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In 1979 two students returned from their travels, having experienced all the world has to offer. Inspired by their trip they founded STA Travel to help young people get the most out of their travels abroad. Thirty years on, the ethos of STA Travel remains the same. We’re convinced that experiencing the wonders of our world will open your mind and stretch your horizons. The world’s become much smaller since those early days; it’s easier than ever to explore those faraway places. Great divides in standards of living remain though, and help is needed to bridge the gap. In response to this challenge we launched a totally new type of travel experience; a credible and authentic opportunity to give back directly to those who need our help. In 2010 we partnered up with the non-profit organisation Planeterra to develop volunteering projects in the iconic destinations our travellers visit. And we are committing £600,000 over five years towards these sustainable tourism initiatives. This year we’re working with a number of credible partners to provide a raft of new projects, ensuring that there’s something for everyone. Many of them are short in length, allowing you to seamlessly combine them with adventure tours, working holidays and language-learning trips. Inside this brochure you’ll find over 180 life-changing experiences in every pocket of the planet; we look forward to helping you travel with purpose.

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Responsible Travel Choose STA Travel - The World’s Your Oyster Our World

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VOLUNTEERING

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Where To Stay Our Partners And Your Support Network Asia Africa South America Central America Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Europe

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Learn Spanish Learn Portuguese Learn French Learn Italian Learn German Learn Chinese Learn Japanese Learn Thai Learn Hindi

130 LEARN A NEW SKILL 130 131 131 132 132 132 132 133 133 133 133

Learn To Dive Learn To Surf Learn To Be A Jillaroo / Jackaroo Learn To Kitesurf Learn To Be A Chagra Learn To Dance Learn To Cook Learn To Be A Skydive Instructor Learn To Be A Surf Instructor Learn To Sail Learn To Be A Game Ranger

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Work And Travel Getting Started in Australia BUNAC Work Australia Farm Familiarisation Australian Internships Work And Travel Getting Started in New Zealand BUNAC Work New Zealand Summer Camp USA KAMP USA BUNAC Work America BUNAC Work Canada Camp Europe Teach English Abroad (TEFL)

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Island Conservation in Koh Phra Thong, Southern Thailand

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responsible travel

Responsible travel is about lightening our tread on this planet and giving back to

responsible travel

THE STA TRAVEL APPROACH Responsible travel has been with STA Travel in various shapes and forms since our pioneering days. Over three decades, we’ve helped millions of travellers to make deep connections to the places they visit, and to come away with a greater sense that we’re sharing this world. In 2011 we made it all official by signing up with Sustainable Travel International - a non-profit organisation helping travel providers to support environmental conservation and protect cultural heritage - to take part in their rigorous Eco-Certification Programme. Endorsed by the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the holistic programme tracks the good stuff we’ve done so far, examines our environmental footprint, and highlights the gaps we must fill in order to gain the highest accreditation by 2015. Our goal is to earn the full five-stars by 2015, and we’ll be audited by an external body along the way. No excuses. No shortcuts.

OUR PLANETERRA PARTNERSHIP STA Travel has embarked on a responsible travel journey with Planeterra; a non-profit organisation built on the belief that people, and the planet, should be as important as profit in the travel business. Planeterra has been supporting local people to develop their communities and conserve their cultural heritage since 2003, and they have staff on the ground to make sure it all happens. The 30 volunteer projects they nurture benefit greatly from your helpful hands, and what you gain from making a positive impact is seriously priceless. Inside this Volunteer, Work and Learn brochure you can view our entire range of responsible travel options; it’s packed full of volunteer and voluntour options the world over.

FRESH DIRECTION FOR A TSUNAMI-DEVASTATED VILLAGE On December 26 in 2004, the Asian tsunami smashed into a small island in Southern Thailand called Koh Phra Thong, destroying the main village and killing 75 people. A new village was built in its place, and the tsunami survivors – who once relied on fishing for their livelihood – are turning to a sustainable model of tourism to provide income. To help them achieve their goal, staff and customers of STA Travel have together raised £48,000 to develop a community centre and tourism training facility. Locals and volunteers use the centre to learn about turtle and mangrove conservation, the women’s handicraft group has set up a little shop in there, and the village children are learning to read and write in their new colourful classroom.

THE RESPONSIBLE STA TRAVELLER We can make a big difference if we all travel responsibly; check out our website for a few simple steps to set you on your way: www.statravel.co.uk/responsibletraveller

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the places we roam... responsible travel

AT A GLANCE With your help, here’s what we’re doing to meet our goals…

VOLUNTEERING • We offer over 90 local projects from 5 days to 6 months worldwide, working with children, communities, animals and conservation • We have committed £600,000 over 5 years to work with our major non-profit volunteering partner, Planeterra, to develop volunteering projects and other sustainable tourism initiatives • We give our staff the opportunity to experience our volunteering projects first-hand • We support a Community Giving programme for staff to lend a hand to local charities

FUNDRAISING • With a combined donation of £48,000 from STA Travel customers and staff, we are developing a community centre and tourism training facility in the tsunamidevastated island of Koh Phra Thong, Southern Thailand • Our customers and staff are raising £35,000 to build a hospital ward for children in Kikuyu, Kenya, to restrict their exposure to disease and make their hospital stay a happier one • Our customers and staff are raising £6,000 to install rain catchment systems in the Bocas Del Toro islands of Panama, providing safe drinking water to the indigenous Kuna people • We match customer and staff donations towards our chosen projects (up to £18,000 annually)

OUR GREEN WORKPLACE • We track and measure our total operations-based carbon footprint • We recycle brochures, paper, cardboard and ink cartridges in all UK branches and offices • We print our brochures on chlorine-free paper sourced from fully sustainable forests • We replace business travel with webinars when face to face meetings aren’t necessary • We choose to work with suppliers with genuine sustainability awards and accolades • We have an army of ‘Green Plan’ champions to promote staff awareness of responsible travel and green workplace practices

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choose sta travel the world’s your Invest in a year out, choose your adventure and get out there - people, wildlife, dialects,

Choose STA Travel

Volunteering, Language, Learn A Skill and Working Holidays Whether you have a year to satisfy your wanderlust or merely a few weeks to spare, there is opportunity abound to get stuck into a volunteer project, to wrap your tongue around a new language and to strengthen your skills and your CV. Volunteering will give you a unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people and wildlife around the globe. You’ll contribute to fighting poverty, protecting the environment and maintaining the resilience of all the lives you touch. Learning a lingo or a skill, be it new or improving on one, broadens your understanding of societies and is a personal challenge. A different dialect or skill not only improves your employability and chances of promotion, it gives you a different outlook on life – they are an adventure in themselves! More so, it could give you that lift or addition to your CV you’re looking for, so why not head abroad and get immersed in a new industry and country? If you are fortunate enough to combine these four concepts it will change your life exponentially and possibly transform the course of your future career.

Why STA Travel? We at STA Travel have been providing diverse, adventurous and magnificent kinds of travel for over 30 years, so you should have heard of us by now! We’ve made it our mission to open up the world to eager, enthusiastic, exploratory travellers and are the world’s largest bona fide travel company for students and young adults – but whatever your age we enthusiastically await your call, email or visit as we’re keen to show you our unique perspective of planet Earth. No matter where you are in the world, the incredibly knowledgeable and friendly people that work for STA Travel are never far away. We’ve got hundreds of branches in over 60 countries worldwide and 24/7 Global Travel Help - an essential backup for all travellers on the move. If you’ve lost your tickets, want to change your dates or just need some local advice our help is always at hand.

Top 10 Reasons To Travel With STA Travel 1. Over 30 Years Experience We’ve got the experience to take you to the most exciting places for less

6. One Stop Shop for All Your Travel Needs With all your bookings in one place, it’s easy to manage your holiday

2. You’re Safe In Our Hands We’re careful in selecting our partners – your safety is our primary concern

7. Extremely Knowledgeable, Well Travelled Staff They’re expertly trained with hands-on experience to give you the best advice

3. World Class Travel Partners We only work with the best to ensure the service your receive is tops 4. Exclusive Flexible, Low Air fares Our unique airline partnerships give you access to the lowest fares with minimal change costs 5. 100s of Branches Worldwide Speak face to face with us on the other side of the world

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8. Global Travel Help Wherever you are, we’re there for you 9. Price Beat Guarantee If you find a price lower elsewhere we’ll beat it!* (for full details, see our terms & conditions) 10. Massive Range of Adventures Available to Everyone No matter your age you can enjoy an extraordinary adventure in any corner of the world

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and foreign know-how will see you return a more satisfied and talented individual Choose STA Travel

Case Study “I recently graduated from university with no definite idea of what my next move was. So, I sold my car, guitars and recording equipment to fund an adventure, a break… to figure it all out. I headed to Buenos Aires to learn Spanish and within four weeks I had the basics. With a new language semi-harnessed it was on to Mexico - one month volunteering with jaguar and puma in the Yucatan Peninsula. Interacting with the conservation teams was a serious buzz.  They not only helped with my Spanish but they made me fall in love with conservation.  Where else in the world can you track ocelot, hike through wetlands, observe crocodile and set up camera traps for cats?! It exceeded my expectations in every single way. Looking back I only regret not signing up for longer!”

Katherine Griffiths – Language Student & Volunteer Learn Spanish In Buenos Aires, Jaguar & Puma Research Project

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our world

GET OUT THERE – THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU

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Learn a different language or skill in 22 countries – look for this symbol Volunteer in over 90 projects worldwide – look for this symbol Work and Travel throughout 10 countries – look for this symbol

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Australia & New Zealand 6 volunteering projects, 7 learn a skill and 2 work & travel programmes

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introduction to Volunteering

introduction to Volunteering

For the low-maintenance responsible traveller; connecting and volunteering with a community

top 10 tips • Plan ahead and think about why you want to volunteer, what you want to achieve and how long you can volunteer for • Exhibit enthusiasm and willingness • Arm yourself with a positive attitude – your experience will, as a result, be an enriching and fulfilling one • Have patience and determination – what you offer is recognised, appreciated and needed • Be open minded – the more you put into the project the more you will get out of it • Ask what has been achieved by other volunteers and how much of the fee goes to the project(s) • Be sensitive to the culture in which you are visiting and be aware of ecosystem fragility • Be committed and follow the rules of the project • Try to ensure that your stay brings benefits to the wider community • Be prepared for hard work!

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Work in Conservation

Building for Communities

Protect some of the world’s most fragile environments. By preserving these ecosystems, you’ll contribute to the project’s long term sustainability and help re-educate the community.

Many hands make not only lighter work but lighter hearts. You don’t need any specific DIY or building skills to do it; you just need the heart to help construct a roof over someone’s head.

Work with Animals

Work with Children

Contribute to the protection of endangered species. In their desperate fight for survival, you’ll develop an understanding of their condition and work to protect them.

Inspire the newest generation to break the cycle of poverty. Your work will provide them with basic skills and help create an environment in which to reach their full potential.

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“Volunteers are an important factor in the ongoing success of panda programmes. It helps fund the project, is profile raising and educates on many different levels. We learned about pandas, the people that care for them, the reasons why this project is needed and where it is going. I hope to pass it on.”

Kim Lindsay - Volunteer Panda Conservation Adventure, China

why pay to volunteer? Handing over your hard-earned cash in return for life changing volunteer work might not make much sense to you, so let us make things a little clearer… Keeping you safe in some pretty challenging environments doesn’t come cheap. You need support and guidance wherever you are in the world and our projects ensure you have this. Each volunteer project requires materials, equipment, personnel and training and in some cases, includes food costs. Some projects can take years to carefully set up, especially those in very remote and poor communities. A significant donation to the project is included in the price which provides vital income to the local community, so you can be sure that the time and money you invest volunteering is well spent and will make a sustainable difference.

voluntEERING Volunteering is all about making a greater contribution. Giving back and gaining lots too. By volunteering at a project, you are making a positive difference to the lives of others on a much deeper level; by donating your time, energy and experience. All of our projects aim to help local people achieve a sustainable way of life in an environmentally sensitive manner, as well as assist conservation and communities worldwide. You don’t need specific qualifications or skills to volunteer either - just a desire to lend a hand, immerse yourself and learn more about what life is like elsewhere in the world.

voluntOURS Voluntours are a way to learn about the people and places you are visiting on a much deeper level than simply visiting for a holiday. Combining a spell of volunteering with an adventure or small group tour, provides a great balance of vocation and vacation; perfect for anyone looking to try out volunteering, perhaps for the first time. It’s a way to give back to the community you are visiting, to lend a helping hand to someone in need, to work towards a cause you believe in, or simply to find a way to make a positive impact through your travels. Our Voluntours provide opportunities for travellers to engage in community projects that are working in health, education, conservation and small business opportunities around the world.

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Work with Communities Spend time with a broad cross-section of the local community. Your work will improve quality of life and ensure a sense of community in some of the world’s most remote areas.

Do it All Combine conservation, animals, children, community construction and development; and you will have contributed in the most extraordinary way.

Develop Your Skills with an Internship Internship programmes offer professional and personal development. They are essentially the same as volunteer programmes with additional formal training and payment. Experience a broad range of exciting career paths, in amazing corners of the world. • Durations range from 2 weeks –1 year • Programmes include specialist assistance, training and certification • An array of subjects to choose from • Work placement opportunities

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or physically contributing to the care of creatures and habitat is an invaluable event.


where to stay? where to stay

Your accommodation on a volunteer project can vary from staying with a local family to sharing a house with fellow volunteers. Standards can vary depending on the country and the area you are visiting. VOLUNTEER HOUSE

on site accommodation

home stay

Many of the projects have volunteer houses, which may provide some of the comforts of home. Rooms may be twin or multi-share, with shared bathrooms, common living and dining areas, and most have kitchen facilities that you have access to. They are located close to the project, typically in the nearest town, and often with project co-ordinators staying on site or nearby.

On site accommodation can vary from project to project, from fixed platform tents in Nepal to simple cabins on an organic farm in Argentina. Most rooms accommodate two to four volunteers, while some may have larger multishare rooms of six or more. Staying on site allows for even more interaction with your fellow travellers and an easy commute to the project each morning!

In more remote areas, home stays will give you a chance to truly experience what life is like in the community with whom you are volunteering. You will be provided with a room within the home that you may share with other volunteers. While the accommodation and toilet facilities may be basic, home stays are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture.

guest houses hotels & lodges

camping

Differing styles of hotels/guest houses are used as start and end accommodation for our volunteer programmes, and more widely used on our voluntours. In some areas you will stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers.

Some of the projects require elements of camping. This is usually because the project is in a remote location or simply because a night under the stars is a must! The campsites are well equipped and secure. Depending on the project, there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers available.

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Extend your stay If you fancy staying longer than initially planned, then definitely talk with your STA Travel consultant as many of our volunteering programmes offer additional weeks.


your support network

our partners and your support network We take our Partners seriously Ethical in all they do Offer 24/7 in-country support Project health and safety checks are continuous Employment of local people Buying of local product Have established sustainable goals in place for each and every project They are experts in their field!

PLANETERRA In 2009, STA Travel launched a partnership with the Planeterra Foundation. Planeterra is a non-profit organisation that helps empower local people to develop their communities, conserve their environment, and create humane and supportive systems for their endeavours. Planeterra gets at the root of local challenges by supporting: • Local solutions to human needs in tourism hubs • The conservation of ecosystems where the impact of tourism is increasing • Entrepreneurial small business development where the travel economy brings growing opportunities to local vendors who supply our travel partners • Responsible management of iconic destinations to protect important historic monuments and human heritage • Emergency response to climate related and natural disasters in travel destinations STA Travel has committed £600,000 over five years to develop our new volunteer travel programmes in support of Planeterra’s projects. These volunteer programmes are developed so that people spend time at a project, live onsite or with a local family and contribute to the wellbeing of the community and participate in ongoing activities. Planeterra and STA Travel will connect you with community and conservation projects and give you the chance to make a difference! In addition to supporting the volunteer projects, STA Travel has raised £48,000 to develop a Community Resource Centre on Koh Phra Thong in Southern Thailand (see our Asia section) over the course of 2010/11. In 2011/12 STA Travel is raising funds for two new projects; a children’s ward at a hospital in Kikuyu, Kenya and a safe drinking water project in Bocas del Toro, Panama. If you would like to learn more or donate - visit www.planeterra.org.

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Global Vision International has built over 160 long term, volunteering projects in over 40 countries around the world. GVI’s international network of field staff have built and manage these projects on the ground in close collaboration with local community members to ensure both sustainability and a measurable impact. From wildlife conservation to helping to educate children, GVI’s projects offer volunteers the chance to help make a lasting impact in areas that matter to them.

Camps International operate a permanent network of international volunteer camps in the heart of rural communities and wildlife conservation areas in Kenya, Tanzania, Borneo, Cambodia and Ecuador. Camps employ over 150 local people to build, staff and supply their camps, with each one acting as the hub from which they run their wide range of sustainable projects. Projects vary from constructing school classrooms and supplying drinking water to wildlife conservation, teaching, reforestation, environmental education and marine workshops. Achievements are measured through real results, with over US$10,400,000 invested, 30 schools built, 600,000 trees planted and over 30,000 lives improved.

In addition, the training and work experience that GVI provides has helped thousands of their participants launch exciting worthwhile careers. GVI volunteers truly gain access to people, locations and research that they would otherwise be unable to get. Join thousands of international volunteers each year working with GVI to make a positive sustainable change in the world.

Camps have won the ‘Best Volunteering Organisation’ in the Responsible Tourism Awards and the ‘Eco Warrior Award’ in East Africa.

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asia

A spiritual place, diversity at every turn – it’s ENLIGHTENING

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“Once you make that connection with an orang-utan, it’s hard to break. You will remember her for life.” Ross Harrison – Volunteer Work With Endangered Orang-Utans

Asia is full of exotic experiences – go for the people and the diversity of cultures and religions. Go for the ecology – mountains, jungle and exotic wildlife. Go for the food – curries, noodles and rice. Whatever you’re searching for, Asia won’t disappoint.

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ISLAND CONSERVATION IN SOUTHERN THAILAND

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£629

Koh Phra Thong, Thailand

Volunteering

For nature lovers and those who wish to experience simple island village life this trip is 'paradise found'.

highlights • Swim in an island paradise • Help preserve a fragile environment • Protect local wildlife • Assist the locals in community projects • Enjoy the laidback village life • Learn how to cook Thai food

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Koh Phra Thong, Thailand Getting There: Private transfer from Phuket Airport to Kuraburi (2.5 hours) for overnight then long tail boat to Koh Phra Thong (1.5 hours) on day 2

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Koh Phra Thong is the location for STA Travel's Community Tourism Project which supports community tourism and conservation in Southern Thailand. Join us and engage with fascinating cultures, traditional crafts and pristine environments. Living, teaching and working with the locals of Koh Phra Thong, you will assist with environmental and cultural conservation projects on this untouched pearl in the Andaman Sea. Legend has it that pirates buried a Golden Buddha on this magical island. Nature's treasures also await your discovery.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Live with the locals during your island homestay. Participate in ongoing conservation and research programmes, including monitoring beaches, mangrove forests, sea grass beds and coral reefs. Assist with sea turtle conservation in season (usually between January and March). Help out a women's craft and textile group or set out with the local fishermen on a long tail boat to try your luck with local fishing techniques. Environmental education will be conducted in the local school of the village and meetings will be set up with villagers to discuss the importance of protecting the environment around the island.

Extra Weeks: Fr £220 per week

Take part in maintaining the village garden which produces fresh vegetables used by locals everyday.

Accommodation: Guesthouse (1 nt), island homestay (5 nts)

Join other volunteering activities organised in the community centre throughout your stay.

Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and local staff Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow for US$50-75 per week for drinks and meals not included Trip Code: GATATCVT

EXTEND YOUR STAY Thailand Sailing Adventure

7 Days

Fr £929

Island hop to some of the best snorkeling and diving locations in the world. Enjoy a week aboard a sailing catamaran, while swimming among turtles, manta rays and fish as far as the eye can see. Claim the sea as your own in this amazing sailing adventure. Trip code: GAATSA

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13 Days

THAILAND VOLUNTEER & HILLTRIBE TREK

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£979

Phuket - Bangkok, Thailand

Voluntouring From south to north this trip showcases the best of Thailand. Spend time assisting at a school in southern Thailand then trek to the hilltribe villages.

highlights • Provide essential support for village children • Scenic long tail boat ride • Homestay in Ban Talae Nok • Spend the afternoon fishing • Learn how to cook Thai food • Find a bargain in night markets • Hilltribe trek in Chiang Mai

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This voluntour provides the opportunity to visit a variety of community projects and schools. Students from the School for Disadvantaged Youth are some of the poorest in Southern Thailand. Volunteers provide essential support and interaction with the children. Explore Ban Lion and visit STA Travel's community tourism project that been rebuilt since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami on Koh Phra Thong. DAY

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Arrival in Phuket Arrive at Phuket airport for a pick-up at 3:00pm. Transfer to a local school for children affected by the 2004 tsunami. (D)

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Spend the day at a school for disadvantaged children. You will be helping out with art, computer, writing and cooking classes in Kapong. (B,L,D)

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Visit Kuraburi/Koh Phra Thong Island Hop aboard a long-tail boat for a scenic ride out to our Conservation and Community Tourism Project on Phra Thong Island. (B,L)

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Homestay on an island - Ban Talae Nok Experience Thai life with your local homestay and immerse yourself in Thai language and culture. There is a visit included to the community centre which has been rebuilt since the tsunami of 2004. Relax on the beach, play football with children, make soap with a women’s cooperative or spend the afternoon fishing with other villagers, followed by a bbq on the beach. (2B,2L,2D)

06-07

Transfer to Khao Sok Optional activities include cooking classes, river tubing, kayaking, night safari and an elephant trek. (B)

08

Phuket to Chiang Mai Transfer to the Phuket Airport for a flight to Chiang Mai. Option to visit Doi Suthep Temple, explore the night markets, learn some new skills at the cooking school or try your hand at zip-lining.

In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator, Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guide, trekking guides

09-11

Transport: Air-conditioned private van, long tail boat, local bus, local flight, train, elephant, walking, river raft

Trek through the rolling hills Visit the mountainsides of northern Thailand. This beautiful region is home to a vast diversity of ethnic minorities. (3B,2L,2D)

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Overnight Train From Chiang Mai take an overnight train to Bangkok.

13

Say goodbye to Thailand Your trip ends on arrival at Bangkok train station.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Koh Phra Thong, Ban Talae Nok, Thailand Getting There: One way transfer from Phuket airport included Accommodation: Simple hotel (4 nts), treehouse (2 nts), multi-share homestay (5nts), sleeper train (1 nt) Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Group Size: Max 15 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$80-110 for meals not included Trip Code: GAATVJ

EXTEND YOUR STAY Stay Smart Sugar Palm Resort Kata Beach

Per night

Fr £23

You'll be pampered with excellent amenities from the moment you step into your chic room that overlooks the swimming pool. Kata Beach is a pristine strech of sand along Phuket's most spectacular shoreline - this is the perfect way to start your voluntour. Trip code: STAHKTSPK

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VOLUNTEER Fr £995 WITH CHILDREN IN AO LUK

Days

Ao Luk, Thailand

LAOS

Volunteering

T H A I L A N D

Bangkok

CAMBODIA

Ao Luk

Krabi M A L AY S I A

This exciting volunteer teaching programme takes you to the beautiful Krabi Province. The Thai students are eager to learn English and are just as eager to teach you their language.

highlights • Work with Thai school children • Provide homework assistance and tutoring • Assist in the personal development of local children • Embrace Thai culture through home stay • Learn to speak Thai • Sample Thai cuisine

pROJECT sNAPSHOT By volunteering with local schools you can offer children first-hand native English language assistance to help them learn English and provide them with the opportunity to improve their language skills. Your presence in the classroom helps to fulfill the demand of the community to enable school children gain skills that can assist their success in education, personal development and their life ahead.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer For the first three days volunteers will take part in an orientation to assist you with the very basics of teaching English and Thai language and culture. During your volunteering experience you will work in a nearby school teaching school children and/or assisting Thai English teachers. The day always starts early, with a breakfast that normally consists of pancakes or rice porridge and helping with chores around base (if staying at GVI's base camp).

iNCLUSIONS

Most days you will visit the nearby school to help the local teacher lead English classes for students and provide students with homework assistance and tutoring.

Project Start Date: 14Jan12, 28Jan12, 11Feb12, 25Feb12, 10Mar12, 19May12, 02Jun12, 16Jun12, 30Jun12, 14Jul12, 28Jul12, 11Aug12, 25Aug12, 08Sep12, 03Nov12, 17Nov12, 01Dec12, 15Dec12, 29Dec12

The weekends are free where you can enjoy a unique Thai cultural adventure by immersing yourself in a traditional Thai community within a stunning tropical paradise, living and working alongside local people, and experiencing their culture, food and way of life.

Project Location: Ao Luk (70km from Krabi) and nearest international gateway is Bangkok airport Getting There: Transfer from Krabi airport included the day before the start date between 10am-5pm. Return transfer to Krabi town centre included Extra Weeks: Fr £1195 for 4 weeks, fr £1395 for 6 weeks, fr £1595 for 8 weeks, fr £1795 for 10 weeks, fr £1995 for 12 weeks Accommodation: Basic shared (mixed sex) rooms with shared bathroom (13 nts) or optional home stay for additional fee Meals: Some meals included In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and staff Group Size: Max 14 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$60 per week for internet, phone credit, snacks, drinks & other trips Notes: Medical form and criminal background check

If you are staying with a home stay then learn how to cook a number of tasty Thai dishes, including some regional favourites! Explore some of the amazing beaches, islands, mountains and caves that the region has to offer in your free time.

develop your skills with an internship

Fr £1,445

Why not enhance your stay and embark on an internship ? You can choose a 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 week placement. Teachers who have limited resources will benefit from volunteer teachers assisting with their classes. You will work alongside a dedicated staff supervisor to make a real difference to individuals and gain invaluable hands on practical experience working in Thai schools to improve English speaking skills. You will in turn gain: • An internationally recognised qualification in Team Leading • Certification and summary of training and experience received • Gain teaching experience and learn about lesson planning • Learn how to conduct risk assessments • Confidential professional reference

Trip Code: STAKBVAOL

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MEANINGFUL 21 Days THAILAND EXPERIENCE

Fr

£752

Bangkok - Angthong - Koh Samet, Thailand

LAOS

Voluntouring

THAILAND

Angthong Volunteer Project

Bangkok

CAMBODIA

Koh Samet VIETNAM

Travel through Thailand and learn about its unique culture as you get to be part of a Thai community.

highlights • Teach English to Thai children • Encourage learning participation through creative activity planning • Learn to speak Thai • Join in with village activities to aid the community at large • Enjoy rural Thai life, the buzz of Bangkok and the beauty of Koh Samet Island

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Wat Talchedchor Temple houses a school for poor children, mostly from Northern Thailand hilltribes. The temple provides housing, food and a proper education for these children and others. Your role is to teach and encourage the children to communicate in English. Volunteers will enhance their skills through practical lessons and fun-learning activities. Project hours will vary starting on a normal school week from Monday to Friday from 8.00am until 4.30pm rotating with different classes with children aged 6-14 years old. The weekend is free for you to do some shopping or take a bicycle and visit the local temple. DAY

itinerary

01

Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok at any time, and transfer to your accommodation.

02

Bangkok Explore Bangkok - visit temples, a flower market and Little India or Chinatown. Spend time learning a little Thai (B)

03

Angthong Depart for Angthong to begin your volunteer experience. (B)

Project Location: Angthong, Thailand Getting There: Transfers from/to Bangkok airport included Accommodation: Multi-share dorm in a hotel/ hostel (4 nts), twin share in Koh Samet (5 nts) multi-share dorm at the project (11 nts) Meals: Daily breakfast & all meals at volunteer site In-country Support: An English speaking coordinator Transport: Air-conditioned minibus, non airconditioned truck in remote areas Group Size: Max 10 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$100-150 per week for meals not included Notes: Project is closed during school holidays in March, April, May, September & October Trip Code: STABKKMEA

04-13

Volunteer project Spend 10 days teaching and joining in with village activities. Choose to participate in village activities such as growing vegetables for the temple, teaching children and encouraging them to communicate in English. Flex your creative muscles to devise fun-learning activities and keep their interest. In your free time visit the historic ruins of Ayutthaya, an elephant village, perfect your skill in meditation, or learn some Thai cooking. (10B, 10L, 10D)

14

Bangkok After the last morning class say goodbye and travel back to Bangkok. (B)

15

Koh Samet Travel to Koh Samet for some relaxing beach time. (B)

16-19

Koh Samet Spend your time enjoying this tropical island. (B)

20

Bangkok Return to Bangkok. (B)

21

End of the tour Say goodbye to Thailand and depart from Bangkok at any time. (B)

EXTEND YOUR STAY River Kwai & Ancient Kingdoms

3 Days

Fr £253

Enjoy this eye-opening three day journey and discover the bravery, romance and culture that haunts the lush and tranquil landscapes of this Asian country. Travel from Bangkok to the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai, part of Death Railway. Visit the Hellfire Pass memorial, built in honour of Allied POW's and Asian conscripts from WWII. Also visit the ancient ruins of World Heritage listed Ayutthaya, swim under waterfalls and admire the incredible temples. Trip code: STABKKRKW

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28 days

HILL TRIBE HELPING HANDS ADVENTURE

Fr

£798

Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Bangkok, Thailand

Voluntouring

Chiang Rai Chiang Mai

LAO S T H A I L A N D

Bangkok VI E T NAM

Enjoy Bangkok and Chiang Mai before spending time volunteering on a number of projects in a remote village in the north of Thailand.

highlights

pROJECT sNAPSHOT You will help the hilltribe people of Mae Yao to combat their everyday struggles with unemployment, poverty and drug addiction. The project provides skills training, education and the support to enable villages thrive without sacrificing their cultural identity. The volunteer work schedule can vary and may include helping different childcare centres, local schools, a special needs school, hospital, temple and vocational college. The volunteering will primarily take place during the day with some evening work for extra-curricular teaching.

• Various volunteering projects from teaching English to outdoor work • Explore Bangkok and Chiang Mai • Jungle trek in Chiang Rai • Sample authentic Thai cuisine • Trek to Akha and Lahu hilltribe villages

DAY

itinerary

01

Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok at any time to be transferred to your accommodation. You will be given an orientation and overview of the project where you will volunteer.

02

Bangkok Head out into Bangkok for a walking tour then travel by overnight train to Chiang Mai.

iNCLUSIONS

03

Chiang Mai Get around on foot and do a walking tour of the old city of Chiang Mai. Enjoy the rich cultural history and colonial architecture this city has to offer.

04

Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Take a public air-conditioned bus to Chiang Rai and spend the afternoon at your own pace and immerse yourself in this quaint town. (B)

Project Start Date: Selected Thursdays Project Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand Getting There: Transfers to/from Bangkok International Airport Accommodation: Multi-shared dorms (25 nts) Meals: All meals on the project included and prepared by volunteers on rotation. Breakfast included on the tour. In-country Support: An English speaking coordinator with local English speaking assistance available where needed Transport: Air-conditioned transport, pick-up truck & train (2nd class A/C) Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Bangkok Group Size: Max 10 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$80 per week for drinks and snacks Notes: Criminal background check required Trip Code: STABKKHIL

05-23

Community services with local Non-Government Organisations (NGO) Spend three weeks volunteering on various activities which include teaching English to children and adults from surrounding hill tribes and local villages. There is additional outdoor work for those who like to get their hands dirty on an ad hoc basis depending on the need of the local community. During your stay you will also visit Chiang Rai night bazaar, the White Temple, see beautiful waterfalls and take part in a threeday trek to Akha and Lahu hill tribe villages. (20B,20L,20D)

24

Chiang Rai Say goodbye to your team and new friends. Return to Chiang Rai. (B)

25

Chiang Rai To Chiang Mai Take a public air-conditioned bus to Chiang Mai.

26

Leave Chiang Mai Take a night train and transfer back to Bangkok.

27

Bangkok Arrive in Bangkok early in the morning. Find some souvenirs in the many night bazaars and trinket shops in the city. (B)

28

Depart Bangkok Leave Bangkok anytime for your flight home. (B)

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7

Days

THAI ELEPHANT CONSERVATION

Fr

£379

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Volunteering Enjoy working 'hands on' with elephants at a rescue centre near Chiang Mai and lend a hand at local conservation projects in the region.

highlights • Volunteer with elephants • Help with conservation projects • Commune with animals and nature • Work with local people

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The elephant conservation project aims to provide shelter and protection for elephants in distress from all over Thailand. The project is supported by volunteers from around the world and financed largely by the private sector. Set in a valley surrounded by forested mountains, the park offers a peaceful home for its residents - over 30 neglected and abused elephants. Instead of working for humans, the elephants are cared for by a team of full-time staff and park volunteers.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Beginning at 7am, a volunteer’s typical day continues until 5pm.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Mondays Project Location: Mae Taeng District (60km north of Chiang Mai city) Getting There: Transfer from Chiang Mai meeting point to the elephant park on day 1 (approx. 1.5 hr) is included Extra Weeks: Fr £350 per week Accommodation: On site volunteer huts (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners In-country Support: Project staff, professional 'elephant expert' guide Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow for US$30-40 per week for drinks and snacks Trip Code: GATATECT

Caring for elephants and the park is a big task and the project appreciates the help of dedicated volunteers. As volunteers you will prepare food for the elephants and assist keepers with bathing the elephants. Enjoy free time in the park or explore the nearby town. You will learn about how elephants communicate, form families and how they make important decisions such as choosing friends. Learn about elephant health, how they combat diseases and understand treatment processes. Assist with a local reforestation programme.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Hill Tribe Hut Experience

Fr £172

Pull on your walking boots, stretch those muscles and take to the hills in this adventure packed trip. Make new friends as you hike through remote villages, learn the secrets to jungle survival from the locals and race down rivers in your own hand-constructed raft. You'll feast on delicious local food and spend two nights shacking up with locals in traditional bamboo huts. This tour takes you to the heart of the real Thailand. Trip code: STACNXHUT

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3 Days

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1-3 Months

CAMP BORNEO

Fr

£1,452

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

Volunteering

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Improve community facilities, preserve cultural heritage and Assist local communities to improve their living standards while being enriched by the culture protect fragile habitats through a range of exciting project initiatives. and traditions that are unique to this island. Work on important ongoing environmental projects highlights • Refurbish school and community facilities • Improve employment opportunities for locals • Reforestation in the jungles of Borneo • Work alongside rural communities • View wildlife along the Kinabatangan River • Marine conservation on idyllic Mantanani Island • Visit Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary • 3rd month includes Camp Cambodia

and view wildlife at close quarters. This programme is perfect for volunteers that want to make a real worthwhile difference. Those staying for three months also get to work in Camp Cambodia for a month.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Build and improve kindergartens and places for the community to meet. View orang-utans, monkeys, elephants, crocodiles and birds along the Kinabatangan River. Plant native trees in the jungle. Experience feeding time at Sepilok Orang-utan Sanctuary. Marine conservation with local children on the tropical island of Mantanani. Teach children environmental education, sport, computer skills and English. Enjoy locally-taught Malay language lessons for volunteers.

iNCLUSIONS

Enjoy the buzzing nightlife of Kota Kinabalu at the weekend.

Project Start Date: Selected dates each month Project Location: Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Getting There: Transfers from/to Kota Kinabalu airport are included Extra Weeks: Fr £2092 for 2 months Accommodation: Mixture of traditional longhouses, spacious dome tents, hammocks and home stay Meals: All meals included In-country Support: 24-hour support, fully staffed camps and projects, close to medical facilities Group Size: Avg 5 - 25 Minimum Age: 18 years old at date of travel (maximum 25) Budget: Allow US$100 per week for drinks and snacks Notes: Additional activities available include scuba diving, Mt Kinabalu climb & jungle trekking Trip Code: STABKIBRN

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WITH 15 WORK ENDANGERED ORANG-UTANS

Fr

Days

£1,282

Kuching (Borneo), Malaysia

Project Snapshot

Matang Wildlife Centre Kubah National Park Volunteer Project

The project’s aim is to increase the orang-utan population in the wild through breeding programs, education and conservation efforts. Witness the problems the conservation team face on a daily basis and help to overcome these challenges by providing much needed help to the group. Your input will help the orang-utans move a step closer to living independently.

Sabah

Volunteering

Kuching Work alongside an experienced orang-utan conservation team in Borneo to help enrich the lives of these wonderful animals.

highlights • Monitor released orang-utans • Prepare orang-utans food and clean enclosures • See sunbears, bear cats and other animals

Life as a volunteer You’ll work at Matang Wildlife Centre in Kubah National Park, helping to prepare food for the animals, enclosure cleaning and construction.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 5th and 19th monthly Accommodation: Jungle chalet (13 nts) Getting There: Transfers from Kuching incl. Extra Weeks: Fr £1877 for 4 weeks Meals: Some meals and meal allowance Trip Code: STAKCHORA

At certain times volunteers may go into the jungle with rehabilitation officers and help them monitor released orang-utans. You will help with the 'enrichment' process which is about improving orang-utans' surroundings to stimulate their physical and mental health. This may be a combination of food enrichment, building platforms, swings, hammocks to replicate nests, or install ropes. The aim is to prepare the orangutans and other animals for release back into the wild and increase their chances of survival. Volunteers have free time on weekends to meet the Iban tribes or visit nearby markets.

A FUTURE FOR 29 BUILD ORANG-UTANS IN WEST KALIMANTAN Days

Fr

£1,252

West Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia

Project Snapshot M A L A Y S I A

Kuching Kabupaten Sanggau

This project is designed to help our charity partner International Animal Rescue and their efforts to save the orang-utan in West Kalimantan by building a fully functional orang-utan rescue and rehabilitation centre in the middle of the jungle where there are no pre-existing facilities. This project will challenge you physically and is in need of volunteers. It's time to get your hands dirty and build! This is a chance to truly make a difference in the heart of the jungle.

Volunteer Project

Samboja Lestari

INDONESIA

Assist in the construction of a much needed new orang-utan rehabilitation centre.

highlights • Help build a rehabilitation centre • A visit to Matang Wildlife Centre • A visit to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 5th of every month Accommodation: Locally rented houses close to project site (28 nts) Getting There: Transfers from Ketapang incl. Extra Weeks: Fr £2102 for 8 weeks Meals: All meals included Trip Code: STAKCHBUI

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Life as a volunteer You don't have to be a construction worker to be of use. Energy, strength and passion for the rescue of orang-utans will allow you to make the most of this project. Volunteers will be hand-mixing cement and creating structural foundations including roads, building enclosures, moats, holding cages, erecting electric fences and walls all in the middle of a very real jungle environment. When releasing orang-utans to the wild, you will be wearing gloves, masks and gowns during this activity and be guided by staff. Please note there is no physical contact with the adult or baby orangutan at any time. During your free time, take the time to recuperate and watch the many orang-utan and wildlife documentaries or explore the jungle.

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14 Days

EXPERIENCE BORNEO & Fr £1,197 CONSERVE ORANG-UTANS

Kuching (Borneo), Malaysia

S OUT H CH I N A S E A

Sarawak Cultural Village

Voluntouring

Bako

National Park Matang Wildlife Centre

Kubah National Park Volunteer Project

Semenggoh Batang Ai Rainforest

Rehabilitation Centre

Kuching

Find yourself on this two week orang-utan voluntour and explore some of Borneo's natural wonders and indigenous communities.

highlights • Help conserve orang-utan and other endangered animals • Assist at a rehabilitation centre prepare orang-utan's food and clean their enclosures • Experience the natural wonders of Bako, Kubah and Batang Ai National Parks • Live with rainforest tribes in Batang Ai

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 3rd of every month Project Location: Kuching Getting There: Transfers from/to Kuching airport are included Accommodation: Basic shared rooms (4-6 per room), hostel park lodges and long house lodges (13 nts) Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator Transport: Bus and boat

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The project's aim is to increase the orang-utan population in the wild through breeding programmes, education and conservation efforts, funded through eco-tourism activities. This voluntour is crafted to raise awareness of the conservation efforts made in Sarawak, to bring harmony between people and orang-utans. This is an excellent tour which enables you to experience orang-utans being rehabilitated and see the released semi-wild orang-utans of Semenggoh Nature Reserve plus a one week trip into the rainforest. DAY

itinerary

01

Arrive in Kuching Transfer to your accommodation.

02-03 04 05-06

Budget: Allow US$10-15 per day for drinks and snacks Notes: There will be no touching of orang-utans on the tour as this runs contrary to efforts to rehabilitate them back to the wild as well as carrying significant risks for injury or disease to both animals and humans

Bako National Park Enjoy a short boat ride through the mangrove swamps until you reach Sarawak's oldest National Park. Bako National Park Bako is one of the best places to see wildlife in natural surroundings.

07

Sarawak Cultural Village Visit a cultural village - a living museum to the Dayaks (indigenous tribes) of Borneo.

08

Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre Visit Semenggoh Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre at feeding time. Then travel to Batang Ai National Park.

09-12

Batang Ai Rainforest Trek into the rainforest in search of orang-utan and other wildlife. Meet the descendents of the legendary headhunters of Borneo - the Iban tribes - now the custodians of the wild orang-utans.

Group Size: Max 10 Minimum Age: 18 years old

Volunteering project Work at Matang Wildlife Centre in Kubah National Park and assist the rehabilitation of orang-utans. Work as part of the team helping to prepare the orang-utans' food, clean their enclosures and general centre maintenance.

13

Kuching Transfer back to Kuching.

14

Kuching Depart at any time.

Trip Code: STAKCHVOL

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8

Days

VIETNAM ANIMAL RESCUE

Fr

£399

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Project Snapshot Founded in 2003, the Cu Chi Rescue Station is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of Vietnam by combating the illegal wildlife trade and promoting the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. It acts as a reserve for wildlife confiscated from illegal traders and hunters, returning rehabilitated animals to the wild and educating visitors about wildlife conservation.

Volunteering

Spend a week working with project staff on the day-today care of wildlife at a rescue centre. This rewarding experience is a must for animal lovers.

highlights • Care for wild animals • Educate locals on wildlife conservation

iNCLUSIONS

Life as a volunteer

Project Start Date: Sundays

Beginning at 9am, a volunteer’s typical day at the centre wraps up by 4:30pm.

Accommodation: Simple guesthouse (7 nts) Getting There: Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to An Nhon Tay (approx. 2 hr) included Extra Weeks: Fr £270 per week Meals: No meals included Trip Code: GATAVRCT

Care for primates, pangolins, otters, Chinese water dragons, monitor lizards and turtles. Help to prepare meals, clean the animals' enclosures and change foliage. Prepare playground equipment for some of the animals. Each day’s tasks will be determined by a schedule and the needs of each animal. The evenings are free to relax, explore the area and spend time with the project staff.

7

Days

TEACHING ENGLISH IN CENTRAL VIETNAM

Fr

£569

Dong Ha (Hue), Vietnam

Project Snapshot During your time in Dong Ha which is a township close to the city of Hue you’ll enjoy the chance to teach English at the community schools, as well as contributing your time to local initiatives. At the Trung Vuong Primary School you’ll assist in teaching art, music and computer classes, as well as standard Vietnamese curriculum. You’ll also have a chance to interact with some of the brightest students in the region, eager to strengthen their conversational English at the Le Quy Don Secondary School.

Work alongside other volunteers and local staff teaching and interacting with children to help improve their future prospects.

highlights • See the old ancient capital of Hue • Teach children and teens • Visit the Demilitarized Zone

Life as a volunteer

iNCLUSIONS

Explore Dong Ha, a small city off the beaten track.

Project Start Date: Mondays

Spend mornings teaching English to students aged 6 - 13 years old. In the afternoons you will spend time with students aged 14 - 18 years old.

