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Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
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Become a volunteer teacher in Cambodia and give back to the local rural community in one of the friendliest countries in the world. Share your wisdom and knowledge with children from disadvantaged communities, meet amazing like minded volunteers and find your own piece of paradise in this fascinating country on a rewarding volunteer teaching placement.

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Education in Cambodia

It’s not surprising that Cambodia is rising in popularity as a travelling hot spot; with it’s untouched white sand beaches, deserted paradise islands and bustling, culturally rich cities it ticks all the boxes. Yet despite it’s recent attention, Cambodia is still one of the poorest countries in South East Asia, and even the world, with over 75% of the population living on less than $2 USD per day. Basic infrastructure is lacking in Cambodia and as a result education levels are generally very low, especially in more rural areas. Furthermore English literacy rates in Cambodia remain one of the lowest in Asia. Spoken English in particular is much lower in Cambodia than countries such as India, The Philippines and Myanmar. English skills are crucial for the majority of job roles in Cambodia, yet many young people do not have the financial support or resources needed to learn the language whilst they are growing up. This makes it very difficult for them to find a job, especially in the booming tourist industry, and sadly results in a neverending cycle of poverty in the disadvantaged communities. By becoming a teaching volunteer in Cambodia you will have the opportunity to use your time and commitment to help improve the prospects of children in disadvantaged communities by providing them with basic and necessary English language skills. 

Your Teaching Placement in Cambodia
This placement is situated in the beautiful, rural areas of Samraong, the capital of Oddar Meanchey, where you will be volunteering at a government run school in and around the surrounding villages. This school successfully teaches 200 children of various ages and is a huge asset to the local community where learning resources are otherwise minimal. This programme serves a dual purpose, as well sharing your knowledge and commitment to improve the future prospects of these children you will also gain a fantastic, insight into the Cambodian education system and the problems faced by developing countries on a daily basis. The unique opportunity to work within this environment is the perfect platform for a future job in teaching and is certain to enhance your CV for future job role. Through lesson planning and class leadership you will develop in confidence as a teacher, perfecting your own, engaging teaching style and learning far beyond what can be taught in a text book. 

Your help will stretch beyond that of just teaching and the placement aims to support the school with any other needs at the time, therefore volunteers are encouraged to muck in with community, social and conservation work alongside their teaching. This usually involves the basic renovation of the school in order to provide a safe and positive learning environment for the children. 

Your Teaching Placement Role
Your main role at the school itself will be teaching English to enthusiastic and eager children. This is hugely important for the future prospects of students, particularly from the disadvantaged, rural areas, and could be detrimental to their chances of future employment. Having native English speakers around has been proven to improve the children’s spoken and written English and therefore this is an important aspect of the project. Volunteers are encouraged to be creative with the children where possible. This could be in the form of playing games, music, sports or anything creative any of which will be warmly welcomed by the children and staff. Your day to day activities could include teaching English on a non formal basis, working with children in their vegetable garden (for their consumption), creating activities for the students, art and craft activities, after school sports clubs and even environmental awareness activities. 

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
Participants must complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, or provide a valid CRB certificate in order to be eligible for this trip. 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. 

Gap Year and Career Break Volunteer Teaching in Cambodia
Take part in this teaching placement in Cambodia and you will get the unique opportunity to live, work and play in one of the worlds most fascinating and friendly countries. Meet amazing new friends, enhance your CV, gain some valuable experience and explore this beautiful, exotic landscape on your gap year or career break. 

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Teaching Volunteer Project
Trip Code
KHVTC1
Continent
Asia
Country
Cambodia
Airport
Siem Reap International Airport (REP)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Teaching
Cost
From £600 for 2 Weeks + £250 per Week
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
Volunteers should try to come for as long as possible preferably for 8 or 12 weeks. This ensures better management of the project and also helps you get the most from the social activities and group travel opportunities on offer.
Pre-requisites
Participants must complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check to be elegible for this placement. No prior teaching experience is required, although some knowledge in the subject is helpful for teaching older students. Completing a TEFL course may also be useful.
Ideal for
Volunteer teaching placements in South East Asia, gap year teaching programmes overseas, volunteering holidays in Cambodia.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive on any Sunday of the year between 06:00 and 16:00 to receive a free airport pick-up and transfer to the accommodation. If you arrive outside this time, you can either make your own way to the accommodation (details will be provided) or we can pick you up for an additional charge. You will start your project on the Monday.

