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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Will my child be met at the airport?

Yes. At all our projects we have an experienced volunteer manager meeting volunteers at the airport upon arrival and transferring them safely to the project. Prior to arrival, the manager at the project will contact your child and clearly state where to meet and give an idea of those arriving at the same time.

 

What if my child becomes ill?

Although this is by no means a regular occurrence, our volunteers do sometimes get ill whilst on placement. The Volunteer Coordinator for the project will ensure that your child receives 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 will keep in constant contact with you as the parent, to update you on the situation.

 

What if my child is homesick?

Many of our volunteers are traveling away from home for the first time. It is not unusual for volunteers to feel homesick from time to time.

We make every effort to help them integrate with the other volunteers and encourage them to fully engage with the project that they are on.

Most of our staff members have volunteered before themselves, and can understand and empathize with your child. Through our friendly and comforting approach we find the homesickness goes away pretty quickly!

 

How do I know where my child will be?

Every Around Good People volunteer is provided with a comprehensive pre-departure pack which includes the full details of their destination and project, as well as the address and contact telephone numbers of their accommodation and managers on the ground.

 

How can I keep in contact with my child?

Communication to, or within Africa is not always as it is back home – it can sometimes be slow and difficult.

A telephone will always be available for you to call your child, and on most of our projects there are also internet connections available (although depending on the location, this could be intermittent).

We encourage all volunteers to call home and let their families know they have arrived safely, and to regularly phone or email to tell you about all the fun they are having! Volunteers can also purchase local SIM cards for their mobile phones at most destinations.

 

Will my child be safe?

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 an Around Good People 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 also very well accepted in the local communities we work in, having been partnered with them for many years.

Obviously caution always needs to be taken when working with wild animals on a conservation project; however, our experienced staff will provide training and support throughout the placement to ensure the safety of every volunteer.

 

What support networks and emergency procedures are in place?

Throughout their placement, your child will have the support and guidance of our experienced Volunteer Coordinators. They are part of our greater Around Good People support team, which will provide competent 24-hour field support and assistance.

In the event of emergency, professional and skilled operators such as medical air rescue services and competent medical practitioners are available as part of our support network. Your child’s travel insurance will also ensure that emergency assistance is on hand timeously.

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.

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COVID-19 UPDATES

KEEPING YOU SAFE AS OUR PROGRAMS RE-OPEN

Last updated: June 16th, 2020

KEEP CALM and CARRY ON –

The Enlightenment that speak to this time of coronavirus shutdowns and of health and economic fears.

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Travel in response to COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. AROUND GOOD PEOPLE is closely monitoring the situation, following the advice of public health experts, and making decisions with our participants, staff, and global community partners at the forefront of every conversation. 

 

As the world begins to re-open, your wellbeing is our highest priority.

Thanks to the incredible team effort of millions around the world, many countries are beginning to exit their COVID-19 lockdowns and re-open their countries for visitors. While some regions may remain restricted for some months more, we plan to restart our Dental Placement volunteer programs where the local health situation and government advice allows this. AROUND GOOD PEOPLEs volunteers provide invaluable support to our local communities around the underprivileged communities in Nepal. Now more than ever, our volunteerscontributions of time, expertise and local spending money are critically needed to help these communities to get back on their feet.

Since long before COVID-19 began to spread, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE has followed industry-leading procedures to ensure the safety of our volunteers. As our programs start to re-open to volunteers, we will maintain our pledge to keep you safe. In addition to our standard volunteer safety processes, all of our local program teams will be following enhanced procedures we have developed to minimize risks from COVID-19.

 

Our volunteers should also take personal responsibility for their own health and the safety of others. Please do not travel if you are feeling ill or if there is a risk you may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 for example, if you have been exposed to an infected individual within the 14 days before you start your AROUND GOOD PEOPLE program.

Most of our volunteers book their trips months in advance, so please take this time to plan for the future. With AROUND GOOD PEOPLE you can register for trips up to three years ahead.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of AROUND GOOD PEOPLE and the communities we work within. If theres anything we can do to help you with your travel plans during this time, please get in touch with us for further information, support and guidance.

 

If you continue scrolling down this page, youll find answers to some of the most common questions the AROUND GOOD PEOPLE team are being asked, including details on which programs will open in the near future under different emerging scenarios.

 

Please stay safe, be kind, and protect the health of yourself and others, wherever you are in the world.

 

Rij Baskar

Co-Founder & Chief Executive, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE

 

Before we continue, let us say:

 

Thank you to all those on the front lines, the doctors, the nurses, the pharmacists, the first responders, and other medical staff. Youve risked your health to save us. You are the true heroes.

Thank you to everyone working to get us what we need. Without the grocery store employees, the delivery drivers, the warehouse staff, the manufacturing workers, and others who are supporting the relief operation, we wouldnt be able to fight this deadly virus. Without teachers and childcare workers, we couldnt support our youth. You all are the everyday heroes.

 

Thank you to everyone practicing social distancing and staying at home. Youve done your part to prevent the spread.

 

For most volunteers, its legally not possible or at least not advisable to go on medical/dental volunteer abroad at this time.

 

So, in this note, we have highlighted dental volunteer projects in Nepal that you can join after the Coronavirus pandemic has passed and life returns to some sort of normalcy, which we are hoping by the end of September, 2020. See what projects catch your eye, bookmark them, and apply to one later.

 

With these volunteer programs, use a wait-and-see approach. Because we don’t know when the Coronavirus outbreak will slow. The situation changes rapidly, so it’s hard to plan a Nepal Dental volunteer trip now. If you’re interested in a specific program, stay in touch with us. That way, once things do settle down, you’ll be ready to apply and go to Nepal for a life changing volunteering experience.

 

Note: Hopefully, the rate of new coronavirus cases slows and effective treatments and a vaccine are developed. There has been much progress already and the way countries and international health organizations have been working together bodes well for all of us. In the meantime, we’ll continually update this guide and our list of Nepal Dental Volunteering Projects as the situation evolves.

Covid Map

Also, regularly check this live map from Johns Hopkins University that tracks the Coronavirus outbreak around the world. This way, you can stay updated on when it’s safe to join   a Nepal Dental Volunteering Project.