Accommodation: Simple hotel (6 nts) Getting There: Transfer from Hue airport incl. Extra Weeks: Fr £420 per week Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners Trip Code: GATAVTCT

Visit the Vinh Linh Blind Association and learn about the aim of the organisation and interact with locals eager to practice their English. Enjoy dinners at local restaurants — you may even earn an invitation to one of your fellow teacher’s homes. Live like a local and ride your bicycle to and from the schools.

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7

Days

TEACH ENGLISH IN HALONG BAY

Fr

£849

Halong Bay, Vietnam

CHINA

Volunteering

Halong Bay Hanoi LAOS

V I E T N A M

Spend a week in a local community teaching English to the children and adults of Cua Van floating village.

highlights • Teach English to children and live in an authentic floating fishing village • Enjoy the ancient city of Hanoi • Stay at UNESCO World Heritage site Halong Bay National Park • Cruise on a Halong Bay junk boat

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays Project Location: Cua Van floating village, Halong Bay Vietnam Getting There: Transfer from Hanoi to Cua Van (3hr drive and 2.5hr boat) is included on day 2 Extra Weeks: Fr £639 Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt) and homestay at the primary school (5 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners In-country Support: Project representative and teachers Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow for US$50 per week for drinks and snacks Notes: Minimum of 2 volunteers required to book this programme Trip Code: GATAVHBT

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The Cua Van fishing village is located in a calm bay surrounded by the forested islands that are scattered across Halong Bay. The village and the community’s small school are built on floating platforms. With students ranging in age from 8–17, volunteers here assist young pupils with their English lessons - a language valued by many Vietnamese families. This project offers a unique cultural integration for all volunteers.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer This is a unique experience where you'll discover what it is like to teach kids in a floating village. Volunteers stay at the school’s library in the heart of the village where you will spend the early morning teaching children aged 8 - 10 years old. During the afternoons your English lessons will focus on children aged 11 - 12 years old eager to interact with volunteers and practice their English. On your return to Hanoi, enjoy a day of cruising through Halong Bay with the option to do some kayaking. Discover common interests whilst teaching English to adults who will encourage you to join them for a night of karaoke in the village. Your visit will not be complete without tasting Vietnamese cuisine. Walk through the bustling markets of Hanoi to buy snacks and anything that catches your eye to bring with you to Cua Van Village.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Classic Vietnam

10 Days

Fr £639

Absorb the hustle and bustle of Hanoi's moped-filled streets and stroll past ponds covered with deep pink lotus buds, mossy statues and red lacquered pavilions. Explore palaces and garden tombs of Vietnam's last imperial court. Enjoy an amazing Halong Bay boat cruise before heading to Hoi An, amid quaint colonial homes and finish off your trip perusing homewares and trinkets in Ho Chi Minh City markets. Trip code: GAAVCH

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15 DAYS

EXPLORE CAMBODIA & LAOS - VOLUNTEER

Fr

£1,009

BANGKOK, THAILAND

Voluntouring

Luang Prabang Volunteer Project

VangVieng Vientiane

LAOS

THAILAND

Angkor Wat Bangkok

Dhon Khong

Kratie Siem Reap Volunteer Project CAMBODIA VIETNAM

Dig deep into the people and culture of South East Asia, exploring famous sights whilst engaging with the community though building and education volunteer work.

highlights • Explore the incredible ruins of Angkor Wat • Make a positive contribution in some of Cambodia's poorest communities with three days of varied volunteer work • Enjoy a local homestay in Don Khong • Visits to a women's project and an NGO to learn about their work • Travel through Laos and soak up the French colonial atmosphere and Buddhist influences • Browse for souvenirs at the local markets, where colourful textiles are a real bargain • Step off the sleeper train into the frenetic activity of Bangkok

pROJECT sNAPSHOT With the mighty Mekong River mapping much of the route, explore the incredible historic, architectural, sacred and scenic highlights of Cambodia and Laos. This is a world of busy markets, tranquil temples and awesome Khmer ruins. While you'll spend three days participating in volunteer work in and around Siem Reap in Cambodia, there will also be plenty of time to relax in riverside cafés and admire magnificent sunsets. DAY

itinerary

01

Arrive in Bangkok. Make your own way to tonight's hotel and meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the rest of your group.

02-06

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat. Travel by road from Thailand into Cambodia to the small, relaxed town of Siem Reap, the base for visiting one of Indochina's most incredible sights, the vast temple-palace complex of Angkor Wat. Spend three days volunteering in the community of Mondul, perhaps building new school or library facilities, helping local families, or participating with classroom teaching. (5B)

07

Kratie / Steung Treng. An early departure this morning takes us via Skuon, a town famous for viewing furry spiders as delicious snacks - will you be brave enough to try one? In Kratie, time permitting it may be possible to spot the rare Irrawaddy river dolphins. (B)

08

Don Khong Island. Travel by bus to Stung Treng to visit a local women's weaving project, then travel by boat up the Mekong River (may not be possible in the dry season) to the border with Laos, and continue by road to the scenic island of Don Khong, with its rice fields and ancient temples. (D)

09-11

Luang Prabang. Fly from Pakse to Luang Prabang to discover Laos' Buddhist and architectural heritage with visits to some of the city's most impressive temples. Witness the spectacle of monks collecting food offerings from the locals, browse the textile galleries or pay a visit to an NGO to learn about the work they do in local communities. (3B)

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Vang Vieng. Enjoy a winding drive through the mountains to this riverside town surrounded by limestone karst scenery and caves. (B)

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected Sundays Project Location: Siem Riep, Cambodia Getting There: On arrival into Bangkok, make your own way to the first night's hotel, ideally before the tour welcome meeting at 6.00pm Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), basic family homestay (1 nt), sleeper train (1 nt) Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner In-country Support: Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides Transport: Private bus, local bus, plane, boat and sleeper train Group Size: Max 15 (average 10) Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$285-375 for meals not included Notes: Weight limit of 15kgs applies for luggage on the internal flight in z vv; border fee of US$5 (approx.) is payable on entry into Laos Trip Code: GAATPC

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Vientiane to Bangkok. Enjoy a brief stop in Vientiane, Laos' sleepy capital before crossing the Laos/Thai friendship bridge and catching the overnight train back to Bangkok. Enjoy free time in the evening to enjoy the city. Depart Bangkok at any time today.

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14 Days

TEACHING CHILDREN IN CAMBODIA

Fr

£479

Siem Reap, Cambodia

T HA I LA N D

Volunteering

Siem Reap CAM BOD I A

V IE T N A M

Immerse yourself in heartwarming Khmer culture whilst providing lifechanging opportunities for these beautiful but struggling people.

highlights • Help needy families break out of the poverty cycle • Assist with English, maths and computer lessons • Provide education, vocational and health programmes • Discover Khmer history • Explore the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This community outreach centre is based in Mondul Bai, one of the poorest slum areas on the outskirts of Siem Reap. While travellers from all over the world marvel at the wonder of Angkor Wat, many people in this community live in abject poverty. The project aims to restore hope, dignity and promise to these once proud and prosperous people by providing education, health and vocational training programs.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Learn about the history of Cambodia through tales from local families as you immerse yourself in the project. Project hours will vary from half to full days and you will be volunteering with Khmer teachers to assist with English, maths and computer lessons. If you enjoy working in fashion and textiles then lend a hand with sewing workshops.

iNCLUSIONS

Dine with other volunteers at the project’s restaurant.

Project Start Date: Sundays

Visit the onsite health clinic to learn about local initiatives and how people work with each other to prevent diesease from spreading.

Project Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia Getting There: Arrival transfer from airport. You will have the use of a bicycle to get to/from the project, which will be gifted to a local child after you leave. Extra Weeks: Fr £200 per week Accommodation: Guesthouse (13 nts) Meals: 13 breakfasts In-country Support: Project Operations Manager and volunteer coordinator

During your weekend off visit the enigmatic Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm, also known as the 'Tomb Raider' temple. Explore Angkor Wat, the former capital of the Khmer kingdom and one of the wonders of the world.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Tara Angkor Hotel

Per night

Fr £32

Budget: Allow for US$120 per week for meals not included

The elegant furnishings ensure you'll enjoy comfort, luxury and feel like royalty! All rooms are air-conditioned, have great views and boast luxurious bathrooms. There's also a cool outdoor pool, courtyard and poolside bar for evenings relaxing with a cocktail in hand.

Trip Code: GATAKSRT

Trip code: STAREPTAR

Minimum Age: 18 years old

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1

Month

CAMP CAMBODIA

Fr

£1,452

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Volunteering Live and work alongside a rural Khmer community to improve their living standards and access to education and employment.

highlights • Improve facilities at a child care centre • Enhance food production and security • Provide employment opportunities for locals • Live as part of the community • Experience the warmth and generosity of the local people • Visit Cambodia's world-famous temples • Cultural tour of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh • Enjoy Cambodia's vibrant social scene

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Set departure dates each month Project Location: Rural Cambodia approximately 70kms from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Experience the real Cambodia off the beaten track. This trip is for volunteers that are keen to take on a challenge and work alongside other volunteers from all over the world on a range of on-going projects that allow you to make a real difference to this underprivileged community. You will also visit many important cultural and historical must-sees including Angkor Wat.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Live as part of the Khmer community and help build new facilities at the day care centre and primary school. Support the right to water and lend a hand to dig a dam to improve water catchment for the village. Learn about permaculture farming and increase food production. Be inspired and capitvated by the children and develop their skills and knowledge in environmental education, sport, computer skills and English. As one of the poorest countries in the world you will be involved in the community's working efforts and help make arts and crafts that can be sold. During your leisure time visit the temples of Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm (featured in the 'Tomb Raider' movie). Discover and be humbled by the Khmer people's incredible spirit after your visit to the S-21 museum and killing fields. Socialise with like-minded volunteers in the evenings and at weekends.

Getting There: Transfers from/to Siem Reap airport are included Accommodation: Mixture of traditional houses, spacious dome tents, hammocks and home stays Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Unparalleled 24-hour support, fully staffed camps and projects, close to medical facilities Group Size: Avg 5 - 15 Minimum Age: 18 years old at date of travel (max 25) Budget: Allow US$80 per week for drinks and snacks Notes: Can be combined with Camp Borneo for a longer experience Trip Code: STAREPCAM

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WITH NOVICE BUDDHIST 14 VOLUNTEER MONKS and LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Fr

Days

£895

Luang Prabang, Laos

Project Snapshot As Luang Prabang and surrounding communities gain economic benefits from tourists and adventure travellers, they are realising more and more the importance of English skills and the demand for quality teachers is growing. By providing local people with English language training you will help them take steps to improve their livelihoods and futures.

Volunteering

Luang Prabang is the ancient and spiritual capital of Laos, filled with elegant centuries-old temples draped in gilded awning and saffron monks silently collecting alms in cobbled lanes.

highlights • Work closely with novice monks • Help locals improve their livelihoods

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays Accommodation: Basic guesthouse (13 nts) Getting There: Transfers from/to Luang Prabang airport included the Friday before start date Extra Weeks: Fr £1095 for 4 weeks, fr £1295 for 6 weeks, fr £1495 for 8 weeks, fr £1695 for 10 weeks, fr £1895 for 12 weeks Meals: Food allowance Trip Code: STALPBMON

Life as a volunteer Laos is one of the most traditional countries in Asia, and offers some of the richest culture and history of the region. Volunteering to teach novice monks and local community members in one of the country’s most beautiful regions is an incredibly rewarding way to connect with the real Laos and its people. Volunteers’ main tasks will be classroom instruction in the community and where possible the monk school. Practical English use and conversation are the main focus and will be taught to students with varying levels of ability. The weekend is free for your leisure so why not explore Luang Prabang which is the former royal capital of Laos and is a very relaxing town located on the Mekong River? Visit the 200 year old Wat Siphoutthabat which stands at the base of Mt. Phousii in the heart of historic Luang Prabang.

14 TEACH CHILDREN IN LAOS Days

Fr

£895

Luang Prabang, Laos

Project Snapshot Volunteers will spend their days working with local children through assisting Lao English teachers at schools and language centres, helping with pre-school children and assisting with or teaching extra-curricular English course or tutoring programmes. This is the perfect way to explore one of the countries in Asia least changed by tourism.

Laos is one of the most traditional countries in Asia, and offers some of the richest culture and history of the region.

highlights • Work with the beautiful children of Laos • Fun educational opportunities

Life as a volunteer

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays Accommodation: Basic guesthouse (13 nts) Getting There: Transfers from/to Luang Prabang airport included the Friday before the start date Extra Weeks: Fr £1095 for 4 weeks, fr £1295 for 6 weeks, fr £1495 for 8 weeks, fr £1695 for 10 weeks, fr £1895 for 12 weeks Meals: Food allowance Trip Code: STALPQTCL

The work you will be doing will involve teaching basic conversational English by telling stories, singing songs and playing games. Learn to plan a lesson and implement games and exercises for the children to help them develop their fine and gross motor skills. Your enthusiam and organisational skills will bring alive the resources, games and art materials to engage the children. Volunteers will have time off at weekends to explore the region and so can take a scenic boat trip up the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves, watch the sunset from atop Mount Phu Si, swim in the Kuang Si Waterfalls, marvel at the many temples and enjoy trekking and rafting.

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14

PANDA CONSERVATION ADVENTURE

Days

Fr

£1,349

Beijing - Shanghai, China

Beijing

Voluntouring

Xi’an

Rural Farm

CH I N A

Shanghai Chengdu Bifengxia

Explore historic Beijing, the ancient walls of Xian and the cosmopolitan glitter of Shanghai plus give back to the community at the same time.

highlights • Volunteer at rural organic farm in north China • Work with young people with learning difficulties • Volunteer at the Panda Reserve • Experience Xian and the Terracotta Warriors • Walk The Great Wall

iNCLUSIONS

Project Start Date: Mondays Project Location: Rural Beijing and Bifengxia Panda Reserve Getting There: Meet your group at the joining hotel on day 1.

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Spend three days at a unique rural organic farm set up to empower people with learning difficulties to be part of their community and provide them with meaningful employment opportunities. Help planting and harvesting crops, assisting with planning new projects or visiting a school for migrant children. You will also volunteer at the Bifengxia Panda Reserve. DAY

itinerary

01

Beijing Arrive anytime into Beijing

02

Beijing city tour Explore some of Beijing's greatest sites from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

03-05

Great Wall and Rural Volunteering Project Venture into the countryside to experience the grandeur of the Great Wall of China. Spend two days working with young people with learning difficulties on a unique organic farm which offers them employment opportunities and training.

06-07

Archaeological treasures Visit one of China’s greatest treasures — the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. Option to cycle the ancient city walls.

08

Chengdu In Chengdu indulge in the culinary spice that is Sichuan cuisine and enjoy an orientation walk of Chengdu. Optional visit to Sichuan Opera.

Accommodation: Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), Sleeper trains (3 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners In-country Support: Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides

09-12

Volunteer at the Bifengxia Panda Breeding Centre. The reserve boasts a population of about 70 pandas, many of which were relocated following the destruction of the nearby Wolong Reserve during an earthquake in 2008. The centre is designed to provide the ideal breeding environment for the pandas. Learn about the pandas and assist in gathering behavioural data. Help care for them including preparing their food and cleaning their enclosures. Then take a special fast overnight train to Shanghai.

13

Arrive Shanghai Get to know eclectic downtown Shanghai on a walk with your CEO and shop 'til you drop in China's hippest stores!

14

Depart Shanghai Today your trip ends on departure from Shanghai.

Transport: Sleeper trains, private/public bus, bicycle and walking Group Size: Max 15 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$200-300 for meals not included Notes: Additional costs for photography with pandas Trip Code: GAACZJ

EXTEND YOUR STAY Dragon Bus: Shanghai to Hong Kong

8 Days

Fr £549

At the end of your voluntour why not head down to the bright lights of Hong Kong. This is an excellent eight day trip through rural China stopping at the incredible rice terraces of Longshen before spending time in the picturesque village of Yangshuo. Take in the sights of Shenzen before finally arriving into Hong Kong. Trip code: SHAHKG

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5

Weeks

Fr VOLUNTEER AND £1,050 TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA

Shanghai, China

Volunteering

China is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for travellers looking for a unique and diverse experience.

highlights • Help teach students English • Broaden local Chinese minds and help them to understand more about Western culture • Explore the unique Chinese culture of Shanghai

iNCLUSIONS

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The programme begins with a 5-day orientation in Shanghai during which time volunteers will be taught about the Chinese culture, learn basic Mandarin, and have a tour of the city. Volunteers will then be transferred to their work placement which could be a kindergarten, primary or secondary school in Mian Yang, Zheng Zhou, Su Zhou, the islands of Shanghai or Shanghai City. Volunteers will work closely with the local English teachers to prepare fun and interactive lessons with lots of games and activities that help improve the children's confidence and fluency.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer In the first few days of starting the project the Head of English for your school will give you an introduction about the standard teaching method and the level of English you can expect from your students.

Project Start Date: Selected Mondays

Lessons usually start at 8am with four periods in the morning before a long lunch break.

Project Location: Mian Yang City (100 km from Chengdu)

Afternoons begin again at 2pm with 2-3 periods before the day ends. Volunteers may be teaching 15 – 20 lessons per week. Teaching materials such as pictures, songs and games need to be organised beforehand but can often be found on the internet.

Getting There: Transfers from/to Mian Yang Airport/train station included on the start date Extra Weeks: Fr £1260 for 7 weeks, fr £1470 for 9 weeks, fr £1680 for 11 weeks, fr £1890 for 13 weeks Accommodation: Basic shared room (35 nts)

Class size is usually large with up to 70 students per class and you will joined by a teaching assistant to help you manage the students. During your free time learn Mandarin and different dialects, enjoy delicious cuisine from Si Chuan, He Nan, and Jiang Nan. Visit giant pandas and learn martial arts in Shao Lin Temple on the weekends.

Meals: Some meals are included In-country Support: Local project coordinator Group Size: Max 12 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$20 per week for drinks and snacks Notes: Good level of English required Trip Code: STASHAVTE

EXTEND YOUR STAY Dragon Bus: Shanghai to Beijing

14 Days

Fr £648

Starting in the incredible cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, take in all the city has to offer. Visit Suzhou and the beautiful UNESCO-listed gardens and canals. The former capital Nanjing is yours for three days to explore its history, then head north to Qufu - the birthplace of Confucius. Qingdao is next, famous for its beaches, before reaching the capital Beijing, with Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Olympic sites just some of its highlights. Your trip is completed with a full day and night exploring the Great Wall. Trip code: STASHADRA

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14 Days

BUILD A FUTURE FOR INDIAN YOUTH

Fr

£409

Delhi, India

PAKISTAN

Volunteer Project

Volunteering

New Delhi

NEPAL

INDIA

Work with a determined and focused community project which aims to make a difference through education and vocational training.

highlights • Volunteer at various local youth shelters • Help those in serious need • Immerse yourself into Indian culture • Explore Old Delhi • Walk through Chandni Chowk markets

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Located in the heart of Delhi, this project provides support to children living and working on the streets of this bustling city. With four shelters and seven care-centres, over 3500 children seek help here every year. In addition to basic health care, food and shelter, the organisation provides computer, photography, theatre and arts workshops.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer If you have a passion for drama and enjoy art then this project is for you. Get creative with art projects and help children with their homework and assignments. Join staff and take students on outdoor field trips.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Delhi, India Getting There: Arrival transfer included. Transfer to the various projects is under your own steam (walk, rickshaw or metro). Extra Weeks: Fr £250 per week Accommodation: Volunteer apartment/basic hotel (13 nts) Meals: No meals included

If you've been hiding any musical talents then this is the time to shine. Lessons can be filled with song, music, dance or instrumental instruction all of which help engage the children you work closely with everyday. Become enthralled by Delhi's colours and use your camera to capture these moments while teaching some basic photography skills. You will help with the beautification process of buildings by brightening up the care-centres with murals. Teach basic English and practice conversational skills. Coach cricket, football or introduce sports that you know well back home.

In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and staff

EXTEND YOUR STAY

Minimum Age: 18 years old

Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure

Budget: Allow US$250-300 for meals not included Trip Code: GATAHSKT

Fr £829

An incredible tour which allows you to experience the sheer diversity of India and Nepal. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism, explore stunning National Parks, go in search of tigers and rhinos, bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges, discover the peaceful charm of Orchha and check out the magic of Kathmandu - all in just 15 days. Trip code: GAAHDK

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15 Days

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17 Days

Fr EXPERIENCE EXOTIC £977 RAJASTHAN & VOLUNTEER

Lalsot (Rajasthan), India

Voluntouring

New Delhi

Volunteer Project

Lalsot

Agra

Ranthambore I ND I A

Rajasthan is a vibrant state where tradition and history blend with contemporary lifestyles. Volunteering can make a real difference to its underprivileged areas.

highlights • Experience an exciting and insightful volunteering plan • Launch health awareness campaigns to address local issues • Assist in the renovation of public facilites • Help local teachers improve standards of English • Visit the Taj Mahal • Learn Indian cooking and yoga

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Every 4th Thursday of the month Project Location: Lalsot Rajasthan, India Getting There: Transfers from/to New Delhi International Airport included Accommodation: Shared rooms with private facilities (16 nts) Meals: 15 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 14 dinners In-country Support: 24/7 staff availability and onsite project co-ordinator Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, airconditioned sleeper trains, small cars Group Size: Max 15 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$20 per week for snacks Notes: Basic English recommended, families welcome on request, background check preferred Trip Code: STADELEXP

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The Rajasthan Community Development project includes the renovation and beautification of public facilities and the creation of more child-friendly schools in underprivileged areas. Volunteers will be placed in Lalsot, an untouched and authentic setting where you will experience rural life. Volunteers will effectively create and launch creative health awareness campaigns in communities that address the importance of local health concerns, such as breast feeding, safe sex, proper hygiene, and malnutrition-related disorders amongst young children. DAY

itinerary

01

New Delhi Arrival into Delhi and transfer to your accommodation for an overnight stay.

02

Agra Visit the famous Taj Mahal

03

Ranthambore Transfer to Ranthambore National Park for a fascinating tiger safari.

04-05

Lalsot Transfer to Lalsot in Rajasthan and begin an orientation about Indian culture with an introduction to the volunteering project and village.

06-15

Lalsot Volunteer Project Begin your volunteer work with a variety of options. Actively teach English, child-care, participate in women's empowerment awareness campaigns, assist with orphanage care and demonstrate ways to prevent health issues and prevent disease through personal hygiene.

16

New Delhi Return to New Delhi and overnight in your hotel.

17

Depart New Delhi Say goodbye to India as you take your airport transfer for flight back home.

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15 Days

HIMALAYAN ADVENTURE AND VOLUNTEER

Fr

£605

New Delhi - Palampur, India

Volunteer Project

Voluntouring

New Delhi Jaipur

Agra

I N D I A

Volunteer placements take place amidst snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys aided by a mild climate during summer.

highlights • A variety of volunteering options from teaching children to helping empower the community in general • Explore New Delhi and Jaipur • Option to visit the Taj Mahal • Explore the beautiful Himalayan scenery and culture • Learn Indian cooking • Relax with yoga meditation

iNCLUSIONS

Project Start Date: Every 4th Monday of the month Project Location: Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India Getting There: Transfers from/to New Delhi airport are included Accommodation: Shared rooms with private facilities (14 nts) Meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners In-country Support: Local guide and volunteer coordinator Transport: Air-conditioned vehicles, sleeper trains, small cars for daily transport Group Size: Max 15

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The Himalaya project works on a number of related community issues like care for infants, education for children, empowerment for women, assisting special needs children and developing public facilities for the community’s benefit. This variety requires a number of volunteers and also offers many possible projects which inturn ensures your experience is particularly rewarding in a place seldom visited by tourists. DAY

itinerary

01

Delhi Arrival at Delhi airport and overnight.

02-06

Jaipur (Agra optional) Transfer to the "Pink City" of Jaipur and overnight with local host families. The next morning is your orientation where you will be given an introduction to Indian culture and other city information. Explore the local area, watch a Bollywood movie show, enjoy an elephant ride or visit the famous Amber Fort. There is also an option to visit Agra to see the Taj Mahal on day 5.

06

Jaipur to Palampur Take an overnight train to Palampur with views of high mountains, lakes and flowing rivers.

07

Palampur Arrive in Palampur and transfer to the accommodation.

08-12

Volunteer project Like many areas in India, communities in Himachal face struggles with poverty, illiteracy, inadequate public health awareness, and highly visible gender discrimination. Through volunteering you will take part in various activities from teaching English and maths to children, assist in orphanages, lend a hand to teachers in day care centres and mentor children with learning difficulties.

13

Overnight journey Return to Delhi by overnight train

14

Delhi Arrival in Delhi and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

15

Depart New Delhi Your airport transfer will leave in the morning for your flight back home.

Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow USD $50 - $80 for meals not included Notes: Police check preferred. Families with children are welcomed on request. Basic English required. Trip Code: STADELHIM

EXTEND YOUR STAY Uncover India

Fr £619

Spend 15 days exploring this fabulous country. Everything in the sub-continent is just a little bit more daring - the colours, the tastes and the architecture. This tour showcases manmade wonder and natural marvels without missing its most famous cities and sites. From the buzz of Delhi and the sparkling shores of the south to Rajasthan’s colourful forts and temples, connect with the culture and spirit of this incredible land. You will fall in love with the Taj Mahal, then travel to the 'Pink City' of Jaipur before heading south to soak up the glitz and glamour of Mumbai. Finish the tour lazing on India's lovely beaches and party all night in Goa's bars and clubs. Trip code: GAAHUH

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14 Days

GOA BEACH & VOLUNTEER

Fr

£637

Goa, India

Volunteering

Explore Goa and work within the local community helping special needs children and improving the empowerment of women.

highlights • Work with children from slum areas • Teach English and maths to underprivileged children • Help bridge the gap in gender equality by teaching computer skills to women • Look after infants in day-care • Learn Hindi language

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Every 2nd Monday of the month Project Location: Colva, Goa Getting There: Transfers from/to Goa airport are included Extra Weeks: Fr £800 for 3 weeks, fr £962 for 4 weeks, fr £1124 for 5 weeks, fr £1287 for 6 weeks, fr £1449 for 7 weeks, fr £1611 for 8 weeks, fr £1774 for 9 weeks, fr £1936 for 10 weeks Accommodation: Shared rooms with private facilities (13 nts)

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Many of Goa’s communities are still in need of education and social services to rise out of poverty. Publicly sponsored education, child care and health services suffer from a lack of funding and effective management. Poverty and illiteracy is often the result. Volunteering within this community helps these families living in disheartening surroundings, cut off from mainstream social development of any kind.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer As a volunteer you will make a difference by lending a hand to a number of community issues like caring for infants while local families work to provide food and shelter for their children. Assist with teaching elementary English and Maths. There is the unique opportunity to teach computer skills to teenage girls and women to bridge the gap in gender inequality and raise self-esteem within this sector of the community. Your time and efforts assisting children with special needs will give them basic education and provide a positive role model to others. Care for infants in day-care. The weekend is free for you to relax on the beach and meet other volunteers from all over the world.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Beaches & Backwaters

7 Days

Fr £349

In-country Support: Local project coordinator and local staff

Start your seven-day tour in Kochi before visiting the pleasant market town of Allepey renowned for its famous annual 'snake boat' races held in August. Hop on a riverboat to your local family homestay and learn about island life while dining on tasty local cuisine. Take a guided walk in Periyar Tiger Reserve then head to Varkala for a relaxing yoga or massage session.

Group Size: Max 15

Trip code: GAAHBB

Meals: All meals included

Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$80 per week for drinks and snacks Notes: Basic English required, families with children can volunteer upon request Trip Code: STAGOIGOA

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WITH 14 VOLUNTEER DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN KERALA

Fr

Days

£850

Kochi, India

Project Snapshot

Voluntouring / Voluntouring

The state of Kerala has a huge shortage of skilled teachers, schools and classrooms due to lack of funding and low salaries of teachers, coupled with a large student drop-out rate. This volunteer project will involve working and teaching at the Auxilium School, which is attended by children from under privileged families, as well as from the adjoining orphanage for girls.

This programme takes place around the stunning city Kochi (Cochin) a port town since the early centuries.

highlights • Teach underprivileged children • Take Indian cooking lessons • Experience a traditional Kathakali dance

Life as a volunteer If you enjoy working with children then this project is for you! Volunteers will assist local teachers in the classrooms, and also take small-group tuition and activity sessions before and after school.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays

The focus will be on improving the conversational English of students aged 10 - 13 years as well as introducing arts and sport.

Accommodation: Basic shared rooms (13 nts) Getting There: Transfers from Kochi Airport incl.

The project hours start from 9am to 4pm during weekdays while the weekend is at your leisure. Volunteers go kayaking in fast-flowing rivers, cycle through the villages and enjoy local cooking classes with families.

Extra Weeks: Fr £1050 for 4 weeks, fr £1250 for 6 weeks, fr £1850 for 12 weeks Meals: All meals included

Remember that your efforts will help with the long-term aim which is to make the children confident, start interacting in English and to make sure that they don’t drop out of school.

Trip Code: STACOKDCK

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TREK TO MT EVEREST AND VOLUNTEER IN NEPAL

weeks

Fr

£1,775

Kathmandu, Nepal

Project Snapshot CH IN A

Every year hundreds of young children are abandoned in Nepal’s towns and cities. They are left penniless, hungry and sleeping rough. Volunteers will support local teachers and care-workers with planned activities for the children, teaching English and assisting with child-care.

Volunteer Project Pokhara Bandipur

Trisuli Village Nuwakot

Kathmandu Chitwan

Mt. Everest Base Camp

I N D I A

Discover the serene beauty in epic proportions as this adventure promises everything and delivers so much more.

highlights • Teach English and care for children • Trek to Mt Everest Base Camp

iNCLUSIONS

DAY

01-04

Kathmandu Arrive in Kathmandu for a four day orientation about your volunteer project.

05-28

Volunteer Project Your project will involve either assisting at orphanages or daycare centres, arranging games and activities for the children or teaching in a more formal capacity in schools, orphanages or childcare centres. Both are particularly rewarding and to great benefit to the people of Nepal.

29-41

Trek to Everest Base Camp Fly to Lukla, the ‘Gateway to Everest’ for an incredible and memorable 14 day trek to base camp. The infamous Khumbu icefall can be seen at the base of the tallest mountain on Earth.

Project Start Date: 15Jul12, 07Oct12 Accommodation: Homestay and basic lodges Getting There: Transfers from/to Tribhuvan Airport included and internal flights for Mt Everest trek Meals: All breakfasts and dinners Trip Code: STAKTMTRE

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Depart Kathmandu Enjoy a final end-of-the-trek celebration before your return journey home.

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19 Days

TRANS MONGOLIAN RAILWAY & NOMADS

Fr

£1,745

Moscow, Russia - Beijing, China

Voluntouring

Moscow R U SSI A

K AZAK STAN

Irkutsk Ulaanbaatar MON GO L IA

Beijing CH I N A

Experience the world's greatest train journey, the Trans Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing and spend time with the nomads helping with wilderness conservation.

highlights • Clean the Tuul River • Travel the famous Trans-Mongolian Railway • Swim in Siberia in magnificent Lake Baikal • Learn archery from nomads • Take an ox cart to areas of natural beauty • Local experience in cities with Honchos • Enjoy with like-minded 18-35s travellers

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 13Jun12, 25Jul12, 04Jul12, 17Aug12 Project Location: Terelj National Park, Mongolia (1hr drive from Ulaanbaatar) Getting There: Arrive in Moscow and join at the arranged meeting point Accommodation: Mixture of hostel, hotel, Siberian guesthouse, traditional Nomadic ger (18 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners In-country Support: Honcho services in each stop and local project guide Transport: 4-berth train, ox cart, mini bus Group Size: Max 15 Minimum Age: 18-35 years old Budget: Allow US$35 per day Notes: Arrival and departure transfers not included Trip Code: ME

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Complete the full Trans-Mongolian Railway and spend a week of your itinerary discovering the wilderness of Mongolia, learning about the nomadic way of life. While you are there, assist with efforts to maintain the environmental stability of the region's most precious asset, water. DAY

itinerary

01

Arrive Moscow Meet your group and Honcho for a pre-departure meeting and let the adventure begin! Your local Honcho is a young and fun friend ready to share their life and city with you for a couple of days. They’ll give you access to local experiences and have all the inside information.

02

Moscow Choose your own adventure, maybe the Kremlin, a visit to Lenin’s tomb in Red Square or travel on the dazzling metro system. By night visit one of Moscow's many bars or enjoy a live band.

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Moscow and depart for Irkutsk All aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway, time to settle into train life. Sample the delights of the dining car and practice your Russian while playing cards with the locals.

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Trans-Siberian Railway to Irkutsk Watch the scenery change as we pass from Europe to Asia across the Urals.

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Lake Baikal A visit to the world's deepest freshwater lake. Pack a towel and a lunch box and make a short hike along the shore to experience the magnificent views, a refreshing swim and a taste of the famous lake’s fish to eat.

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Trans-Mongolian Railway to Ulaanbaatar Back to the city and time to bargain at the Central Market for fresh produce for your onward train journey. Watch the traders at the border and catch a glimpse of your first yak in Mongolia. On arrival in Ulaanbaatar make a wish at the Gandan Hiid Monastery before enjoying the flavours of a traditional Mongolian BBQ.

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Terelj National Park Journey out to Terelj to enjoy life and meals with the nomads. Learn the process of making some of Mongolia’s culinary delights, how they manage their livestock, join in milking cows as well playing games of ankle bones and archery. Each night you will sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger.

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Terelj National Park Conservation Project Spend two days assisting the Ger to Ger Foundation’s efforts to maintain the environmental stability of the region’s most precious asset – its water. For years Terelj National Park has had a tremendous influence on the water quality of the Tuul River which is the main source of water for Ulaanbaatar. Between the rapid increase of inward migration (animal pollutants) and private market interest to develop the region (plastic and other material waste) – this all important water resource is challenged. By assisting in the ‘clean up efforts’ you will be helping to maintain both the beauty of Terelj National Park’s rivers and streams and also helping to keep its forests free from pollution and unnecessary waste.

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Terelj National Park and return to Ulaanbaatar: A morning at leisure before the ox cart or horse ride back to Terelj village and back to the city.

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Ulaanbaatar to Beijing A final train journey through the Gobi Desert and over the final border to China. (Arrive Day 17).

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Beijing Journey out to the Great Wall or chill out at the 798 Art space full of small boutique shops, modern art and sculpture and mind-blowing installations. Beijing A final farewell to your Honcho and new-found friends.

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africa

The dancing, sweating, singing and laughing – it burrows under your skin again and again

africa

“True grass-roots research that conserves wildlife and profoundly improves lives. I am honoured to have lived and worked amongst Kenya’s Maasai.” Hansie Bez – Volunteer

Kenya Community And Conservation Experience

Wide-open blue skies, smiling faces, vast and spectacular scenery – Africa boasts it all. Hunker down in the forests of Uganda with the Silverbacks, help track Namibia’s desert elephants or soak up the watery world of The Seychelles. And remember, it’s not always about grandeur and powerful encounters. For more humbling scenarios mingle with the Maasai people, the communities of Mozambique and spread the literacy word to many of Malawi’s underprivileged youth.

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TEACH CHILDREN IN SOUTH AFRICA

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£579

Cape Town, South Africa

Volunteering

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Cape Town

Volunteering Project Lend a hand at under resourced pre-schools & primary schools on the Cape Peninsula. Spend time with children between 2 and 6 years of age.

highlights • Help teachers and children at local day care centres and schools • Volunteer on various community development projects • Spend time in the beautiful Cape area • Interact with local people

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Township schools on the outskirts of Cape Town are often ill-equipped and the facilities in need of refreshing. As a volunteer, you’ll assist teachers at a pre-school built from shipping containers which have been converted into brightly coloured classrooms. Here you’ll lend a hand with healthcare, building projects and sports. Many of the children live for their schooling so their teachers greatly appreciate the support of volunteers.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Assist teachers in pre-schools and primary classrooms. Tutor students in English and mathematics. Encourage the childrens' creativity with arts and craft projects. Contribute to the childrens' physical wellbeing too through organising various sports activities. Relax in the evenings at the volunteer house, which is equipped with a private pool.

Project Location: Noordhoek (approx. 1 hour outside Cape Town centre)

Free time to take a cable ride up Table Mountain, wander the V&A Waterfront and visit Boulders Beach to view its resident penguins.

Getting There: A transfer from Cape Town airport to Noordhoek is included on day 1. Return transfer is included

Explore the world-famous Cape Point, close to Noordhoek, and spot baboons and ostriches.

Extra Weeks: Fr £490 per week Accommodation: Volunteer house (6 nts) on a multi-share basis (up to 4 per room) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners In-country Support: On-site volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow for US$80-100 per week for drinks & snacks Trip Code: GATDACBT

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14 Days

HELP FOR ORPHANS IN CAPE TOWN

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£914

Cape Town, South Africa

Voluntouring Volunteering

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Cape Town

Volunteering Project Be part of a child's life. Help give these children the individual attention, love and care they deserve.

highlights • Witness and contribute to the growth and development of at-risk children • Develop relationships and friendships that cross cultural barriers • Provide love and attention to the kids, and receive twice as much back in return! • Be a positive influence for the children • Be part of a community where staff work hard to provide a 'family' atmosphere • Discover and explore vibrant Cape Town

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Volunteers can be based in Athlone or Noordhoek depending on availability Getting There: Transfers from/to Cape Town International Airport included Extra Weeks: Fr £1327 for 4 weeks, fr £1730 for 8 weeks Accommodation: Shared dormitory accommodation with shared bathroom (13 nts) Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 dinners In-country Support: Volunteer coordinator on arrival for social support and guidance & project manager Group Size: Min 1 - Max 8 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$150 per week for drinks and snaks, and other activities not included Trip Code: STACPTHFO

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Heart for Orphans, our project partner organisation, is based in a underprivileged community and has limited resources, and are therefore grateful for any help and all contributions. Having volunteers work alongside the permanent staff increases the ratio of adults to children, thereby enabling each child to receive more individual attention, love and stimulating development, which increases their self-confidence and reduces the pressure on over-worked staff. Volunteers are a valued resource to this project.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Volunteers will be based at an orphanage and creche for babies and toddlers (aged newborn – 5 years) in the Cape communities of either Noordhoek or Athlone. Many of the children are wards of the South African state and awaiting adoption, many have either lost their families or have been abandoned, whilst others may have been removed from abusive family home lives. Volunteers spend the working week participating as an extension of the staff in these underprivileged children's facilities. Working in the younger orphanage you will help to provide the care and attention these small children crave, including feeding, playing and cuddling, and stimulating their learning through daily activities in the crèche. Duties include playing simple games with babies & assisting children with feedings and afternoon nap times. Spend time reading stories to the children, help the crèche supervisor with keeping children busy and keeping things tidy. There are other practical activities such as helping with cooking, laundry and gardening (optional). Take the initiative and co-ordinate activities such as sports, games, drama, art, music, story-telling and arrange to take out children on excursions. Your evenings and weekends are free to explore the culture, restaurants, beaches and great outdoors of the Western Cape and, of course, Cape Town's amazing nightlife.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Dunes, Delta and Falls

Fr £1,319

A sensational overland adventure, from Cape Town to Livingstone, taking in three amazing destinations - the glorious Okavango Delta in Botswana, Namibia's mighty Sossusvlei sand dunes and the roaring Victoria Falls in Zambia. Leave Cape Town and explore the barren deserts and untamed wilderness of Southern Africa on this incredible 21 day small group tour. Trip code: GADCF

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Days

WHALE AND MARINE WILDLIFE PROJECT

Fr

£555

Cape Town, South Africa

Volunteering Volunteering

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A F R I C A

Cape Town Gansbaai

Volunteer Project

One of the world's best places to spot whales, sharks and other marine life, this project provides the chance to act as an integral part of the on-board team.

highlights • Your office will be the ocean! • Work with marine biologists to assist with data collection and whale research • Learn seamanship and boat handling skills • Attend lectures from qualified experts • Interact with visitors to help them fully enjoy their whale-watching trips

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Here, at the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, is one of the best breeding and calving places in the world for the Southern Right whale, and home to a vast array of other marine wildlife. It's little wonder that whale-watching excursions are so popular, and the majority of your time will be spent aboard a commercial whale boat, which will launch 1-4 times per day when conditions and bookings allow. Volunteers will have the opportunity to collect and enter data, to photograph animal behaviour and to enjoy lectures from qualified marine biologists, as well as performing as an integral part of the on-board crew.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer An individualised programme is developed for each volunteer and, weather permitting, there are usually two trips a day to visit the whales. Observe and record whale behaviour, collecting photographs and recording sightings of dolphins, Great White sharks, African penguins, seals and Southern Right whales.

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Learn basic seamanship skills, safety standards, boat handling and equipment maintenance.

Project Start Date: Mondays (Jul-Dec)

Every trip is accompanied by a resident marine biologist, and volunteers can enjoy their lectures on ocean conservation, and shark biology and behaviour.

Project Location: Gansbaai, Kleinbaai (120km from Cape Town) Getting There: No airport pick up. Arrive in Cape Town one day before programme starts. Transfer from accommodation in Cape Town to Gansbaai included and return to Cape Town (preaccommodation not included) Extra Weeks: Fr £1005 for 2 weeks, fr £1390 for 3 weeks, fr £1630 for 4 weeks Accommodation: Shared multi-dorm rooms with shared bathroom (6 nts) Meals: No meals included In-country Support: Volunteer co-ordinator & 24/7 support Group Size: Max 20 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$100-150 per week for meals and other activities not included

Act as part of the on-board team, and interact with visitors as you share your new-found knowledge as a host, ensuring each guest maximises their enjoyment of what, for many, will be a 'once-in-alifetime' experience. You will have the opportunity to shark cage dive during your time here.

EXTEND YOUR STAY South Africa & Swazi Quest

17 Days

Fr £1,349

Tick off all the big highlights in South Africa, and dip your toe into the magic of Mozambique and Swazliand with this 17-day trip. You'll go in search of the 'Big 5' at Kruger National Park so prepare to get jaw-droppingly close to lions fresh from a kill, playful elephants and leopards eagerly surveying their surroundings from the uppermost branch of a lonely tree. Trip code: GADASQ

Notes: Basic English recommended Trip Code: STACPTWLE

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GREAT WHITE SHARKS VOLUNTEERING

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£512

Cape Town, South Africa

Volunteering Volunteering

SO U TH

A F R I C A

Cape Town Gansbaai

Volunteer Project

Work in a unique marine environment at the tip of Africa. The project location at Gansbaai is the best place in the world to see Great White sharks.

highlights • Work alongside the dedicated crew of a cage dive vessel to enjoy boat-based observation • Research the behaviours of this awesome predator • Learn the ropes of seamanship • Gaining valuable field research experience • Interact with visitors to the boat, and share your new-found knowledge • Opportunity for cage-diving

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Daily Project Location: Gansbaai Getting There: No airport pick up. Arrive in Cape Town one day before programme starts. Transfer from accommodation in Cape Town to Gansbaai included and return to Cape Town (preaccommodation not included) Extra Weeks: Fr £962 for 2 weeks, fr £1352 for 3 weeks, fr £1586 for 4 weeks Accommodation: Shared room with shared bathroom and keep ‘in volunteer house (6 nts)

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Get up close and personal with this toothy customer as you take part in, and assist with, shark cage dives and the project's vital marine research. Gansbaai offers easy access to the marine equivalent of the 'Big 5' - sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and penguins. From Jun-Dec, you can also spot Southern Right whales in the bay. Volunteers at this project also enjoy lectures from marine biologists as well as guest speakers from collaborating organisations and universities. Lectures include ocean conservation, basic seamanship and shark biology.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Shark populations worldwide are increasingly threatened, and in scientific circles there is still a lot of research that is needed to fully understand and intepret shark behaviour. As a volunteer you will be helping with research, and to promote and preserve the local marine environment through the work that you do. The majority of your time at sea will be spent aboard a shark cage diving vessel as a crew member, helping out with cage diving operations and shark observation and research. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help out with collecting data on shark sightings and behaviour. In addition to boat based observation, you will have the opportunity for cage-diving yourself!