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

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Included

Accommodation
Accommodation is based in a shared volunteer residence with dorm style bedrooms.
Food
All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes
Airport Pick Up
You will be picked up from Siem Reap airport by your in country coordinator and taken to your accommodation in Samraong. Please note you must arrive before 2pm on Sunday.
Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival
Support
Pre departure help and advice; local in country team; English speaking Coordinator; 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.
Transport
Transport to and from your project sites is provided by our in-country team. Transport will include public and private: taxi, bus, boat, bicycle. Participants will be expected to walk when travelling short distances.
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Not Included

Flights, travel insurance, visas, vaccinations, CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check, spending money, in country travel and extra activities not on the itinerary.
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Equipment Donations to Cambodia
We are dedicated to sustainable development and so many of our volunteers chose to make a donation that would help to benefit the local community. This usually goes to local schools or care centres and could include anything from fun books and games, to decent learning resources. 

Social Life in Cambodia
Cambodia’s social life has certainly come into it’s own in recent years with the increase of travelers visiting from around the world. The beaches in the South of the country are very reminiscent of Thailand 10 years ago, with beach parties, BBQ’s under the stars and plenty of lively hostels. Further North you will find more traditional, ussualy religious events where you can gain a unique insight into the Cambodian way of life. Or just head to one of the bustling markets to get a real taste of local Cambodian food at it's very best (and cheapest!) Whatever you feel like doing our in country coordinator knows the area inside out and will be on hand to give you the best advice on where to go.

Travel and Adventure in Cambodia
There is plenty to keep you busy in Cambodia and there are no end of amazing travel and adventure activities to keep you busy in your spare time! Full to the brim with fascinating ancient sites and breathtaking scenery, and landscapes that range from lush jungle to crystal clear beaches there is certainly something for everybody here. Take a trip to the intriguing ancient ruins of the Angkor Wat and lose yourself in this maze of beautiful temples intertwined with trees and steeped in history; or head to the traditional and charming Kampot and discover how one of Cambodia’s largest exports, pepper is produced; barter at the markets and get to know the locals in the bustling Phnom Penh or just soak up the sunshine on the palm fringed beaches of Sihanoukville. 

Accommodation
Your accommodation is based in basic but comfortable shared volunteer residence within close proximity to your project. The rooms are single gender bedrooms with a maximum of 4 people per room, with a fan, cold shower and wifi in the room and communal areas. There are limited laundry facilities so expect to wash your clothes by hands at the volunteer house, however there are some places that you can do laundry in the town too at a small cost.

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
Participants must complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, or provide a valid CRB certificate in order to be eligible for this trip. 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. 

Cambodia

Cambodia is the perfect destination for the explorer, the adventurer and the more curious amongst us. A hidden gem in South East Asia and less traveled than it’s sister Thailand, Cambodia is full of Asian charm, traditional customs and bundles of character. Whether you’re looking for a slice of beach paradise, a jungle adventure or to gain an understanding of the country's turbulent history through temples and museums, Cambodia has everything you could ask for. 

Cambodia’s varying landscape, tropical weather and extremely cheap prices make it a must see destination for those wishing to travel and there are plenty of beautiful areas waiting to be discovered. 


Quick Facts
Name
Kingdom of Cambodia
Location
South East Asia
Bordering Countries
Thailand, Vietnam, Laos
Capital City
Phnom Penh
Government
Constitutional Monarchy, Parliamentary System
Population
15 million
Language
Khmer / Cambodian
Currency
Cambodian Riel (KHR)
Name
Kingdom of Cambodia
Poverty
31% of the population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Textile Garments, Fisheries Products, Rubber
Climate
The climate can generally be described as Tropical. There are two distinct seasons: the Rainy Season (June - October) and the Dry Season (November - May).
Time Zone
GMT +7
Flag
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Fun Facts
•  The Cambodian flag is the only one in the world that features a building on it. The building is the temple of Angkor Wat.
• To greet each other many Cambodians press their palms together in front of their bodies and bow, this is called Sompeah and the younger or lower rnaked person will imitate the gesture.
• Most Cambodian young men are monks for some time during their lives.

