but we recommend that everyone visiting a Wildweb project is fully covered for the activities they will be doing. For more information about travel insurance, check out this guide to choosing the right policy by the Telegraph.
After you’ve got all the information about your vaccinations, visa’s and insurance you will then be looking at booking your flights. This can be straight forward for some locations and a little more complicated for those that are off the beaten path. It’s always best to know your options when it comes to flights, some great comparison sites include: Google Flights, Skyscanner, Kayak, Trip Advisor & Momondo.
Always the best place to start when it comes to the logistics of visiting one of our projects, is directly with the project itself. As they often have many international volunteers visiting throughout the year, they will be able to advise on how to get there as safety, cheaply and convenient as possible. You may also want to ask them to put you in touch with a former volunteer, to ask about their experiences and recommendations for volunteering at that particular project.