EXTEND YOUR STAY Baz Bus Hop-on Hop-off tickets

Fr £153

Buy one ticket to your final destination and hop on and off as often as you like along the route. Baz Bus picks you up and drops you off at the door of your backpacker hostel. You can travel in one direction until you reach your final destination. There is no time limit on your ticket and choose from a selection of popular routes in different directions. Trip code: STABAZBUS

Meals: No meals included In-country Support: Local project co-ordinator Group Size: Max 20 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$100-200 per week for meals not included Trip Code: STACPTGWS

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15 Days

WILD COAST SCHOOLS PROJECT

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£721

Chintsa East (East London), South Africa

Volunteering

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East London Cape Town

A fantastic opportunity to teach computer literacy and other vital skills necessary for kids to thrive in our increasingly technological world.

highlights • Teach basic computer skills in a classroom environment • Experience teaching in the Big Green E Machine, a mobile computer lab that visits the network of rural Wild Coast schools • Facilitate games and sports to allow the children to further their on-going development • Visit the local orphanage to help the kids with their homework • Enjoy an overnight amaXhosa cultural experience with orientation tour (for 4-week plus placements)

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pROJECT sNAPSHOT The primary focus of the Wild Coast Schools Project involves developing computer literacy skills within the classroom. This is one of South Africa's leading development initiatives and was one of the first Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa accredited projects which recognises businesses that benefit their communities and operate ethically. Volunteers work under the guidance of highly qualified project facilitators to teach daily lessons in rural schools on the Wild Coast. Beyond this as volunteers you will help run weekly art clubs, afternoon sports training and community-based development initiatives.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Equip rural and semi-urban schools with networked computer labs, and teach basic computer skills in a classroom environment - skills which are often taken for granted in more developed countries. Help put in place the necessary training aids and appropriate support for schools and teachers to allow them to produce students ready for the demanding technological world of adulthood. Live with up to 10 volunteers in a purpose-built volunteer house in the seaside village of Chintsa East. The house has a cosy living room, communal kitchen and sunny outdoor deck area with sea views. In your free time, head to the beach and enjoy the canoes and boogie boards provided, or take part in horse riding, canoeing, quad biking, game drives, bike rides and intriguing cultural tours.

Project Start Date: Mondays

EXTEND YOUR STAY

Project Location: Chintsa East, 1hr from East London

Kruger and Swazi Overland

Getting There: Transfers from/to East London Airport included

This small group adventure departs from Johannesburg, and soon you'll be enjoying the feeling of being on holiday with a bunch of your best mates. Together you'll experience the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon and enjoy two days of game drives in Kruger National Park. Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary situated in Swaziland's 'Valley of Heaven'. The final leg will leave you hanging out by the Indian Ocean in Durban.

Extra Weeks: Fr £1055 for 3 weeks, fr £1325 for 4 weeks, fr £1659 for 5 weeks, fr £1993 for 6 weeks Accommodation: Volunteer house sleeping 10 people in shared rooms (2-4 per room) (14 nts)

9 Days

Fr £649

Trip code: GADAKZ

Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Professional full time facilitators available 24 hours Group Size: Min 1 - Max 10 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$25-40 per week for drinks and snacks. Additional cost for other activities Notes: The project does not run over school holidays (07Dec11-18Jan12, 23Mar12– 10Apr12, 22Jun12–16Jul12 & 28Sep12– 08Oct12) Trip Code: STAELSWCS

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14 days

Shamwari Conservation Fr £759 Experience

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Volunteering Volunteering Embark on the adventure of your life as you go behind-the-scenes at Shamwari, which boasts the largest concentration of wildlife along the beautiful Eastern Cape.

highlights • Become part of the team at Shamwari Game Reserve, and search for Africa's 'Big 5' • Game monitoring and counting to assist in maintaining the ecological balance on Shamwari • Help with landscape restoration activities and alien plant control • Camp out under the stars • Work alongside conservationists and enjoy the occasional lecture series

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected Mondays Project Location: Paterson (87km from Port Elizabeth) Getting There: Arrive in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and make your own way to Shamwari Game Reserve

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Shamwari Conservation Experience boasts a multi-purpose centre to accommodate participants for their involvement in various behind-the-scenes wildlife and conservation activities. Shamwari Game Reserve, which encompasses 25,000 malaria-free hectares, is home to the largest concentration of 'Big 5' animals in the Eastern Cape. It offers several conservation activities in which volunteers can participate, including short and long term projects aimed at preserving and protecting Africa's endangered species for future generations to come.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer The working week at Shamwari Reserve is Monday to Friday, between 08:00 and 17:00 (some days may start as early as 05:00). Evenings and weekends are spent at leisure and many people will spend time exploring some of the surrounding attractions in the Eastern Cape. As part of your placement you will also be involved with game monitoring of the 'Big 5' - lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo - which aims to protect and conserve species through close observation and monitoring. When working at the Animal Hospital, Rehabilitation and Born Free centres, you may help prepare food to feed animals by producing milk mixtures for orphans, cutting meat for predators, feeding hay for grazers, and by cleaning cages and water troughs. Weekly interactions with the local community through environmental and social awareness work will expose you to the importance of passing on your skills and knowledge to assist in creating a more sustainable future for those in and around the reserve. This may include calendar events such as National Marine Week, anti-poaching initiatives, labour day and several other projects.

Accommodation: Shared tents (13 nts) Meals: All on-site meals are included In-country Support: Programme leader Group Size: Min 1 - Max 30 Minimum Age: 16 years old Budget: Allow US$450 for snacks and optional activities not included Notes: Basic English required Trip Code: STAPLZSHA

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15 Days

KINGDOM OF THE WHITE LION EXPERIENCE

Fr

£825

Johannesburg, South Africa

SO U TH AF RI CA

Volunteering

Kruger National Park Volunteer Project

Johannesburg

Come and volunteer on the filming facility and wildlife sanctuary owned by Kevin Richardson, a high-profile animal conservationist.

highlights • Work with rare White lions, and predators of all kind • Meet Kevin Richardson, known as the 'Lion Whisperer' • See baby creatures you'd never expect to come eye-to-eye with • Enjoy the sanctuary's stunning scenery and peaceful existence • Take part in anti-poaching activities

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Every second Monday starting 09Jan12 (exclude 10Dec12 to 07Jan13 Project Location: On the Gauteng and North West Province Border, South Africa Getting There: Transfers included from/to Johannesburg International Airport Accommodation: Shared rustic bush cottage or private cottage available (14 nts) Meals: No meals included, shared self catering facilities available In-country Support: Local project coordinator Group Size: Max 8 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$100 per week for meals not included

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This project is devoted to caring and enriching the lives of the animals that call it home. The sanctuary is home to many animals, such as lion (including the rare White lion), hyena, Black leopard, jaguar and a variety of antelope species including wildebeest, giraffe, impala, blesbok and nyala. Through Kevin’s work in the media, he aims to highlight the plight of large carnivores in Africa and the need for their protection and conservation of their natural environment.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer You will spend your days working alongside local staff caring for the animals at the sanctuary and contributing to their well being and enrichment. Learn in detail about these wonderful animals, sharing your knowledge with others and seeing first hand the need to conserve them and their natural environments. Work alongside staff, in close proximity to the animals, to maintain the sanctuary and care for the carnivores that live there. Activities include helping with food preparation, enrichment activities, game counts, anti-poaching walks, enclosure cleaning and general maintenance. You will also be involved in the preservation of this beautiful farm (bordering a World Heritage Site), which is rich in its own history. You may also find yourself helping behind the scenes while filming is taking place!

EXTEND YOUR STAY Kruger & Private Game Lodge Experience

4 Days

Fr £591

Departing Johannesburg at dawn, arrive at the Thornhill Safari Lodge in time for lunch. Set out on a 'Big Five' evening game drive in an open 4x4. Then depart to Kruger National Park the next day to experience various birdlife, copious game and smaller animals in their natural habitat. Qualified game rangers will explain the finer details of nature, like bird identification. Trip code: STAJNB3KP

Notes: Basic understanding of English required and a good fitness level as the work required is physically challenging Trip Code: STAJNBKNG

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Weeks

WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONFr £1,605 PROGRAMME

Johannesburg, South Africa

Volunteering Volunteering This is a unique African adventure in the heart of a spectacular game reserve, where you can enjoy wildlife viewing whilst also making a big difference.

highlights • See main predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino • Learn to track animals through the bush • Collect vital data to help maintain a healthy balance of Africa's natural resources • Master radio telemetry techniques • Get acquainted with big game

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 14Jan12, 11Feb12, 10Mar12, 07Apr12, 05May12, 02Jun12, 30Jun12, 28Jul12, 25Aug12, 22Sep12, 20Oct12, 17Nov12 Project Location: A game reserve in the Limpopo Province, approx. 500km northeast of Johannesburg Getting There: Arrive Johannesburg and meet at Arrivals terminal before 10am on start date (transfer to/from the expedition base to be booked at an additional fee) Extra Weeks: Fr £2525 for 8 weeks, fr £3445 for 12 weeks Accommodation: Varies on weekly basis. On the building week stay on a mobile base with limited washing facilities. During camp life you'll have access to cold showers, a sleeping platform and a toilet Meals: Most meals included In-country Support: Local project staff Group Size: Min 1 - Max 18 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$30 per week for drinks and snacks not included Notes: Medical form required Trip Code: STAJNBWCV

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pROJECT sNAPSHOT Get up close and personal with Africa’s large game such as lion, leopard, elephant and hyena whilst volunteering on a conservation programme in a South African game reserve. Learn to use conservation and research equipment to help locate collared predators in the reserve, receive invaluable training in large animal identification, tracking and behavioural study skills and learn to appreciate the complex nature of predator/prey interactions in the African bush.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Contribute to the expedition's specific long-term aims, which it holds in conjunction with its partner organisation, through the collection and analysis of data on wildlife tracking and monitoring. Information gathered by volunteers is used to paint an accurate picture of the impact of predators on the populations of prey, and to determine social structure, genetics and spatial movement. Days in the busy reserve typically start early, to make the most of the animals' most active hours. Enjoy an hour or so rest after lunch before heading back out into the bush. In the evenings, enjoy dinner with your fellow volunteers around the fire whilst reflecting on the day's adventures. Apply your new knowledge and enjoy the cooler air with time spent at mountain satellite camps, whilst participating in further conservation and biodiversity studies.

develop your skills with an internship

Fr £1,857

To gain more from your volunteer experience partake in an environmental internship especially if you're planning on staying longer in Africa. You can choose to do a 4, 8 or 12 week internship placement. Volunteers collect vital behavioural data on reintroduced predators and larger herbivores on reserves where they do not have the manpower, time or resources to carry out intensive monitoring. You will in turn gain: • Internationally recognised qualification in Team Leading (BTEC Award level 2) • Mammal Introduction and Herbivore Identification • Survey Skills – Radio Telemetry and GPS use • Field Guide’s Reptile Course • First Aid & CPR training (certification optional) • Individual Predator Ecology and behaviour • Wildlife Management • Basic wildlife diseases, large herbivore ecology and behaviour • Basic animal tracks and sign skills • Basic Field Guide skills

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WORK WITH ELEPHANTS IN NAMIBIA

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Swakopmund, Namibia

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iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected Mondays Project Location: North-western regions of the Namib Desert, Damaraland Getting There: Make your own way to Swakopmund, and arrive at the Villa Weise Guest Lodge on the Sunday before start date Extra Weeks: Fr £1130 for 4 weeks, fr £1600 for 6 weeks, fr £2115 for 8 weeks, fr £2640 for 10 weeks, fr £3170 for 12 weeks Accommodation: Varies on a weekly basis. On the building week, help set up a mobile base camp at each project site (no showers/toilets during camp life) Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Local project staff Group Size: Max 14 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$20 per day for snacks not included

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Work on vitally-important community building programmes in Namibia, followed by a thrilling week spent tracking and monitoring the magnificent desert elephants.

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pROJECT sNAPSHOT Desert elephants in this part of Namibia have come into conflict with the local human population, often by damaging unprotected windmills leaving communities without access to water. This angers locals and makes it easy for elephants to be labelled as a problem, and sadly shot. Volunteers solve this problem through a simple solution – a wall is built around the windmill which protects it but still allows the elephants to drink. Spend one week on this important community building project, followed by a patrol week during which you will GPS herd movements which display which farms are visited and require protection.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer The majority of the volunteering will require you to help local farmers with community work, building protective walls around their water points and assisting with the resolution of the human/animal conflict. Teach the local farmers the skills and knowledge they need to build their understanding towards the resident elephant populations. Volunteers will also assist the project staff with research by tracking and monitoring the movements of the elephants. For the second week of the project, you'll pack up some camping equipment, and set off with the project staff in 4x4s into stunningly beautiful, and often deserted, corners of Namibia. The research you will help to undertake provides invaluable information for the government on elephant numbers and identifications - all integral to the successful management of these gentle giants.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Taste of Namibia

6 Days

Fr £666

This 6 day Taste of Namibia tour is designed to offer a quick wildlife 'snapshot' of Namibia's premier big game location, Etosha National Park. It also gives travellers the opportunity to visit one of the world's highest dunes in the world's oldest desert, at Sesriem and Sossusvlei! This tour is perfect for those on a tight budget who want to see this stunningly scenic country. Trip code: STAWDHNAM

Notes: Project closed during Dec/Jan Trip Code: STAWDHELE

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Swakopmund

Volunteer Project

A

A

Volunteer Project


ZAMBIA COMMUNITY 14 Days WORK & SAFARI

Fr

£1,009

Livingstone, Zambia - Johannesburg, South Africa Z AMBIA

Volunteer Project

Livingstone

Z I MBABW E

Bulawayo Voluntouring Voluntouring

Motobo NP BOTS

WANA

Kruger NP SOUTH

AFR ICA

Johannesburg

This adventurous trip across three countries combines an authentic 'Big 5' safari odyssey through national parks, with time spent working on volunteer projects.

highlights • Volunteering at a community project in Livingstone • Immerse yourself in local culture and mix with local schoolchildren • Try to stop your jaw dropping wide open at the outstanding Victoria Falls • Rhino walk and open vehicle game drive in Matopos National Park • Safari in Kruger National Park

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This great voluntour offers the perfect balance of spectacular game drives and wildlife-spotting, with time spent working on volunteer projects that benefit the local communities. Against the backdrop of incredible Victoria Falls, volunteer with teaching and education outreach projects in the small town of Livingstone. Spend your volunteering time helping with school refurbishment projects, adult literacy, art and sports programmes and other hands-on activities. With superb game viewing too, this could be the ultimate travel rewards programme! DAY

01 02-06 07

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays & Sundays Project Location: Livingstone Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Livingstone on day 1 Accommodation: Simple permanent tents (1 nt), guesthouse (5 nts), participation camping (6 nts), simple hotel (1 nt)

itinerary Livingstone Arrive at any time. Community Volunteer Project Spend five days volunteering in a local community programme. Interact with children and other communities, assist teachers in schools, help with building/refurbishment projects and local sports development iniatives, meet new friends and share a common goal. (5B, 5L, 5D) Livingstone Option to explore Victoria Falls, go white-water rafting, canoeing, take an elephant-back safari, bungee jump over the Zambezi River, or even fly over the Falls. (B)

08-09

Bulawayo Cross the border into Zimbabwe, and re-visit Victoria Falls to see them from a spectacular new angle. Walk with rhinos and look out for black eagles on your open safari vehicle in Matobo National Park. (2B, 2L, 2D)

10-12

Greater Kruger Area/Kruger National Park Enjoy incredible game drives in own vehicle. Marvel at the spectacular wildlife and enjoy a cultural evening with traditional dancing by the villagers. (3B, 3L, 3D)

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners

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Johannesburg Head back to Johannesburg and visit a community school project and interact with the locals. (B, L)

In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator, Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver, cook, local guides

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Johannesburg Depart at any time. (B)

Transport: Overland vehicle, walking, open safari vehicle Group Size: Max 22 (average 18) Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$50-65 for drinks and meals not included Trip Code: GADZPT

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7

Days

ZAMBIA LION RESEARCH

Fr

£699

Livingstone, Zambia

Project Snapshot Z A M B I A

Livingstone

The African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to address the problem of rapidly decreasing lion populations through the re-introduction of the offspring of captive-bred lions into national parks and reserves. The programme involves local communities in its initiatives, in order to foster support for wildlife conservation.

Volunteering

Spend a week participating in hands-on research with lions in their natural habitat and help with local environmental awareness projects.

highlights

• Get up-close and personal with wildlife • Help spread the word on conservation • Meet local people

Life as a volunteer Assist the project's management, guides and handlers in caring for the lions. Collect valuable behavioural data on these magnificent predators. Walk alongside lions as the young cubs learn to stalk their prey.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Accommodation: Adventure tent (1 nt), volunteer house (5 nts) on multi-share basis Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Livingstone on day 1 Extra Weeks: Fr £490 per week

Work with local community schools on a conservation education programme, which is designed to ensure that communities bordering the conservation area are involved in the initiative in order to foster their support. Record location, group sizes and other data for an elephant monitoring project. Visit nearby Victoria Falls and take advantage of the variety of activities on offer.

Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Immerse yourself in local Zambian culture.

Trip Code: STADELHIM

Relax in the evenings with other volunteers.

7

Days

ZAMBIA MEDICAL PROJECT

Fr

£559

Livingstone, Zambia

Project Snapshot Z A M B I A

Livingstone

Provide much-needed assistance at care homes for the elderly, support home-based caregivers and help to co-ordinate HIV education programmes. Gain an insight into Zambia’s health care field and make a positive impact on the local community through this specially structured and varied programme. While you don’t need to be medically qualified for this project, basic first aid is recommended and you need to be at least 1.5m/5ft tall.

Spend 7 days providing help at home-based care facilities in Livingstone, assist at a home for the elderly, and with an HIV/Aids education programme.

highlights • Volunteering with local medical workers and spread the word about HIV/Aids • Spend time with kids and the community

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Accommodation: Adventure tent (1 nt), volunteer house (5 nts) on multi-share basis Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Livingstone on day 1 Extra Weeks: Fr £500 per week Meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners Trip Code: GATDZLMT

Life as a volunteer Assist staff with basic care, take vital signs and help with record keeping. Work alongside caregivers on visits to homes throughout the region. Lend a hand with school refurbishment and building projects Spend afternoons assisting adult literacy, reading and art clubs. Spend time with residents at a home for the elderly, and help to organise activities. Relax in the evenings at the volunteer house with fellow volunteers. Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and take advantage of the extensive range of activities on offer.

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7

Days

TEACH CHILDREN IN MOZAMBIQUE

Fr

£539

Vilanculos, Mozambique

Volunteering Volunteering

M OZ A MB I Q UE

Vilanculos

Spend one week helping out at a pre-school learning centre, and work alongside local teachers in encouraging creativity and preparing young children for primary school.

highlights • Interact with young children at local pre-schools • Provide much-needed support for the teachers • Teach basic English and stimulate creative minds through song, dance and drawing • Undertake valuable community project work, including providing homes for local families • Live in thatched bungalows near the beach

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Vilanculos Getting There: Arrive into Vilanculos and make your way to the 1st night lodge. Transfer to volunteer project is included on day 2 Extra Weeks: Fr £400 per week Accommodation: Simple lodge (1 nt), volunteer house in multi-share rooms - possibly unisex (5 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners In-country Support: On-site volunteer project co-ordinator and staff Minimum Age: 18 years old

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Set in the small, tropical beach town of Vilanculos, this project offers the chance to teach young children and to carry out a range of community development work, including building homes for families. Spend your mornings at a local pre-school where activities may include singing and dancing with the children in English, Portuguese and Xitsua, and encouraging creativity through painting and teaching basic English lessons. Your afternoons see you involved in a number of exciting community initiatives, including language lessons, building homes and coaching sports.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Work with groups of eight young students at a local pre-school and help to prepare them for their primary school education. Develop their creativity through painting and drawing projects, and sing and dance with the children in English, Xhosa and Portuguese. Get your hands dirty helping out in the pre-school's garden. Prepare lunches for the students. Explore the area on your free weekends, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Mozambique’s Indian Ocean coastline. Relax in the evenings with other volunteers. Stay in thatched bungalows near the beach.

EXTEND YOUR STAY South Africa Discoverer

Fr £759

The 'South Africa Discoverer' small group tour will have you starting in Durban chilling out by the Indian Ocean in Port St Johns. It's a paradise to enjoy with the dramatic scenery of its rocky beaches and hidden lagoons. Then head to the East London area to enjoy an insight into Xhosa culture at the community of Khaya La Bantu, where you'll spend the night in their traditional accommodation. Go in search of the 'Big 5' and spend the evening around the campfire listening to wild sounds before riding an ostrich in Oudtshoorn and finally finishing in Cape Town. Trip code: GADCD

Budget: Allow for US$80-100 per week for meals and drinks not included Notes: Background check and references required Trip Code: GATDMCTT

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10 Days

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15 Days

Fr VOLUNTEER AS £750 A STORYTELLER IN MALAWI

Blantyre, Malawi

MALAW I

Volunteering Volunteering

Blantyre

Help inspire Malawi's children and improve their reading skills on this fun, team-orientated adventure taking books to schools and bringing the stories to life.

highlights • Bring books to life through art & craft • Read with enthusiastic children, and inspire them to develop their literacy skills • Experience Malawian village life • Explore the Shire Valley, and chill out at Lake Malawi • Fully involved from day one • Get up close to African wildlife

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays Project Location: Shire Valley, Southern Malawi (15km south of Blantyre)

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This project aims to improve child literacy rates in Malawi by providing children with books and the inspiration to read them. Your role is to bring stories to life through art, craft, music or even dance. Passion in these fields helps, but all you really need is energy, enthusiasm and a sense of fun! Malawi is the world's 13th poorest nation, with an adult literacy rate of just 63%, so giving these children the ability to read opens doors to the world of employment.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Travel on board the 'Book Bus', a mobile library built from a specially-adapted overland truck, to remote communities and schools in Malawi. Integrate with local people, teachers and children, and learn about Malawian culture - a part of Africa that few visitors get to experience. Reading with, and telling stories to, small groups of responsive young children and bringing those stories to life through art & craft, music, puppet shows and dance. Give primary school children the opportunity to practice speaking English - this stands them in good stead for their secondary eduction, which in Malawi is conducted in English. Get fully involved from day 1 by joining an on-going sustainable project. Enjoy sociable communal living in small volunteer cottages overlooking the Shire Valley.

Getting There: Transfers from/to Blantyre Airport included

EXTEND YOUR STAY

Extra Weeks: Fr £945 for 3 weeks, fr £1140 for 4 weeks, fr £1335 for 5 weeks, fr £1530 for 6 weeks, fr £1725 for 7 weeks, fr £1920 for 8 weeks, fr £2115 for 9 weeks

Delta, Falls and Kruger

Accommodation: Twin-share bungalows with swimming pool set in a private park (14 nts) Meals: All meals included (communal cooking) In-country Support: Fulltime project coordinator and local staff Group Size: Min 2 - Max 16

14 Days

Fr £1,699

This overland adventure opens up all the brilliant beauty of Africa. Travelling in and out of Johannesburg, you'll experience all the best that Botswana has to offer, as well as South Africa's famous Kruger National Park and the truly incredible Victoria Falls. The Okavango Delta alone is enough to ensure you'll walk away awestruck, after canoeing past hungry hippos and cagey crocodiles. So prepare for never-ending sunsets over mysterious landscapes, face-to-face encounters with a plethora of wild animals and an introduction to Africa's cultural heritage. Trip code: GADAFK

Minimum Age: 17 years old Budget: Allow US$30 per week for meals not included Notes: Local payment of USD$200 per week is payable, families welcome (children 7 years and over), project closed 17Dec-07Jan Trip Code: STABLZSYM

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4

Weeks

MARINE CONSERVATION Fr £1,950 IN THE SEYCHELLES

Mahé Island, Seychelles

Victoria Volunteering Volunteering

Baie Ternay

Volunteer Project SEYCHELLES Mahe

Expand your knowledge of the tropical marine environment and gain research diving and marine survey skills in one of the world's most pristine island locations.

highlights • Learn how to identify fish and coral in the Indian Ocean • Develop the techniques you need to survey coral reefs • Visit deserted tropical islands and explore different dive sites • Visit breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle, and the endangered giant tortoise

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 14Jan12, 11Feb12, 10Mar12, 07Apr12, 05May12, 02Jun12, 30Jun12, 28Jul12, 25Aug12, 22Sep12, 20Oct12, 17Nov12 Project Location: Mahé Island (northwest coast) Getting There: Transfers included from/to Victoria on the start and end dates Extra Weeks: Fr £2850 for 6 weeks, fr £3750 for 8 weeks Accommodation: Shared dorm style rooms (27 nts) Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Local project and expedition staff Group Size: Min 1 - Max 24 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$100-150 for meals not included, transportation and other excursions Notes: This project is for divers who have PADI open water or equivalent certification by the start date Trip Code: STASEZMAR

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pROJECT sNAPSHOT The work that volunteers do on this marine conservation expedition is used to provide an accurate picture of the overall health of the Seychelles' coral reefs. This vital information is used by the Seychelles Government and local NGOs for their biological and conservation programmes, and your efforts will help to ensure the reef is managed in a sustainable way. Much of your research will be spent scuba diving in the sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean, and the unique training opportunities on this expedition are second to none!

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer The days are long and hard but productive, with an early start to make the most of daylight hours. Your day will typically include; kitting up and equipment preparation, travel to the survey sites and conducting survey dives. Specific areas of research may include coral reef surveys, whale shark migration observations, plankton sampling, in-water turtle surveys and turtle nesting research. Returning from dive sites you will wash down the equipment and fill SCUBA tanks ready for the next day, before reviewing the data collected and inputting it into the database. At the end of the day, the whole team gathers for the evening debrief and to eat and socialise.

develop your skills with an internship

Fr £2,200

You can choose to do a 4, 8 or 12 week internship placement. You will work alongside a dedicated staff supervisor to ensure you maximise your placement, enjoying in-depth marine research studies in areas such as coral reef health, invertebrates and turtle nesting, plus cultural and learning activities by invitation of the Seychelles Government. This internship will allow you to make a real difference to these important projects and gain invaluable hands-on practical experience in a variety of fields including project management and team leadership. You will in turn gain: • Internationally recognised qualification in Team Leading • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality • One-on-one mentoring • First Aid & CPR training (emergency first response certification) • Coral reef ecology • Turtle ecology and monitoring protocol all year round • Diving compressor training workshop with practical experience • Environmental education • Interpersonal skills • Community marine awareness teaching workshops

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7

Days

TEACH CHILDREN IN KENYA

Fr

£539

Nairobi, Kenya

Volunteering Volunteering

KE N YA

Nairobi

Gain a unique perspective on African culture, that few travellers encounter, while volunteering at schools that help to improve the lives of the local population.

highlights • Interact with local children, and provide them with the inspiration to learn and develop • Volunteer on community projects such as food programmes for the elderly, or local clinics • Experience African culture and gain an insight into life away from Kenya's tourist highlights

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Volunteer with primary and pre-school children in Limuru, located near Nairobi. As an assistant to the teaching staff, you’ll provide extra support and encouragement to the young students at schools which are often understaffed and underfunded. You may also have the opportunity to participate in a community feeding programme, which takes place every other Wednesday and provides basic food staples to over 300 elderly residents.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Gain teaching experience in a challenging environment. Provide support to teachers and students and contribute to a positive learning environment, becoming a role model to inspire and stimulate the children. Organise sports and arts activities for the students Work on refurbishing school buildings. Spend time with community members from Nairobi’s slums, and gain a greater understanding of what life is like for many in urban Kenya. In your free time, relax at the volunteer house and enjoy socialising with your fellow volunteers.

Project Location: Limuru (approx. 1 hour outside Nairobi centre) Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Nairobi on day 1 Extra Weeks: Fr £520 per week Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt), volunteer cottage (5 nts), possibly multi-share Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator Group Size: Max 13 (average 8) Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$40-50 for meals and drinks not included Notes: No alcohol or tobacco are permitted at the volunteer accommodation Trip Code: GATDKKTT

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15

PROJECT KENYA AND SAFARI

Days

Fr

£1,889

Nairobi, Kenya

Samburu NP KENYA

Voluntouring

Nakuru Masai Mara Reserve

Volunteer Project

Nairobi

TANZANIA

Kenya has some of the world's most incredible scenery, exotic wildlife and friendly people. Experience the best of this country on this 15-day voluntour adventure.

highlights • Support and teach children at primary and pre-schools near Nairobi • Volunteer at community projects and interact with the local population • Experience the modern-day culture of Kenya • Scour the Maasai Mara for lions, cheetahs, elephants and rhinos • Camp out under the big sky for a uniquely African experience

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Mondays Project Location: Limuru (approx. 1 hour outside Nairobi centre) Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Nairobi on day 1 Accommodation: Simple hotel (3 nts), full service camping (4 nts), permanent tented camp (2 nts), cottages (5 nts - possibly multi-share) Meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners In-country Support: Volunteer project co-ordinator, Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified guide/driver & cook Transport: 7-seat 4x4 Safari vehicle(s), supply vehicle for equipment, private minibus Group Size: Max 14 (Average 10)

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This exciting voluntour itinerary showcases some of the very best of Kenya's magnificent scenery, including thrilling game drives in the Maasai Mara, and combines this with five days of volunteering experience in Limuru, near the capital Nairobi. You'll work in primary and pre-schools as an assistant to the teachers, providing support and inspiration to enthusiastic children (for more details of the volunteering project, see opposite page), plus have the chance to get involved in a variety of community improvement projects. DAY

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02-06 07

itinerary Nairobi Arrive at any time and make your own way to tonight's hotel accommodation. Community Volunteer Project Spend five days volunteering in primary and pre-schools in and around Limuru and gain experience of teaching in a challenging, and sadly often underfunded, environment. Be inspired by the children, whose enthusiasm and willingness to learn provides ample rewards for your efforts, and provide support to teachers to create a positive learning environment. Get involved with sports and arts activities, possibly spend some time refurbishing school buildings, or volunteering in a variety of community initiatives. (5B, 5L, 5D) Nairobi Return to Kenya's capital and enjoy an optional city tour to discover the suburb of Karen. (B)

08-09

Samburu Game Reserve Along with non-volunteering guests who have joined the tour to enjoy only the second week of activities, travel to this beautiful reserve and get your first taste of the excitement of daily game drives. (2B, 2L, 2D)

10-11

Nakuru Continue the wildlife-spotting opportunities with a full-day game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, plus an optional visit to community development projects. (2B, 2L, 2D)

12-13

Maasai Mara Game Reserve One of Kenya's most popular game reserves, and star of a thousand wildlife documentaries, the Maasai Mara is home to an outstanding collection of animals. Enjoy further daily game drives here, plus optional activities including a visit to a Maasai village visit, or a balloon safari. Floating above the open plains and bushland, from this serene aerial viewpoint, and looking down on the frenetic activity of the animals below is a surreal experience. (2B, 2L, 2D)

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Nairobi Time for one last game drive this morning before departing back to Kenya's Capital. (B, L)

15

Nairobi Depart at any time. (B)

Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$40-50 for meals and drinks not included Notes: No alcohol or tobacco are permitted at the volunteer accommodation Trip Code: GADKVK

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4

Weeks

KENYA COMMUNITY CONSERVATION

Fr

£1,605

Mombasa, Kenya

Volunteering

KENYA

Nairobi

Mombasa Shimoni

This in-depth research expedition, offered in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service features three varied stages - marine, forest and savanna.

highlights • Assist researchers to monitor marine and forest wildlife

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This expedition takes its volunteers to Kenya to combine marine, primate and forest research programmes, and to become involved in community development projects including teaching English and sustainable tourism initiatives. Living in the beautiful Shimoni Archipelago, you may conduct dolphin research with visiting seasonal humpback whales, snorkel to observe turtles and help wildlife conservation with monkeys in the coastal forest. Community interaction via English language and environmental education is central to the success of the expedition.

how you can make a difference

• Build your knowledge of marine studies

Life as a volunteer

• Raise environmental awareness amongst former wildlife poaching communities

During the dolphin/marine phase, volunteers' time is spent out on a boat from approx. 7:30am to 3:00pm (Mon-Fri), where surveys are conducted for bottlenose, humpback and spinner dolphins plus hawksbill and green turtles.

• Live on a beautiful island archipelago and enjoy amazing white sand beaches • Camp out under the African stars • Visit Tsavo West’s big game, in view of Mount Kilimanjaro

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays (once-monthly, except Dec) Project Location: Shimoni (76km south of Mombasa)

Each day, volunteers also do a snorkel transect, and monitor the impact of fishing in the park. Back at base, all volunteers share data input duties and research data is passed to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to assist in the management of the Marine Park. During the forest phase, volunteers survey along the marked transect lines mainly for populations of Angolan Black and White Colobus monkeys, Sykes monkeys, baboons and vervets, and monitor the human impact on the forest and its birds, butterflies, fruits and flowers. During the teaching phase, you'll be based in the primary school on Wasini Island, and in schools in Shimoni where pupils range from 4-18 years old, teaching English language, creative arts and sports. Journey inland to the heart of East Africa's savannas, to the edge of Tsavo West National Park, to work in rural communities to develop alternatives sources of income other than wildlife poaching. Living conditions are very basic during this phase, in a mud hut with limited washing facilities.

Getting There: Meet at Reef Hotel, Nyali, Mombasa at 7:30am on the project start date. Transfers included to/from project site Extra Weeks: Fr £2565 for 6 weeks, fr £3525 for 8 weeks Accommodation: Accommodation is in shared, mixed-sex rooms with shared bathroom facilities (28 nts) Meals: All meals included. Volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group In-country Support: 24-hour support Group Size: Min 1 - Max 38 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$45 per week for drinks, snacks and other expenses not included Notes: Basic English required Trip Code: STAMBAKEN

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14 Days

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION WITH KENYA'S MAASAI

Fr

£995

Nairobi, Kenya

Volunteering Volunteering This project enables you to get up close and personal with Kenya's Maasai population, learn their survival skills and help sustain their environment for future generations.

highlights • Unique opportunity to live and work amongst a traditional culture of a Maasai community • Experience the Maasai language • Research and view Africa's big game including lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe and zebra • Learn tracking skills from Maasai warriors

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays Project Location: Project base is on the Maasai conservancy, 35km from Nairobi National Park, 2-3 hours drive southwest from Nairobi, and 30 minutes from the nearest towns of Kiserian and Ngong

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This long-term research programme represents a rare opportunity to track land use changes and wildlife populations over time, evaluate land management policies and identify best practice for community conservation in a country where land pressures and human/wildlife conflict threaten Kenya's iconic natural assets. One of the principal aims is to establish the carrying capacity of the land for livestock and avoid the mass die-off of cattle during successive drought periods.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Your first few days are set aside for orientation to your new home and environment, health and safety, meeting the Maasai community leaders and beginning to learn some of the vocabulary basics of their language. Your training takes you from the classroom into the field as you learn to identify the wildlife species, their tracks and their behaviour. Help the local community sustain their livestock to provide a livelihood despite such natural disasters as prolonged drought You will also have an introduction to communicative teaching techniques to prepare you for the community work, which involves educating the women and children of the village. The Maasai community has come to the conservancy in the hope of addressing their major socio-economic problems - the most fundamental being access to water.

Getting There: Transfers from/to Nairobi International Airport included Extra Weeks: Fr £1395 for 4 weeks, fr £1795 for 6 weeks, fr £2195 for 8 weeks, fr £2595 for 10 weeks, fr £2995 for 12 weeks Accommodation: Shared dorm style (13 nts) Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Local project staff Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$50-70 for snacks not included Trip Code: STANBOKEN

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1-3

Months

CAMP KENYA

Fr

£1,632

Mombasa, Kenya

Volunteering

Become part of a rural Kenyan community as you work to improve living standards for local people and protect fragile wildlife habitats.

highlights • Work alongside rural communities • Develop school and community facilities • Improve employment opportunities • Teach children through workshops • Conservation in private wildlife sanctuary • Learn about elephant conservation • Game viewing on safari • Chill out on idyllic tropical beaches

pROJECT sNAPSHOT In rural Kenya, the majority of people are living below the poverty line, and access to proper sanitation, clean drinking water, healthcare and education are limited. This trip offers a wide range of exciting project schemes, and is designed for volunteers who are keen to take on a variety of challenges and support ongoing and award-winning community and conservation initiatives. You will have the opportunity to make a real difference through sustainable, lifechanging project work with other volunteers from all over the world.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Teach children basic English language skills, environmental education and computer skills, and take part in organising sporting activities. Work on a number of sustainable development projects to improve living conditions for children and adults - this can include building new homes for the elderly, and constructing water tanks to supply clean drinking water to communities. Work on the improvement of primary school facilities, in areas such as new desks and classroom refurbishment.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected departures Project Location: South Coast (50km south of Mombasa), and also bordering Tsavo National Park (160km northwest of Mombasa) Getting There: Transfers from/to Mombasa Airport included

Improve water catchment for wildlife in a private reserve. Spectacular game viewing on safari. Socialise with like-minded volunteers at evenings and weekends. Visit the historic town of Mombasa.

Extra Weeks: Fr £2312 for 2 months, fr £2997 for 3 months Accommodation: Mixture of traditional thatched bandas, safari-style tents and spacious dome tents Meals: All meals included In-country Support: 24-hour support, fully staffed camps and projects Group Size: Avg 10 - 30 Minimum Age: 18 years old at point of travel (max 25 years old) Budget: Allow US$80 per week for meals not included Notes: Project is not available in December Trip Code: STAMBACMP

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CAMP 1-3 Months TANZANIA

Fr

£1,652

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

K E NYA

Volunteering Volunteering

Camp Mbokomu Moshi

Nairobi Camp Kilda

Kilimanjaro Airport

Das Es Salaam TA NZ A NI A

From the foothills of Kilimanjaro to Tanzania's beautiful coast, work with rural communities to improve schools and facilities, and to protect the marine environment.

highlights • Live alongside rural communities, and develop school and community buildings • Work alongside women's groups • Marine conservation activities • Teach children through workshops • Game viewing on safari • Live and work in beautiful coastal and mountain locations

pROJECT sNAPSHOT These community projects revolve around off-the-beaten-track village life, learning how villagers sustain themselves with ocean-related activities such as fishing, seaweed farming and boat building. This trip is for volunteers who are keen to make a real difference in some of the poorest areas in East Africa by working on award-winning initiatives to improve living standards for local people and to provide better access to education for children. Those staying for longer than a month also get to work in Kenya.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Build and improve school facilities, renovating buildings and constructing classroom furniture. Teach children environmental education, computer skills and basic English, and play sporting activities with them after school. Help a local women's group to farm and harvest seaweed. Assist with important marine and land conservation initiatives, and help to develop eco-tourism activities for the community.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected departures Project Location: North Coast (10km south of Tanga) and Usambara Mountains; and also bordering Tsavo National Park in Kenya (2 & 3 month projects only)

Spectacular game viewing whilst on safari, and the chance to learn more about authentic Tanzanian culture through a cultural tour. Socialise with like-minded volunteers at evenings and weekends.

Getting There: Transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport are included (and to/from Kenyan wildlife camp for those on 2 & 3 month trips) Extra Weeks: Fr £2332 for 2 months, fr £2997 for 3 months Accommodation: Mixture of traditional thatched bandas, safari-style tents and spacious dome tents Meals: All meals included In-country Support: 24-hour support, fully staffed camps and projects Group Size: 5-25 (no Max) Minimum Age: 18 years old at point of travel (max 25 years old) Budget: Allow US$80 per week for snacks, drinks and other activities not included Notes: Two weeks of the three month programme are spent in Kenya at the Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary Trip Code: STAJROCTZ

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7

Days

TEACH CHILDREN IN ZANZIBAR

Fr

£529

Stone Town (Zanzibar), Tanzania INDIAN OCEAN

Volunteering

ZANZIBAR

Stone Town

Jambiani TANZANIA

Spend a week volunteering at local schools on the island of Zanzibar, helping teachers to organise educational games, arts and crafts activities and sports.

highlights • Spend time with local children of all ages, from pre-school to secondary • Provide an extra pair of hands for teachers • Volunteer at community projects • Experience African culture • Relax on the white-sand beaches of the tropical island of Zanzibar

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Jambiani (approx. 1.5 hours outside Stone Town) Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Stone Town on day 1. While volunteering you will have access to bicycles Extra Weeks: Fr £450 per week Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt), simple volunteer cottages/bungalows (5 nts) on multishare basis (up to 4 per room) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Based in a village on Zanzibar’s east coast, you’ll assist at one of the local schools (primary or secondary) or pre-schools, which are typically understaffed and underfunded, and struggle with large class sizes and limited resources. You’ll assist students individually and provide the attention needed to help them gain confidence in their studies. English language training provides a great benefit to students and their parents — and although it’s not necessary, volunteers with TEFL qualifications are an asset!

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Spend mornings and afternoons at local schools in the beachside community of Jambiani. At the pre-schools, you'll help the children develop their creative skills through crafts such as painting, drawing and colouring. Volunteers at the primary and secondary schools will spend their time assisting local teachers by providing support for students who need extra help. Bicycle to and from the schools, returning to the volunteer base for lunch. Organise sports programmes. Assist in improving educational facilities in the community. Get a taste of Zanzibar’s culture, and perhaps learn a little Kiswahili. Relax in the evenings at the volunteer beach bungalows.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Mt. Kilimanjaro Group Trek (Marangu Route)

7 Days

Fr £1,029

Budget: Allow for US$80-100 per week for drinks and meals not included

The Marangu Route is a soul-stirring trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. Your tales of titanic effort are guaranteed to impress anyone on your return home. It's not for the faint-hearted and you need a good level of fitness. You will spend three nights on the mountain before the the trek to the summit. Enjoy the changing eco-systems from heather and moorland to lunar-like alpine scenery, see the stunning peaks of Kibo and Mwenzi before reaching 5,895m and the summit.

Trip Code: GATDTZJT

Trip code: GADTKM

In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and staff Minimum Age: 18 years old

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13 PROJECT TANZANIA AND SAFARI

Fr

Days

£1,889

Stone Town (Zanzibar) - Arusha, Tanzania Serengeti NP

KENYA

Project Snapshot On this fabulous voluntour, you'll meet Tanzania’s welcoming people, witness some of Africa’s most spectacular wilderness, and gain a real sense of accomplishment with four days of volunteering on the tropical island of Zanzibar. Track the ‘Big 5’ across open savanna in customised safari vehicles led by certified guides, and camp under the big African sky. In Zanzibar, volunteer at local schools in the beachside community of Jambiani.

Arusha Voluntouring / Voluntouring

Ngorongoro Crater TANZANIA

Zanzibar Combining wildlife viewing with community and schools volunteering, you'll take home more than pictures from this authentic African adventure.

highlights • Volunteer at schools in Zanzibar • Enjoy game drives in the Serengeti

iNCLUSIONS

DAY

01

Stone Town (Zanzibar). Arrive at any time and make your own way to the first night's hotel accommodation.