Travel Highlights
• Discover the ancient ruins of Angkor, one of the most spectacular ancient sites on Earth. Explore the mesmerising Angkor Wat temple, the imposing stone faces of the Bayon temple and the enchanting  ruins of Ta Prohm where ancient monuments are intertwined by trees.
• Kick back and relax on the golden beaches of Sihanoukville in the South of Cambodia. With glistening blue waters and beaches for miles this is the perfect place to put down your rucksack and rest your feet! Take a boat trip to one of the surrounding islands for a secluded, tranquil treat.
• Spot Irrawaddy Dolphin in the beautiful town of Kratie along the Mekong River. This lively riverside town boasts beautiful French architecture and arguably the best sunset along the Mekong in Cambodia.
• Explore the local markets of the bustling, vibrant Siam Reap. With a vast array of trinkets, food and traditional clothing on offer at unbelievably low prices you are sure to pick up some original souvenirs for your friends back home. This charming town is also packed full of amazing restaurants and bars to relax at the end of the day.
• Visit the floating villages of Tonle Sap based on the largest fresh water lake in South East Asia. During the dry season the lake drains into the Mekong River, but in the wet season it is a thriving, agriculturally significant lake for Cambodia.

Where is Cambodia?
Situated in the heart of South East Asia Cambodia’s international borders are shared with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. It’s fantastic central location makes Cambodia the perfect destination for those wanting to explore this fascinating part of the world as the surrounding countries are easily accessible.  

Cambodia’s Climate
Like most of Southeast Asia, Cambodia is warm to hot year round and the climate is dominated by the annual monsoon cycle with its alternating wet and dry seasons. These cycles are split into two distinct season, the dry season from October to April and the wet season from May to October. 

Language in Cambodia
Khmer is the official language spoken in cambodia and is used in most social contexts including throughout education and in the mass media. Khmer is spoken by roughly 90% of the population which is almost 7 million people. 

The People of Cambodia
Cambodia has had it’s fair share of unrest and has only recently emerged from years of turmoil at the hands of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge with the devastating loss of approximately two million lives throughout their regime. Since the invasion of Vietnam and the fall of the Khmer Rouge Cambodia has made great steps forward and has slowly begun to rebuild its economy and sense of culture, however as one of the poorest countries in the world there is still a long way to go, and much of their economic future depends upon it’s increase in tourist development. Despite this Cambodians are some of the most warm and friendly people you are likely to meet and are sure to welcome you with open arms and an inviting smile.

The majority of Cambodians follow a form of Buddhism called Theravada Buddhism. Originated in India Theravada teaches the concept of reincarnation, with the belief that depending on their behaviour in this life they will either come back as a lower or higher being in their next life. 

Travelling in Cambodia
There are plenty of temples, jungles and beaches to keep you busy during your free time in Cambodia and the more you discover of this amazing country the further you will want to delve! Whether you fancy catching some rays on a deserted beach or trekking through ancient temples, Cambodia is certain not to disappoint and you will find something for everyone here. 
Cambodia’s most famous tourist attraction, and rightly so, are the temples of Angkor Wat, hidden in lush jungle just outside Siem Reap. One of the most important archaeological sites in South East Asia these temples tell the history of the Khmer Empire and is highly significant as a site of cultural, religious and symbolic values. For the best way to view Angkor Wat set your alarm early and experience the awe inspiring sunrise across the temples away from all the crowds. For white sand beaches, deserted islands and amazing diving head to Sihanoukville, a thriving backpackers town on the beach where there is no shortage of fun! Or visit one of Cambodias three floating villages, where the houses are built on bamboo stilts and locals sell food and trinkets from boats. 

Gap Year and Career Break Trips in Cambodia
Visit Cambodia and experience one of the most exotic and alluring countries in the world. Explore the lush jungles, enchanting temples and palm fringed beaches that await you and make your gap year or career break the trip of a lifetime!

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!

Travel in Cambodia

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.

Vaccinations
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. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to volunteer or take part in a placement overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
 
Book Your Place
Once you have decided to volunteer with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your project 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 relevant previous experience you have, 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 and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your project. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. 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!
 
Orientation
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your project.
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 and on weekends 2 meals per day (Brunch/ Dinner). 

2) What accommodation and support is provided?
Accommodation is provided in our comfortable volunteer houses (shared rooms of 2-4 people) or at a local home-stay, staying with a local family, and in some cases at the project site. 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) Can a participant book a private room? 
On the whole, the accommodation we provide is twin or four shared, however we do offer those looking for a bit more privacy the opportunity to guarantee their own single room for an extra fee per week (dependant on availability – ask us for details). Just let us know in the comments section of your booking and we will try to make it happen for you! 

