Are there any hidden extras in the cost of the placement?
All costs include transport to and from the project specific pick-up point, as well as all accommodation and meals and transfers during project working hours. Volunteers should bring money to pay for telephone calls and internet use and for items of a personal nature such as toiletries or gifts.
In addition, on many of our projects, volunteers have the option of enjoying organized trips to nearby sights and attractions. There is an additional cost to be paid locally to cover these excursions, and any visas they may require for border crossings.
Where will my child sleep? Are boys and girls separate?
Volunteer accommodation usually takes the form of a free-standing house, chalet, or in some cases, a backpackers lodge. Our volunteers usually stay in rooms with 2-6 beds (bunks) with clean duvets and bedding. There are separate rooms for males and females.
The volunteer accommodation often has access to a swimming pool, lounge and entertainment area as well as a resource room where they can plan for the next day’s projects or learn about other Around Good People projects and initiatives.
What will my child eat on project?
Project meals are provided three times a day and are simple and healthy. Some of our projects will arrange themed evenings where volunteers are encouraged to get involved in some of the cooking (for example a cultural evening, Hawaiian night, etc).
The water at almost all of our projects is safe to drink, but bottled water is also readily available. If your child has any dietary requirements we will endeavour to accommodate it as far as possible.
What will my child do on the weekends?
Weekends are a great opportunity to explore the local area or simply to relax. We arrange extra trips and excursions with reputable tour partners. While Around Good People staff members don’t chaperone volunteers during their free time, they will be accompanied by trained tour guides.
How do I know if Around Good People is a real organisation?
Around Good People has been in operation for over 5 years and we’ve facilitated over 475 volunteers in the past 4 years alone. Our credentials and past volunteer testimonials speak for themselves and we’re proud to have won many awards which we’re stringently vetted for. We are proud members of numerous responsible tourism organisations and have a large network of partners both in Africa and abroad.
We also have a strong Ambassador Programme for past volunteers who wish to stay involved in raising awareness for our projects and we’d be happy to put any one of them in touch with you if you’d like to speak to someone from your own country who has volunteered with us before.