02

Jambiani Transfer to Jambiani ready to begin volunteer programme. (B,L,D)

03-06

Volunteer with schools and community projects Here on the east coast of Zanzibar, many of the community schools have large class sizes, and so the teachers can really use your help to assist students on an individual basis. See opposite page for more details of this part of the trip. (4B, 4L, 4D)

07-12

Arusha - Lake Manyara - Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha Fly to Arusha, gateway for your safari adventure. Enjoy fabulous game drives in all three locations, visit local villages and the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge before heading back to Arusha. (5B, 4L, 4D)

Project Start Date: Sundays Accommodation: Simple hotel (3 nts), volunteer beach cottage (multi-share 5 nts), full service camping (4 nts) Getting There: Make your way to the joining hotel in Stone Town on day 1 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners Trip Code: GADTPJ

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Arusha. Depart at any time. (B)

GREAT 14 THE GORILLA PROJECT Days

Fr

£1,792

Entebbe, Uganda

Project Snapshot U GAN DA

Bwindi National Park

This unique voluntour in Uganda includes a rainforest trek to view gorilla families, and a visit to an island sanctuary on Lake Victoria, home to hundreds of orphaned chimpanzees. Work closely with a rural community on gorilla education and tree planting in the Virunga Mountains. This Ngamba Island voluntour is all about building the relations between gorillas and the community.

Entebbe

KISORO

Volunteer Project RWA NDA

This is the ultimate primate experience that aims to really make a connection between gorillas and the communities that share their environment.

highlights • Volunteer with gorillas and tree-planting • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 21Apr12, 21May12, 03Oct12 Accommodation: Basic accommodation twin share in guesthouse (13 nts) Getting There: Transfers from Entebbe Airport included Meals: All meals included via a food allowance Trip Code: STAEBBGGP

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01-02 02

itinerary Entebbe Arrive into Entebbe, your home for the night and spend the afternoon chilling out. Ngamba Island After a morning at leisure embark on an excellent afternoon trip to the award-winning Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary.

03-05

Kisoro After a long drive (approx. 10 hours) enjoy a day's orientation and briefing of the area, followed by a day of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

06-13

Volunteering Take part in various volunteer activities which may include projects to raise awareness of gorillas, tree nursery and tree planting.

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Entebbe Transfer back to Entebbe which is the final point of your voluntour (approx. 10 hours).

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south america A land that invigorates, inspires, challenges and excites

south america

south america

“Staff compassion and spending time with the local youth made me feel compelled to stay longer and to do as much as I can back home - sending them books, stationery and stickers.” Charlotte Burbrook – Volunteer Teach Children In Ecuador Whether you are after tracing the footsteps of Darwin, traversing the high altitude salt flats, riding with gauchos or dwelling in dense forests and cruising on dugout canoes; South America certainly delivers. Its vibe, dialects and the people’s love of life – it’s insanely thrilling.

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PROJECT 14 Days CUZCO KIDS

Fr

£509

Cuzco, Peru

Volunteering

PERU

Cuzco

Spend two weeks volunteering at a drop-in centre for underprivileged local children alongside staff and other international volunteers.

highlights • Volunteering with a children's project • Get involved in a varied range of activities including teaching, cooking and craft workshops • Meet local people and share in their culture • Help at-risk children discover their potential • Explore the fascinating city of Cuzco and its breathtaking surroundings

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Children living in extreme poverty in Cuzco are often forced to drop out of school to work or beg on the streets to help support their families. This is a voluntary drop-in centre for children and youth where they can get help with homework, a hot meal, and participate in a variety of workshops. You will be contributing to a project that provides children from poor families with a place to get guidance and support. You can make a lasting difference in their lives by giving them the care and attention needed to help build their self-esteem.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Spend mornings and afternoons assisting with a variety of activities and help out in the kitchen with the kids. Help the children with their homework, teach English, organise games and activities. Participate in workshops such as jewellery-making, leather-working and music. Help with house maintenance activities such as working in the garden.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Cuzco Getting There: On arrival into Cuzco, make your own way to the joining hotel. Transfer to the project included on day 2 Extra Weeks: Fr £160 per week Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), shared volunteer apartment (12 nts) Meals: No meals included In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and local staff

Share an apartment in Cuzco with other volunteers and spend your evenings socialising or sampling the traditional Peruvian cuisine on offer in the city. In your free time, explore the amazing city of Cuzco, the heart of the Incan Empire and a place steeped in history, tradition and legend. With a free weekend, you have plenty of time to visit the archaeological sites surrounding Cuzco, including the famous Machu Picchu!

EXTEND YOUR STAY Peru On A Shoestring

15 Days

Fr £849

Notes: Intermediate Spanish is required as most of the children do not speak any English

Panpipes, potatoes and pisco are not the only all-essential items on this budget-friendly potter around Peru. Add into the mix a jaunt up to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail and you'll take home memories that will stay with you forever. This little trip is palpable proof you can 'do Peru' in two weeks without screeching past it so quick that you miss out on all the magic moments along the way. Inhale the Andean air, acclimatise to the altitude and set off on an unforgettable journey that the Incas themselves would have been proud of, purse strings attached.

Trip Code: GATSPJMN

Trip code: GAPPS

Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$265-300 for meals not included

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9

Days

PROJECT PERU AMAZON

Fr

£819

Lima - Puerto Maldonado, Peru

PERU

Cuzco

Voluntouring

Lima

Puerto Maldonado

BOLIVIA

Experience the Peruvian Amazon pROJECT sNAPSHOT on this exciting and hands-on jungle adventure, combining animal This project is devoted to promoting the protection and welfare of wild animals as well as the conservation efforts with two nights conservation of their natural environment so that they can be released back into their natural habitats. The project is home to a variety of wild animals in need of rehabilitation including: at a jungle lodge.

highlights • Volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation centre which focuses on animals threatened by habitat destruction and illegal trade • Help with the community awareness programme to encourage conservation • Learn about the importance of the rainforest, and its flora and fauna • Guided hikes and excursions from an Amazon jungle lodge to spot wildlife

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays

howler monkeys, peccaries, macaws and many more. This project also helps by promoting the conservation of the rainforest and the sustainable management of natural resources. DAY

itinerary

01

Lima Make your own way to Lima, and catch an arrival transfer to the welcome hotel. The day is free to explore Peru's vibrant capital city with its many fine examples of Spanish colonial architecture.

02-06

Puerto Maldonado Fly to Puerto Maldonado and transfer to the Amazon volunteer project. Spend five days volunteering at a centre for the rehabilitation and conservation of wild animals. Work alongside staff to feed and take care of animals so they can be successfully released back to their natural habitats. Other activities may include assisting with maintenance of an interpretive trail, construction of animal enclosures and interaction with the local community to educate them of the importance of preserving the fragile rainforest ecosystem. (4B, 5L, 5D)

07-08

Tambopata Rainforest Transfer by fast motorised canoe to the comfortable 'G Tambopata Ecolodge,' which boasts sustainable operational initiatives like solar panels, a recycling program and rechargeable flashlights. Enjoy guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife and learn more about the jungle. Included in your stay are rubber boots while at the lodge.(2B, 2L, 2D)

Project Location: Puerto Maldonado Getting There: Flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado included on day 2 Accommodation: Hotel (1nt), twin share bungalows at volunteer project (5 nts), twin share accommodation at jungle lodge (2 nts) Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners In-country Support: Local naturalist guides while at the jungle lodge & project coordinator Transport: Local flight, boat, canoes & walking Group Size: No minimum numbers required Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$20-25 for meals not included Notes: Return flight is not included, please ask your agent to book flight to either Lima or Cuzco. Basic Spanish is recommended.

09

Puerto Maldonado Transfer by motorised canoe to the airport for departure. (B)

EXTEND YOUR STAY The Inca Trail

7 Days

Fr £559

Charm the locals in colonial Cuzco and unravel ancient mysteries in and around the Inca sites. This 7 day trip will take you along the Sacred Valley exploring Inca ruins. You might meet a llama or two then check out the markets in Pisac before arriving into Ollantaytambo ahead of your Inca Trail adventure. This trek will leave you in awe of the ancient civilisation. Hiking boots and woolly alpaca hats may not be the height of fashion at home, but they're standard issue and you won't want to be without them! Trip code: GASPIT

Trip Code: GATSPPAN

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14 DAYS

PERU COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECT

Fr

£845

AREQUIPA, PERU

Volunteering

PE RU BR A ZIL

Lima

Cuzco Arequipa

Volunteer Project

BO L I VI A

Southern Peru is one of the driest places on the planet, and your volunteer efforts will bring water supplies to impoverished families in this desert region.

highlights • Make a visible difference to the future of an indigenous community • Improve living standards for some of Peru's poorest families • See your construction project through from start to finish • Experience life in the local community and authentic home-cooked meals with a family homestay • Enjoy 10 hours of Spanish lessons

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Alternate Saturdays Project Location: Arequipa, Southern Peru Getting There: Transfers from/to Arequipa Airport and daily transport to/from the projects included Extra Weeks: Fr £1085 for 3 weeks, fr £1225 for 4 weeks Accommodation: Simple hotel (1 nt), own room with shared bathroom in family homestay (13 nts) Meals: All meals included (during family homestay) In-country Support: 24-hour project staff Group Size: No Min Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$15-20 per day for drinks & snacks Notes: The program includes 10 hours of oneon-one Spanish classes and a mountain-biking adventure on Chachani volcano Trip Code: STAAQPPRU

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pROJECT sNAPSHOT This project, through the construction of water cisterns brings this most precious of natural resources to families living where supplies are at their most scarce. Here, in the indigenous desert communities around Arequipa, families have come down from the altiplano (high plains) in search of a better life, and you can dramatically improve their standards of living in just a couple of weeks. You'll also enjoy 10 hours of one-to-one Spanish tuition, which will really allow you to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer The volunteer days start early, eating breakfast with your host family before catching the organised transport around 08.00am for the half-hour journey to the project site. You'll work in one of three communities around Villa Santa Rosa de Chiguata (at an altitude of approx. 2800m) until around 3.00pm, before catching the organised transport back to Arequipa. Work will be alongside a local mason, and will include moving materials, mixing cement, cutting and laying bricks, foundation work, tiling and other manual labour - it can be hard, but as you'll construct the family's new cistern from start to finish, it's hugely rewarding. Your afternoons are free to spend as you wish, but in your first week will be taken up with one-to-one Spanish tuition. In the evenings, volunteers generally meet up to socialise, watch films, and explore the colonial town of Arequipa. There may also be the opportunity for an exhilarating half-day biking adventure down the Chachani Volcano, starting from 5000m and speeding down tracks and roads back to Arequipa - we're pleased to say you only have to ride this in a downhill direction!

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10 Days

GALAPAGOS ISLAND COMMUNITY FARMING

Fr

£669

Quito, Ecuador

Volunteering

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Quito ECUADOR

San Cristobal

Volunteer to work with local pROJECT sNAPSHOT families and children, and help This project is located on a large piece of land in a small farming community on the island of San farmers with environmental conservation initiatives to protect Cristobal, the oldest and one of the richest islands in the Galapagos. The project’s mission is to strengthen the local community, as well as its surrounding environment. Indeed, the community’s the island's natural resources.

vitality is an important factor in conserving these unique islands.

highlights

• Discover Quito, the historic capital city of Ecuador • Volunteering at a community hacienda • Witness the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, including iguanas, two species of sea lions and the magnificent Galapagos tortoise

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Live full time and volunteer Monday to Friday at the hacienda. Help local farmers clear invasive plants from their farms, and replace them by planting native and endemic species. Work on the project’s organic garden, milk cows and roast your own coffee! Help replace 8km of water piping for the community — an ongoing project.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays Project Location: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Quito on day 1. Flights are included to/from San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Extra Weeks: Fr £180 per week Accommodation: Simple hotel in Quito (2 nts), shared rustic cabin in the Galapagos (7 nts) Meals: 2 breakfasts In-country Support: Local representative in Quito and project coordinator in Galapagos Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$175-225 for meals not included

Explore the beautiful island of San Cristobal in your spare time, including the waterfall, freshwater lake and beaches. Make the most of your stay here by discovering some of the Galapagos' fantastic wildlife, which on San Cristobal includes sea lions, iguanas and Galapagos tortoises.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Voyage Galagapos

10 Days

Fr £1,679

Realise the dream of visiting this much sought-after destination by taking in the spectacular views, snapping some amazing colours, becoming a bird-spotting expert, and witnessing the incredible and rare wildlife that so captivated Charles Darwin. Sail on board a 65ft motor vessel and swim and snorkel everyday. This is an ideal chance to make some great friends as you cruise the magnificent Galapagos Islands. Trip code: GAEV10P

Notes: Basic Spanish is recommended. This trip spends 7 nights in the Galapagos and 2 nights in Quito Trip Code: GATSEVCT

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10 Days

GALAPAGOS ISLAND CONSERVATION

Fr

£699

Quito, Ecuador

Volunteering

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

San Cristobal

Quito

EC UAD OR

Volunteer in the Galapagos conserving one of the last remnants of native vegetation. Assist with reforestation and agricultural work.

highlights • Explore the Galapagos Islands, whose unique and fragile ecosystem has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list • Help with local conservation efforts • Work alongside other volunteers, students and scientists at the Biological Research Station • Outstanding wildlife encounters

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The aim of this biological research station is to conserve native highland forests by eradicating invasive plant species, replacing them with native trees and vegetation. The project works collaboratively with local landowners to develop agricultural alternatives for the production of vegetables and fruits to sell to local universities, restaurants and hotels.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Volunteer up to eight hours a day with siesta time (half days on Saturdays). Contribute to trail maintenance, soil preparation and nursery work. Maintain vegetable gardens, reconstruct habitats and engage in organic farming. Participate in reforestation initiatives and collect forestry data. Enjoy free time on weekends and evenings, make friends and socialise with your fellow volunteers. Explore San Cristobal’s beautiful beaches.

iNCLUSIONS

Discover the wildlife of the Galapagos, including giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions and more.

Project Start Date: Saturdays

Help restore the Galapagos Islands to its natural state by contributing to this important conservation programme.

Project Location: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Quito on day 1. Flights are included to/from San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Extra Weeks: Fr £240 per week Accommodation: Simple hotel in Quito (2 nts), shared rustic cabin in the Galapagos (7 nts) Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners In-country Support: Local representative in Quito, project coordinator in Galapagos Minimum Age: 18 years old

EXTEND YOUR STAY The Ecuador Experience

Fr £659

This high-octane rollercoaster ride through Latin America's sexiest little country will leave you head over heels in love with everything Ecuadorian. Spot the blue-footed boobies in Machalilla, walk the vibrant streets of Guayaquil, absorb the incredible Andean scenery, explore the Amazon Rainforest and browse for bargains at the amazing market of Otavalo. Trip code: GAREE

Budget: Allow USD$60-75 for meals not included Trip Code: GATSEVGT Notes: This trip spends 7 nights in Galapagos and 2 nights in Quito

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18 Days

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1-3 months

CAMP ECUADOR

Fr

£1,642

Quito, Ecuador

Volunteering

ECUADOR

Camp Amazonia

Volunteer Project

Camp Costa

Volunteer Project

Live and work alongside rural communities in the Andes, improving living standards, protecting wildlife habitats and enhancing animal welfare.

highlights • Spend time at a cloud forest community high in the Andes • Teach children through workshops • Develop school and community faciliities • Spectacled bear conservation • Support an animal rescue centre in the Amazon and contribute to marine conservation initiatives (8 & 12 week projects only) • Learn Spanish

pROJECT sNAPSHOT On few other projects can you experience so much in such a short amount of time and make a real and lasting difference to the people, wildlife and environment of Ecuador. From sustainable ongoing community and conservation projects to exploring the culture and natural beauty of Ecuador, this programme has it all. 4 week tours focus on the base camp in the Andes, 8 & 12 week tours additionally visit bases in the Amazon and on the Pacific Coast. Experience the very best that Latin America has to offer.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Improve school and community facilities in one of Ecuador's cloud forest communities, where high levels of poverty cause many to seek work in the cities leading to the breakdown of family units. Plant food trees for spectacled bears within this beautiful 14,000-acre reserve. Conservation work in a private nature reserve, including trail development and reforestation. Visit a conservation centre for endangered condors in Otavalo (8 and 12 week projects only). Teach children environmental education, sport, computer skills and English.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Monthly departures Project Location: Andes cloud forest (north of Quito). 8 & 12 week projects also feature the Amazon (south of Tena) & Pacific Coast (south of Montanita)

Work at an animal centre in the Amazon where monkeys, ocelots, macaws and other victims of the illegal pet trade are rehabilitated prior to their release (8 & 12 week projects only). Marine conservation projects such as mangrove protection and working at a local aquarium that cares for sick and injured marine animals (8 & 12 week projects only). Whale monitoring possible (Jun-Sep). Socialise with like-minded volunteers at evenings and weekends.

Getting There: Transfers from/to Quito Airport are included (those staying for 8 or 12 weeks will return from Guayaquil) Extra Weeks: Fr £2322 for 2 months, fr £2997 for 3 months Accommodation: Mixture of dormitory and dome tents Meals: All meals included In-country Support: 24-hour support, fully staffed camps and projects Group Size: Max 80 (average 10-30) Minimum Age: 18 years old at point of travel (max 25) Budget: Allow US$100 per week Notes: Project not available in December Trip Code: STAUIOCAM

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CONSERVATION 22 WHALE IN ECUADOR Days

Fr

£1,799

QUITO, ECUADOR

Project Snapshot The Pacific Whale Project focuses on marine research, education and conservation and in general works to address issues that shape the future of the ocean and its inhabitants - humpback whales, dolphins and their habitat. They address issues such as reducing litter on the region’s beaches to advocating against commercial whaling and facilitating school-based environmental education programmes. Volunteering

Spend three weeks working with experts on whale conservation - an experience of a lifetime. Address some of the issues that shape the future of our oceans.

highlights • Play your part in whale conservation • Visit parks and beautiful coastal towns

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), shared accommodation at the project (19 nts)

Life as a volunteer Take part in field work aboard the project's boats from June-September. Photograph and track whales to compile data for the programme. Basic Spanish is recommended, and you can build on this with language lessons before practicing with the locals. Enjoy the rhythm of life in a seaside town of 8,000 inhabitants.

Getting There: Local bus included to/from Puerto Lopez

Explore the towns and parks in the region, renowned for its biodiversity and wildlife.

Extra Weeks: Fr £260 per week

Participate in a programme that teaches children about the ocean ecosystem.

Meals: 21 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 18 dinners

Contribute to vital knowledge on the movements and health of whales on their annual migration to Antarctica.

Trip Code: GATSEVWT

10 ECUADORIAN COASTAL FARMING

Fr

Days

£499

Quito, Ecuador

Project Snapshot A training and education centre for sustainable agriculture, this project offers a wide variety of ecotourism activities for volunteers and visitors. It promotes local sustainability through its organic farm and environmental school and works directly with the community. Here, you’ll contribute to promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles and the development of the centre.

Enjoy all that the Rio Muchacho Farm and this coastal community have to offer by helping out on the organic farm and assisting at the primary school.

highlights • Learn about sustainable farming • Take part in community activities

Life as a volunteer A volunteer’s day starts at 6am — rising early is part of farm life!

iNCLUSIONS

Feed animals, clean, harvest and help with meals.

Project Start Date: Saturdays

Divide your time between planting, composting, weeding, fertilising, irrigating and seeding.

Accommodation: Hotel (2 nts), shared rustic cabin (7 nts)

Assist in the construction, renovation and maintenance of traditional and environmental schools.

Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Quito on day 1. Flights to/from Bahía de Caráquez included

Watch films pertaining to environmental issues, permaculture and organic farming.

Extra Weeks: Fr £160 per week Meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Spend 2 nights in Quito, which makes a great base from which to explore the rest of Ecuador or to extend your stay here in South America.

Trip Code: GATSEVET

Please note a basic understanding of Spanish is recommended to really make the most of your time.

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Enjoy Wednesdays spent fishing, horseback riding or engaged in cultural activities.

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4

Weeks

ECUADORIAN AMAZON Fr £1,360 RAINFOREST EXPEDITION

Quito, Ecuador

Quito Mondana Volunteering

E C U A D O R

The rainforests of the world absorb carbon dioxide and are often referred to as the ‘world’s largest pharmacy’ because of the amazing natural medicines they hold.

highlights • Enjoy the intensive in-camp training • Experience the sights and sounds of the tropical rainforest • Spend nights camping out in the rainforest • Experience the rainforest at night on nocturnal frog and mammal surveys • Discover rare and possibly new species

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The Amazon Rainforest is one of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems, being the home to 30% of all known plant and animal species, as well as a variety of indigenous cultures and settlers who make their living in this seemingly inhospitable terrain. Your adventure in Ecuador will take you into the heart of this lush and remote part of the world to help protect the precious rainforest and aid community development initiatives. Volunteers support wildlife conservation by conducting research and scientific investigation work, and also work on community projects.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer The days are long, beginning at first light to take advantage of the early wildlife activity and continuing to work throughout the day. Night surveys are also conducted regularly throughout the expedition. You have the opportunity to join several mini-expeditions, which involves going on a hike through the forest to a satellite camp location where you will camp for a night or two.

iNCLUSIONS

You will help identify and catalogue local bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and plant species.

Project Start Date: 14Jan12, 11Feb12, 10Mar12, 07Apr12, 05May12, 02Jun12, 30Jun12, 28Jul12, 25Aug12, 22Sep12, 20Oct12, 17Nov12

Provide project support in the areas of conservation, ecotourism and sustainable agriculture.

Project Location: On the Napo River neighbouring the village of Mondana (two-day journey from Quito) Getting There: Make your own way to Quito, where a pre-night stay is recommended. Airport transfer included if arriving between 4-10pm on day before expedition start date. Project starts at 9am from the Tourist Inn on the expedition start date Extra Weeks: Fr £2180 for 6 weeks, fr £3000 for 8 weeks Accommodation: Shared rooms with shared bathroom facilities (no hot running water) at the field station Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Expedition staff Group Size: Max 20 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$5-10 per week for drinks & snack. Additional money recommended for other expenses Notes: Medical form & travel insurance required Trip Code: STAUIORAI

Work on community projects, including facilitating the learning of English as a foreign language. Facilitating cultural exchange between volunteers and students. Volunteers also take it in turns to prepare meals for the group.

develop your skills with an internship

Fr £1,610

Why not include an environmental internship in the Ecuadorian Amazon? You can choose to do a 4, 8 or 12 week internship placement. Leading to an internationally recognised qualification in Team Leading, this internship will allow you to make a real difference to rainforest conservation while also gaining invaluable hands-on practical experience in a variety of fields including project management. Paid and unpaid positions may subsequently be available to qualifying candidates. You will in turn gain: • Internationally recognised qualification in Team Leading • Tropical forest ecology • Forest biodiversity survey techniques and Identification skills • Jungle crafts • Introduction to TEFL • Introduction to First Aid & CPR training • Introductory Spanish • Vegetation/habitat mapping • Interpersonal skills

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14 Days

TEACH CHILDREN IN ECUADOR

Fr

£895

Quito, Ecuador

Otavalo Quito Volunteering

ECUADOR

With just one or two teachers per school, the volunteers’ teaching presence allows the children more opportunity to receive help in their education.

highlights • Living in the heart of the community in Otavalo • Working with indigenous children • Learning Spanish • Adventure side trips through the beautiful Andean scenery • Cultural workshops and excursions • Amazing community interaction

iNCLUSIONS

Project Start Date: 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month, all year round

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Volunteers will plan and teach classes to support the children through the early years of their educational lives, and will be working on basic education and literacy. Working with young children is an immensely rewarding experience and although often challenging, every day is full of fun and laughter. Volunteers will be able to learn Spanish, live with a local family in the beautiful market town of Otavalo, and experience indigenous Andean culture.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer The first week is spent mainly on Spanish lessons, and once these are complete, you will travel to the communities on a daily basis. Classes for children cover a variety of topics including art, sports, music, science, maths, etc. Create an informal, fun and interactive atmosphere, using lots of different activities to create the perfect environment for curious little minds to learn. You will also be trained in lesson planning and classroom management before you get to the schools, and will be eased into the teaching environment slowly and gently, based on your confidence levels. In your free time, go on exhilarating adventures such as fantastic biking and hiking trips, white water rafting, and zip wiring through the cloud forest.

Project Location: Otavalo Getting There: Transfers from/to Quito Airport are included Extra Weeks: Fr £1095 for 4 weeks, fr £1295 for 6 weeks, fr £1495 for 8 weeks, fr £1695 for 10 weeks, fr £1895 for 12 weeks Accommodation: Private room with shared bathrooms in a local homestay Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Volunteer co-ordinator and local staff Group Size: Max 4 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$20-50 per week for snacks and other activities not included Notes: Medical form and criminal background check required. 10 or 40 hours of Spanish lessons (depending on duration) are available for an additional fee, and are essential unless fluent! Trip Code: STAUIOTEA

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develop your skills with an internship

Fr £1,345

You can choose to do a 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 week internship placement. As part of this internship you will work alongside a dedicated staff supervisor to make a very real, personal difference to underprivileged children in a rural school in the Andes. You will typically be working with children aged between 5 and 12 on basic education and literacy projects. It can be challenging at times, but the rewards are immense. You will gain the following: • Internationally recognised qualification in Team Leading • Teacher training • Classroom management • Lesson planning • Teaching experience • Risk assessments • Emergency evacuation plans • Programme logistics • Cultural knowledge

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14 Days

TEACHING ENGLISH IN ARGENTINA

Fr

£539

Buenos Aires, Argentina

URUGUAY

Volunteering

Buenos Aires

A RG E N TI N A

Volunteer with children and young people in Buenos Aires. Share your skills and enthusiasm by assisting in teaching English to students of all ages.

highlights • Volunteer with children in a variety of educational centres across Buenos Aires • Plan creative ways to help children learn • Help to enrich the learning experience • Enjoy interaction with locals who love to practice English with native speakers • Experience Buenos Aires, the 'Paris of the South'

iNCLUSIONS

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Our partner for this volunteer project works alongside a number of locally-run educational centres and after-school initiatives, generally located in under-served communities. Volunteers are matched with various centres across Buenos Aires that are in need of support, and where you are placed is based on both the needs of the community and your specific interests and abilities. Teaching English can increase employment prospects for people who would not normally have the opportunity to learn a foreign language.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Assist the students with English pronunciation, reading, writing, comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, with lessons either conducted in a classroom setting or on a one-to-one basis. Help students prepare for upcoming school and international exams, and assist with updating the organisation's English-language teaching materials. Develop, at your discretion, a teaching project on topics such as traditions and celebrations, historical events, music and theatre plays.

Project Start Date: Sundays

Play educational games with the kids, who come from all ages and backgrounds.

Project Location: Buenos Aires

Serve as a role model and mentor for the students.

Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Quito on day 1. Extra Weeks: Fr £230 per week Accommodation: Volunteer house - multishare accommodation (13 nts) Meals: No meals included, self-catering facilities available in the house In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and local staff

Share a volunteer house and, in your free time, explore the many distinctive neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, including fashionable Recoleta, brightly-coloured La Boca and San Telmo's weekend markets.

EXTEND YOUR STAY In Search of Iguassu

17 Days

Fr £1,149

Budget: Allow US$100-150 per week for meals not included, more if you choose to dine out on a regular basis

Like a giant South American sandwich full of all the tastiest tidbits you could possibly imagine, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires make great door-stop wedges of bread to whack all the salivating stuff in-between. From the City of God, you'll pass through tropical islands soaking up the sunshine - snorkel, surf and get colonial over a delicious coffee. Prefer for excitement overload is your first glimpse of the spectacular Iguassu Falls, on the border between Argentina and Brazil. This is a 17-day tour that will let your Latin spirit loose!

Notes: Basic Spanish is recommended

Trip code: GAJRB

Group Size: No minimum numbers required Minimum Age: 18 years old

Trip Code: GATSATET

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14 Days

ORGANIC FARMING IN ARGENTINA

Fr

£569

Bariloche, Argentina

Buenos Aires Volunteering

ARGENTINA

El Bolson

Volunteer Project

Get your hands dirty on an organic farm in Patagonia, run by an American family who started this project as a method of environmental education for neighbouring farms.

highlights • Volunteer at the El Bolsón farming project • Learn about sustainable lifestyles, food production and organic farming • Spend time caring for farm animals • Experience life on an organic farm in Patagonia • Explore the beautiful scenery around El Bolsón, a year-round outdoors playground in the heart of the Argentine Lake District

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pROJECT sNAPSHOT For those interested in learning about organic farming in a spectacular location. Learn all you need to know about sustainable agriculture from this model organic farm and ecolodge that serves as a demonstration centre for environmental education and self-sufficient living in the community. Gain experience working in an organic vegetable garden and medicinal plant gardens, while caring for sheep, chickens, cows and horses.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Work in organic vegetable gardens, and learn about the preparation and use of medicinal herbs. Care for farm animals, including sheep, chickens, horses and dairy cows - perhaps even learn how to milk a cow or shear a sheep! Assist with food preservation activities, such as drying fruits, canning tomatoes and seed saving. Learn how to make your own jam, yoghurt, bread and apple juice. From the farm's location in a valley on the eastern slopes of the Andes, you can enjoy a range of outdoor activities amidst the spectacular beauty of Patagonia - hiking, kayaking, horse riding, rafting and mountain biking.

Project Start Date: Sundays

EXTEND YOUR STAY

Project Location: El Bolson, near Bariloche

Learn Spanish in Buenos Aires

Getting There: Arrival transfer from El Bolson bus stop to farm included Extra Weeks: Fr £240 per week Accommodation: Shared rustic log cabin (13 nts) Meals: No meals included, but enjoy fresh vegetables from the garden In-country Support: Local project coordinator

Fr £555

Immerse yourself in Argentina! Soak up some Spanish in Latin American's sexiest city - and return home with some Argentinean charm. When you're not working on your vocab and verbs, explore ravishing Recoleta, the enchanting neighbourhood where the language school is situated. An exquisite example of Porteno architecture, this sun-soaked school is a maze of beautiful balconies, marble stairs and marvellous mosaics, with plenty of space for post-class coffee breaks and Internet for you to check your emails. Trip code: STABUEECE

Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$150-200 per week for meals and other activities not included Trip Code: GATSAOFT

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14 Days

LEARN SPANISH & VOLUNTEER WITH KIDS

Fr

£649

Buenos Aires, Argentina

URUGUAY

Volunteering

Buenos Aires

A RG E N TI N A

Learn Spanish whilst volunteering with children. Enjoy Spanish classes to improve your language skills and then practice at a local kindergarten.

highlights • Volunteer teaching and educational activities with at-risk children • Be a mentor to young people • Learn Spanish and practice with local people • Explore Buenos Aires, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Buenos Aires Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in Buenos Aires on day 1 Extra Weeks: Fr £220 per week Accommodation: Volunteer house - multishare accommodation (13 nts)

pROJECT sNAPSHOT An educational centre for young children who are threatened by poverty and faced with problems such as environmental pollution, malnutrition, violence and a lack of education. This centre in Buenos Aires is supported by donations and the help of volunteers only, and does not receive any public funding. Your time will be spent providing an environment where children can develop intellectually and emotionally in a safe and stable environment. You'll assist the centre's two teachers, participating in various activities and providing much-needed support to the staff.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Improve your Spanish with 10 hours of classes per week, enabling greater interaction with children at the project. Sing, build handicrafts, draw, and play games in the kindergarten classroom. Assist in the planning of activities. Teach the pre-school children numbers, the Spanish alphabet and their first words in English. Serve as a personal contact and role model for the children. Assist the two teachers in cooking and serving food, washing dishes and cleaning. Share a volunteer house and explore the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, known as the 'Paris of the South'.

Meals: No meals included, self-catering facilities available in the house In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and local staff Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$100-150 per week for meals not included, more if you choose to dine out on a regular basis Trip Code: GATSAVCT

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14 days

PROJECT BRAZIL

Fr

£699

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BRAZIL

Volunteering

Rio de Janeiro

If you're looking for a lifechanging experience, then this is it — living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro while enjoying the sights and sounds of Brazil.

highlights • Volunteering at a daycare centre that provides support for over 50 local kids • Support, teach and care for at-risk children • Explore vibrant Rio de Janeiro, including a one-day sightseeing tour • Take Portuguese lessons • Getting to know the local people

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Experience Rio de Janeiro first-hand while volunteering at a community-run daycare centre, located in one of Brazil’s largest favelas where over 50 children are provided with a loving atmosphere to learn and grow, complete with games and educational activities, nutritious meals and healthcare. Help local staff and other volunteers with running the daycare and educational activities, and by giving your time you are allowing these children's mums to work and support their families, helping to break the cycle of poverty.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Help out with day-care activities. Cook for and help feed children. Play games, assist with art classes and teach music. Help teach children some English and computer skills.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Rio de Janeiro Getting There: Meet at the joining point in Rio on day 1

Learn Brazilian Portuguese so you can improve your interactions with the locals. Discover all that the exciting city of Rio has to offer including beaches, amazing architecture and the spectacular statue of Christ The Redeemer. Share accommodation in the city with your fellow volunteers, and enjoy socialising in the evenings and weekend - Rio's vibrant nightlife is legendary!

Extra Weeks: Fr £140 per week Accommodation: Hotel (4 nts), guesthouse in a favela (9 nts)

EXTEND YOUR STAY

Meals: 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches (Mon-Fri only)

Wonders of Brazil

In-country Support: Local representative in Rio & project co-ordinator Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$170-225 for meals not included Notes: Accommodation during the week is in the favela near the daycare centre; on weekends, you stay in a hotel in Rio Trip Code: GATSZPBN

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13 DAYS

Fr £1,369

Time to get tropical and samba it up Copacabana style! Become hopelessly addicted to the embodiment of South American soul that is the Brazilian spirit - setting you well on your way for the ultimate of unanticipated travel tales. Start off in magnificent Rio - a city with a character like no other. Marvel at Christ the Redeemer, boogie with a Brazilian band before heading further along the coast to laze in the sun on tropical islands while sipping on fantastic caipirinhas. Be transported to a haven of coves and golden beaches. This is 13 days of lifeloving passion in Brazil. Trip code: GASZWB

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central america Tiny on the map but huge in diversity

CENTRAL AMERICA

central america

“My first full conversation outside of class and the family – with a kid selling hammocks. We sat and talked about life in the States versus life in Nicaragua during one of my breaks and I was able to carry on a complete conversation!” Krysta Hample - Volunteer

Volunteer And Learn Spanish In Nicaragua

The laces between North and South America, this tract of land shouts impossibly gorgeous sunsets, coffee-scented mountains, tracts of volcanoes and life infused with African-Caribbean culture and Mayan history. Discover 16th century colonial towns, Spanish haciendas, Caribbean white-sand beaches, vibrant reefs and pyramids that date back a millennium.

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15 Days

CARIBBEAN SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION

Fr

£379

San Jose, Costa Rica

Volunteering

Tortuguero

San Jose

C O S T A R I C A

Learn more about sea turtle conservation in beautiful Tortuguero. This project is a must for nature lovers looking to make a real difference.

highlights • Work with researchers and experts on a highly successful project protecting endangered species • Learn more about sea turtle conservation efforts in Costa Rica • Spend 2 weeks in wildlife-filled rainforests

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Located in Tortuguero on the coast of Costa Rica, the Caribbean Sea Turtle conservation project studies turtles nesting on unprotected beaches. The globally endangered green, leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to nest on beaches accessible from the station. Volunteers will take part in night patrols and will assist in tagging and data collection. There are no roads in the area, and visitors to Caño Palma arrive by boat via a network of rivers and canals.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Assist with the biological monitoring programme, with the purpose of protecting female sea turtles, nests and hatchlings against poachers, and against natural and introduced predators. Monitor the baby turtle hatchery where, depending on season, you could be involved in counting baby turtles and releasing them back into the wild. Assist visiting researchers with data collection, including on night patrols.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays (Jul-Oct)

The station is situated 200m from the beach, and is backed by 3kms of mangrove lagoons - you'll help to maintain the project’s facilities, yards and trails.

Project Location: Tortuguero

Share in preparing meals and daily chores.

Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in San Jose on day 1 Extra Weeks: Fr £250 per week

EXTEND YOUR STAY

Accommodation: Basic hotel (1 nt) & rustic lodge with bunk beds (13 nts)

Costa Rica Adventure

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners. Participants assist with meal preparation and clean up

One of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, Costa Rica is often considered a true 'Garden of Eden'. Basking in the exotic Caribbean beaches, take a boat ride tour of Tortuguero National Park and explore off-the-beaten-track on this brilliant 16 day tour. Starting and ending in San Jose, highlights include swimming beneath twin waterfalls, catching the glow of molten lava, absorbing the wonder of a cloud forest and snorkelling the warm waters waround Quepos.

In-country Support: Project co-ordinator Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$100 for snacks and meals not included Notes: Basic Spanish is recommended

Trip code: GACRA

Trip Code: GATCRCST

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16 Days

Fr £869


8

Days

WILDIFE RESCUE IN COSTA RICA

Fr

£509

San Jose, Costa Rica

Project Snapshot La Fortuna/ Arenal San Jose Volunteering

Volunteering/Voluntouring

C O S T A R I C A

Costa Rica is known for its incredible forests and wildlife; however, human encroachment has resulted in a decline in wildlife populations and an increase in the number of species listed as endangered. This project works to rehabilitate injured wildlife and seeks to educate the public of the need to protect their habitats.

A perfect project for anyone who wants to learn more about the unique and endangered creatures of Costa Rica and assist in their rehabilitation.

highlights • Help care for and rehabilitate animals • Integrate into local life with a homestay

Life as a volunteer

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays

Assist with receiving and evaluation of recently arrived animals.

Accommodation: Hotel (1 nt), homestay with local family and shared bathroom (6 nts)

Introduce animals to their new living quarters, built as closely as possible to resemble their natural habitats.

Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in San Jose on day 1

Cleaning of cages and living areas.

Extra Weeks: Fr £390 per week

Maintenance of facilities.

Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

Preparation of animal diets and foods.

Trip Code: GATCRWRT

Daily care and eventual liberation of animals back into the forest.

15 PROJECT COSTA RICA

Fr

Days

£669

San Jose, Costa Rica

Project Snapshot La Fortuna/ Arenal San Jose

Monteverde

Give back to Mother Nature by volunteering at the Pacific Sea Turtle Project, and then enjoy a week of touring to explore Costa Rica's beautiful interior. Using man-made shelters called 'viveros' to protect eggs and nests, the conservation programme assists endangered sea turtles and their hatchlings on Matapalo Beach, and volunteers provide a vital source of help.

C O S T A R I C A

Playa Matapalo From pristine cloud forests to the Pacific Coast surf, make a lasting impact whilst experiencing some of the most incredible scenery and wildlife.

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DAY

• Helping to protect sea turtles • Discover the wildlife of the cloud forest • Hike round the base of Arenal Volcano

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Accommodation: Simple hotels (8 nts), multishare basic lodge (6 nts) Getting There: Bus transport included from/ to San Jose

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Travel inland to the cloud forest, a unique ecosystem home to 2,000 plant species and a great variety of birds and wildlife. Enjoy numerous exciting activites.

11-13

La Fortuna Located at the base of the Arenal Volcano, this stunning area is home to outstanding birdlife and monkeys. Enjoy nature trails, swimming in waterfalls and soaking in thermal hot springs.

14-15

San José Transfer back to San José for one final evening with the group.

Meals: 6 breakfast, 5 lunches, 6 dinners Trip Code: GACRPJ

San José Arrive into San José and make your own way to the hotel. Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Spend five days volunteering at this remarkable conservation project working to protect these fascinating creatures, which are best seen here from Jun-Nov. Volunteers may participate in nightime beach patrols, data collection, monitoring the baby turtle hatchery and area maintenance. (6B, 5L, 6D)

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays (Jun-Nov)

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AND TEACH 14 SURF ENGLISH IN COSTA RICA

Fr

Days

£599

San Jose - Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica

Project Snapshot The project at this technical high school provides students with practical skills in areas such as sustainable farming, community ecotourism and hospitality. With lots going on, you will spend your volunteering time teaching English classes and on various activities such as the dairy workshop, tree nursery or recycling programme. In your free time, hit the beach and learn to surf!

Volunteering

Volunteer at a special high school that teaches tourism training, conversational English and sustainable farming, with plenty of free time for surfing!

highlights • Help teach English to students • Protect the environment by assisting at a recycling project • Free time to explore or learn to surf

Life as a volunteer Spend half days volunteering as an assistant in English classes to improve conversational abilities of students learning tourism (please note that an intermediate level of Spanish is required). Participate in a wide variety of other projects - enjoy the range of activities on offer whilst contributing to the local community at the same time.

iNCLUSIONS

Help out in the practice kitchen, the computer lab, in the dairy and cheese workshop, on the organic plantain plantation, in the tree nursery and on the recycling programme.

Project Start Date: Sundays Accommodation: Multi-share dorm (13 nts) Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in San Jose on day 1 Extra Weeks: Fr £250 per week Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners Trip Code: GATCREST

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Days

Take surf lessons on the stunning Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This is one of the best places on Earth to learn to surf so enjoy! In your spare time, learn about the onsite sea turtle conservation project, relax on the beach and take in the gorgeous Pacific sunsets.

LEARN SPANISH & VOLUNTEER IN COSTA RICA

Fr

£479

San Jose - Quepos, Costa Rica

Project Snapshot Participants will learn Spanish language skills at a school located near the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, one of Costa Rica's most popular regions, before volunteering to work with elderly people in the area. Help to provide an opportunity for the elderly to receive one-onone attention and receive better nutrition and healthcare.

Take Spanish classes, work with the elderly and immerse yourself in the local culture of this beautiful Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica.

highlights • Give back to the local community by helping the elderly • Learning and improving your Spanish

iNCLUSIONS

Project Start Date: Saturdays Accommodation: Basic hotel (1 nt), homestay with local family (6 nts) Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel in San Jose on day 1 Extra Weeks: Fr £380 per week Meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners Trip Code: GATCRSVT

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Life as a volunteer Take half-day Spanish classes at a local language school and improve your language skills. Experience community life through a family homestay, and enjoy interaction with local people. Provide much-needed help to the region's elderly residents, along with supporting the staff at the centre with their efforts. Explore Quepos and the incredible rainforest of Manuel Antonio National Park - the area surrounding the school offers some of the world's most spectacular beaches and an extraordinary range of biodiversity. Free time to hike the nature trails and spot monkeys, or perhaps try your hand at surfing.