4) 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. 

5) 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.

6) 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 any time 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! 

For those participants unable to arrive on the weekend, but will be arriving after the weekend on a weekday, a £50 transfer charge applies for airport pick-up and transfer to the accommodation site, unless the participant is making their own way to the accommodation location. In all such cases, please make sure we have all information of your arrival in good time before your trip.

7) Where do you pick-up and drop off? 
Return transfers to the airport are not provided, however we do covered your drop-off to the closest main city to your trip location, NOT to the airport. This is due to people having a range of different plans after their trip, and to avoid complications and logistical nightmares, transfers back to the airport are not available. 

8) 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. 

9) 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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    Harrison Nash , Teaching, South Africa
     
  • "It’s been amazing! The teaching has definitely been a challenging experience but a very good one. I have been bungee-jumping, seen elephants and lion cubs and spent plenty of time sunbathing on the beach."
    Emily Smith , Teaching, South Africa
     
  • "I’ve had the best year of my life! It’s given me the opportunity to live in and contribute to the development of a wonderful country that I can’t wait to return to."
    Sam Murphy , Teaching, South Africa
     
  • ''To be able to assess and treat some of the most promising young footballers in the country, both on and off the pitch, provided me with an opportunity that I would never have been able to get in the UK.''
    Heather Taylor , Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''Just keep doing what you’re doing, it was wonderful to see the differences you have made! I’ve made so many great friends and have the most amazing memories!.''
    Joanna Hayes , Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''I would just like to thank you for such a brilliant to trip to Ghana. I had a fantastic time and thought I was really able to use my skills as a qualified physiotherapist.''
    Marc Holl , Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''The outpatients and staff gave me a send off party and I was touched and embarrassed by the extent of their gratitude. To be truthful, my contribution was limited, but it was appreciated, and I got an enormous amount out of being there.''
    Sarah Remnant , Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''The children were as all children are – loving, giving, and beautiful… and complete rascals! The whole experience will give me treasured memories for a long time to come.''
    Olivia Kegg , Care Work, South Africa
     
  • ''Working with the children was absolutely amazing and I still miss their smiles now! I had such an amazing time in Ghana - it truly was a life-changing experience that I will always remember.''
    Karen Miles , Care Work, Ghana
     
  • ''The teaching was great, I felt that I learnt a lot and the school seemed to enjoy having me around. The whole experience was all I'd hoped for. I can't wait to get back to Ghana one day!.''
    Charlotte Sadler , Teaching, Ghana
     
  • ''The children, the people, the volunteers, and the whole atmosphere in general, made this experience one I’ll never forget.''
    Magalee Nahas , Teaching, Ghana
     
  • ''The experience was greatly valuable to me professionally as I gained practical writing experience that I can take home and add to my portfolio and, considering how competitive media jobs are in my city, this is invaluable.''
    Sarah Kendell , Media & Journalism, Ghana
     
  • "Working on the front line on some really exciting news stories and has boosted my confidence that being a journalist is what I want to be. Amazing very relevant experience and just what I needed. Thanks to all the Changing Worlds team for making this possible for me."
    Thomas Coats , Media & Journalism, Ghana
     
  • Amazing people and amazing memories! I got a real taste for this beautiful country on the Ghana Experience.
    Gemma Hutchinson , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • There was never a dull moment on this action packed adventure. I had so much fun with the other people on the trip, I can't wait to go back to Ghana.
    James Reyland , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • I cannot believe how much we packed into only 3 weeks. Volunteering was amazing, and is was great to see the range of things that Ghana has to offer.
    Rosie Midhurst , Adventure, Ghana
     
  • ''I used this opportunity to gain work experience, and getting a new perspective of a health care service in a Third World country made me realise how much we take for granted in the UK.''
    Magalee Nahas , Medical & Health, Ghana
     
  • ''It was great fun working alongside the locals and we shared lots of laughs and stories. It also felt great to know we were leaving something behind that the community really needed.''
    Andy Hoyle , Building & Construction, Ghana
     
  • ''Ghana is a fantastic country and the people are so welcoming and warm, especially the Ghanaian staff. What makes the placement is being part of a team who all have the same viewpoint to help others.''
    Lisa Paige , Building & Construction, Ghana
     
  • “Great people, great experience and there is some great sport to be played in Ghana. Something I'll never forget.”
    Matt Pheasant , Sports, Ghana
     

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