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Days

GUATEMALA BUILDING PROJECT

Fr

£808

Antigua, Guatemala

Volunteering

G U A T E M A L A

Guatemala City Antigua

Guatemala is one of the jewels of Central America, packed with ancient ruins, active volcanoes and intriguing Mayan culture.

highlights • Make a positive contribution even with just a short amount of time to spare • Work side-by-side with families to help them become self-sustainable • Improve standards of living for people living in poverty on just $1 per day • Improve your Spanish with one-to-one classes • Half-day guided tour • Experience the beauty and culture of Antigua

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays (twice-monthly) Project Location: Antigua Getting There: Transfers from/to Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on the start date Extra Weeks: Fr £785 for 2 weeks, fr £970 for 3 weeks, fr £1160 for 4 weeks Accommodation: Private room with shared bathrooms in a family homestay Meals: All meals included (except Sunday) In-country Support: Volunteer co-ordinator and local project staff Group Size: Max 8 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$20-50 per week for snacks, meals and other activities not included Notes: Basic English and Spanish required, medical form and criminal background check required Trip Code: STAGUAMLA

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This unique project enables volunteers to experience a new culture first-hand, by taking part in voluntary work on community construction projects. With the leaders of the Mayan communities, you'll assist the development of short-term manual projects to improve the standard of living for hundreds of indigenous families in rural Guatemala, such as building energy efficient stoves for cleaner air and less wood consumption. These stoves significantly reduce the risk of burns, infections and other health problems.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Volunteers will work with their chosen individual project until it is finished, which will be within one week, allowing you the satisfaction of seeing it through to completion. The first two days will be dedicated to the Spanish classes, where you can brush up your skills with 10 hours of one-to-one tuition. Following this, days start early with eating breakfast with the host family, before travelling to the relevant project site and arriving to start work at about 8am. You will then work with the family who has been chosen to benefit from the project until late afternoon, before travelling back to Antigua, arriving at around 5pm.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Mayan Sun

16 Days

Fr £699

Time to shake those maracas as you head off out onto this colourful cavort where you can't but help keep a permanent smile stuck to your face! Meet other like-minded lovers of the Latin lifestyle and take home tales about snorkeling in the Caribbean, discovering Mayan ruins, and swimming with nurse sharks and stingrays. This great small group tour travels between Antigua and Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, taking in the coastal ruins of Tulum, the famous market of Chichicastenango and an authentic homestay at Lake Atitlan. Trip code: GACMCA

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14 Days

TEACH CHILDREN IN MAYAN COMMUNITIES

Fr

£865

Antigua, Guatemala

Volunteering

G U A T E M A L A

Guatemala City Antigua

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Live in the beautiful Spanish colonial town of Antigua and teach Volunteers joining this project will be working with children from nursery through initial primary important skills to smiling children school levels, typically from the ages of 4 and upwards and concentrating on basic education and living in small villages, often at literacy. As their teachers, those volunteers placed with younger children will be helping them 2000m altitudes. highlights • Teaching literacy and numeracy to indigenous children in remote areas • Practicing your Spanish language skills • Living with a host family in Antigua to help understand the local culture • Explore the highlights of Antigua, or visit Lake Atitlan • Go hiking, biking and kayaking

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays (twice-monthly) Project Location: Antigua Getting There: Transfers from/to Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City Extra Weeks: Fr £1065 for 4 weeks, fr £1265 for 6 weeks, fr £1465 for 8 weeks, fr £1665 for 10 weeks, fr £1865 for 12 weeks

master all the classroom basics, from holding a pencil, drawing lines, to their first letters and numbers. For those volunteers with more advanced Spanish, you may be teaching more advanced children in maths, language and sciences.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Enjoy the happy atmosphere of a classroom environment, and help to deliver a varied range of interactive activities to help these enthusiastic children to learn all the basics. Volunteers will assist other volunteers, until you feel comfortable to take your own lessons - class size ranges from 5 to 20 children. Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture with a family homestay and sample the local cuisine with home-cooked food for breakfast and dinner. A typical day normally starts with breakfast, before meeting the other volunteers to catch the local bus to the project site, arriving to start classes at about 8.30am. Classes take place from Mon-Fri with morning and afternoon breaks and time for lunch. The school day ends at 4.00pm, before catching the transfer back to Antigua. Socialise with your fellow volunteers over a weekly barbecue on Friday evenings.

Accommodation: Private room with shared bathrooms at a family homestay Meals: All meals included (except Sunday) In-country Support: Volunteer co-ordinator and local project staff Group Size: Max 8 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$20-50 for snacks, meals and other activities not included Notes: Basic English required and unless fluent Spanish lessons recommended, medical form and criminal background check needed Trip Code: STAGUATEA

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develop your skills with an internship

Fr £1,315

You can choose to do a 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 week internship placement. In joining this internship you will work alongside a dedicated staff supervisor to ensure you maximise your placement, cultural and learning activities. This internship will allow you to make a real personal difference to the lives of underprivileged children and gain invaluable hands-on practical experience in a variety of fields including project management and team leadership. Paid and unpaid positions may be available for qualifying candidates after their internship. You will gain the following: • Internationally recognised qualification in team leading • Teacher training • Classroom management • Lesson planning • Teaching experience • Risk assessments • Emergency evacuation plans • Programme logistics • Cultural knowledge

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16 Days

CHILDREN'S ART & CULTURE WORKSHOP

Fr

£259

Antigua, Guatemala

Volunteering

G U A T E M A L A

San Marcos Lake Atitlan Antigua

A perfect fit for enthusiastic and creative volunteers who enjoy working with children, and who appreciate a moderate climate with gorgeous scenery.

highlights • Inspire local children with your creativity • Boost their self-confidence through art, drama, dance and many other activities • Share free weekends hanging out with fellow volunteers • Admire high mountain peaks cut with lush verdant valleys • Explore the charms of Antigua, where the colonial townhouses have beautifully-carved wooden entrances

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays Project Location: San Marcos

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This project brings art and culture alive for children who would otherwise never have the chance to experience this type of education. A unique and well-run programme, it includes activities as diverse as gymnastics, dance, theatre and arts and crafts. The programme’s fee goes toward a scholarship for a child to attend the programme, who might have otherwise begun work at a young age. Youth leaders who have graduated from the programme serve as role models to the other children, and can grow into successful leaders in their community.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Assist with various activities including gymnastics, dance, theatre and painting. Work on arts and crafts activities with the children. Enjoy home-cooked lunches on site with other volunteers and staff. Live in the mountains just above the beautiful Lake Atitlan. Discover Guatemalan Mayan indigenous culture as it is today. Provide these children the chance to experience the arts and learn more about their heritage. Get to know the unique town of San Marcos on the lake, go swimming or take boat rides to explore surrounding villages.

Getting There: Transfer to San Marcos is included on day 2, return transfer to Antigua Extra Weeks: Fr £110 per week Accommodation: Basic hotel (2 nts), multishare dorm (13 nts) Meals: 10 lunches In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and staff Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$225-300 for meals not included Notes: Basic Spanish mandatory / Intermediate Spanish recommended Trip Code: GATCGVCT

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7

Days

TEACH LIFE SKILLS IN ANTIGUA

Fr

£279

Guatemala City - Antigua, Guatemala

Volunteering

G U A T E M A L A

Antigua

Take part in a successful afterschool programme that helps to improve the lives of children who live just outside the beautiful colonial town of Antigua.

highlights • Assist at a successful after-school programme • Help at-risk children find a brighter future through education • Live with a local Guatemalan family, taking the chance to improve your language skills • Explore Antigua and the beautiful surrounding areas

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This after-school project seeks to provide meaningful education opportunities to over 1,000 children who hail from poor coffee-growing families. The goal is to help improve living conditions and provide skills and confidence needed to create a brighter future. Programmes include computer classes, tutoring in reading and writing skills, English classes, recreational activities and a bi-monthly health clinic.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Spend 4–6 hours per day working alongside friendly staff and international volunteers. Share your skills and enthusiasm in areas of your interest or expertise. Take part in IT programmes, literacy, arts, crafts and sports. Participate in recreational and educational activities that make learning fun. Inspire children to continue with their studies.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: San Miguel Dueñas (30 minutes outside Antigua) Getting There: Meet at the joining hotel on day 1 Extra Weeks: Fr £80 per week Accommodation: Family homestay (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfast, 5 lunches, 6 dinners In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and staff Group Size: No minimum numbers required Minimum Age: 18 years old

Learn about Guatemalan life in a family homestay and greatly improve your Spanish skills. Explore the beautiful and famous colonial town of Antigua before or after your volunteer experience.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Volcano Trail

Fr £789

This epic 17-day small group adventure to the hot spots of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica will make you erupt with joy. Travelling between Antigua and San José (Costa Rica), you'll hike through lush rainforest and may well come face-to-face with a monkey or three. As you walk through the cool cloud forests around Monteverde, you might just catch a glimpse of the resplendent quetzal, one of the most beautiful and elusive birds in the world. Trip code: GAJSG

Budget: Allow US$50 per week for meals not included Notes: Basic Spanish mandatory / Intermediate Spanish recommended Trip Code: GATCGLST

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12 Days

JAGUAR & PUMA RESEARCH PROJECT

Fr

£995

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Volunteer Project

Cancun

Volunteering

R I B B E A N M E X I C O

S E A BE LI Z E

ke Atitlán Help to research big cats and their prey at the reserve of El Eden - a privately owned protected area comprising 3,000 hectares of forest and wetland.

highlights • Contribute to the preservation of these beautiful and reclusive big cats • Participate in wildlife tracking efforts, including bird monitoring transects • Checking camera traps for jaguar, puma and ocelot, and maintaining the equipment • Admiring the tropical scenery of the Yucatan with hikes through wetlands and forests

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 04Jun12, 18Jun12, 02July12, 16Jul12, 30Jul12, 13Aug12, 27Aug12 Project Location: El Eden Getting There: Meet at Hostal Mundo Joven in Cancun at 9:00am on the project start date. Transfers included from/to the project site Extra Weeks: Fr £1145 for 18 days, fr £1295 for 25 days Accommodation: Basic, comfortable cabanas (11 nts) Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Local project staff Group Size: Max 12 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$100-200 per week for meals and other activities not included Notes: Basic English required, plus medical form

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This project aims to protect key eco-systems for the conservation of jaguars and other species. It also works towards the creation of a biological corridor in the north Yucatan Peninsula. The project and its volunteers help with placing and checking camera traps for big cats (such as jaguar, puma and ocelot) and potential prey. Jaguars are quickly disappearing from the Yucatan Peninsula due to deforestation, land partitioning and illegal poaching. The work carried out during your stay will help to reverse this decline.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer At El Eden, volunteers will take part in daily monitoring activities such as trekking to camera traps to check and fix the equipment, and downloading the captured images of these reclusive cats. Wildlife observations and habitat mapping, checking for signs of jaguar, puma and ocelot activity, and assisting with the bird monitoring programme. If you're lucky, and find yourself in the right place at the right time, you may even be able to observe the expert team trap and mark jaguar and puma. There will also be some biodiversity assessment tasks in the forest. Learn wildlife tracking skills while hiking through wetlands, and observe crocodiles to learn about their behaviour patterns. Volunteers will also aid in the general maintenance of the La Savanna field station. Before or after your volunteering project, explore the Yucatan Peninsula, home to ancient Mayan ruins, outstanding culture, delicious food and pristine beaches - no surprise then to find that this is Mexico’s most popular tourism region.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Mayan Adventure

22 Days

Fr £1,179

Discover the fascinating world of the Mayans on this stunning 22-day small group trip around some of the many landmarks in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Unleash your inner adventurer becuase you're going to be climbing ruins, diving into natural pools, navigating rivers and snorkelling with sharks. This all-encompassing journey combines the beauty of the highlands, the mystery of great Mayan sites and the beaches of the Caribbean, where you can take it easy on the laid-back island of Caye Caulker. Tour starts in Cancun, and finishes in Playa del Carmen. Trip code: GACAM

Trip Code: STACUNJAG

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Fr MEXICO MARINE £1,595 29 days CONSERVATION EXPEDITION Cancun, Mexico

I B B E A N Cancun Playa del Carmen

Merida

Volunteering

S E A

Volunteer Project

M E X I C O

Chetumal Belize City

B E L I Z E

G U A T E M A L A

Here in Mexico's Yucatan, your work as a volunteer provides invaluable data to assess the health of the coral reef and marine wildlife activity.

highlights • Living and working on a remote jungle base in the beautiful Yucatan • Waking up to views of the deserted white-sand beach and the turquoise Caribbean Sea • Learning how to identify the fish or coral • Participating in monitoring dives and exploring various sites along the coast

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 14Jan12, 11Feb12, 10Mar12, 07Apr12, 05May12, 02Jun12, 30Jun12, 28Jul12, 25Aug12, 22Sep12, 20Oct12, 17Nov12

pROJECT sNAPSHOT In the turquoise Caribbean waters of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, you can take part in important marine conservation work on the world’s second-largest barrier reef by helping with coral reef and fish monitoring, turtle nesting and conducting crocodile surveys. On land, you will help community education and sustainable tourism development programmes. This ambitious coral reef research and community education expedition also takes participants to learn scuba diving and earn an internationally recognised PADI diving qualification.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Days can typically be quite long but rewarding, beginning early to make the most of daylight hours. A typical day might consist of travelling to the survey sites, conducting survey work, returning from the sites, washing down the equipment, and filling air tanks ready for the next day. Late finishes can be expected, as all of the data collected each day need to be reviewed and then input into the database. At the end of the day, the whole team gathers to debrief, eat and socialise over a few beers as the sun goes down. Back on dry land, some days will be spent helping with the community awareness programme, including educating local fishermen, and creating signs to educate visitors about this fragile eco-system.

Project Location: Boca Paila (1hr from Tulum, Yucatan Peninsula) Getting There: Meet at Hotel Colorado in Playa del Carmen at 10:00am on the project start date; transfer to project base is included Extra Weeks: Fr £2595 for 8 weeks, fr £3395 for 12 weeks Accommodation: Basic shared huts with shared bathroom facilities Meals: All meals included. Volunteers take it in turns to prepare meals for the group In-country Support: Volunteer co-ordinator and local project staff Group Size: Max 24 (with 6-8 on the daily dive groups) Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow for US$50-70 per week for snacks and other activities not included Notes: Good written and spoken English, plus medical form and PADI form required. Volunteers on 4 weeks must be PADI Advanced Open Water qualified Trip Code: STAPCMMAR

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develop your skills with an internship

Fr £5,095

This 24 week long SCUBA diving internship starts with a 12 week expedition to develop your understanding of marine conservation, and to establish or further your diving skills. You will live and work with a research team in a remote environment and attain base skills essential for your subsequent 12 weeks work placement at a PADI dive centre, where you will undertake your PADI Dive Master and further advanced training courses, and help the dive centre with all its commercial operations. You will gain: • PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality • PADI Advanced Open Water • PADI Rescue Diver certifications • PADI Dive Master certifications (excluding PADI professional fees) • First Aid & CPR training (Emergency First Response Certification) • Biological Survey Techniques BTEC Course • Introduction to TEFL • Diving compressor training workshop with practical experience • Environmental education • Interpersonal skills • Leadership skills

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COMMUNITY BUILDING PROJECT IN NICARAGUA

Fr

£745

Managua, Nicaragua

Volunteering

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Immerse yourself in one of several agricultural communities Surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, volunteers will spend a minimum of one week working located amidst the lovely in one of several rural communities close to Estelí. Assist with the building of energy-efficient scenery around Estelí, which has stoves designed for cleaner air and to reduce wood consumption, and help with other communityan authentic appeal. highlights • Working side-by-side with local rural families, and understanding their customs through a genuine homestay • See each chosen project through to completion • Get to know the family for whom you are directly benefiting • One-on-one Spanish classes

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays (twice-monthly)

based projects. Even with just a short time to donate, you'll see your designated project through to completion, and have the satisfaction of knowing that your time and funding has made a valuable contribution to the community, and improved the quality of life for its residents. You'll also benefit from one-to-one lessons where you can brush up your Spanish language skills.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer The energy-efficient stoves that you'll help to construct bring economical, environmental and medical benefits to the communities of Nicaragua. With the improvements they bring to the family's air quality, the likelihood of contracting a chronic lung illness is greatly reduced, and the high costs of the medicines avoided. The families that have stoves only have to collect or buy up to a third of the firewood they used to, which also brings an economic benefit as well as reducing deforestation.

Project Location: Estelí, 150km north of Managua

Your days start early, eating breakfast with your host family before catching the bus to the relevant project site, typically 10-15kms from Estelí, arriving to start work at about 8am.

Getting There: Transfers included from/to Augusto C Sandino Airport in Managua on the start date

You will then work on your project until around midday when you will break for lunch. Work continues until 4pm, when you return to Estelí.

Extra Weeks: Fr £895 for 2 weeks, fr £1045 for 3 weeks, fr £1195 for 4 weeks

You'll also be provided with 10 hours of one-to-one Spanish tuition, and have the chance to practice with your host family.

Accommodation: Private room with shared bathrooms at a family homestay Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Local project staff

In your free time, there's always something to do. Enjoy included hikes to the Salta Estanzuela waterfall and the beautiful Miraflor, and perhaps do a spot of trekking in the Maribios volcanic chain, tour an organic coffee farm or go snorkelling in the coral reefs of the Corn Islands.

Group Size: Max 3 (per community) Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$20-50 per week for snacks and other activities not included Notes: Medical form and criminal background check required Trip Code: STAMGANGA

EXTEND YOUR STAY Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Passes - Bamba Experience

4-365 days

Fr £215

Experience the real Central America with a Bamba Experience hop-on hop-off bus pass. Bamba has an extensive network of local bus routes through Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, and a huge number of different pass options are available. Create your own personalised itinerary by simply choosing where you want to go, when you want to depart, the number of routes you wish to purchase and which free activities you want to do. It couldn't be easier! Trip code: STACRCBMA

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7

Days

VOLUNTEER AND LEARN SPANISH IN NICARAGUA

Fr

£449

Managua - Granada, Nicaragua

HONDU R A S

Volunteering

NIC A R AG UA

Managua Granada

Spend time learning Spanish and volunteering at various projects in Granada. A perfect combination of learning and giving in this colonial city.

highlights • Improve your Spanish language skills • Choose the projects that interest you most from a wide variety • Make new friends staying with a local family

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Granada Getting There: Transfer from Managua to homestay is included on day 1 Extra Weeks: Fr £290 per week

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This is an ideal project for anyone looking to combine a spot of volunteering with the chance to improve their own language skills. The Spanish Language School assists students in quickly and efficiently establishing a firm foundation in Spanish. Family homestays will help you to communicate effectively, and introduce you to Nicaraguan social and cultural life. Your time spent volunteering at a pre-school, after-school programme or at an eco-lodge will enable you to give back to this friendly country.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Spend half days learning Spanish with the balance of the day volunteering. Based on your interests, participate in an after-school programme at which you can teach painting, jewellery-making and English. Other alternatives available include working on a recycling project, assisting in the day-to-day care of 2–4 year-olds at a daycare centre, or helping with sustainable farming practices at a cooperative family eco-lodge. In your free time, explore the colonial city of Granada, kayak through the many isletas in Lake Nicaragua or visit the craft market and volcano in nearby Masaya.

Accommodation: Multi-share dorm at a family homestay (6 nts) Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and local staff Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$50 per week for meals not included Notes: Basic Spanish recommended, volunteer project to be chosen in advance Trip Code: GATCNSVT

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14 Days

LEARN SPANISH AND VOLUNTEER IN PANAMA

Fr

£539

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Volunteering

Learn Spanish & volunteer at local projects on an island off the Caribbean coast of Panama. A learning and helping experience in a tropical paradise!

highlights • Learn Spanish in a paradise location • Choose from two projects - a local school or working with the elderly • Live with a guest family in Panama • Check out the turquoise-coloured waters of the Caribbean

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Sundays Project Location: Bocas del Toro Getting There: You will be met at the airport and walked to your homestay Extra Weeks: Fr £310 per week Accommodation: Homestay in multi-share dorm (13 nts)

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Choose to volunteer at one of two worthwhile projects which include a home for elderly people where you can spend time reading or playing games with the residents; or assist teachers at a nearby school and make a difference by helping teach English to local children. Taking Spanish classes while volunteering will provide you with the opportunity to better connect and communicate with the community.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Spend half days in Spanish classes and take the opportunity to improve your language skills. Spend the other half of your day volunteering at your chosen project - a home for the elderly or nearby school. Explore Bocas del Toro, an island paradise with a mix of indigenous, Caribbean and Hispanic cultures, and enjoy the tasty fresh fish that abounds in this town! In your free time, snorkel, scuba dive, head to the beach or check out various sustainable tourism initiatives throughout the archipelago. Take the opportunity while in Bocas del Toro to visit STA Travel's newly supported safe drinking water project located nearby. STA Travel is fundraising to install 10 urgently needed water tanks in indigenous villages that currently lack access to clean, disease-free water. A visit to this meaningful project could be arranged during your stay for an additional fee to cover the project's costs for the day.

Meals: No meals included. Access to a shared kitchen In-country Support: Volunteer project coordinator and staff Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$210-280 per week for meals not included Notes: Basic Spanish recommended Trip Code: GATCPSVT

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australia new zealand and south pacific

australia new zealand and south pacific Embrace distance, unique environments, sun, sea and places un-crowded

“Without volunteer involvement, the kiwi survey would cease to exist so I am thrilled my small contribution preserves jobs and has helped to support the survival of these native creatures.” Brian Walker – Volunteer Kiwi Encounter Conservation in New Zealand Arresting ochre-tinged territories, cosmopolitan cities and Brumby wilds that aren’t within a ‘cooee’ of civilisation – this is Australia. Experience the patriotic sports scene and definitely get aquatic in the world’s largest reef system. Hop, skip and jump to New Zealand to seek out unique tribes, customs and real-life Middle Earth. Top it all off on the sun-soaked islands of the South Pacific where time is lost and life slows down.

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14 Days

OUTBACK & MARINE CONSERVATION

Fr

£995

Avocet (outback) & Brampton Island, Australia

Avocet

Volunteer Project

Brampton Island

Volunteer Project

AU S TR A L I A

Mackay Volunteering

QU E E NSL AND

A unique opportunity to volunteer in the Aussie outback and on a marine conservation project on an island National Park in the Whitsundays.

highlights • Work to protect endangered species • Analyse animal tracks • Learn about native wildlife • Explore Australian bush in central Queensland • Visit Blackdown Tableland National Park • Swim on a subtropical island • Camp on the beach

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 26May12, 08Aug12, 12Oct12 Project Location: Avocet and Brampton Island Getting There: Transfers included from/to Mackay Harbour Accommodation: Basic hotel (1 nt) & rustic lodge with bunk beds (13 nts)

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This project is two fold - assist with the conservation of endangered wallabies in the Queensland outback and also aid marine conservation at a National Park in the Whitsunday Islands. The Avocet Nature Reserve is home to a wide range of native Australian wildlife, and its main goal is to provide habitat, through a recovery plan and management activities, for the endangered Flashjack Wallaby - thought to be extinct until 1973. As Brampton Island is relatively small, the conservation work performed by the volunteers has a direct and lasting impact on all the island’s plants and animals. Cleaning up debris will prevent sea turtles from swallowing or entangling themselves in rubbish and the removal of invasive plant species allows native plants to once again thrive.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer During this two week programme volunteers will experience two very different Australian ecosystems; the iconic Australian bush and a beautiful subtropical island, surrounded by coral reefs. Volunteers will set up camp and rise at 7 o'clock each day in their first week at Avocet. Sand plots will be set and checked each morning to determine levels of feral animal activity. Droppings and track evidence from each night's traps will be inspected, recorded and analysed. Volunteers will take part in general reserve management and assist with surveys and trapping excercises. During the second week, based on Brampton Island, each morning kicks off at eight o'clock with breakfast, a team safety briefing and the day's itinerary.

Meals: All meals are included and participants take it in turns to prepare meals for the group

Morning work takes place in a designated area where volunteers will work two to three hours removing invasive plants found in this section.

In-country Support: Local project staff

Early afternoons are spent out on the coral reef at low tide, with project leaders explaining the intricacies of the animals and organisms living on the reef.

Group Size: Avg 8 - Max 12 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$50-100 for drinks and snacks or other activities not included before departure to the island Notes: Basic English recommended Trip Code: STAWDSMCO

Afternoons and evenings are free for volunteers to swim, cook dinner, watch the sunset and enjoy this beautiful tropical island.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Whitsunday Tropical Dreamz

6 days

Fr £725

If you want to make the most of the stunning Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef here is your chance! We have combined all the best 'must sees' plus a few gems you might not know about to partner up with this incredible package. You will get a chance to explore Airlie Beach, South Molle Island, Daydream Island and take a trip to the Outer Reef for a day of snorkelling, diving and swimming with an adventure sailing experience to Whitehaven Beach. Trip code: STAGZCWTD

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5

Days

PENGUIN PROTECTION COASTAL CONSERVATION

Fr

£646

Melbourne, Australia

Voluntouring

V I C T O R I A

Melbourne

Geelong Twelve Apostles

Great Ocean Road

Philip Island

Churchill Island

Otway National Park

Participate in a five-day programme of wildlife and coastal conservation in two of Australia's most beautiful coastal regions.

highlights • Volunteer on Phillip Island and in the Southern Otway Ranges • Help protect the local penguin population and habitat • At certain times of the year get involved in tree planting, seed collection and weed control • Drive along the coastal Great Ocean Road to admire the Twelve Apostles

iNCLUSIONS

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Set amongst the backdrop of the iconic Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island this is your opportunity to contribute to the conservation of these spectacular natural areas. Help plant trees and remove weeds on the Great Ocean Road and experience life as a ranger at Phillip Island Nature Park participating in conservation volunteering activities aimed at protecting the local penguin population. This is a rewarding and different way to experience two of Victoria’s best natural attractions. DAY

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Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road Depart Melbourne along one of the world’s most famous drives - the Great Ocean Road. Assist with local conservation projects alongside experienced conservation volunteer leaders. In the late afternoon arrive at your accommodation base nestled in the Otway National Park. (L,D)

02

Volunteering activities Start the day contributing to local conservation projects in the Southern Otway Ranges. In the afternoon visit the famous Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge for some of Australia’s most breathtaking coastal views. (B,L,D)

03

Head to Phillip Island Depart Great Ocean Road for your inland journey to Phillip Island. Along the way stop for lunch before your arrival at the Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island. Enjoy close encounters with Koalas and explore early settler’s heritage. In the evening experience the Penguin Parade – the nightly return of the penguins from their ocean feeding grounds to their burrows. We have reserved you a prime spot to see these adorable birds up close. (B,L,D)

04

Volunteering activities Spend the day assisting Phillip Island Nature Park rangers with volunteering activities to help protect the local penguin population and habitat. Activities vary depending on the time of year and may include tree planting, habitat restoration, seed collection and weed control. (B,L,D)

05

Last day Spend a final day at Phillip Island assisting rangers once more. Expected return time to Melbourne is 5.30pm. (B,L)

Project Start Date: 3rd Monday of each month Project Location: Melbourne Getting There: Transfers included from/to Melbourne Accommodation: Dormitory share, twin/double or single room with shared bathroom facilities (4 nts) Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners In-country Support: Experience guide and ranger Group Size: Min 4 – Max 10 Minimum Age: 14 years old (under 16 years old to be accompanied by an adult) Budget: Allow US$30-35 for drinks & snacks Notes: Volunteers to bring sleeping bags & appropriate clothing Trip Code: STAMELPNG

EXTEND YOUR STAY Nomads' Melbourne Starts Here Package

Fr £38

Take advantage of two, three and four night Nomads' Melbourne Starts Here packages which include accommodation at Melbourne's most unique backpackers hostel. As well as this, airport transfers, nightly dinner with a drink at Industry Bar and two top sightseeing tours ensure you get your trip off to the right start! Trip code: STAMELSHF

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6

DAYS

ARNHEM LAND MARINE DEBRIS PROJECT

Fr

£506

Darwin, Australia

Darwin Arnhem Land

Volunteer Project

Voluntouring

Northern Territory

AU ST R A LI A

Volunteer alongside Aboriginal communities on beach cleanup and monitoring duties in one of the last great, truly unspoiled areas of the world.

highlights • Assist with marine debris collection in remote Aborigine-owned lands • Disposal of 'ghost' fishing nets which pose a huge threat to marine wildlife • Learn about the rich traditions and culture of Australia's indigenous population • Travel by 4WD into a part of Australia few visitors get to experience • Admire spectacular scenery, including towering escarpments, wetlands and savannah woodlands

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This is a 6 day voluntour located at the tip of the Northern Territory, forming part of the spectacular Arnhem Land wilderness area. This land is one of the last great unspoiled areas of the world and well known for its strong Aboriginal culture, towering escarpments, savannah woodlands, wetlands and wildlife. The peninsula’s wild coastlines and surrounding waters swarm with marine life and face continual threats from marine debris pollution. Participate in a coastal conservation projects and work along side like-minded volunteers. DAY

itinerary

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Arrive in Darwin Travel from Darwin city for our outback adventure through the spectacular Arnhem Land. Along the way we stop at the famous Oenpelli, Injalak Arts and Crafts centre. During the early evening we arrive at our accommodation to set up camp and prepare dinner under the stars. (L,D)

02-05

Marine Debris Project Today you will assist with marine debris surveys on the beautiful Peninsula’s looking over the Afafura Sea and Gulf of Carpentaria. During the afternoon there is time to relax at camp and assist with cataloguing data on the marine debris collected during the morning. (B,L,D)

06

Depart Darwin On our journey back to Darwin travel through Arnhem Land. Along the way we stop at Ubirr, famous for its rock art. Travel time is approximately 8 hours in 4WD forward facing, air conditioned comfort. Our expected arrival time into Darwin city or airport is 6.00pm. (B,L)

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 18Jun12, 16Jul12, 13Aug12, 17Sep12 Project Location: Cobourg Peninsula, Arnhem land, Northern Territory Getting There: Arrive in Darwin and meet at CVA office. Return transfer from Darwin is included Accommodation: Camping in single tent, mat provided but bring your own sleeping bag Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Project leader Group Size: Min 2 – Max 10 Minimum Age: 14 years old (accompanied by an adult) Budget: Allow US$30 per day for drinks and snacks Notes: This is a remote area project, facilities and services in Arnhem Land are limited Trip Code: STADRWARH

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15 Days

Fr CONSERVATION £499 IN AUSTRALIA OR NZ

Australia or New Zealand

Volunteering If your vision of Autralia & New pROJECT sNAPSHOT Zealand includes being outdoors Experience the great outdoors! From beaches to rainforest, outback to metropolis. Australia is spotting wildlife - this is for expansive, diverse in its environments and a land you can help protect. Or check out New Zealand you! Join a team, learn new skills & experience something unique. and its rugged landscape, lush forests and deserted beaches. All offer exceptional opportunities

highlights • Get involved in heritage restoration projects • Volunteer in a variety of environments • Learn about conservation • Receive a certificate at the end of your experience • Revel in the great outdoors

and wherever you decide to volunteer, you can be sure your team leaders will teach you practical conservation techniques. You'll visit different project sites completing a range of conservation activities such as habitat restoration to heritage protection.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Each day is different depending on the type of placement and location you are participating at. The projects are focused on conserving the local environment and include erosion and salinity control, seed collection, construction and maintenance. Help with heritage protection and endangered flora and fauna surveys and monitoring.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Fridays Project Location: Selected cities in Australia & New Zealand Getting There: Tranfers from/to central meeting points included in Australia Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Darwin, Adelaide, Fremantle & Hobart. New Zealand - Auckland & Christchurch Accommodation: Accommodation varies according to project and location but includes caravans, hostels, shearers’ quarters, bunkhouses, & camping (14 nts)

In Australia you can get your hands dirty participating in activities such as helping to control invasive weeds around Uluru (Ayers Rock), tree planting in the Adelaide Hills, Rock Wallaby surveys in the Flinders Ranges or boardwalk reconstruction along the incredible Great Ocean Road. New Zealand offers the opportunity to lend a hand on projects such as track maintenance in the Waitakere Ranges or the restoration of rivers and streams in and around Hamilton. Evenings are for cooking and chowing down on some of the tastiest produce these Southern lands provide. Sleeping arrangements each evening will vary greatly, but then this just adds to all the fun.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Greyhound Australia passes

fr 3 Days

Fr £99

Group Size: Min 4 - Max 10

For a simple and cost-effective way of getting around Australia this is your best bet every time. There are several different passes available and it all depends on you, your itinerary and what you need. Greyhound Australia travel over 1,100 destinations daily for 365 days a year. So where ever you want to go downunder, the chances are that Greyhoud can take you there.

Minimum Age: 18 years old

Trip code: STAAUSKMP

Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Volunteer project team leader

Budget: Allow US$150-200 per week for additional snacks & weekend excursions not included Notes: Basic English recommended Trip Code: STAMELCEX (Australia) STAAKLCEX (New Zealand)

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MAORI CULTURAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME

Days

Fr

£495

Auckland - Whakarewarewa, New Zealand

Hauraki Gulf

Auckland

Bay of Plenty

Whakarewarewa Voluntouring

Volunteer Project

T A S MA N S E A

Rotorua N O R T H I S L A N D

Hawke Bay Poverty Bay

Cook

Golden Bay Tasman Bay

it Stra

Wellington

Rotorua is the heart of Maori culture in New Zealand. Involve yourself in community, cultural and conservation development and enhancement.

highlights • Volunteer on community & conservation projects • Take part in reforestation programmes • Assist in the restoration of walking tracks • Work in the only living thermal village of NZ • Experience true Maori culture and be part of the community

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This is an exclusive opportunity to experience Maori culture first-hand. The project focuses on conservation and community work in Whakarewarewa - an area amidst a landscape of hot bubbling mud pools, thermal springs and erupting geothermal activity. Take part in reforestation and restoring walking tracks around the thermal hot springs. Learn all about the importance of this geothermal area to the Maori people and the importance of protecting and sustaining the village. DAY

itinerary

01

Auckland Arrive anytime and make your own way to Nomads Backpackers in Auckland city. Depending on when you arrive, there's plenty of things to see and do in Auckland as you acquaint yourself with this contemporary, waterfront city!

02

Auckland After a tasty breakfast, board the tour bus to Rotorua! Once the tour has arrived at Kiwi Paka Backpackers the rest of the day is yours either for a spot of roaming or some R&R. (B)

03

Whakarewarewa After a bus transfer to Whakarewarewa village for a brief introduction and tour of the area, you'll begin your conservation volunteer work, cooperating closely with the locals. (B,L)

04

Whakarewarewa Conservation work continues at the project. Meet one of the guides who will teach you your own Maori song and come evening you will experience a lively Maori cultural performance. The nightly Rotorua Maori cultural event features arts, craft, song, performing arts and traditional Maori feast. (B,L,D)

05

Whakarewarewa Up and at it again today with an action-packed day of hands-on activities, chatting and cooperating with locals and getting in touch with some real-life kiwi culture. (B,L)

06

Whakarewarewa Complete your conservation volunteer work and meet one of the team to help prepare for your poroporoaki (farewell) with staff and village residents. This will include seeing food placed into a steam box, placed into the hot pools and then pulled out once cooked. (B,L,D)

07

Rotorua to Auckland You are free to either return to Auckland for your final night's accommodation or continue travelling throughout the rest of New Zealand.

08

Depart Auckland Check out of your accommodation in Auckland in the morning and leave any time.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Every second and fourth Sunday Project Location: Auckland and Rotorua Getting There: Arrive in Auckland or make your own way to Rotorua Accommodation: Nomads Auckland (2 nts) & Rotorua accommodation (4 nts) Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 2 dinners In-country Support: An experienced Englishspeaking guide Transport: Transfer from Kiwi Paka to Whakarewarewa are included Group Size: Min 2 - Max no limit Minimum Age: All ages Budget: Allow US$25 per day for drinks and snacks Notes: Minimum of 2 travellers Trip Code: STAAKLCUV

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9

Days

Kiwi Encounter Conservation Project

Fr

£553

Auckland, New Zealand

Voluntouring Volunteering Travel the North Island of New Zealand, enjoy the scenery, unique wildlife and native forests and help ensure the long-term survival of the famed Kiwi bird.

highlights • Assist in the Kiwi Breeding & Recovery Programme • Hands-on interaction with native wildlife • Opportunity to immerse yourself in New Zealand culture • High adrenaline adventure activities (at own expense) • Guided bus tour through some amazing destinations

iNCLUSIONS

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Take a tour of the spectacular North Island of New Zealand and experience all the beauty and adventure associated with this remarkable country. Add to this a meaningful volunteer project working directly with critically endangered Kiwi; New Zealand's most famous native animal and national icon, in a hands-on conservation project designed to aid breeding programmes and habitat rejuvenation to ensure their long-term survival. This voluntour ensures you experience the highlights of this beautiful country, as well as having a unique encounter with these rare and special birds. DAY

itinerary

01

Auckland After being picked up at the airport on arrival you will make your way into New Zealand’s biggest and most famous city. Explore the harbours, beaches and volcanoes which make this city so unique.

02

Auckland to Rotorua The coach will take you over the Hauraki Plains and onto the Coromandel Peninsula. Stop off at the Shires Rest and Hobbiton movie set before entering Rotorua; home of famous bubbling mud and hot pools.

03-06

Kiwi Encounter Conservation Experience Here you’ll be able to volunteer and contribute through a selection of tasks including: ‘egg-to-egg’ Kiwi encounters, installing wildlife tracking tunnels, building forest breeding trails, native bird feeding and night count surveys. Do all of this and more all while experiencing Maori customs; even visiting a local Maori Marae (meeting house).

07

Rotorua to Taupo Today you will be taken through the geothermal wonderland of the central North Island to check out volcanoes, geysers, hot pools, waterfalls and steaming natural wonders - not to mention the opportunity to experience the thrill of bungy jumping.

08

Taupo, Waitomo to National Park Visit Waitomo, home of the world famous Glowworm Caves, and explore this amazing underground abyss. You'll then head out onto the volcanic plateau at National Park where you can climb, tramp and even ski in winter.

09

Overlander train to Auckland Travel via train up the heart of the North Island. From the comfort of your carriage you will have fantastic views of the National Park, the volcanic plateau, Mt Ruapehu, stunning river gorges, New Zealand farmland and rugged native rainforest back to Auckland.

Project Start Date: 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month Project Location: Rotorua, New Zealand Getting There: Set shuttle transfers from/to Auckland International Airport Accommodation: Shared hostel, huts and cabins (8 nts) Meals: No meals included In-country Support: Tour guide and local volunteer supervisor Transport: Train, large and small coaches Group Size: No minimum required Minimum Age: 18 years old (5-17 years require adult accompaniment) Budget: Allow US$300 for meals & drinks not included Notes: Basic English recommended Trip Code: STAAKLKII

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Days

Punakaiki Coastal Reforestation Project

Fr

£209

Punakaiki, New Zealand

Volunteering

Set on the beautiful west coast of New Zealand’s South Island the project will transform existing open pastures into dense native forest and enhance habitat for the only breeding site in the world for the Westland Black Petrel.

highlights • Assist in re-forestation and help endangered species • Coastal inland walks and hikes • Sight the Westland Black Petrel

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This project focuses on habitat restoration of coastal land adjacent to Paparoa National Park. Volunteers will help out with a variety of tasks in a stunning location - including tree planting, seed collection and removal of weeds to create an ecological corridor spanning the mountains to the sea. Perched on the edge of the Southern Alps, Punakaiki encompasses spectacular limestone landscapes, river gorges, caves, coastal and inland walks and the world renowned Pancake Rocks and blowholes. The coastline is the natural habitat of the Little Blue Penguin and the only nesting ground of the Westland Black Petrel. The forests bear nikau palms and rata trees that are hundreds of years old.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Project hours are from 8am – 4pm daily and will vary depending on seasonal conditions.

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Every second Sunday Project Location: Punakaiki, New Zealand Getting There: Travel the west coast of South Island and meet at Punakaiki Visitor Centre. Your project leader will transport you to the project house. Extra Weeks: Fr £297 for 6 days Accommodation: Multi-dorm shared bathroom (3 nts) Meals: 3 lunches, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners In-country Support: Local project coordinator Group Size: Max 10 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow up to US$20 per day for snacks and drinks not included Notes: This volunteer package must be purchased in conjunction with any Kiwi Experience hop-on/hop-off bus pass that travels through Punakaiki on the West Coast of the South Island in order to be valid. Trip Code: STAPKIPUN

Be prepared to join in to the best of your ability. There is a team leader who will provide all training required on site and explain the conservation aims. They are also responsible for the safe conduct and management of each project. Typical activities include tree planting, building tracks and trails, collecting seeds for propagation, removing introduced weed species, heritage restoration and endangered species projects. When you finish your volunteer time, you’ll receive a certificate of appreciation.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Kiwi Experience hop-on hop-off passes

up to 1 year

Fr £315

See New Zealand at your own pace - Kiwi Experience hop-on hop-off bus passes offer a flexible way to travel around New Zealand. You'll have 12 months to do this with unlimited stops, regular departures and the inside info on where to stay and what's happening. This is a legendary NZ travel network, offering you some of the most unforgettable experiences on the planet. Get off the beaten track and experience the adventure of a lifetime! Trip code: STAAKLGLA

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24 Days

VOLUNTEER WITH TURTLES IN VANUATU

Fr

£1,160

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Sunae

Volunteering

V A N U A T U

Port Vila

Help a community-based sea turtle survey and protection programme on the beautiful Moso Island in Vanuatu.

highlights • Conservation of local turtle populations • Partake in other local activities such as teaching at the village school • Help improve the lifestyle of local villagers • Live and work with the ‘happiest people on earth’ • See nesting turtles & hatchlings

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 03Jan12, 31Jan12, 28Feb12, 02Oct12, 30Oct12, 27Nov12, 08Jan13, 05Feb13, 05Mar13 Project Location: Moso Island

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This grassroots effort to protect sea turtles is run by the inhabitants of Tasiriki village on Moso Island. It originated from the long-term nesting survey that was started in 2006. This vital sea turtle conservation project will take you to the turquoise waters and golden sands of Vanuatu. Contribute to research on local turtle populations, see nesting turtles, hatchlings and explore the stunning island beaches and forests.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Without volunteers this survey would simply cease to continue. The work you do as a volunteer is hughly important to local research and conservation education efforts. Conservation work in this area ensures that rare and beautiful animals can start to thrive. The money that the community recieves from the volunteers provides a small income to many people in the village that would otherwise have none. Joining this project will also give you the chance to try your hand at many other activities that occur in the village, such as reef surveying, teaching at the village school and cooking local food. In your spare time you can snorkel on tropical reefs, learn to dive or just sit and ‘storian’ with your new friends in the village.

Getting There: Transfers included from/to Port Vila Accommodation: Shared bungalow rooms (23 nts) Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Project co-ordinator and local project staff Group Size: Min 4 - Max 7 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$30-50 per week for drinks, snacks & other expenses Notes: Good level of English recommended Trip Code: STAVILTUR

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15 Days

TEACH CHILDREN IN FIJI

Fr

£995

Nadi, Fiji

Yasawa Islands

Volunteering

Nadi

Fiji

Based on the Yasawa Islands of Fiji, work with primary school teachers to support the delivery of English and other subjects in the student curriculum.

highlights • Teach children and see them progress • Be an advcoate for education • Provide valuable foundations for children to improve their English • Go island hopping around the stunning Yasawas • Scuba dive in the blue waters

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Saturdays (twice a month) Project Location: Yasawa Islands (4.5 hours by ferry off the coast of Nadi) Getting There: Arrive into Nadi, Fiji and meet at Aquarius Fiji on Newtown Beach, in Wailoaloa, Martintar at 6:30am on the project start date Extra Weeks: Fr £1295 for 4 weeks, fr £1495 for 6 weeks, fr £1695 for 8 weeks, fr £1895 for 10 weeks, fr £2095 for 12 weeks Accommodation: Shared huts with shared bathroom facilities (14 nts) Meals: All meals included In-country Support: Project co-ordinator and local project staff Group Size: Max 8 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$100 per week for drinks, snacks and additional funds for excursions not included Notes: During the holiday months (May, Aug, Dec, Jan) normal school routine will change and instead participate in childcare project (holiday club)

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The communities of this region require specific support with English language teaching, mathematics, sports and arts. There is an immediate need to assist local teachers with their work load and the general delivery of the national curriculum to students. In the beautiful Yasawa Islands there is great potential for the local communities to benefit from tourism but due to low levels of education it is hard for local community members to access the better paid jobs. Volunteers on this programme play a key part in solving this problem.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Your days normally start very early with breakfast, before traveling to work by boat. At the school most of your morning will be spent teaching and organising educational games/activities for the children. English is taught in schools but grammar and reading is usually particularly poor and children are rarely encouraged to speak together in English. Your most important role is providing face-to-face contact with children that need positive role models and education support (feeding, teaching, interacting with them daily), whilst simultaneously providing them with an exciting cultural interaction. Activity time will mainly be spent teaching, assisting teachers with daily goals, marking homework, playing games and providing one-on-one support for students. The children are very inquisitive and you will also have the opportunity to learn the local language from the kids themselves and help with sports and extra-curricular activities.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Bula Island Hoping Pass

7 Days

Fr £229

If you have got all the time in the world this is the perfect way to explore the idyllic Yasawa Islands with a seven day island hopping pass on board the vessel `Yasawa Flyer'. There are 12 islands in the chain of 20 that have accommodation on them. There are some 30 island resorts operated by villagers dotted throughout the islands. The Bula Pass offers the freedom to explore the Yasawas as you choose. Trip code: STANANBUL

Trip Code: STANANFIJ

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4

Weeks

Fiji Marine Conservation

Fr

£1,900

Nadi, Fiji

Yasawa Islands

Volunteering

Nadi

Fiji

Discover an incredible underwater environment and protect marine biodiversity in the Fijian Islands.

highlights • Work on community development projects • Participate in marine research and conservation • Teach environmental conservation to school children • Improve your SCUBA diving and snorkeling skills

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: 14Jan12, 11Feb12, 10Mar12, 07Apr12, 05May12, 02Jun12, 30Jun12, 28Jul12, 25Aug12, 22Sep12, 20Oct12, 17Nov12 Project Location: Aquarius Fiji on Newtown Beach, Fiji Getting There: Arrive into Nadi, Fiji and meet at Aquarius Fiji on Newtown Beach, in Wailoaloa, Martintar at 6:30am on the project start date Extra Weeks: Fr £2700 for 8 weeks, fr £3500 for 12 weeks

pROJECT sNAPSHOT This is an ambitious marine research & conservation expedition which will assist local government departments and conservation NGOs working in the field of marine conservation in Fiji. Fiji is a biodiversity hot spot and its waters contain one of the largest remaining commercial stocks of tuna in the world. As well as commercially important species, Fiji is on the migration route for Humpback whales and has many other species of cetacean, including the acrobatic Spinner dolphins that feature in the Research Project.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer The work undertaken by volunteers will help guarantee food security for generations to come by conducting underwater surveys in Fiji's clear tropical waters. Ultimately you will be assisting to create a network of Marine Protected Areas. Teach children the importance of environmental conservation during weekly school visits. The day typically includes; kitting up and equipment preparation and travel to the survey sites. You will also participate in survey diving, washing down the equipment and filling SCUBA tanks ready for the next day plus ensuring all collected data has been reviewed and input in the database. Every evening, the whole team gathers for the evening debrief and to eat and socialise. Volunteers will rotate between projects enabling you to participate in additional tasks. Volunteers are also fully involved in the logistical operations of the camp, from the day-to-day rotations of cooking and cleaning to operating the compressor.

Accommodation: Shared huts (27 nts)

EXTEND YOUR STAY

Meals: All meals included

ULTIMATE LEI

In-country Support: Local project co-ordinator Group Size: Max 16 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$60-80 per week for drinks and snacks Notes: PADI Open Water qualification required as well as a medical form and travel insurance. Good level of English recommended

Fr £412

Most people go to Fiji expecting stunning beaches, beautiful islands and perfectly still, turquoise waters. It wouldn't be an understatement to say that this seven day adventure delivers just that. Every night is spent at a beautiful island resort were you spend your days snorkeling, diving, cruising and simply just lazing around. The Yasawas are yours to fall in love with, and this trip shows you just how beautiful they really are. Trip code: STANANFUL

Trip Code: STANANMRU

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Days

Fiji Community Building Project

Fr

£995

Nadi, Fiji

Yasawa Islands

Volunteering

Nadi

Fiji

Leave a lasting legacy by improving the quality of life through construction and education for villagers living on the beautiful but poor Yasawas.

highlights • Installation of rainwater systems • Construct vegetable gardens and irrigation systems • Improve local infrastructure • Visit stunning remote islands • Scuba dive and snorkel • Enjoy idyllic Fijian villages • Cultural immersion

iNCLUSIONS Project Start Date: Selected Saturdays Project Location: Aquarius Fiji on Newtown Beach, in Wailoaloa, Martintar, Fiji Getting There: Arrive into Nadi, Fiji and meet at Aquarius Fiji on Newtown Beach, in Wailoaloa, Martintar at 6:30am on the project start date Extra Weeks: Fr £1145 for 2 weeks, fr £1295 for 3 weeks, fr £1395 for 4 weeks Accommodation: Shared mixed huts with shared bathroom facilities (6 nts) Meals: All meals are included In-country Support: Local project staff Group Size: Max 8 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$60 for drinks & snacks, additional funds recommended for optional excursions Notes: Basic English recommended, medical form and background check required Trip Code: STANANCUU

pROJECT sNAPSHOT The aim of of the project is to set up and implement a variety of methods to help improve the quality of life for the villagers of the Yasawa Islands. The primary goal is to ensure water security throughout the region through construction, education and awareness. Additionally, the villagers’ reliance on diesel fuel to provide electricity is an ongoing problem in the Yasawas. By implementing solar power systems in areas of need this will reduce the reliance on diesel fuel. With the help of volunteers these systems can be deployed & installed.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Your days normally start very early with breakfast before the morning meeting when the day's goals, discussed the night before, will be reviewed. Volunteers and staff will work alongside local villagers to implement infrastructure. Identify plots of land appropriate for cultivation. Construct vegetable garden and irrigation systems. Create cement bases for rainwater collection systems. Install rainwater collection systems & diversion plumbing as well as calculate water capacity needs. Design and install appropriate solar power systems. Investigate ongoing water issues and possible solutions. In the afternoon, the community support team will return to base to relax and prepare dinner.

EXTEND YOUR STAY Tropical Awegasm

12 Days

Fr £772

The Tropical Awegasm has it all - white sandy beaches, the best activities available in the islands, party nights at Beachcomber Island Resort; you won't be disappointed. Experience the stunning Blue Lagoon, swim with manta rays (seasonal) and scale one of the Southern Yasawas mountains or go snorkelling. This beach adventure can't be missed! Trip code: STANANFTR

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europe

Glorious scenes steeped in history – from Northern Lights to Mediterranean shores

Volunteering europe

“The thrill and excitement we all felt watching the first of the hatchlings scramble towards the waves was amazing...” Laura Howard - Volunteer Volunteer With Turtles In Greece Behold age-old sites, stumble joyfully from monastic beer halls, find romance amongst Renaissance cities, taste tapas or gobble goulash, yodel yourself hoarse on green-pastured mountain peaks and finally cruise eastern karst-coastlines. Come face to face with 50 countries and be awed by the fusion of people, sounds, smells and mystery.

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15 Days

VOLUNTEER WITH TURTLES IN GREECE

Fr

£995

Mavrovouni, Greece

A EGEA N S EA

Volunteering

Athens Mykonos Volunteer Project MI RTOA N S E A

Help to protect and conserve an important loggerhead turtle nesting area in the Mediterranean

highlights • Hands-on turtle conservation • Monitor nests and watch turtle hatchlings head for the sea • Involvement in public awareness campaigns • Live in a quiet area near a traditional fishing town • Explore nearby nature reserves • Admire local architecture

pROJECT sNAPSHOT Lakonikos Bay is perhaps best known as an important nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean. With the help of other volunteers you will follow the nesting season of the loggerhead sea turtle that runs from June to September each year. Volunteers work to ensure the maximum success rate of turtle hatchlings, monitoring nests, protecting turtle nests from land predators, destruction and other risks. The project also provides conservation information and education to tourists and the local community.

how you can make a difference Life as a volunteer Mornings will see you conducting surveys of the beach, locating any new turtle tracks and/or nests. Help record data and measurements. Install protective grids around the nests found. In the afternoon and evening, you will be involved with creative public awareness presentations. Unlike some of our other turtle projects, there are no regular night walks to spot the turtles, as there are not enough staff (although it is sometimes possible to do a night walk if volunteers request to).

iNCLUSIONS

Work that is carried out throughout the duration of the project includes environmental education, beach patrols, bamboo harvesting and camp maintenance.

Project Start Date: 02Jun12, 16Jun12, 30Jun12, 14July12, 28Jul12, 11Aug12, 25Aug12

In your free time, explore the little harbour town of Gythio. It has a long sea-side promenade, colourful fishing boats, narrow streets and stairways typical of Greece.

Project Location: Mavrovouni (6 km west of Gythio) Getting There: Arrive in Athens and make your own way to Meltemi camp site Mavrovouni, Gythio Extra Weeks: Fr £1395 for 4 weeks, fr £1795 for 6 weeks, fr £2195 for 8 weeks, fr £2595 for 10 weeks, fr £2995 for 12 weeks Accommodation: Shared tents with shared bathroom facilities within the camp site (14 nts) Meals: All meals included (excluding lunches) In-country Support: Project co-ordinator and local project staff

EXTEND YOUR STAY Greek Island Sailing

8 Days

Fr £769

Small, comfortable yachts are ideally suited to sailing around the beautiful Greek Islands. Unique itineraries of 8, 10, 15 or 22 days offer you a chance to immerse yourself in Greek Island culture and history. Sail to small, seldom visited islands offering quaint shopping towns and the most fresh seafood, or stroll through along the bright streets of more famous island such as Santorini. Trip code: GAGVMS

Group Size: Max 18 Minimum Age: 18 years old Budget: Allow US$15-20 per day for drinks, meals & personal expenses Trip Code: STAATHTUR

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learn a language

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learn a language

why learn a language? There are over 700 reasons to learn a language! But we’ll stick to just a handful in order to convince you to have a crack at it. Lingo-learning grows your skill set, moulds your identity, personal and social development are a given, employment possibilities bloom, the divide between cultures is more easily crossed; plus it’s confidence boosting. Loosening your tongue around the likes of Chinese, Spanish, Hindi or even Thai invites you to experience new worlds, new arts, fashion, travel, foods and perhaps exploring your own bloodline. Envisage discussing pilsners at Oktoberfest, extolling the virtues of Italian gelato in the Cinque Terre or prattling on about grape variety in the vineyards of Bordeaux – and all in their respective local tongue! Languages are uniquely human and to un-tap their secrets is an amazing ride.

top 10 tips • Be clear about what language and level you want to study. Is it for social, business or educational reasons?

• Write down new words and phrases in a pocket notebook and keep it on you for quick reference

• Getting to basic grips with a language will take at least 2 weeks of intensive study and practice; you will not be fluent in a matter of weeks

• Apply to live with a local family where possible and your understanding of the language will blossom. Accommodation options are abundant!

• Manage your expectations on what proficiency level you intend to achieve

• Learn a little each day, rather than a long spell once a week; this way you will retain a lot more

• Ensure you grab every social opportunity to practice conversing and reading – restaurants, museums, theatres… • Form a study group. Learning with others helps decrease knowledge gaps

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• Extend your stay and add on a local course such as yoga and again the social interaction will improve your speech

“I wanted to travel Thailand extensively and be able to interact with people on a local level. I had visited once before, briefly, and was frustrated at being scooped up in western crowds and where English was expected. So this time round, I landed in Bangkok, put my head down and studied Thai for six weeks. My six months travelling the country was outstanding. I made so many friends, I lived locally as a result and towards the end I ended up volunteering in Isaan – improving kindergarten facilities. Amazing - the opportunities that came my way!”

• Once your course is over, don’t stop speaking - join a social group back home where the focus is your new language

Jonathon Robinson – Language Student Learn Thai In Bangkok

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“A three week intensive language programme where I could take a morning class and have the afternoon free to wallow in old Parisian movie theatres – ideal.” Poppy Foundoulakis – Language Student Learn French In Paris

learn a language

Our Partnership/Support network Globo-Study is a preferred partner of STA Travel, providing first-rate language holidays in over 200 schools spanning five continents. Schools and programmes are monitored by Globo-Study for quality, service, teaching excellence and accommodation.

accommodation Setting up residence in a foreign country can be either totally liberating or a little nerve racking. Consequently, we have an array of accommodation options to suit all. Go down the independent route and dwell in a self-catered apartment or boarding house; and if you’re keen to live with at least one other there are shared/student apartments too. For the more social and those in need of community (perhaps even a rent-a-mum), host family lodgings are your best bet. Here you can gain an insight into local life, experience great care and more importantly practice new-found language skills with your host family to your heart’s content.

which course What language and course level you opt for is totally based on your interests, current level of knowledge and the amount of time you have up your sleeve. If you’re keen to significantly improve your language skills within a short period of time, we recommend an intensive or combination course (including private lessons). If your main aim is to brush-up on and refresh your chosen language, then we recommend a general course. Selecting the right language components and environment in which to learn, will lead to a fulfilling and successful language holiday.

optional extras Many schools offer additional programmes to the language courses such as surfing, diving, kite-surfing, dancing, cooking or painting. While your mornings are taken up with language lessons, you can devote your afternoons to a more physical or funloving sport. Another popular option is the travelling classroom in Cuba. These sportive/social and travelling programmes can only be booked in connection with a language course.

before you go Get savvy and research language visa requirements and travel and health insurance. Don’t assume tourist visa rules apply to you as a student! It’s also a good idea to equip yourself with foreign language books, audio books, DVDs and a dictionary before you depart. Finally, research your destination a little and you may be able to coordinate your study time with local events. Imagine being in Rio for New Year’s Eve, Paris for Bastille Day or Mexico City for famed film festivals...

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learn spanish Phrases To Get You By… • • • • •

Donde sirven tapas por aqui? (Where is the closest tapas bar?) De nada (You’re welcome) Hola guapa/o (Hey good looking) Salud! (Cheers!) Me auyudas por favor? (Can you help me please?)

Learn Spanish

Learn Spanish in Santiago

Fr

£315

PRICES

Snapshot

Standard course 1 week fr £315 2 weeks fr £555 3 weeks fr £805 Additional weeks fr £250 Combination course 1 week fr £375 2 weeks fr £680 3 weeks fr £985 Additional weeks fr £310 Private course 1 week fr £455 2 weeks fr £840 3 weeks fr £1,225 Additional weeks fr £390 Extras per week Homestay, single room, halfboard fr £30

Santiago is the gateway to Chile and an unbeatable location to begin a journey through the spine of South America. The Chilean capital is framed by the snow-capped Andean peaks to the east and a smaller coastal range to the west and within it this cultured and vibrant city comes alive.

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language school The language school is located in the central area of Providencia. The school has 16 classrooms with air-con, a computer room, kitchen, common room, library and a garden. It is near to numerous shops and bars and the city centre is 10 minutes away by Metro.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Santiago, Chile Accommodation: Shared apartment or homestay Meals: B&B or self catering Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: Max 7

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each Private course: 20 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each

call 0800 8199331 to book


Learn Spanish in Buenos Aires

Fr

£240

highlights

Learn Spanish

• Take a trip to Iguazú Falls • Have a coffee or see a Tango show at Café Tortoni • Experience a Boca Juniors football game • Attend the opera, ballet or orchestra at the Teatro Colón • Dance until sunrise at Niceto Club

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina Getting There: At your own expense Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment Meals: B&B or self catering Minimum Age: 18 years old Class Size: 5-9 students Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided

PRICES A = Homestay, single room, halfboard. B = Shared apartment, single room, self catering Standard course A B 1 week fr £300 £240 2 weeks fr £550 £460 3 weeks fr £820 £670 Additional weeks fr £260 £205 Intensive course 1 week fr £345 £295 2 weeks fr £635 £550 3 weeks fr £940 £805 Additional weeks fr £300 £250 Combination course 1 week fr £375 £330 2 weeks fr £705 £615 3 weeks fr £1,050 £905 Additional weeks fr £335 £280 Spanish and Tango 1 week fr £355 £305 2 weeks fr £655 £550 3 weeks fr £965 £790 Additional weeks fr £295 £245

SNAPSHOT What better introduction to a journey through Argentina or South America than this language school in the buzzing cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires? The birth place of Tango, home to the Boca Juniors football team and a city where you can sample some of the finest steaks and wine in the world, Buenos Aires has something to offer everyone. Once immersed into the Argentine life style you’ll be itching to explore your environment and learn the language of the locals. Buenos Aires is one of the most cultivated and beautiful cities in South America and with its eclectic mix of inhabitants, cuisine, shopping and nightlife it is the perfect setting for your Spanish language course.

language school The language school in Buenos Aires is epitomised by its small class sizes, central location and relaxed atmosphere. The school is located in a historic building in the heart of Buenos Aires, just two blocks from the Plaza de May and one block from the Obelisco. The school has 24 bright and spacious classrooms, a roof terrace, and a computer room with free WiFi, a library and a student lounge. The school is equipped with air conditioning and sound-insulated windows. Intimate classes mean you can get the most from your tutor and interact easily with fellow students. After class, with the hub of the city at your feet, you can reach numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cafés all within walking distance.

Course

ACCOMMODATION

Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each

You have two choices of accommodation during your course, a homestay or a shared apartment. Homestay (Package A) Single room with half board. The travel time to the school is approximatley 20-30 minutes by public transport. Shared Apartment (Package B) Single room in an apartment with other students and/or locals. The room is on a self catering basis and you will share a kitchen and bathroom.

Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each Spanish & Tango: Same as standard course plus 3 Tango lessons - 1 private Tango lesson (60 minutes) and 2 group Tango lessons (90 minutes each). The course is held in a specialised Tango school in the centre of Buenos Aires.

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Learn Spanish in Quito

Learn Spanish

PRICES A = homestay, single room, halfboard B = school residence, single room, self catering Standard course A B 1 week fr £165 £140 2 weeks fr £315 £265 3 weeks fr £465 £385 4 weeks fr £615 £510 Additional weeks fr £150 £125 Combination course 1 week fr £190 £170 2 weeks fr £370 £320 3 weeks fr £545 £470 4 weeks fr £725 £620 Additional weeks fr £180 £155

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Snapshot Surrounded by snow peaked mountains but enjoying year round warmth, Quito’s setting alone will mesmerise you. With an old town full of indigenous character and a new town offering all the attributes of a modern metropolis, Quito is an unforgettable location to study Spanish.

language school The language school is located in the popular new town district of El Batán. The school has 12 classrooms, a cafeteria, internet lounge with free WiFi and a communal terrace with table tennis table. There’s a bus route outside so students can get to the historic centre of Quito in a flash.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Quito, Ecuador Accommodation: Homestay or school residence Meals: Half board or self catering

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each

Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: 3-5 students

Learn Spanish in Montanita

PRICES A = homestay, single room, halfboard B = school residence, single room, self catering Standard course A B 1 week fr £180 £175 2 weeks fr £345 £330 3 weeks fr £510 £485 4 weeks fr £670 £645 Additional weeks fr £165 £155 Spanish & Surfing 1 week fr £240 £240 2 weeks fr £445 £445 3 weeks fr £655 £655 4 weeks fr £870 £870 Additional weeks fr £225 £225

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£140

Fr

£175

Snapshot Montañita is the surfer’s paradise of Ecuador, with a laid back vibe and beach lifestyle your language course here is sure to be relaxed and carefree. Watch international surf festivals, view breathtaking sunsets, explore the surrounding mountains or relax in a chilled beach café.

language school The language school in Montañita is just a few minutes from the beach and has incredible views of the ocean. The school has 10 classrooms but true to the Montañitan vibe teaching also takes place in the open air. There is also a communal kitchen and a surf shop on the ground floor.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Montañita, Ecuador Accommodation: Homestay or school residence Meals: Half board or self catering

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 55 minutes each Spanish & Surfing: Same as standard course plus 5 surf lessons per week. Each surf session lasts 1.5 hours, board rental and wetsuit is included

Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: 2-6 students

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Learn Spanish in Cuzco

Fr

Standard course 1 week

fr £195

2 weeks

fr £365

3 weeks

fr £535

Additional weeks

fr £170

Combination course 1 week

fr £235

2 weeks

fr £435

3 weeks

fr £635

Additional weeks

fr £205

Private Course

Cuzco is Peru's oldest city, gateway to Machu Picchu and historical heart of the Inca Empire. Incabuilt walls line narrow, cobblestoned streets and form the foundations of modern Cuzco. With bars, restaurants, markets, galleries and museums, Cuzco will definitely delight your senses.

language school The language school is housed in a beautiful colonial building in the heart of Cuzco just a street away from the main square. With years of experience in teaching Spanish, teachers attach great importance to language and learning the local culture and history of the city.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Cuzco, Peru

1 week

fr £245

2 weeks

fr £460

3 weeks

fr £670

Additional weeks

fr £220

Accommodation: Homestay and school residence Meals: Half board Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: 3-6 students

Course Standard Course: 20 lessons per week, 55 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 55 minutes each Private course: 20 private lessons per week, 55 minutes each

Learn Spanish in Lima

PRICES

Fr

£305

Snapshot fr £305 fr £545 fr £785 fr £1,025 fr £245 fr £365 fr £665 fr £970 fr £305 fr £445 fr £825 fr £1,205 fr £1,590 fr £385

Lima is the perfect city for you to slowly immerse yourself in Latin American culture. Full of old grandeur and historical heritage Lima is a sublime blend of old and new. From beaches and parks to Baroque churches and old bookstores, Lima is sure to inspire everyone.

language school The language school is located in the popular district of Miraflores, a safe and lively area near the beaches of Lima. The school has nine neatly-furnished classrooms, a lounge area and free WiFi. During breaks students can relax in the cool courtyard where legendary fiestas are also held.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Lima, Peru Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment Meals: Self catering or half board Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: Max 7

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each Private course: 20 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each

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PRICES

Standard course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Combination course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks Additional weeks Private Course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks

£195


Learn Spanish in Playa Del Carmen

Fr

£280

highlights

Learn Spanish

• Visit the pyramid of Tulúm, right on the Caribbean Sea • Attend a light & sound show at the Mayan site of Chichén Itzá • Experience hidden worlds, dive or swim in Cenote Dos Ojos Caves • Swim with giant whale sharks in the turquoise waters of Hol Box Island • Stroll the colonial streets of Mérida

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Getting There: Pick up from Cancun airport Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment Meals: B&B or self catering Minimum Age: 18 years old Class Size: 3-5 students Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided

PRICES

A = homestay, single room with breakfast B = shared apartment, double room, self catering Holiday course A B 1 week fr £300 £280 2 weeks fr £505 £465 3 weeks fr £725 £655 4 weeks fr £940 £835 Additional weeks fr £215 £190 Standard course 1 week fr £315 £300 2 weeks fr £550 £505 3 weeks fr £790 £725 4 weeks fr £1,035 £930 Additional weeks fr £235 £205 Intensive course 1 week fr £355 £330 2 weeks fr £610 £570 3 weeks fr £885 £815 4 weeks fr £1,155 £1,055 Additional weeks fr £260 £230 Combination course 1 week fr £390 £360 2 weeks fr £680 £635 3 weeks fr £985 £915 4 weeks fr £1,300 £1,195 Additional weeks fr £305 £280 Extras per week Single room fr £45 Halfboard fr £20

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SNAPSHOT Grab that sombrero, slap on the sun lotion and hit the beach. Sun worshippers will love this language school located on the gorgeous Riviera Maya in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean. This lush, tropical landscape is famous for its white sandy beaches and glistening turquoise sea and you could almost forget you had come over here to study. Aside from the beach life Playa Del Carmen is a fantastic gateway to the archaeological sites of the Mayan world and is just 40 minutes from Cozumel, the island paradise for snorkelers and divers. A relaxed atmosphere with a side of authentic Mexican culture makes Playa Del Carmen a fantastic location to study Spanish.

language school You’ll be studying Spanish in a typical Mexican hacienda just a few minutes walk from the beach. The school has ten modern, air-conditioned classrooms, spreads over two floors and overlooks magnificent exotic gardens. Whilst studying here you’ll be able to take excursions to archaeological sites of Yucatán or explore the popular cities of Cancun, Cozumel and Xcaret. Learning near the beach means you have activities such as diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing at your fingertips so you might just head home with another new skill under your belt!

Course

ACCOMMODATION

Holiday course: 16 lessons per week, 55 minutes each

You have two choices of accommodation during your course, a homestay or a shared apartment. Homestay (Package A) Single room including breakfast. Halfboard is available at an extra charge. Approximately 10-15 minutes to the school on foot. Shared Apartment (Package B) Double room in a self catering apartment. A single room can be provided at an extra charge. The bathroom and kitchen are shared.

Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 55 minutes each Intensive course: 25 lessons per week, 55 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 55 minutes each. This course can also be booked with 10 private lessons.

call 0800 8199331 to book


Learn Spanish in Mexico City

Fr

£450

highlights

Learn Spanish

• Learn the secrets of cooking authentic Mexican food • Ride a brightly-coloured boat along the canals in Xochimilco • Visit the Teotihuacan Pyramids • Scan the Mercado El Chopo, home to many local musicians and vendors • Visit the Frida Kahlo Museum with personal artefacts and paintings

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round Duration: 2-48 weeks Location: Mexico City, Mexico Getting There: At your own expense

SNAPSHOT

Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment

Sizzling with sunshine and burning with Spanish passion, the modern metropolis of Mexico City is one of the most popular language holiday destinations in Central America. Mexico's enormous capital city leads the country and much of Latin America in terms of economy, industry, glamour, excitement, politics and culture, but while it's one of the largest cities in the world you'll quickly discover during your time here that it’s scattered with traces and treasures from the past. Culture vultures will love the numerous museums, art galleries and historical buildings and after a long day of sightseeing you can wind down in one of the countless restaurants or bars in the Colonia Condesa area.

Meals: Half board or self catering Minimum Age: 18 years old Class Size: 7-9 students Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided

PRICES Standard course 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Intensive course 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Combination course 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Private course 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Extras per week Homestay halfboard

language school fr £450 fr £655 fr £860 fr £210 fr £525 fr £765 fr £1,010 fr £245

Housed in a typically colonial building the language school is located in the international student district of Mexico City. It’s surrounded by the buzz of restaurants and bars and has easy access to public transport. The school has six classrooms, a lounge, a computer room with free wireless internet and a small kitchen. If you’ve had a late night, coffee is offered free of charge to the students. Students here will thrive from the friendly atmosphere and brilliant teachers at the language school.

Course

ACCOMMODATION

Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 60 minutes each

Your accommodation will be provided at a homestay or a shared apartment can be arranged for an extra charge. Homestay Single room including breakfast. Half board is available at an extra charge. The travel time to school is approximatley 20-30 minutes on public transport. Shared Apartment (extra charge) Single room in a self catering apartment with other students. The bathroom and kitchen are shared.

fr £680 fr £1,000 fr £1,325 fr £325

Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 60 minutes each

fr £790 fr £1,165 fr £1,545 fr £380

Private course: 20 private lessons per week, 60 minutes each

Combination course: Same as standard course plus 10 private lessons per week, 60 minutes each

fr £15

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Learn Spanish in Tamarindo

Fr

£265

highlights

Learn Spanish

• Learn to surf and ride the waves in the Pacific Ocean • Take a sunset tour on a catamaran • Go turtle watching (October – February) • Enjoy a Salsa night with live music at the Voodoo Lounge • Take a weekend trip to Volcano Arenal and to the stunning cloud forest of Monteverde

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica

SNAPSHOT

Getting There: At your own expense

Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided

Calling all beach bums! If you want to combine learning Spanish with relaxing on sandy beaches and surfing the waves of the Pacific Ocean then Tamarindo is the place for you. This language school will appeal to nature lovers, sports enthusiasts or just those looking to take it easy. As well as surfing there are activities galore including diving, horse riding, golf, snorkeling, walking and kayaking. If you want to venture out of Tamarindo on weekends you can explore some of the famous Costa Rican national parks such as Arenal, Monteverde and Rincón de la Vieja. Exploring is one of the best ways to put your newly-acquired language skills to the test!

PRICES

language school

Accommodation: Homestay or student house Meals: Half board or B&B Minimum Age: 18 years old Class Size: 5-9 students

Standard course 1 week

fr £265

2 weeks

fr £500

3 weeks

fr £730

4 weeks

fr £940

Additional weeks

fr £235

Intensive course 1 week

fr £365

2 weeks

fr £715

3 weeks

fr £1,050

4 weeks

fr £1,320

Additional weeks

fr £330

Spanish and Surfing 1 week

fr £360

2 weeks

fr £665

3 weeks

fr £1,030

4 weeks

fr £1,360

You’ll quickly pick up on the chilled vibe of this language school as soon as you see the hammocks swinging on the school porch or you’re taken for a lesson under a palm tree in the school garden. The school is within walking distance of the beach, has ten spacious and bright indoor classrooms and four outdoor classrooms. Specially selected teachers and small class sizes give you the best environment to learn and allow you to make quick progress. Teachers will also integrate students with locals allowing you to communicate and test your Spanish. Free WiFi is available throughout the school.

Course

ACCOMMODATION

Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 45 minutes each

You have two choices of accommodation during your course, a homestay or student house. Homestay Single room with half board in the towns of Santa Rosa or Villreal. Approximately 5-6 km from the school. Student House Shared room with breakfast. Kitchen is communal and bathroom is shared. Student houses are very close to the school and beach.

Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Spanish and Surfing course: Same as the standard course plus 3 surf lessons per week during the first 2 weeks, includes 6 hours of surf instruction, surf board rental & transport to surf locations.

Extras per week Student houses

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fr £25

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Learn Spanish in San Jose

Fr

£305

1 week

fr £305

San José is the best starting point from which to explore Costa Rica and a great place to brush up on or learn Spanish. The city is the political, cultural and transportation hub of the country and will give you a true insight into understanding the modern day Costa Rica.

2 weeks

fr £550

language school

3 weeks

fr £780

4 weeks

fr £1,005

The language school in San Jose is located in the University District just ten minutes from the city centre. The school is furnished in a modern style and has 17 classrooms, a lounge with a library and computers. In between classes fresh fruit and coffee is available free of charge.

Standard course

Additional weeks

fr £245

Combination course 1 week

fr £455

2 weeks

fr £840

3 weeks

fr £1,210

4 weeks

fr £1,535

Additional weeks

fr £385

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: San Jose, Costa Rica Accommodation: Homestay Meals: Half board

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 45 minutes each

Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: 5-8 students

Learn Spanish in Manuel Antonio

Fr

£330

Snapshot In Manuel Antonio the lush Costa Rican rainforest and beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean meet. Here you can discover the national parks with over 350 species of birds and cute Capuchin monkeys. You can also enjoy snorkeling, surfing, horse riding & kayaking in this beautiful setting.

language school

PRICES Standard course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Combination course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks

fr £330 fr £605 fr £870 fr £1,125 fr £275 fr £500 fr £955 fr £1,380 fr £1,755 fr £440

The language school in Manuel Antonio is 2.5 km from the beach and has fantastic views of the ocean. There are 12 classrooms, an internet lounge and fresh fruits and coffee between classes. There is a mix of nationalities and ages, as well as a highly-motivated team of teachers.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Accommodation: Homestay Meals: Half board

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 45 minutes each

Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: 5-8 students

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Learn Spanish in Havana

Fr

£335

highlights

Learn Spanish

• Listen to some Cuban tunes with a mojito in your hand on Plaza Vieja • Hire a 50's oldtimer and cruise along the Malecón boulevard • Queue up for an excellent ice cream at Coppelia Parlour • See a spectacular Salsa show at the Tropicana Club • Have dinner at the 'La Guarida' Paladar and have fresa y chocolate for dessert

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Havana, Cuba Getting There: Pick up from Havana Airport Accommodation: Homestay or student residence Meals: Half board Minimum Age: 18 years old Class Size: 2-4 students Notes: Course certificate is provided, course materials are not included

PRICES Holiday course 1 week fr £335 2 weeks fr £640 3 weeks fr £940 4 weeks fr £1,245 Additional weeks fr £305 Standard course 1 week fr £370 2 weeks fr £710 3 weeks fr £1,050 4 weeks fr £1,390 Additional weeks fr £345 Combination course/ Spanish and Salsa 1 week fr £385 2 weeks fr £745 3 weeks fr £1,100 4 weeks fr £1,460 Additional weeks fr £360 Travelling Classroom Single room fr £1,160 Shared room fr £1,075

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SNAPSHOT Learn Spanish in Havana and succumb to the magic spell that the capital of Cuba exudes. Much of the city's charm can be found among the narrow, derelict streets packed with crumbling buildings and fascinating people. Every open door and overhanging balcony allows glimpses into Habanero life. On the streets Chinese-made bicycles, yellow, egg-shaped coco-taxis and two-humped camel buses weave among the melee of 1950s Chevys and Russian Ladas. Do your language holiday in Havana and you are sure to be enveloped by this vivacious city, its romantic atmosphere and infectious energy.

language school The language school in Havana is located in the district of La Vibora, 15 minutes from the old town. During this course you will get a deep insight into the everyday life of the Cuban, and you’ll be able to totally immerse yourself in the rich and dynamic culture of the country. To start using the language you will spend a lot of time on the Malecón, a 7km stretch of coastal boulevard which acts as a resume of Havana’s history. The Spanish lessons take place in very small classes so you will get the most from your teachers and quickly make excellent progress.

Course Holiday course: 16 lessons per week, 50 minutes each

ACCOMMODATION

You have two choices of accommodation during your course. Homestay Standard course: Single room with half board. Host 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each families live walking distance to the Combination course: school. All meals are served at the Same as standard course plus 4 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each school. Spanish and Salsa: Student Residence Same as standard course plus 4 salsa lessons per week, 50 minutes each. Single or shared room with half board located in the school building. Travelling Classroom: The rooms are small and basic with This unique Travelling Classroom programme combines Spanish lanugage shared bathroom and kitchen. lessons with a trip around Cuba.

call 0800 8199331 to book


Learn Spanish in Antigua

Fr

£125

highlights

Learn Spanish

• Hike up an active volcano and enjoy spectacular views over Antigua • Relax and watch the sunset from a roof top terrace • People watch from the Parque Central • Spend a day walking around ruins • Soak up the culture and bag yourself a bargain at the local markets

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-24 weeks Location: Antigua, Guatemala Getting There: At your own expense

SNAPSHOT

Accommodation: Homestay

Picture narrow cobblestone streets, Baroque architecture and striking backdrops, Antigua didn’t become a UNESCO World Heritage Site for nothing and now it is one of the most popular language holiday destinations in Central America. Nestled between three volcanoes; Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, Antigua has retained its colonial charm. With its 50,000 inhabitants, Antigua provides a beautiful, historic backdrop to learn a language and not to mention a photo opportunity at every turn. Spend long evenings in the countless restaurants and bars enjoying some of the finest cuisine in the country and plan your onward travels to use your newly-acquired language skills.

Meals: Full board (no meals on Sundays) Minimum Age: 18 years old Class Size: Private tuition (1 student) Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided, plus 3 activities per week

PRICES

language school

Standard course 1 week

fr £125

2 weeks

fr £250

3 weeks

fr £370

4 weeks

fr £495

Additional weeks

fr £125

At this established language school you will have private tuition with one of the school's 25 experienced Spanish teachers. They will ensure you enjoy your learning experience and can specifically tailor it to your language needs. The simple furnishings, personal service, and friendly atmosphere will benefit you all round and add to your experience in Antigua. The school is located near to shops, restaurants and bars so after a day of private tuition you can chat away all evening with new friends and like-minded travellers.

1 week

fr £140

Course

ACCOMMODATION

2 weeks

fr £280

3 weeks

fr £420

Standard course: 20 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each

4 weeks

fr £560

Additional weeks

fr £140

Semi-Intensive course: 25 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each

1 week

fr £155

Intensive course: 30 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each

2 weeks

fr £310

At your language school in Antigua you will stay in a shared room in a homestay on a full board basis (no meals are included on Sundays). From your accommodation the travel time to school is a maximum of 15 minutes on foot or by public transport.

3 weeks

fr £465

4 weeks

fr £620

Additional weeks

fr £155

Semi-Intensive course

Intensive course

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Learn Spanish in Bocas Del Toro

Fr

£205

highlights

Learn Spanish

• Take a boat ride to Red Frog Island and enjoy a day in paradise • Watch the sea turtles lay their eggs (March to June) • Snorkel in the coral reefs • Visit the native Guayami Tribes • Chill out in a hammock on the school’s terrace

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-34 weeks Location: Bocas Del Toro, Panama

SNAPSHOT

Getting There: At your own expense

Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided

If you’re looking for a unique setting for your language course then look no further than the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Located on the Caribbean island of Colón, think long white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and tropical rainforests and you’re getting close. Bocas del Toro still holds that small town charm and offers a quiet, cosy, stress-free environment in which to learn Spanish. Nature lovers and adrenalin junkies alike will never be bored here. With snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, hiking and mountain biking offered in such spectacular surroundings we think you’ll find it hard to leave…

PRICES

language school

Accommodation: Homestay or school residence Meals: B&B or self catering Minimum Age: 18 years old Class Size: 3-16 students

Standard course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Intensive course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Combination course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Extras per week Single room in the residence

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Tropical gardens and outdoor classrooms are just some of the lures of this language school, not to mention the relaxing hammocks where you can take an afternoon siesta or brush up on your lingo. The school is located two minutes from the main shopping street of Bocas del Toro and the sea. Your Spanish lessons will take place in small classes and provide a great environment for a successful language holiday. Other amenities including a kitchen and library give this school all the essentials you’ll require.

Course

ACCOMMODATION

Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 55 minutes each

You have two choices of accommodation during your stay, a homestay or a school residence. Homestay Single room with breakfast. The travel time to school is approximately 15 minutes on foot. School Residence Single room in the school building on a self catering catering basis. Breakfast can be purchased at the school cafeteria. Bathroom and kitchen are shared.

Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Combination course: |Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 55 minutes each

fr £20

call 0800 8199331 to book


Learn Spanish in Barcelona

Fr

£375

highlights

Learn Spanish

• Take a ride on the ferris wheel at Tibidado and enjoy the spectacular view • Hava a glass of cava at the incredible Boquería Food Market • Admire all the Gaudí architecture • Watch a football game of FC Barcelona in the legendary Camp Nou • Check out the bizarre street performers on Las Ramblas

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Mondays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Barcelona, Spain Getting There: At your own expense

SNAPSHOT

Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment

Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided

A buzzing metropolis with an urban beach to boot: the fire in Barcelona’s heart is still burning and is sure to leave you hot under the collar. The lure of Gaudi architecture, the Church of the Sagrada Familia and the buzz of Las Ramblas make Barcelona one of the most popular locations for a language school. With a Gothic quarter and medieval streets to explore and delicious food markets and lively bars to tempt your tastebuds, the city will always entice to come back for more. At night the festival feel of Barcelona truly comes alive and unleashes yet another side to this diverse city.

PRICES

language school

A = homestay, single room with breakfast B = shared apartment, single room, self catering Standard course A B 1 week fr £380 £375 2 weeks fr £655 £645 3 weeks fr £940 £930 4 weeks fr £1,195 £1,140 Additional weeks fr £280 £270 Combination course 1 week fr £505 £500 2 weeks fr £905 £880 3 weeks fr £1,315 £1,295 4 weeks fr £1,690 £1,650 Additional weeks fr £410 £405 Spanish & salsa course 1 week fr £445 £440 2 weeks fr £780 £765 3 weeks fr £1,130 £1,105 4 weeks fr £1,455 £1,400 Additional weeks fr £350 £345

There is a true bohemian feel to this language school; high ceilings, decorated with ornate wood carvings and paintings, a beautiful glass chandelier in the lobby, light and airy classrooms and a coffee book-shop next door attracting the nouveau writers and artists of Barcelona. Located near to the Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas and a short bus ride to the beach, at this language school you are truly in the heart of this exciting city. The school organises social evenings, movie nights and sightseeing, so with opportunities to practise your language skills at every turn you’ll be a pro before you know it.

Meals: Bed and breakfast or self catering Minimum Age: 16 years old Class Size: Max 10

Course

ACCOMMODATION

Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 55 minutes each

You have two choices of accommodation during your course, a homestay or shared apartment. Homestay (A) Single room with breakfast, half board is available at an extra charge. 20 minutes to school on foot or public transport. Shared Apartment (B) Single room in an apartment with other students and/or locals. Self catering, shared kitchen and bathroom. EUR 100 deposit must be paid on arrival.

Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 55 minutes each Spanish & salsa course: Same as standard course plus 5 dance lessons per week, 60 minutes each. The salsa classes take place in a professional dance studio and are held in the evenings.

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Learn Spanish in Valencia

Fr

£280

PRICES Learn Spanish

A = homestay, single room, breakfast B = shared apartment, single room, self catering Standard course A B 1 week fr £315 £280 2 weeks fr £580 £505 3 weeks fr £825 £730 4 weeks fr £1,080 £960 Additional weeks fr £260 £230 Intensive course 1 week fr £330 £290 2 weeks fr £600 £525 3 weeks fr £870 £770 4 weeks fr £1,135 £1,010 Additional weeks fr £275 £240 Combination course 1 week fr £450 £415 2 weeks fr £825 £765 3 weeks fr £1,220 £1,130 4 weeks fr £1,61 £1,490 Additional weeks fr £395 £360

SNAPSHOT Valencia with its buzzing night life, endless beaches and historical centre has a lively atmosphere year round. Valencia will delight architecture fans with its futuristic buildings, sports fans can catch the Grand Prix and sun lovers will be in heaven thanks to the sandy beaches.

language school The language school is located on a traditional street in the heart of Valencia next to the old University. Classes are taught in small groups and rooms are furnished in a modern style with air conditioning and free internet. There is also a comfortable lounge with sofas and a sound system.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Valencia, Spain Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment Meals: Half board and self catering Min Age: 16 years old Class Size: 6-10 students

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, classes are 55 minutes per week Intensive course: Same as standard course plus 5 conversation classes per week, 55 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 55 minutes each

Learn Spanish in Seville

Fr

Snapshot

PRICES A = homestay, single room, halfboard B = shared apartment, single room, self catering Standard course 1 week

A

B

fr £390 £325

2 weeks

fr £660 £545

3 weeks

fr £940 £775

4 weeks

fr £1,205 £990

Additional weeks

fr £285 £230

Intensive course 1 week 2 weeks

fr £470

£405

fr £820

£715

Romantic, feisty and passionate, Seville is quintessentially Andalucian and embodies the culture of the country like no other city. Joie de vivre, flamenco, welcoming locals, winding streets, trendy shops and over 3000 hours of sunshine per year are not stereotypes but the way of life.

language school Founded in 1983, the language school in Seville is located in the heart of the lively old town. It has 25 classrooms, experienced teachers, free WiFi and between classes students can hang out on one of the cool patios or sunny terraces.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Seville, Spain Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment

3 weeks

fr £1,175 £1,015

Meals: Half board or self catering

4 weeks

fr £1,495 £1,280

Min Age: 17 years old

Additional weeks

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£325

fr £360

£305

Course Standard course: 24* lessons per week, 50 minutes each Intensive course: 34* lessons per week, 50 minutes each * Includes 4 special lessons per week such as Spanish literature, art history, Andalucian cooking and Spanish history.

Class Size: 6-10 students

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Learn Spanish in Madrid

A = homestay, single room, halfboard B = shared apartment, single room, self catering Standard course A B 1 week fr £425 £385 2 weeks fr £785 £695 3 weeks fr £1,130 £1,010 4 weeks fr £1,455 £1,285 Additional weeks fr £320 £280 Intensive course 1 week fr £530 £485 2 weeks fr £1,010 £925 Combination course 1 week fr £575 £540 2 weeks fr £1,075 £1,020 3 weeks fr £1,625 £1,500 4 weeks fr £2,160 £1,995 Additional weeks fr £520 £475

£385

Snapshot An irrepressible zest for life and boundless creativity makes Madrid one of the most exciting language holiday destinations. From the shopping streets around the Puerta del Sol, the chic district of Salamanca, or the alternative area of Malasaña, the soul of Madrid will capture you.

language school The language school in Madrid is located in the Salamanca district and is served by several bus and metro lines. The modern school building has 25 classrooms, a living room, media centre and library. Dedicated teachers and small classes create an optimum learning environment.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Madrid, Spain Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment

Course Standard course: 24* lessons per week, 45 minutes each Intensive course: 34* lessons per week, 45 minutes each

Min Age: 17 years old

Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 45 minutes each

Class Size: Max 10

*Includes 4 additional Spanish culture lessons

Meals: Half board or self catering

Learn Spanish in Malaga Beach

Fr

£255

PRICES A = homestay, shared room, breakfast B = shared apartment, shared room, self catering Standard course A B 1 week fr £350 £255 2 weeks fr £645 £440 3 weeks fr £940 £630 4 weeks fr £1,225 £825 Additional weeks fr £295 £195 Holiday course 2 weeks fr £810 £605 3 weeks fr £1,200 £885 4 weeks fr £1,580 £1,170 Additional weeks fr £385 £285 Combination course 2 weeks fr £930 £720 3 weeks fr £1,370 £1,055 4 weeks fr £1,810 £1,385 Additional weeks fr £440 £335 Seasonal supplement 10Jun-15Sep12 per week fr £55

Snapshot Set against the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, Malaga is both historic and pulsing with modernity. Nostalgic cafes, tapas bars and trendy boutiques can be found when strolling through the narrow streets and leafy boulevards and you might even encounter traditional bullfighters.

language school The language school in Malaga is located in a beautiful, typically Andalucian villa with a leafy garden and just a few steps from the beach. You will be welcomed by experienced teachers at the school which has seven classrooms and free WiFi.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Malaga Beach, Spain Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment Meals: Half board or self catering Min Age: 16 years old Class Size: 8-12 students

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Holiday course: 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Includes a city tour, 3 afternoon activities and 1 evening activity per week, 1 half-day and 1 full day excursion every two weeks. Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons, 50 minutes each

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learn portuguese Phrases To Get You By…

Learn PORTUGUESE

• • • • •

Onde posso comprar uma fantasia de carnaval? (Where can I buy a carnival costume?) Quero aprender a sambar... (I want to learn how to Samba….) Quando é o próximo jogo de futebol? (When is the next football match?) Duas caipirinhas por favor (Two caipirinhas please) Sou novo nisso, por favor fala devagar (I’m new at this, please speak slowly)

Learn Portuguese in Salvador

Fr

£385

PRICES Standard course 1 week fr £385 2 weeks fr £665 3 weeks fr £965 4 weeks fr £1,260 Additional weeks fr £295 Combindation course 1 week fr £480 2 weeks fr £855 3 weeks fr £1,245 4 weeks fr £1,635 Additional weeks fr £390 Private course 1 week fr £615 2 weeks fr £1,135 Additional weeks fr £535 Culture Course options per week Cooking fr £30

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Snapshot Salvador has a rich cultural background and despite being the oldest city in Brazil, has firmly held on to its roots. Brazilian, African and European influences are evident everywhere and the exotic rhythm of life manifests itself in every turn.

language school Portuguese has been taught at this language school in Salvador for almost 20 years. Located in a beautiful building with a garden and terrace, there are 10 large, air-conditioned classrooms just five minutes from shops and cafes. Capoeira and Samba classes are also offered here.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round (no courses on 13Feb12 & 20Feb12) Duration: 1-24 weeks Location: Salvador, Brazil Accommodation: Homestay Meals: Bed and breakfast Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: 5-9 students

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Combination course: Standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each Private course: 20 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each Culture Course: Standard course plus 2 extra classes per week to learn cooking, Capoeira, Samba & Brazilian dances

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Learn Portuguese in Lisbon

Fr

£390

highlights

Learn PORTUGUESE

• Take a nostalgic ride on a tram through the narrow streets • Dive into the Atlantic Ocean in Estoril • Listen to the pumping beats at Barrio Alto • Visit the Capela de Osos - a chapel decorated with human bones • Have a sundowner at Castelo São Jorge and enjoy the view across the old town

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round (selected dates for beginners) Duration: 1-36 weeks Location: Lisbon, Portugal Getting There: At your own expense Accommodation: Homestay Meals: B&B Minimum Age: 18 years old Class Size: 4-8 students Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided

PRICES Standard course 1 week

fr £390

2 weeks

fr £735

3 weeks

fr £1,100

4 weeks

fr £1,350

fr £335

Additional weeks Intensive course

sNAPSHOT Lisbon is as beautiful as it is enchanting with Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and quaint museums. The city centre is divided into the upper district of Bairro Alto and the Baixa located at sea level. Visitors find the medieval district of Alfama with its narrow streets that lead to the Castle particularly captivating. Explore the winding backstreets by foot or jump on one of the famous yellow-fronted trams. Although traditional at its heart, there is art and culture in abundance and a nightlife to rival any other European capital, so mix up your classes and get exploring this picture postcard city.

language school The language school in Lisbon has been around since 1959 and houses twenty classrooms across three buildings next to the Saldanha Square. Located in a quiet residential and business district, the language school is surrounded by parks and is only a short bus ride away from the main city centre. Facilities at the school include a TV and video room, computer room and free WiFi. Teachers are enthusiastic and well trained and also host after-hours film screenings and gatherings to introduce you to fellow students and familiarise you with speaking in Portuguese.

1 week

fr £550

2 weeks

fr £1,050

3 weeks

fr £1,580

4 weeks

fr £1,905

Additional weeks

fr £470

Course

ACCOMMODATION

fr £515

Standard course: 15 lessons per week, 50 minutes each

At the language school in Lisbon you will be staying at a homestay with a local family. You will have a single room and be provided with breakfast. From the homestay the travel time to the school is approximatley 20-30 minutes by public transport.

Combination course 1 week 2 weeks

fr £990

3 weeks

fr £1,480

4 weeks

fr £1,975

fr £495

Additional weeks

Intensive course: 25 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each

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learn french Phrases To Get You By… • • • • •

Quel est ce type de fromage? (What kind of cheese is that?) Amenez-moi à manger la meilleure baguette d’ici (Take me to the best baguette in town) C’est combien pour le metro? (How much does the metro cost?) L’addition s’il vous plait (Can I have the bill please) Je voudrais aller au museé du Louvre (I would like to visit The Louvre)

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Learn French in Montpellier

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£435

Snapshot

PRICES Standard course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks Additional weeks Intensive course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks Additional weeks Combination course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks Additional weeks

Fr

fr £435 fr £810 fr £1,205 fr £380 fr £525 fr £985 fr £1,445 fr £460 fr £645 fr £1,205 fr £1,775 fr £560

You might be surrounded by magnificent historical buildings and old world architecture but you can’t escape the bohemian buzz of youth that envelops Montpellier. Near the beach, thriving with independent cafes, bars and music venues, Montpellier is undoubtedly a student Mecca.

language school The language school in Montpellier is located in two majestic 18th century buildings. With fully equipped class rooms, a library and computer room, you will learn French and about French culture. Lessons include going to restaurants and on excursions out of town.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-26 weeks Location: Montpellier, France Accommodation: Homestay or student residence Meals: Half board or self catering Min Age: 16 years old

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Combination course: Standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 45 minutes each

Class Size: 7-10 students

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Learn French in Paris

Fr

£520

PRICES

Snapshot In terms of architectural beauty, art history, gastronomy and sheer extravagance, Paris can’t be beaten. From the shimmering lights of the Eiffel Tower, to the stunning majesty of the Louvre and the towering structure of the Notre Dame – Paris is truly an incredible place to study French.

language school The language school in Paris is recognised by two French universities and is located in the heart of Paris. It is close to the Pompidou Centre and very central so you can get easily get around the city's main attractions. The school has 20 classrooms, a cafeteria and a multimedia room.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 2-48 weeks Location: Paris, France Accommodation: Homestay or student residence Meals: Bed and breakfast Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: 6-10 students

Course Holiday course: 15 lessons per week, 55 minutes each Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 55 minutes each Intensive course: 23 lessons per week, 55 minutes each Includes 3 workshop lessons of your choice Combination course: Standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 45 minutes each

Learn French in Nice

Fr

£400

PRICES

A = homestay, shared room, halfboard B = shared apartment, shared room, self catering Standard course A B 1 week fr £460 £400 2 weeks fr £830 £700 3 weeks fr £1,185 £995 4 weeks fr £1,570 £1,305 Additional weeks fr £375 £305 Intensive course 1 week fr £545 £480 2 weeks fr £980 £860 3 weeks fr £1,420 £1,230 4 weeks fr £1865 1620 Additional weeks fr £455 £385 Combination course (25 classes) 1 week fr £655 £600 2 weeks fr £1,230 £1,100 3 weeks fr £1,755 £1,570 4 weeks fr £2,325 £2,07 Additional weeks fr £570 £505 Combination course (30 classes) 1 week fr £860 £790 2 weeks fr £1,625 £1,495 3 weeks fr £2,340 £2,150 4 weeks fr £3,100 £2,855 Additional weeks fr £755 £700 Extras per week Single room fr £35 Residence shared room fr £50 Residence single room fr £90

Snapshot It won’t take you long to discover why Nice is known as the Pearl of the Riviera; located in a wide bay it is framed by the sparkling Mediterranean Sea and has the Maritime Alps in the distance. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the Mediterranean joie de vivre and the chic luxury of Nice.

language school The language school in Nice is 600 metres from the beach and in the immediate vicinity of Nice University, the city park and various wine bars and shops. The school in Nice extends over three floors and has nine classrooms and a common room.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-24 weeks Location: Nice, France Accommodation: Homestay, shared apartment or student residence Meals: Half board or self catering Min Age: 16 years old Class Size: 6-10 students

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 or 10 private lessons per week, 45 minutes each

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Learn FRENCH

A = homestay, single room, breakfast B = student residence, single room, breakfast Holiday course A B 1 weeks fr £520 £555 2 weeks fr £955 £1,050 3 weeks fr £1,400 £1,580 Additional weeks fr £420 Standard course 1 weeks fr £580 £815 2 weeks fr £1,090 £1,555 3 weeks fr £1,600 £2,300 Additional weeks fr £480 Intensive course 1 weeks fr £605 £630 2 weeks fr £ 1,130 £1,175 3 weeks fr £1,425 £1,745 Additional weeks fr £505 Combination course 1 weeks fr £ £945 £1,590 2 weeks fr £1,810 £2,390 3 weeks fr £2,680 £3,490 Additional weeks fr £870


learn italian Phrases To Get You By… • • • • •

Parlo poco l’Italiano (I speak a little Italian) Quanto costa una bottiglia di olio d’oliva? (How much for a bottle of olive oil?) Qual’e’ la direzione per Venezia Jazz club? (Which way to the Venice Jazz Club?) Mi presti la tua vespa? (Can I borrow your vespa?) Mi piace la pizza! (I just love this pizza!)

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Learn Italian in Florence

PRICES A = homestay, single room, halfboard B = shared apartment, single room, self catering Standard course A B 2 weeks fr £770 £585 3 weeks fr £1,085 £780 4 weeks fr £1,360 £985 Additional weeks fr £315 £215 Intensive course 1 week fr £450 £360 2 weeks fr £835 £655 3 weeks fr £1,220 £915 4 weeks fr £1,550 £1,170 Additional weeks fr £365 £265 Combination course 1 week fr £530 £435 2 weeks fr £1,010 £840 3 weeks fr £1,495 £1,205 4 weeks fr £1,920 £1,570 Additional weeks fr £455 £350

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£585

Snapshot Capital of the Renaissance and home to some of the world’s greatest treasures, Florence’s knock out splendour will mesmerise you from the moment you set foot here. Michelangelo’s David and Brunelleschi’s dome set the standard for this city, so brush up on your Italian and get exploring.

language school The language school in Florence is located in the city centre by the Basilica of Santa Croce. The typical old town building extends over three floors, and has ten classrooms. Small classes provide a friendly yet learning-intensive environment.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Florence, Italy Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment Meals: Half board or self catering Min Age: 16 years old

Course Standard course 20 lessons per week, 55 minutes each Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 55 minutes each Combination course: Standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 60 minutes each

Class Size: Max 8

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Learn Italian in Rome

Fr

£410

highlights

Learn ITALIAN

• Taste true Italian cuisine in an osteria in Trastevere • Hike on the Via Appia Antica and step on 2000 years of history • Dive into the Mediterranean Sea at Lido di Ostia • Throw a coin into the fountain of Trevi to ensure you return to Rome • Browse the Campo dei Fiori Markets

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Rome, Italy Getting There: At your own expense

sNAPSHOT

Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment

An epic city harbouring lost empires and 3000 years of culture – Rome is a living, breathing masterpiece and an ideal setting in which to invest in a language holiday. The city is immense, not only in size but diversity of food, drink and of course the landscape. Explore the colossal Colosseum, the ruins of the Roman Forum or make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. If you want to live like a local jump on the back of a Vespa and discover the peaceful and quite landscapes of the Sabatiner Mountains and Lake Bracciano or spend afternoons downing espressos and chatting with new friends in street side cafes. One thing’s for sure, you’re sure to live the ‘dolce vita’ when you’re here.

Meals: Half board or self catering Minimum Age: 16 years old Class Size: 7-12 students Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided

PRICES A = homestay, single room with breakfast B = shared apartment, single room, self catering Standard course A B 1 week fr £420 £410 2 weeks fr £635 £605 3 weeks fr £925 £890 4 weeks fr £1,220 £1,170 Additional weeks fr £280 £265 Intensive course 1 week fr £525 £515 2 weeks fr £810 £785 3 weeks fr £1,190 £1,155 4 weeks fr £1,570 £1,525 Additional weeks fr £385 £370 Combination course 1 week fr £590 £580 2 weeks fr £945 £915 3 weeks fr £1,385 £1,350 4 weeks fr £1,835 £1,785 Additional weeks fr £450 £435 Extras per week Halfboard fr £90 -

language school This Italian language school in Rome is renowned for its international composition of students. Situated in the pedestrian area of the old town and just a few steps from Piazza Navona, the school is housed in a typical patrician's house giving students an authentic Italian atmosphere for learning. The school facilities include 12 spacious and bright classrooms, a lounge area with vending machines and a computer room with free wireless internet. Your well-trained teachers will bring the Italian language alive to you and your classmates.

Course

ACCOMMODATION

Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 45 minutes each

You have two choices of accommodation during your course, a homestay or a shared apartment. Homestay (Package A) Single room with breakfast, half board is available at an extra charge. Approximatley 20-40 minutes to school on public transport. Shared Apartment (Package B) Single room in apartment with other students and/or locals. Self catering basis, shared kitchen and bathroom. EUR 100 deposit must be paid on arrival.

Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 45 minutes each

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learn german Phrases To Get You By… • • • • •

Mir schmeken Weisswuerste besser als Rostbratwuerste (I prefer white sausage to roast sausage) Faehrst Du einen Volkswagen Beetle? (Do you drive a Volkswagen Beetle?) Wann findet das Beethoven Festival statt? (When is the Beethoven festival?) Vielen Dank fuer Deine Hilfe (Thankyou for all your help) Ich wohne in der Nahe des Platzl Bezirk (I am staying close to the Platzl Quarter)

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Learn German in Berlin

Fr

£325

PRICES Standard course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Intensive course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Combination course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Seasonal supplement 01Jul–01Sep12 per week

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fr £325 fr £635 fr £925 fr £1,22 fr £295 fr £370 fr £705 fr £1,000 fr £1,320 fr £315

Snapshot Berlin is a living breathing history lesson, a capital of culture and a key player in the world of cool effortlessly mixing the glamour with the grit. Teeming with some of the best museums, galleries and restaurants, studying here will give you the edge in this awesome city.

language school The Berlin language school is located on a quiet street in the historic city centre. The hub of the school is its cafeteria where you can practice your lingo between classes. Highly trained and enthusiastic teachers lead classes and will help you progress your German language skills.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round

fr £525 fr £1,005 fr £1,490 fr £1,975 fr £485

Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Berlin, Germany Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment Meals: B&B or self catering Min Age: 16 years old

fr £55

Class Size: 8-12 students

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Intensive course: 25 lessons per week, 45 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 45 minutes each

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learn chinese Phrases To Get You By… • • • • •

Shui-jiao-shi-bao-shen-me-xian-de? 什么是在这些粽子? (What’s inside these dumplings?) Zu-yi-liang-zi-xing-che-shi-duo-shao-qian? 什么是成本聘请自行车?(What is the cost to hire a bicycle?) Wo-xiang-yao-can-guan-qin-shi-huang-bing-ma-yong 我想参观秦始皇兵马俑 (I would like to visit the Terracotta Warriors) Ni-chang-shi-guo-beijin-kao-ya? 你尝试过北京烤鸭? (Have you tried Peking Duck?) Wo-men-yi-jing-zhu-zhe-li-liu-ge-xing-qi-le 我们住在这里了六个星期 (We are staying here for six weeks)

Learn CHINESE

Learn Mandarin in Shanghai

PRICES Standard course 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Intensive course 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Combination course 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Additional weeks Seasonal supplement 27May–01Sep12 per week

Fr

£990

Snapshot fr £990 fr £1,355 fr £1,715 fr £315 fr £1,130 fr £1,570 fr £1,990 fr £365 fr £1,215 fr £1,695 fr £2,165 fr £430

You couldn’t pick a more fascinating place for a language holiday than Shanghai; where east meets west and modern mixes with exotic. A world leader in the latest gadgets, technology, fashion and food, learning Mandarin here will help you absorb every last bit of this city.

language school You will be taught Mandarin in one of 12 bright classrooms in a modern commercial building in the Xuhui district. Other facilities of the school include a common room with computers and internet access and experienced, well trained teachers.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 2-52 weeks Location: Shanghai, China Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment Meals: Half board of self catering Min Age: 16 years old

fr £40

Course Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Combination course: Standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each

Class Size: 6-10 students

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Learn Mandarin in Beijing

Fr

£990

highlights

Learn CHINESE

• Take a ride in the trishaws through Beijing's old Hutong neighbourhoods • Experience the splendour of the Imperial Palace & history of Tiananmen Square • Take a trip to the Great Wall of China • Eat world-famous Peking Duck • Get up early and watch students practice kung fu at the Temple of Heaven

iNCLUSIONS Start Date: Sundays year round Duration: 2-52 weeks Location: Beijing, China Getting There: Pick up from Beijing Airport

sNAPSHOT

Accommodation: Homestay or shared apartment

Beautiful and beguiling, three thousand years of history have left their stamp on Beijing and now it’s time to make yours. The new Beijing with ultra-modern skyscrapers, the Olympic village, and a lively cultural scene, rubs shoulders with some of the finest remnants of China's imperial past including The Forbidden City and a remarkable network of Hutong alleyways; villages within the city that are categorised by slow-paced living and timeless charms. From Beijing you can visit the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven or the vast relics of the Ming Dynasty and get a true feel for the vibrant mix of history and modernity.

Meals: Half board or self catering Minimum Age: 16 years old Class Size: 6-10 students Notes: Learning materials and course certificate are provided

language school

PRICES Standard course 2 weeks

fr £990

3 weeks

fr £1,355

4 weeks

fr £1,715

Additional weeks

fr £315

Intensive course 2 weeks

fr £1,130

3 weeks

fr £1,570

4 weeks

fr £1,990

Additional weeks

fr £365

Combination course 2 weeks

fr £1,215

3 weeks

fr £1,695

4 weeks

fr £2,165

Additional weeks

fr £430

Lessons are taught in a modern commercial building, with eight classrooms, a common room and a computer room with internet access. The language school is located in the Chaoyang district, the most popular shopping and entertainment district of Beijing. After your Mandarin classes lessons you will find numerous cafés, restaurants and shops close to the school giving you the perfect opportunity to practice your language skills. Just 15 minutes away is the Sanlitun district where you’ll find Beijing’s leading clubs and bars where you can dance the night away with your new friends.

Course

ACCOMMODATION

Standard course: 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each

You have two choices of accommodation during your course, a homestay or a shared apartment. Homestay Single room with half board. Approximatley 45 minutes to school on public transport. Shared Apartment Single room in an apartment with other students. Self catering basis and shared bathroom and kitchen. 20-30 minutes to the school on public transport.

Intensive course: 30 lessons per week, 50 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 5 private lessons per week, 50 minutes each

Extras per week Shared apartment, single room

fr £15

Seasonal supplement 27May–01Sep12 per week

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learn japanese Phrases To Get You By… • • • • •

Koko de, watashi wa harōkiti o kōnyū dekimasu ka? ここで、私はハローキティを購入できますか? (Where can I buy Hello Kitty?) Watashi wa atsui Nippon-shu o konomu 私は熱い日本酒を好む (I prefer hot Sake) Oishii gyōza o arigatō おいしい餃子をありがとう (Thankyou for the delicious gyoza) Sumō no yoru ni watashi o sanka 相撲の夜に私を参加 (Join me at the sumo wrestling night) Watashi ni hashi o watashite kudasai 私に箸を渡してください (Please pass me the chopsticks)

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Learn Japanese in Tokyo

Beginners course 2 weeks

fr £1,045

3 weeks

fr £1,350

4 weeks

fr £1,655

Conversation course 2 weeks

fr £1,045

3 weeks

fr £1,350

Additional weeks

fr £1,655 fr £310

Intensive course

Where would you learn Japanese if not in Tokyo? Colourful sushi bars, flashing neon lights and super skyscrapers tower above Shinto Shrines and peaceful temples. A city where countless contrasts collide, Tokyo is sure to keep your pulse racing.

language school The Japanese language school is located in the district of Chiyoda in the centre of Tokyo. Easy access to public transport means the districts of Shibuya or Shinjuku can be reached in about 15 minutes. The school is a modern and stylish with 11 classrooms, a library and a student lounge.

iNCLUSIONS

Course

Duration: 2-52 weeks

Beginner course: You will learn the basics of Japanese writing (Hiragana/Katakana) to prepare you for your intensive course. 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each

Start date: Selected Sundays year round Location: Tokyo, Japan

2 weeks

fr £1,045

Accommodation: Homestay

3 weeks

fr £1,350

4 weeks

fr £1,655

Meals: Half board (full board on weekends)

Additional weeks

£1,045

Snapshot

PRICES

4 weeks

Fr

fr £310

Min Age: 16 years old Class Size: 15-20 students

Intensive and Conversation course: The intensive course includes all aspects of the Japanese language. The content of the conversation course includes vocabulary, culture and communication. 20 lessons per week, 50 minutes each

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learn thai Phrases To Get You By… • • • • •

Kor- Som - Tum - Song - Tee - Krab/Ka ขอส้มตำ�สองที่ครับ/ค่ะ (Two papaya salads please.) Ha- Tuk- Tuk- Hai- Chan- Noi- Dai- Mai? หาตุ๊กตุ๊กให้ฉันหน่อยได้ไหม (Can you arrange a tuk tuk for me?) Dum- Nam- Tee- Nee- Yium - Pai- Lei! ดำ�น้ำ�ที่นี่เยี่ยมไปเลย! (The diving here is just amazing) Pai- Ta- Lard- Pen- Puen- Chan - Noi- Dai - Mai? ไปตลาดเป็นเพื่อนฉันหน่อยได้ไหม? (Will you come with me to the markets?) Kor- Bab - Mai -Ped- Mak - Krab/Ka ขอแบบไม่เผ็ดมากครับ/ค่ะ (Medium spicy for me please.)

Learn THAI

Learn Thai in Bangkok

Fr

£450

Snapshot

PRICES Standard course of private lessons 1 week fr £450 2 weeks fr £860 3 weeks fr £1,270 4 weeks fr £1,690 Additional weeks fr £425 Intensive course of private lessons 1 week fr £625 2 weeks fr £1,205 3 weeks fr £1,780 4 weeks fr £2,370 Additional weeks fr £595

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Buzzing and exotic, Bangkok is a larger-than-life city with an intoxicating dynamism; intense at first, but this city is sure to leave you addicted. The sights, smells and sounds are contrasting, cosmopolitan and compelling, but this mix of chaos and calm only adds to Bangkok’s charm.

language school The language school in Bangkok is located in the vibrant Silom Road district and is a five-minute walk to the famous Patpong night market and numerous restaurants, bars and shops. The school has nine classrooms, a student lounge with computers, internet access and a library.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Sundays year round Duration: 1-48 weeks Location: Bangkok, Thailand Accommodation: Student residence

Course Standard course: 15 private lessons per week, 60 minutes each Intensive course: 25 private lessons per week, 60 minutes each

Meals: Bed and breakfast or self catering Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: Private tuition (1 student)

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learn hindi Phrases To Get You By… • Sab- se- nazdik- masala- bazaar- kaha- hain? कहाँ निकटतम मसाला बाजार है (Where is the closest spice bazaar?) • Mere- saath- sher- safari- karne- chalo मुझे एक शेर सफारी पर जुड़ें (Join me on a tiger safari) • Kitne- paise- hain- Cricket- match- dekhne- ke- liye? कितना करने के लिए अगले क्रिकेट मैच देखने के टिकट हैं (How much are tickets to see the next cricket match?) • Mein- kadi- aur- chawal- bana- sikh- rahi- hoon मैं करी और चावल केक बनाना सीख रहा हूँ (I’m learning to make curry and rice cakes) • Shukriya (Thank you)

Learn HINDI

Learn Hindi in Goa

Fr

£260

PRICES Standard course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Combination course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Hindi & Yoga 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks Season supplement 01Jan-26Feb12 & 11Nov-31Dec12 per week

fr £260 fr £420 fr £590 fr £760 fr £320 fr £540 fr £770 fr £995 fr £280 fr £450 fr £635 fr £820

Snapshot Ever thought about learning the basics of Hindi? How about taking a few Yoga lessons and Indian cooking classes too? Well, at this language school you can! The Goa vibe is all about taking it easy and with delicious food and palm-fringed beaches you won’t find it hard to relax.

language school The language school in Goa is located just 15 minutes walk from Benaulim beach. In a peaceful location nestled under palm trees, Hindi is taught at beginner level in air-conditioned classrooms. There’s also free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, terrace, small swimming pool and garden on site.

iNCLUSIONS Start date: Selected Sundays year round Duration: 1-4 weeks Location: Goa, India Accommodation: Student residence Meals: B&B

fr £70

Min Age: 18 years old Class Size: 4-10 students

Course Standard Hindi course: 15 lessons per week, 60 minutes each Combination course: Same as standard course plus 3 private lessons per week, 60 minutes each Hindi & Yoga course: Same as standard course plus 3 yoga lessons per week, yoga classes are 45 minutes each.

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learn a new skill

learn a new skill Watching a rodeo, looking through an aquarium tank, lounging on a beach or being parked out comfortably on the back of a game viewing vehicle is all well and fine. But why not grab the bull by the horns and coil your own lasso? How about avoiding the aquarium, strapping on a tank and exploring your own reef? And forget happy-snappy-back-seat game viewing; jump down and learn how to track rhino yourself.

highlights • Builds confidence whilst being fun • Character building • Gives you a new perspective on life • Strengthens your employability

There is so much more to travel than just viewing. Get involved and you’ll finish up with the best souvenir – knowledge, expertise and in some instances - certification. These will go a long way in seeing you grow as an individual, plus it gives you an amazing competitive edge.

learn to dive

Fr

£209

highlights • Access to some of the most amazing reef systems such as The Great Barrier Reef • Whale Shark sightings off Koh Tao and island hopping throughout Fiji • Theory and practical lessons • PADI Open Water certification

iNCLUSIONS

Cape Town – fr £425 • 4 nights accommodation, welcome dinner • Airport & dive school transfers • PADI Open Water Diver course including equipment, Qualified Instructor course material, 1-2 shore dives and 2 boat dives

CPTDIV

Koh Tao – fr 4n £209/ 6n £439 • 4/6 nights accommodation, 1 meal per day • PADI Open Water Diver course & certification • 4 additional fun dives & 1 night dive (7 day programme only)

FJJLEA/UDMLTD

Cairns – fr £419 • 2 nights land accommodation, 2 nights sea accommodation, all meals whilst out at sea • PADI Open Water Diver course, certification, log book & Reef Teach marine biology presentation • 9 dives (weather permitting) & dive insurance CNS5DA

Fiji – fr £546

• 4 nights accommodation, all meals • Vessel transfers • SSI Open Water Course

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Snapshot If learning to dive is on your “To-Do” list then the most complicated step is choosing where and with whom to do it. ‘Learn to’ or ‘Open Water’ courses are available in Koh Tao for five or seven days where you have the chance to dive with whale sharks. The incredible Great Barrier Reef off Cairns for five days is a must and if you’re keen for more of a multiple island experience then Fiji, for five days, is your best bet. Finally for those keen to experience a destination where diving is not the only focus, then why not learn the craft in sunny Cape Town for five days and following that – head off on safari...

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learn to surf

Fr

£309

highlights • Professional instruction for beginner surfers • Beach parties • Sleeping under the stars at surf camp

learn a new skill

iNCLUSIONS Auckland – fr £355 • 4 nights accommodation and all meals • 5 surf lessons with qualified surf Kiwis • Transport and surf equipment

AKLKIK

Jeffreys Bay– fr 7n £309/ 42n £1466 • 7 or 42 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner daily • Daily surf lessons with qualified surf Saffas • All equipment, boards and wetsuits and free daily shuttles into town GDXVSC/DGXS42

Sydney– fr £462 • 4 nights accommodation with all meals at the surf camp • 7 x 2hr surf lessons • Transport from Sydney to Byron Bay and all equipment • Please note it is also possible to do a 61 day course. Please enquire for prices. AUDSYG

Snapshot Learn the fine art of wave-conquering and surf lingo! Five days along New Zealand’s coastline, eight days or six weeks in Jeffreys Bay – South Africa’s Mecca for surfing; or you can spend an entire two months in sunny Australia. No matter where you choose, day one will see you fumbling to remain upright on your board but by the end of your instruction you should be pretty good at ‘dropping in’, ‘snaking’, ‘snapping’ and hopefully not ‘wiping out’. For those who just can’t get enough, why not combine all three and revel in the surf life these three top-notch southern surf destinations offer.

learn to be a JILLAROO / JACKAROO

Fr

£709

highlights • Live the Aussie outback life and handle farm stock • Stay in a traditional back country homestead • Work experience potentially leading to employment on a working ranch!

NEW SKILLS TO TACKLE • Aussie horsemanship and riding • Mustering sheep and cattle • Calf throwing, sheep shearing • Working dogs in action • Yard work, fencing and yard building • Whip cracking and roping Put your skills to use and start earning some cash! The goal here is to connect you with employers or farm hosts, once you’ve gained some experience.

INCLUSIONS • 6 nights accommodation with home cooked meals at the station in Bingara, New South Wales • Sydney and station transfers • Ranch course and other activities • Certificate at completion of course and job board login

SYDJJ2

Snapshot Mate, if you’re looking for the real Australia then here’s how to get into it - the station way of life that city slickers can only dream about. We’ll build your skills fast so you can get amongst the action and be immersed in all the workings of a station in no time. Day to day life on an outback ranch is ever-changing. The locals out there revel in the cycle of the seasons as they go about their business nurturing animals and crops. Everyday is a new beginning and a work in progress.

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learn to kite surf

Fr

£359 learn to be a chagra

learn a new skill

highlights

Take up the ultra cool sport of kitesurfing. Spend three days in Blaawberg getting sandy and salty as you flip, twist and rotate yourself and a kite around in the ocean. Alternatively – head out to Manta in Ecuador, and spend the mornings learning Spanish and the afternoons body-dragging and self launching. Lessons in both locations will result in IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) accreditation.

iNCLUSIONS

Blaawberg - fr £359 CPTKSE

Manta - fr £481

• 5 nights accommodation and breakfast • 20 hours of Spanish lessons & level 1 kitesurfing course

learn to dance

MECKIT

Fr

An incredible opportunity to gain an insight into Ecuador and the life of a Chagra (or Andean cowboy). Wrap up in a local poncho or animal skins and ride the slopes of Ruminahui volcano while keeping an eye out for wild bull in the region. You’ll learn to ‘pack a horse’, coil your own lasso, handle cattle and partake (perhaps) in a small rodeo! For the moments when you’re not in the saddle, soak up the landscape, hike to waterfalls and try your hand at a little trout fishing.

iNCLUSIONS • 4 nights accommodation with meals • Quito transfers • All necessary riding gear

UIOCOW

Fr

£129

• Cook Northern Thai or Northern Indian cuisine • Night bazaars in Chiang Mai and The Royal Observatory in Jaipur • Select, prepare, cook and then eat your work

Take up the most passionate dance on earth: Tango...and right from the Argentine masters themselves. Seven days of twinkletoeing and you should come away not only with a roll of fun-loving cheesy pics, but with an understanding of this romantic courtship dance. Professional choreography, time in amazing Buenos Aires, evenings lapping up pro shows and you will no doubt be equipped to woo even the pickiest of targets.

Wander markets, select local ingredients, turn up the heat and learn to cook. Three days in Chiang Mai is the perfect introduction to Thai cooking. The Jaipur lessons, over the course of four days, are themed around the art of cooking with spice. So if you’re a fan of Pad Thai and Kormas then tasty demos and hands-on moments will hone your appreciation for cooking.

iNCLUSIONS

Chiang Mai - fr £129

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Cross Cotopaxi National Park in the Andean Mountains Discover an ancient Inca fortress Chagra skills and stock handling Stay in a local hacienda

highlights

Tango, tango, tango Evening tango show with the pros Bike tour Buenos Aires nightclub entry

• 6 nights accommodation with breakfast • Return airport transfers • Welcome drink, bike tour and nightclub ticket • 4 individual and 1 group tango lesson

• • • •

£299 learn to cook

highlights • • • •

£519

highlights

• Amazing west coasts of Ecuador and South Africa • IKO (International Kiteboarding Organisation) accreditation!

• 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner and airport transfers • Kitesurfing lessons with certified IKO instructor

Fr

• 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch & arrival airport transfers CNXCOO

Jaipur - fr £470 BUEFRE

• 3 nights accommodation and breakfast, 2 cooking lessons • Return transfers from Delhi and city transfers

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DELCOO


learn to be a SURF INSTRUCTOR

Fr

£5,429 learn to skydive

• • • •

highlights

Practical development of surf skills from beginner to intermediate Surf safety and knowledge, wave selection and manoeuvres Weather and surf forecasting skills, coaching and training skills 3 months in sunny Australia

• Your very own personal ‘jump master’ with a one-on-one instructional skydive • Perform the parachute deployment • Free fall above the Wakatipu Basin

Surf camp is the best place to kick off a surf instructor course. Three months based north of Coffs Harbour and south of Byron Bay eating and breathing surf culture will result in an internationally recognised Level 1 Surf Instructor Qualification.  Outside of pure surfing you can enjoy long days kayaking, skydiving and camping out with some of the best surf coaches in Australia – quizzing them for pro tips to your heart’s delight.

iNCLUSIONS

• 83 nights accommodation at “Spot X” with meals 5 days a week • Mojosurf 5 day Sydney to Byron Tour • All qualifications (Surf, Senior Aid, Ocean Safety Surf Coach Aware, Advanced Resuscitation and Work with Children Check) • 20 hours work experience with Mojosurf schools • Qualified level 2 surf instructors available to assist and support

learn to sail

Fr

An intensive two day taster course equipping you with all aspects of safety, free fall techniques and parachute handling/ landing skills. Jump high above the Wakatipu Basin and enjoy your 60 second free fall. Completion of the GRAVIT8 skydive programme counts towards the XLR8 training programme should you want to get serious and qualify to jump solo. New Zealand’s landscapes are phenomenal and definitely something to fall for!

iNCLUSIONS

SYDTCI

• Ground training, theory and a hands-on tandem skydive • Industry approved logbook with a DVD of your achievement • All training gear – jumpsuit, goggles, frap hat, gloves and altimeter • Transfers (accommodation not included)

£1,689 learn to be a GAME RANGER

highlights

Fr

ZQNNGR

£2,219

highlights

• Live aboard a boat for over 2 weeks • Meet new mates, memories to treasure forever • Possible onwards employment

• 8 weeks in the Eastern Cape, South Africa • Guidance and mentorship with 20+ years experienced FGASA ranger • Optional weekend excursions and activities

Imagine being part of a yacht crew sailing around the stunning Whitsundays in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Become attuned to ‘hoisting sails’ and revel in the azure seas and salt spray. In as little as three weeks the skills you will have learnt could see you certified as well as in line to gain onwards employment in the Whitsundays, marine industry; and get paid for it!

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a game ranger? Eight weeks of theory and practical training at Kwantu Game Reserve, in the Eastern Cape will propel you into a world of animal tracking, spoor and flora identification and cloud formation. The best bit – under the guidance and mentorship of an accredited FGASA ranger; you can become a bonafide field guide too.

iNCLUSIONS

iNCLUSIONS

• 6 day/5 night International Crew Certificate Course • 6 x 2 day/2 night Maxi Sailing tours as extra crew member • 2 crew uniforms • 6 nights backpacker dorm accommodation in Airlie Beach • 17 days of meals • Course notes, training record and log book

• 55 nights accommodation, transfers from/to the reserve as well as meals and non alcoholic beverages • Practical training/learning materials and ranger uniform • Registration with FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) • FGASA level 1 course, exam & first aid training

WDSSLE

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learn a new skill

highlights

£329

Fr


introduction to work and travel

Travel the world, push your limits, try your hand at something new and you will return

work and travel

why work abroad? Why not?! Cutting the home strings and jetting off to far flung nations in order to gain international experience along with a heap of travel is mightily life-affecting, fun and who knows what opportunities will gush at your feet from trying something new. It’s really very simple. Working and travelling overseas will see you immersed in a new language (perhaps) and culture, it’s a terrific personal challenge, you’ll scoop new friends and by inevitably becoming a little worldlier; your future employment prospects will be far greater. For those at a crossroad in their life, an overseas stint could see you get your life back on track….

where can you work? If you’re up for it, you can just about work your way around the world and be fully supported the entire time. Join a Summer Camp in the US for a couple of months and be part of a uniquely American tradition. Head north to Canada and make the most of being a ski bum, city slicker or outdoor traveller. Then move onto Europe, dabble in the food and hospitality industry whilst visiting up to 50 countries! Australia and New Zealand are fantastic for working outdoors and will see you come to grips with the heart of these southern cultures. Whatever you choose there are a plethora of programmes, work placements and internships to fulfil any interest.

top 5 tips • Perhaps test the waters with a shorter placement (2-3 weeks) before setting your heart on a longer programme • Visit an STA Travel consultant to talk bank accounts, tax packs and various insurance for the country you will be working and travelling in. The assistance in advance could be a life saver • Budget carefully – moving countries always entails a number of initial expenses • Consider signing up for additional skill courses alongside your work placement. Learn a language? Volunteer? • As well as printing off your CV, ensure you have a soft copy on email for easy distribution

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“Mustering horses and cotton picking – I had no idea I could do this. It was incredibly hard work but the satisfaction and personal achievement were immense. And I got paid to do it!” Carrie Van Lingen Farm Familiarisation – Sydney, Australia a totally DIFFERENT AND HAPPY PERSON work and travel

COST

working visas Our expert advisers can help you with all the daunting paperwork and specific processing requirements for the country/ies that you plan on visiting. Restrictions, proof of funds and age cut-offs are constantly changing and you may need to produce medical/employment records and attend an embassy interview. The below list illustrates a brief overview of countries where you may be eligible for a working visa. Come in store or call us for help and we’ll make the ride a whole lot smoother. COUNTRY

AGE

VAILIDITY

PROCESSING TIME

COST

Australia

Be 18 years 30 years & 11 months old

12 months

At least 4 weeks to process, and a maximum of 8 weeks if further information is required

fr £219

New Zealand

Be 18 years 30 years & 11 months old

UK applicants can live in New Zealand for a period of either 12 months or 23 months

At least 4 weeks to process, and a maximum of 8 weeks if further information is required

fr £115

Canada

Be 18 years 30 years & 11 months old

12 months (you can have 2 visas in a lifetime

Allow 8-12 weeks for processing. However, it can take longer if medical is needed

fr £90 plus programme fee

USA

Be 18 years 30 years & 11 months old

3-4 months

As early as you can - as places on the programmes are limited!

fr £115 plus programme fee

Our Partnership With BUNAC BUNAC is a preferred partner of STA Travel. Established in 1962, BUNAC has helped over a quarter of a million young people to work and travel abroad in some of the world’s most exciting destinations. The company offers personalised customer service at every stage of the client’s travels and 24 hour emergency support is available throughout the world – so you’re in good hands! Program fees are incredible… For programmes involving Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada - flick over to the relevant pages on 138-139, 143-151. A top tip… the company’s reputation with employers and universities alike will see your CV grow wings.

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work and travel getting started in

With hole-proof support and a heap of inclusions it’s so easy to work, stay and play

work and travel

Darwin Starter Pack

fr

£255

Includes • 2 nights hostel accommodation and transfers • Comprehensive work and travel pack • 2 x12 months Job Club membership • Set up of: mobile phone, SIM card, bank account, Medicare card, mail forwarding/holding service and tax file number • Day Trip to the Territory Wildlife Park DRW2PF

SNAPSHOT The Australian lifestyle is often envied the world over, with its year-round sunshine, tropical climate, beach culture and vast and varied landscapes to explore. Here is your chance to get a little taste of life Down Under. Now’s the perfect time to get yourself a visa and help fund your travels whilst boosting your CV.

Working Holiday Visa Info Our visa service is quick, competitive and efficient. You tell us what we need to know and we’ll sort it out. Simple! There are only a limited number of visas available each year so don’t miss out – get planning your escape strategy now.12 month work visa from £219.

typical rates of pay IT/Web/Skilled Labour (Carpenter, Plumber)

$25 to $35 per hour

Nurses and Dental Nurse

$28 to $40 per hour

Chef/Bartender

$20 to $29 per hour

Human Resources

$22 to $27 per hour

Accounting

$22 to $33 per hour

Administration Assistant

$15 to $22 per hour

Retail Assistant/Fundraising $15 to $20 per hour Call Centres

$18 to $22 per hour

Fruit Picking

$16 to $20 per hour

Station Hand

$15 to $17 per hour

Perth Starter Pack

fr

£245

Includes • 2 nights hostel accommodation and transfers • Comprehensive work and travel pack • 2 x12 months Job Club membership • Set up of: mobile phone, SIM card, bank account, Medicare card, mail forwarding/holding service and tax file number • Day trip to Rottnest Island PER2PF

with accommodation

Cooks/Kitchen Hands/Au Pairs $14 to $18 per hour Resort positions

$15 to $21 per hour

* Rates are based on market conditions July 2011 and subject to change

STARTER PACKAGES - HOW IT ALL WORKS Our starter packages are perfect for anyone wanting a stress-free start in Australia. Heading abroad and attempting to source work in a foreign environment can be a daunting task, so our work and travel packages offer immense support surrounding you at every step of the way. With everything you could possibly need to help you find your feet once in Oz, they offer excellent value for money. On arrival in Australia a guide will be at the airport to meet and greet you with a friendly “G’Day”, they’ll then whisk you off to your hostel to get you settled in. You’ll then be equipped with a comprehensive work and travel pack,12 months membership to the Australian on-line job agency/Woodduck Australian Backpackers job agency and a mail holding and forwarding service. On top of this you’ll also be set up with a bank account, tax file number, Medicare account and Oz mobile SIM Card, to ensure your future job search goes swimmingly. At the hostel you’ll be surrounded and supported by others in the same position and you’ll also get to share in some of the best local day trips and activities with your new-found friends.

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australia BREAK IT DOWN

fr

£255

Includes • 2 nights hostel accommodation and transfers • Comprehensive work and travel pack • 2 x12 months Job Club membership • Set up of: mobile phone, SIM card, bank account, Medicare card, mail forwarding/holding service and tax file number • Day trip snorkelling on the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Just want to sort out the basics? We’ve stripped it so you can get your hands on the essentials needed by anyone looking for work in Oz.

job Site 3 month membership from £42 12 month membership from £60 The STA Travel Jobs website is the largest jobs website for backpackers coming to Australia and New Zealand.

CNS2SP

• 70% of part-time, casual and temporary jobs are on the one website so you’re sure to find one that suits you

Brisbane Starter Pack

• Start looking for work straight away - even before you leave the country

fr

£255

tax pack

Includes • 2 nights hostel accommodation and transfers • 2 x 12 months Job Club membership • Set up of: mobile phone, SIM card, bank account, Medicare card, mail forwarding/holding service and tax file number

fr

£255

• Day trip to Australia zoo

Includes • 2 nights hostel accommodation and transfers • Comprehensive work and travel pack • 2 x12 months Job Club membership • Set up of: mobile phone, SIM card, bank account, Medicare card, mail forwarding/holding service and tax file number • Day trip to the Barossa Valley wineries

BNE2SP

Australian Bank Account

fr

£25

Setting up bank accounts overseas is normally a long and difficult process due to the high level of red tape involved with bank systems. We guide you through the process and take care of all the hard bits for you to open your bank account simply.

International SIM Card

ADLSTF

Melbourne Starter Pack

£25

If you are travelling to Australia and intend to work, an Australian Tax File Number is essential or you could end up paying half your wages in tax! By arranging a tax file number before you head to Oz you save hassle and stress on arrival and it will save you needing to pay emergency tax at 48%, the average refund is £1500 and happens at the end of the tax year in June.

• Comprehensive work and travel pack

Adelaide Starter Pack

fr

fr

£255

Includes • 2 or 4 nights hostel accommodation and transfers • Comprehensive work and travel pack • 2 x12 months Job Club membership • Set up of: mobile phone, SIM card, bank account, Medicare card, mail forwarding/holding service and tax file number • Great Ocean Road day trip (5 day), The Official Neighbours Tour (3 day) or entry to the Sky Deck 88 and Edge Experience (3 day) MEL2SP / MELSTA

Sydney Starter Pack

fr

£245

fr

£6

It’s good to stay in touch while you’re away. It’s even better to keep your costs down and control your spending with our range of Travel SIMs.

Includes • 2, 4, or 6 nights hostel accommodation and private transfers • Exclusive access to the Australian Backpackers Lounge • Comprehensive work and travel pack • Services of a dedicated programme manager • 2 x12 months Job Club membership • Set up of: mobile phone, SIM card, bank account, Medicare card, mail forwarding/holding service, tax file number and free internet • Social trips: hop-on hop-off Sydney Sights tour, harbour cruise, Aussie BBQ dinner (5 & 7 day), group pub crawl (5 & 7 day), Aboriginal culture show (5 & 7 day) and a surf lesson and Blue Mountain excursion (5 & 7 day) SYD2SP / SYDWOF / SYDSAF

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Cairns Starter Pack


BUNAC work australia

gap year support package taking the hassle out of travelling down under

work australia

snapshot So you’ve decided to embark on a working holiday in Australia and with its miles of long sandy beaches, surf and vibrant cities, not to mention the non-stop sunshine, we don’t blame you! But let’s face it, taking off on your own can be a bit daunting and that’s where BUNAC comes in. Work Australia is the ideal programme for anyone heading to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. You’ll have the freedom to travel anywhere in Australia and find work with the assistance of BUNAC’s dedicated walk-in resource centres for up to 12 months. This programme is the definitive gap year survival package, providing you with support for the duration of your trip so you can have an amazing experience without having to go it alone.

how the programme works how to apply Step 1: Register with your local STA Travel consultant and pay the deposit of £50 Step 2: BUNAC will contact you within two working days to complete your Work Australia application Step 3: BUNAC will then assist you with your visa application and all your pre-departure planning; including help with arranging your flights and insurance Step 4: Once you have received your visa you are ready to fly to Australia where ‘Work N Holiday’ (BUNAC’s partner operation) will assist you with all aspects of your stay in Australia The BUNAC team will be on hand to guide you through the entire process.

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An Australian Working Holiday Visa gives you the flexibility to apply for any job, anywhere in Australia and you can change jobs whenever you like. BUNAC provides support in the UK, organise group flights and can help you apply for your visa. Their partner in Australia, ‘Work N Holiday’, has four walk-in resource offices across the country in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane and their expert staff will assist you for the duration of your trip.

employment info Many BUNAC participants find casual employment. Australian options are plentiful ranging from: construction, catering, factory, fruit picking and office jobs. Salaries range from AU$12 to AU$25 per hour. However, if you have relevant experience and a bit of motivation, jobs can be found in just about any sector, many at salaries higher than quoted above.

eligibility Are you: • Aged 18-30 at the time of visa application • A British or Irish passport holder

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Fr

£ 379 (1-12 Months)

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BUNAC PROGRAMME FEE

£379

• Visa application

Other Costs To Consider Working Holiday Visa fee Travel insurance Personal support funds

GROUP flight options

What’s Included

£219 fr £136 (3-month policy) AU$5000

fr £950

BUNAC run monthly group departures to Sydney, stopping off in Hong Kong for three days. This option also includes accommodation and tours in Hong Kong, transfers and accommodation in Sydney. However, more importantly, you’ll get to travel with fellow BUNAC participants making the whole trip a lot less daunting. Alternatively you can book flights independently and still make use of all the BUNAC support services and meet up with other participants at the welcome orientation.

“As I made my way, bleary eyed, to Heathrow Airport I have to admit that I was a little nervous. I needn’t have been - I found the BUNAC group and within ten minutes we were all chatting as if we’d been friends for years. There were about 30 of us in total, half going to Australia and half to New Zealand. First stop for all of us though, was Hong Kong! We were met at the airport on arrival by Lyon, our crazy tour guide, who took us by bus to our (pretty swanky!) hotel out on Hong Kong Island. Over the next two days we had guided tours all around Hong Kong and on day three we were taken to the airport - next stop Sydney. We were met at the airport by Pete who took us to Sydney Central YHA (a really nice hostel with rooftop pool). Travelling with a group made the whole experience a lot less daunting and lot more fun!.”

• UK pre-departure planning • Access to the jobs database • Job hunting advice • BUNAC benefits • Transfer vouchers and accommodation in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth • Access to Australian offices and staff • Organised social events • Welcome orientation • Tax file number registration and banking

Rachel, 26 from Liverpool

OPTIONAL TRAINING & ACTIVITY PACKAGES

fr £39

As well as all the essentials needed for your working holiday, we’ve put together some training and activity packages you can add on to the basic programme. Choose from a four day surf camp, a Barista and RSA (Responsible Sale of Alcohol) skills course and a Fraser Island tour to experience the best of Australia!

departure dates Departures are year round. We recommend applying at least six weeks before planned departure, especially if you want to join a group flight. STAWAS

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7 farm familiarisation

Fr

£559

days

Misty mornings, the call of a magpie, hot Eucalypt perfumes, RED EARTH and the lowing of cattle

farm familiarisation

highlights • Live on a farm • Incredible outback vistas

sNAPSHOT

• Good old fashioned hard work • Range of hands-on learning modules • Aussie pub experience • Opportunity to score paid work and secure your second year visa

Choose your Package Grade

Inclusions

Prices

Gold

• Sydney airport pick up and transfer out to the farm • 3 nights accommodation in Sydney • 6 nights station accommodation and all meals • Learning modules, work shirt, activities, local pub dinner • Guaranteed 3-4 job offers after successful course completion • Assistance with bank account, tax file and mail redirection set up • 12 months emergency assistance

fr £997

SYDFFP

Silver

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to shear a sheep, muster cattle, drive a 4x4 or ride a horse out into the middle of nowhere – then this is a fun-filled opportunity you can’t pass up. And if tasting farm life is not nearly enough and you’ve always been keen to actually get paid for working with polo cross horses, or cotton picking and harvesting; then look no further. For the dirty hands out there and fresh-faced agricultural newbies alike, grass-roots farm training over the course of seven or ten days in rural Australia will equip you with some incredible skills; allowing you to seek work on just about any farm throughout the country. Don’t be fooled though, the courses are hard and you will muck in and earn the odd callus along the way. But on passing the course (Silver & Gold), newly qualified souls will be let loose to continue travelling and working farms Down Under and the best bit - many jobs count towards gaining a second year visa.

• One way transfer out to the farm fr £681 • 6 nights station accommodation and all meals • Learning modules, work shirt, activities, local pub dinner • Guaranteed 1 job offer after successful course completion • Assistance with bank account set up

SYDFFS

Farmstay • One way transfer out to the farm • 6 nights station accommodation and all meals • Learning modules, work shirt, activities, local pub dinner • Assistance with bank account set up SYDFAR

fr £559

typical day in the life of a farmhand Up with the roosters at the crack of dawn Enjoy a hearty breakfast to sustain you for the day ahead Head out onto the farm and learn to operate and ride a tractor Stop for a well earned lunch Get your hands dirty with mustering and stock work with cattle and sheep Grab a shower back at your accommodation Head out for dinner at the local pub

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australian internships

Fr

£759

(6 weeks - 6 months)

Linking university studies and graduate qualifications with career dreams

australian internships

highlights • Unique learning experience in your chosen field • Fantastic locations • Develop business skills, international experience, education and CV enrichment • Extensive database of host companies • Get paid!

industry options typical rates of pay Skilled Labour (Carpenter, Plumber)

Looking for a change of scene, or a sneaky head start in your chosen field? Tee up a placement well in advance and then head to Australia and show off your skills with a company of your choice… and possibly get paid for it! Embrace these wellnetworked packages and move that step closer to your ideal career. Internships in Australia are contracted with many of the most respected companies in the country and although placements in Sydney are the main focus, you can also intern in Melbourne, Brisbane, The Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth. No matter the location, you will be provided with a direct insight into your ideal future industry through a supervised and supportive environment and you’ll quite quickly become a valuable member of the company.

$25 to $35 per hour

Nurses and Dental Nurse Media/IT/Web Bartender Human Resources Accounting Administration Assistant Chef Au Pair Retail Assistant Call Centres Fundraising Fruit Picking

$25 to $35 per hour $20 to $26 per hour $22 to $27 per hour $22 to $33 per hour $15 to $22 per hour $20 to $29 per hour $14 to $18 per hour $15 to $20 per hour $18 to $22 per hour $15 to $20 per hour $16 to $20 per hour

Station Hand

$15 to $17 per hour

Cooks/Kitchen Hands Resort positions

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$28 to $40 per hour

with accommodation

$15 to $18 per hour $15 to $21 per hour

* Rates are based on market conditions July 2011 and subject to change

Choose your Package PAID - 3 months fr £1159 AUSPIS Inclusions: • 3 month paid placement (generally in the hospitality industry) • Pre-departure and in-country support and assistance • Welcome pack and in-depth induction with host company, organised social events/weekends • Reference or statement of service from host company on completion of internship PAID - 6 months fr £1999 AUSPIS Inclusions: • 6 month paid placement (generally in the hospitality industry) • Pre-departure and in-country support and assistance • Welcome pack and in-depth induction with host company, organised social events/weekends • Reference or statement of service from host company on completion of internship UNPAID - 6 weeks to 6 months fr £759 AUSUIS Inclusions: • 6 weeks to 6 month unpaid placement • Pre-departure and in-country support and assistance • Welcome pack and in-depth induction with host company, organised social events/weekends • Reference or statement of service from host company on completion of internship Unpaid placements are perfect for those fresh out of school/college with little idea of what career they want to launch into; or those looking to gain valuable experience in anything from marketing, finance, media to fashion. Essentially, you are trading your time for the employer’s expertise.

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work and travel getting started in new zealand

£199

Fr

(3, 5 or 8 days)

getting started in new zealand

Your one-stop-job-shop for all things Kiwi

From the giant sand dunes of Ninety Mile Beach, to the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua, the vineyards of Marlborough and the ice capped peaks and glaciers of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is a country that will never cease to amaze you. You can nab all sorts of jobs, from ski instructor to kiwi harvester, to sales person and grape picker. As a result, the country is crammed full of young travellers and the best hostels and hotels fill up faster than a Ferrari on jet fuel. So make the right decision and book everything and source support before you leave. You’ll save money and all the hassle that comes with landing in a foreign country.

visa info

typical rates of pay

Get all your New Zealand work & tourist visa info right here. Know before you go….

Skilled Labour (Carpenter, Plumber)

$15 to $25 per hour

Nurses and Dental Nurse IT/Web Bartender Human Resources Accounting Administration Assistant Chef Au Pair Retail Assistant Call Centres Fundraising Fruit Picking

$17 to $19 per hour $15 to $17 per hour $13 to $14 per hour $13 to $15 per hour $15 to $18 per hour $14 to $16 per hour $15 to $17 per hour $13 to $20 per hour $13 to $15 per hour $13 to $15 per hour $13 to $15 per hour $13 to $15 per hour

Station Hand

$13 to $15 per hour with accommodation

Cooks/Kitchen Hands Resort positions

$13 to $15 per hour $13 to $15 per hour

Securing a visa can be like leaping through hoop after hoop, so leave the hard slog to us. You’ll get a response within a few days of applying, asking you for more information or letting you know the decision. Once approved, you have 12 months in which to arrive in New Zealand, you can then work for up to 12 months and have the right to live for up to 23 months. This is available to all 18-35 year olds and costs from £115. Our visa service is quick, competitive and efficient. Or book the BUNAC “Work New Zealand” programme - this includes travelling with like-minded travellers in a group. You tell us what we need to know and we’ll sort it out. Simple!

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new zealand working holiday package Arrival in Auckland needn’t be daunting. The NZ Job Search Pack is designed to provide you with a hasslefree arrival, accommodation and Job Placement Service. This way, as soon as you arrive into the country, the good times can roll without having to worry about boring logistics. You’ll receive a 12 month NZ Job Search membership, ‘Work in NZ’ handbook, airport transfer, accommodation at Base Auckland; with breakfasts, New Zealand SIM card, internet access, luggage storage and a free drink voucher! On top of this you’ll get assistance with opening a bank account, applying for IRD Number (NZ tax numbers) and help preparing your CV and arranging interview times with employers. 2, 4 or 7 night packs available. AKLACJ


bunac work new zealand

Fr

£ 359 (1-23 Months)

Ultimate working holiday support package

SNAPSHOT

how the programme works

eligibility BUNAC offers two visa options for working in New Zealand. Working Holiday Visa - Work and travel in New Zealand for up to 23 months Are you: • Aged between 18 and 30 inclusive • Hold a British or Irish passport

BUNAC offers two visa options for working in New Zealand. The Working Holiday Visa allows you to work for 12 months but stay for up to 23 months. You can apply to any job, anywhere in New Zealand. The IEP Work Exchange Visa allows you to work and travel for up to 12 months and is available to anyone aged 18-35, even if you have previously held the Working Holiday Visa. BUNAC provide support in the UK, organise group flights and can help you apply for your visa. IEP - BUNAC’s sister operation in New Zealand will assist you for the duration of your trip.

IEP Work Exchange Visa - Work and travel in New Zealand for up to 12 months Are you: • Aged between 18 and 35 inclusive • Hold a British or Irish passport You are eligible for this visa even if you have previously had a Working Holiday Visa

What’s Included • Job search assistance for up to 12 months • BUNAC benefits • Assistance in both the UK and New Zealand • Access to the Auckland office and staff • Welcome orientation and package

BUNAC PROGRAMME FEE

• Access to the jobs database

Other Costs To Consider

• Organised social events

Working Holiday Visa/IEP Visa Travel insurance Personal support funds

• Assistance with tax file registration & banking

how to apply Step 1: Register with your local STA Travel consultant & pay the initial deposit of £50 Step 2: BUNAC will contact you within two working days to complete your Work New Zealand application Step 3: BUNAC will then assist you with your visa application and all your pre-departure planning; including help with arranging your flights and insurance Step 4: Once you have received your visa you are ready to fly to New Zealand where IEP will assist you with all aspects of your stay in New Zealand The BUNAC team will be on hand to guide you through the entire process.

OPTIONAL TRAINING & ACTIVITY PACKAGES

£359 £95/155 fr £136 ( 3-month policy) NZ $3,000 - $4,200 (depending on visa)

fr £28

BUNAC have put together some competitively priced training and activity packages so you can experience the best of New Zealand! Add-ons to choose from include a five day ‘surfari’, a CV-enhancing course to learn a range of skills relevant to the hospitality industry, and the chance to experience three Kiwi favourites: bungee jumping, canyon swinging and skydiving.

GROUP FLIGHT OPTIONS

fr £975

BUNAC runs monthly group departures to Auckland, stopping off in Hong Kong for three days. This option also includes accommodation and tours in Hong Kong, transfers and accommodation in Auckland. However, more importantly, you’ll get to travel with fellow BUNAC participants making the whole trip a lot less daunting. Alternatively you can book flights independently but still make use of all the BUNAC support services and meet up with other participants at the welcome orientation. Departures are year round. We recommend applying at least six weeks before planned departure, especially if you want to join a group flight.

employment info Many BUNAC participants find casual employment. For example: hospitality industry, work the ski slopes, farm hand and seasonal fruit picking. Salaries range from NZ$10 to NZ$20 per hour. However, if you have relevant experience and a bit of motivation, jobs can be found in just about any sector. STAWNZ

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work new zealand

With BUNAC you can spend up to 23 incredible months living and working in New Zealand and stop off at some of the most exotic spots in the world on the way there and back. The Work New Zealand programme is ideal for those embarking on an extended working holiday whether you’re working on an organic farm in the North Island, bungee jumping in Queenstown or waiting tables in Wellington. The Auckland walk-in centre offers full support for the duration of your trip so you’ll be able to explore the adventure capital of the world without going it alone.


summer camp usa

Spend the summer working as a camp counsellor and earn at least US$900

summer camp usa

snapshot With more than 10,000 camps in the US and Canada, going to camp is a quintessential North American activity. As a counsellor at a US summer camp you’ll enjoy activity-filled days and a fantastic sense of camaraderie amongst the kids, staff and counsellors. Often described as the hardest job you’ll ever love, we’re confident you’ll have the summer of a lifetime and boost your skills at the same time!

how the programme works how to apply Step 1: Register with your local STA Travel consultant & pay the initial deposit of £50 Step 2: BUNAC will contact you within two working days to complete your Summer Camp USA application and arrange an interview Step 3: You’ll then attend an informal interview where your application and suitability will be assessed Step 4: After being accepted, BUNAC will send your application form to summer camp directors Step 5: Once you’ve been successfully placed at a camp BUNAC will help you arrange your flights and insurance and help you apply for your US visa Step 6: Attend a local orientation to find out everything you’ll need to know before heading off to camp! The BUNAC team will be on hand to guide you through the entire process.

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On Summer Camp USA you benefit from low up-front costs as BUNAC lends you the cost of your transatlantic flight and other programme costs and your camp then pays BUNAC on your behalf once you complete your contract. This still leaves you with a guaranteed salary of between US$900 to US$1,100, which you receive directly from your camp. After camp has finished, you’ll then be free to travel in North America for up to 30 days. It is a programme requirement that all first time Summer Camp USA members take BUNAC’s flights and insurance. The group insurance policy is tailor-made to meet participants’ needs and is included in the cost of the registration fee. BUNAC administers Summer Camp USA in conjunction with a US designated sponsor. Both the sponsor and BUNAC offer help and support during your time in the USA.

salaries As well as having a fantastic summer you also get paid a competitive salary.

Age 18-20 Over 21

Eligibility To apply to be a counsellor on Summer Camp USA you need to: • Have experience of working with children and speak fluent English • Be at least 18 years old by 1st June 2012 • Be available for at least nine weeks from mid May/early June to mid August

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Salary US$900 US$1,100


Fr

£495

(8 - 10 WEEKS)

summer camp usa

Have You Got What It Takes? • • • • •

Do you like children and have experience working with them? Can you teach, or assist in, at least 1 camp activity? Are you friendly, energetic, enthusiastic and ready to adapt to camp life? Are you ready to make a commitment to a camp for 8 to10 weeks? Will you feel at home in an active, outdoors environment - are you physically up to the challenge?

Why Go To Camp With BUNAC? • BUNAC offers a low-cost programme • Experienced staff are on hand in the UK and US and most members of the team are summer camp veterans • BUNAC has been running summer camp programmes for over 40 years • You’ll receive individual placement at an approved camp, plus orientation and training • BUNAC has a great reputation with camp directors for having some of the most skilled, hard-working and well-prepared counsellors • All food and accommodation is provided while you are at camp • Up to 30 days after camp finishes to enjoy some of your own time travelling around the USA

what’s included • • • • • • • • • •

What’s activities Included at camp Counsellors who are able to teach a specific sport or activity are always in high demand. The range of activities taught at summer camps is endless; however here is a list of the hottest activities! Archery Canoeing and kayaking Football Golf Gymnastics Hiking Horse riding Lifeguarding Mountain biking Pioneering

Riflery Rock climbing Ropes course Sailing Soccer Swimming Tennis Waterskiing Windsurfing

PROGRAMME COSTS * £495

• BUNAC programme fee • Police background check

Return transatlantic flights and travel to camp Earn a competitive salary of at least US$900 Summer placement at camp as a counsellor or member of support staff Help in obtaining the necessary J-1 visa Comprehensive travel and medical insurance US government SEVIS fee (paid to the Department of Homeland Security) BUNAC benefits, programme literature and a BUNAC t-shirt Pre-departure orientation preparing you for camp life Access to camp facilities and all food and accommodation while at camp Full BUNAC support for the whole summer

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• US Embassy visa fee

£35 £115

*Note, other than the BUNAC programme fee, these are third party costs. They are not unique to BUNAC participants and are subject to change.

departure dates

STASCUSA

Interviews are held October to March and placement notification is any time until early May. Actual departures are during May & June. Note - the earlier you apply the more likely you are to receive a placement.

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kamp usa

Work in a behind the scenes support role at a US summer camp and earn at least US$1,300

kamp usa

how to apply The earlier you apply the more likely you are to be placed. Step 1: Register with your local STA Travel consultant & pay the initial deposit of £50 Step 2: BUNAC will contact you within two working days to complete your KAMP USA application and arrange an interview Step 3: You’ll then have a informal interview where your application and suitability will be assessed Step 4: After being accepted, BUNAC will send your application form to summer camp directors Step 5: Once you’ve been successfully placed at a camp BUNAC will help you arrange your flights and insurance and help you apply for your US visa Step 6: Attend a local orientation to find out everything you’ll need to know before heading off to camp!

snapshot BUNAC’s Kitchen and Maintenance Programme (KAMP) offers an easy and affordable way for students to work and travel in the US over summer. Working in a support role in the lively and sociable atmosphere of a US summer camp is a great way to earn some money, gain work experience and meet new friends. What’s more, many camps allow you to take full advantage of their amenities such as canoeing and kayaking in your spare time.

placement options Behind every smooth running summer camp is a team of dedicated and hardworking support staff. You’ll be working in a support role on a camp in the USA, either in the kitchen, dining room, office, or as part of the general housekeeping, laundry or maintenance teams. Previous work experience is an advantage for all positions but essential for cooking, maintenance and office work.

how the programme works On KAMP you benefit from low up-front costs as BUNAC lends you the cost of your transatlantic flight and other programme costs, and your camp then pays BUNAC on your behalf once you complete your contract. This still leaves you with a guaranteed salary of at least US$1,300 which you receive directly from your camp. After camp has finished, you’ll then be free to travel in North America for up to six weeks.

Eligibility To apply to KAMP USA you need to: • Be 18 years old by 1st June 2012 • Be a full-time degree level student at a UK or Irish university or college • Speak fluent English • Be available for at least nine weeks from mid May/mid June to mid-August You can take part as many times as you like whilst you’re still eligible.

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Fr

£495

(8 - 10 WEEKS)

kamp usa

£495

BUNAC PROGRAMME FEE

What’s Included • Competitive salary of at least US$1,300

Other Costs To Consider £35 £115

Police background check US Embassy visa fee Note, other than the BUNAC programme fee, these are third party costs. They are not unique to BUNAC participants and are subject to change.

• Return transatlantic flights and travel to camp • Summer placement at camp in a support staff role • Help in obtaining the necessary J-1 visa • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance

departure dates Applications are accepted from October to March and departures take place in May and June of each year.

• US government SEVIS fee (paid to the Department of Homeland Security) • BUNAC benefits, programme literature and a BUNAC t-shirt • Pre-departure orientation preparing you for camp life • Access to camp facilities and all food and accommodation while at camp • Full BUNAC support for the whole summer

BENEFITS OF KAMP USA • You get a higher salary than camp counsellors • BUNAC finds your placement at camp for you • All your accommodation and food is included • BUNAC will take care of your return transatlantic flights • You get to enjoy camp life without being directly responsible for the kids • Placement with friends is often possible

STAKAMP

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• Support staff often get more time off and usually have access to the camp facilities

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BUNAC work america

Spend the summer working and travelling on a flexible working visa in the USA

work america

how to apply Step 1: Register with your local STA Travel consultant & pay your deposit of £50 Step 2: BUNAC will contact you directly within two working days to complete your Work America application Step 3: Start applying for jobs through the BUNAC online Job Zone Step 4: Send BUNAC a completed participant agreement, reference and proof of your student status Step 5: BUNAC will then help you arrange your insurance, flights and visa application. You will then have a pre-departure telephone orientation to discuss the programme and answer any questions you may have

snapshot Working in America will never be this flexible and easy! Only for full-time university students, this programme allows you to spend your summer living and working in the USA. Work on a ranch in Texas, find an internship in New York or hit the beaches of Maryland – discover the real America and be more than just a tourist! You have the chance to earn some cash, do some travelling and gain some great life and CV experience.

how the programme works Work America is BUNAC’s longest running programme. It was set up to promote cultural exchange between the US and Britain. The programme runs over the university summer holidays and you have the flexibility to work and travel anywhere in America. The fourmonth work permit, commonly referred to as the J-1 visa, can only be obtained with the assistance of an organisation such as BUNAC. They help you with all aspects of your visa application and US Embassy appointment, as well as provide support for the duration of your trip. BUNAC has an online Job Zone, listing a variety of jobs, but many Work America members find their own work or internship simply by doing lots of research or utilising contacts. This is the only flexible visa allowing British students to work in the States. Once you’re not a student it can be very difficult to find a way to work in America. Work America is administered in conjunction with an authorised US sponsor. BUNAC and the sponsor are there to provide help and support while you are in the US.

EMPLOYMENT INFO

Step 6: Once your visa has been issued, you are ready to fly to the USA!

Many BUNAC participants find casual employment. For example: amusement parks, country clubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes. Salaries range from US$7 to US$12 per hour.

The BUNAC team will be on hand to guide you through the entire process.

However, if you have relevant experience and a bit of motivation, jobs can be found in just about any sector.

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Fr

£ 365 (3 - 4 Months)

work america

eligibility

What’s Included

Are you: • 18 years old by 1st June 2012 • A full-time degree level student at a UK or Irish university or college • Fluent in English

• Full programme administration and help in obtaining J-1 visa (your flexible 4-month working visa) • BUNAC benefits

BUNAC PROGRAMME FEE

£365

OTHER COSTS TO CONSIDER US Embassy visa fee £115 SEVIS fee (paid to the Department of Homeland Security) US$35 Travel insurance (compulsory) £148 Personal support funds US$600 (or US$1,000 if you don’t have a pre-arranged job in America) Note, other than the BUNAC programme fee these are third party costs. They are not unique to BUNAC participants and are subject to change.

group flight options

fr £530

As a BUNAC participant you have the opportunity to book a group flight to the US. You’ll get a competitively priced return flight and your first night’s accommodation in New York. More importantly you’ll get to travel with fellow BUNAC members making the whole trip a lot less daunting. Alternatively you can book your flights independently.

• Pre departure online orientation • Access to the Work America Job Zone, which includes job hunting and CV advice in addition to job listings • BUNAC support services (including 24/7 emergency contact) • Assistance in obtaining a Social Security Number while in the US • Advice about job and accommodation hunting • Programme handbook covering everything you need to know about living and working in the US • Phone card

DEPARTURE DATES Applications are accepted from October to March and departures take place in May and June of each year. We recommend you apply at least eight weeks before planned departure.

STAWAP

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bunac work canada

Spend 12 months living, working and travelling in Canada

work canada

The Best Bits of Canada • Ski or snowboard in the Canadian Rockies • Bike down Whistler’s 200km of mountain bike trails • Take a boat trip up the West Coast from Vancouver to Alaska • Party in Montreal all weekend! • Marvel at the spectacular mix of rainforest and beaches in the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island • Experience the aurora borealis (the Northern Lights) in the northern wilderness of Canada

how to apply Step 1: Register with your local STA Travel consultant & pay the initial deposit of £50 Step 2: BUNAC will contact you within two working days to complete your Work Canada application and pay the remaining registration fee Step 3: You will then have access to job and pre-departure information, in addition to assistance with your visa application Step 4: Once your visa has been issued BUNAC can help you arrange your flights and insurance Step 5: Fly to Canada and use SWAP’s support and services The BUNAC team will be on hand to guide you through the entire process.

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snapshot This is the ideal programme for anyone embarking on a working holiday in Canada. After securing your IEC visa you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to do almost any job, anywhere in Canada and work for up to 12 months. Work at a summer resort that offers mountain biking, canoeing and hiking... Or a winter resort where you can carve it up on the slopes... Or find a job in your chosen career field and experience the city life of Vancouver or Toronto. You have the chance to earn some cash, do some travelling and gain some great life skills. Experience independent work and travel with all the help you need from BUNAC.

how the programme works We still want you to have an independent work and travel experience. However, starting out in a new country on your own can be daunting and that’s where BUNAC comes in. The BUNAC UK team are here to guide you through the visa application process, help with job hunting and generally assist you with your trip preparation. In Canada, BUNAC’s partner SWAP have resource centres in Toronto and Vancouver and their expert team will be on hand to help you secure a job, find accommodation and generally help out with any question or problem you have during your time in Canada.

EMPLOYMENT info Many BUNAC participants find casual employment. For example: ski lift operations, ski resorts, clubs, bars as well as office jobs. Salaries range from CA$10 to CA$15 per hour. However, if you have relevant experience and a bit of motivation, jobs can be found in just about any sector.

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Fr

£ 254 (1-12 Months)

work canada

eligibility

What’s Included

Are you: • Aged 18-30 at the time of visa application • A British passport holder

• Job search assistance for up to 12 months • Visa assistance

Visas are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended. Eligibility criteria can be changed by the Canadian High Commission at any time.

BUNAC PROGRAMME FEE

fr £254

£90 £35 CA$3,000 fr £136 (3-month policy)

*Note, other than the BUNAC programme fee these are third party costs. They are not unique to BUNAC participants and are subject to change.

group flight options

• Pre departure advice and resources • Arrival orientation in Vancouver or Toronto • SWAP Starter Pack • Assistance with bank account and social insurance number

Other Costs To Consider* Canadian Working Holiday visa fee (IEC) Police background check Personal support funds Travel insurance

• BUNAC benefits and travel discounts

• Assistance in both the UK and Canada • Walk-in resource centres in Vancouver and Toronto • Access to the jobs database • Organised social events

fr £630

This is the best way to make new friends at the start of your adventure. As a BUNAC participant you have the opportunity to book a group flight to Canada. You’ll get a competitively priced return flight to either Toronto or Vancouver and one night’s arrival accommodation. However, more importantly, you’ll get to travel with fellow BUNAC members making the whole trip a lot less daunting. Alternatively, you can book your flight independently.

DEPARTURE DATES Visa applications normally open in January. However, the allocation can fill quickly, so we would recommend applying as soon as possible to guarantee your IEC visa.

STAWCA

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camp europe

Fr

£2,230 (4-8 Weeks)

Explore Europe’s culture and experience what it’s like to be a Camp Counsellor

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camp europe

Participate in an international camping experience and be part of something fun, worthwhile and rewarding; and get to know Europe from a completely different perspective as a staff member in a European camp! Spend time in any one of 20 European camps and get a sneak peak at how kids and their families live in this part of the world.

highlights • 1 week language course in the beautiful German cities of Hamburg or Munich • 1 week International Camp Counsellor Course including certificate from Camp Europe and the Camp Adventure Academy • A minimum of 2-6 weeks placement in a European camp as an International Camp Counsellor

HOW THE PROGRAMME works Within four weeks of application you will be required to partake in a Skype interview. If successful, it’s off to Germany to undergo your language and camp counsellor course. After this, you will be placed in one of the 20 European camps based on availability and where the programme requires additional helping hands. programme and inclusions

• Assist with language classes, sports and activities and all in your own mother tongue

1 week language learning and culture integration

• Opportunity to explore age old European places such as Munich, Hamburg, the Alps, Dublin, Barcelona & Valencia

2 – 6 week internship placement in a European camp

1 week International Camp Counsellor course Room and board (half board during language course, full board during Camp Counsellor course and internship) Ground transportation (transfers from Munich or Hamburg to your chosen camp are not included)

eligibility

Language courses

Minimum 19 years old at time of application Experience of working with children

24 hours emergency contact Full insurance coverage during your placement with Camp Europe Camp counsellor recognition at the end of your camp stay

departures dates Hamburg: 08 June 2012 Munich: 15 June 2012

HAMCEI MUCCEI

We recommend applying well in advance as camp placements are popular and availability fills up well before the European summer kicks off.

EMPLOYMENT info Working as a camp councellor or English teacher you can expect to earn between €50 to €200 per week. Bear in mind you will essentially be volunteering your time with children and staff with the aim of gaining amazing skills and experiencing European camp life for a number of weeks. Therefore, view your salary as beer money.

example camp austria

example camp germany

example camp ireland

example camp spain

The Austrian camp is located in Radstadt, surrounded by a beautiful area in the Alps called “Salzburger Land”. An old farm where organic produce (served daily with your meals) is grown. Stunning Salzbrger Land is one of the finest locations in the Alps due to its minimal infrastructure and admirable ‘green foot’. The highlights are a huge outdoor swimming pool, a 40m water slide and natural lakes accessible by bike.

For fans of sun, sea and salt – this is the camp to get stuck into. It’s located in Gromitz - right behind beach dunes on a huge site with different sports facilities such as soccer and beach-volleyball fields. Work and chill to the rhythm of the waves, inhale seriously fresh sea air and even if the sun don’t shine; you’ll be bound to hold this as a memorable adventure.

Enjoy the soft lilts of the Irish lingo and explore this country’s green landscapes to your heart’s content. The camp is all about arts, crafts, rugby, archery, Gaelic football (!), an outdoor pool and even the crazy sport of hurling. The camp’s big tick – fabulous college grounds a stone’s throw from Dublin and with rolling hill vistas.

Our International Sport & Language camp is located in the Amposta (Tarragona), on the Delta of River Ebro. The camp is close to the cities of Barcelona and Valencia – two amazing destinations to get to grips with before or after your camp counsellor experience! Your days will be spent just a few paces away from the beautiful beach of St. Carles, involved in the likes of climbing, hiking and rappelling.

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teach english abroad (TEFL)

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£149

IF YOU CAN SPEAK ENGLISH, YOU CAN TEACH ENGLISH!

teach english abroad

Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is the perfect way to fund your travels and experience new cultures. You don’t need any teaching experience or the ability to speak another language: all you need to get started is an internationally recognised TEFL course.

TEFL COURSES From Buenos Aires to Bangkok, you only need an internationally recognised TEFL course to start living and working abroad, teaching English as a foreign language. So, if you want to earn as you travel, why wait? Take the first step towards that great TEFL job abroad by enrolling in your course today. You can take your course online, in the classroom, or a combination of both. With the help of expert tutors and a proven syllabus that’s been developed over the course of 17 years, you’ll be a top-notch teacher and travelling around the world in no time.

20 HOUR CLASSROOM TEFL COURSE Get TEFL qualified in just two days with this practical, hands-on course. You’ll cover the basics of TEFL theory, before having a go at the teaching yourself all with the help of an expert tutor.

40 HOUR online TEFL COURSE Gain the essential skills you need to start teaching English with this quick and affordable course. It’s perfect if you want to pick up casual work as you travel - a backpack essential!

120 HOUR online TEFL COURSE Super-charge your employability and confidence with this comprehensive online TEFL course. You’ll get an indepth understanding of the main TEFL concepts, as well as complete specialist training, online video practice and a 20 hour grammar course.

140 HOUR COMBINED TEFL COURSE Open the doors to the best paid TEFL jobs abroad with our most comprehensive TEFL course. You’ll get a solid understanding of all aspects of TEFL theory with in-depth online training; then put your TEFL skills into practice during a two day classroom TEFL course.

TEACHING INTERNSHIPS Set off for the adventure of your life on a Teaching Internship in Thailand or China. Immerse yourself in these incredible cultures, get valuable work experience and earn some cash too. These programmes are perfect for TEFL beginners and include: • TEFL training • 24/7 in-country support • Accommodation • A generous living allowance • Comprehensive orientation • A network of fellow interns • And more! In fact, everything is taken care of, so all you need to do is complete your TEFL training, grab your passport and get ready for the time of your life.

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travel insurance travel insurance

Leaving on your travels without getting yourself adequately insured is bonkers. So we won’t say this again: Make sure you get travel insurance! Just incase the worst happens, the chances are that you haven’t budgeted for millions of pounds worth of hospital and relocation fees. There is no one-size-fits all with travel insurance and each trip is unique, this is why we provide more than 18 different types of policy and loads of add-ons, so you can tailor a policy to you and your trip. Think about what type of trip you’ll be having and decide on which type of policy you might need. Our friendly consultants will be able to tell you about each and every level of cover, or check the policy summaries on our website: statravel.co.uk/insurance

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

Some of the benefits of booking your travel insurance with us 24 hour multi-lingual assistance line For medical emergencies, hospital treatment and/or repatriation 24 hour STA Travel Global Help Line Over the phone advice on your travel arrangements

ANNUAL POLICIES

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Going on more than one trip this year? Check out the benefits of STA Travel’s Annual Multi-Trip policy

Tailor make your policy and bolt on some extra cover...

• Unlimited trips in a 12-month period • Within Europe each trip can be a maximum of 42 days, worldwide trips can be a maximum of 60 days each. • 21 days FREE winter-sports cover

STA Travel Help Branches Ready to assist you in over 40 countries worldwide

• Premier level of cover provided

3 geographical areas of cover Pay the relevant premium for the area you are travelling to

No matter what type of trip you are on, the chances are we have the right cover for you, check out these specialist policies

3 levels of cover Budget, Standard and Premier - choose the level that suits your trip

Dedicated Winter Sports Cover For loss, theft or damage to ski equipment, compensation for piste closure and refund of ski-pack due to accident or illness Medical Elective Cover For portable medical equipment, needle stick and locally available retroviral drugs

Policy extensions available up to a maximum of 24 months Cover available from 4 days up to 2 years Studying in the US? We cover for those participating in American study programs Student Loan cover Incase of death or permanent disablement Cover for up to 110 adventure sports We cover loads of fantastic adrenalin pumping activities 7 days FREE winter-sports cover in each single trip policy As long as winter-sports is not the main purpose of your trip Earn as you travel - temporary work abroad is covered

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SPECIALIST COVER

Dedicated Sports Trip Cover When sport or adventure activitiy is the main purpose of your trip Flight Only Cover Including cancellation and luggage cover for your flight only Study Abroad Cover Cover for a 12-month period allowing you up to 3 trips back to the UK in one year

DISCOUNTS • Up to 25% off for groups • Accompanied children aged 3-17 inclusive get 50% OFF • Accompanied infants aged 2 or under are free of charge

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Medical Excess Waiver Waive your responsibility for the first £75-£100 of any medical claim. Additional electronic/electrical item cover Insure up to two items up to the value of £500 per item Winter Sports add-on Spending more than 7 days but less than 40% of your overall trip on the slopes? Sports add-on Spending more than 40% of your overall trip cycling or horse trekking?

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Excess Reduction Reduce your excess

Higher Cancellation Cover Cover yourself upto £10,000

PRINCIPLE EXCLUSIONS • Cover is not provided for any preexisting medical conditions • Cover is available to anyone up to and inc the age of 65 years • Insurance is available to UK residents or those who have been in the UK for a minimum of 3 months • Excesses apply to some areas of STA Travel’s insurance policies STA Travel Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Information contained on this page correct at the time of going to print and intends to give an outline of the cover provided by STA Travel Insurance Products. We recommend you read the policy wording in full. Full policy details can be viewed on statravel.co.uk/insurance *32p per day assumes an individual under 35 years of age with Blue European Budget cover for a period of 24 months


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Our Agreement With You We are STA Travel Ltd and Our Agreement with You sets out what you are legally entitled to expect from us and our suppliers (for whom we act as a booking agent) when you purchase travel services through us. Because we sell a variety of travel products, you should make sure you understand tvhe terms and conditions which apply to your particular arrangements in addition to these general terms and conditions.

When you make a booking, you guarantee that as the lead name, you have the authority to accept and do accept, on behalf of your party, the terms of these booking conditions and those of any suppliers. It is your responsibility to ensure that all of the details on your travel documents are correct and to bring to our attention any errors or discrepancies immediately. Your contract will either be with us or with another supplier of travel services who will be named on your receipt. This will depend on the type of arrangements you book. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. Your contract will be with us if we arrange a Package for you, being a pre-arranged combination, at an inclusive price, of at least two or more of the following services when the services are taken together and also cover a period of more than 24 hours or include overnight accommodation: a) transport b) accommodation and c) other tourist services not ancillary to transport or accommodation which account for a significant part of the arrangements. Note that it is the case that your contract will be with us if you purchase accommodation only. Other travel services will be offered as separate elements rather than as a combination. Each are priced individually. If you select some of these services then you are not purchasing a package arranged by STA Travel. In such cases, (unless you have booked accommodation only) STA Travel is acting as the Booking Agent for your suppliers and your contract is with that supplier. Where your contract is with a supplier, the booking conditions of that supplier will apply to your booking and STA Travel accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions made by a supplier.

Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of three times the cost of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to: (a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements. These terms are incorporated into this contract; and (b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions. You can ask for copies of the transport companies’ contractual terms, or the international conventions, from our offices - Customer Relations, STA Travel, St Georges House, 56 Peter Street, Manchester M2 3NQ.

Your Financial Protection

Your Agreement With Us

The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for any Package arrangements (as defined above in “Your Travel Booking”) made through STA Travel and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency. We provide this security by way of an ATOL (number 3206) administered by the Civil Aviation Authority. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package or flights from STA Travel you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us( or via our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number (3206). In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information visit the ATOL website at www. atol.org.uk. If you book arrangements other than a Package (as defined above) through STA Travel the financial protection referred to above does not apply.

By finalising your arrangements with us, you are accepting that the terms of this Agreement and conditions of any contract made with any supplier(s)) apply to your booking and your travel arrangements. You also consent to our processing personal information about you and other members of your party. Your contract with us is subject to the laws and jurisdiction of England and Wales. You may, however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland instead. Your travel documents are valuable and should be safeguarded as if they were cash. It is not always possible to replace travel documents in the case of loss, theft, damage etc.

Deposits and Payment Deposits are non-refundable. Payment of a deposit enables STA Travel to hold a reservation for you but does not guarantee the price. The price can only be guaranteed once we receive full payment and tickets and/or other travel documents have been issued. STA Travel will advise you of the date that full payment is required. All prices shown are ‘from prices’ and we reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in our brochure. You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed. If payment for your booking is made by credit card, a handling fee is payable, as advertised. No charge is made for payments made by Debit Card. We reserve the right to refuse personal cheques as a method of payment. After full payment, if we are your Booking Agent, the conditions of the contract with your supplier may permit them to increase the cost of your arrangements. We will pass on any such increase to you. If we have arranged a package, changes in transportation costs including the cost of fuel, taxes, fees and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have paid in full. You will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements. You will be charged for any amount over and above that. Documentation STA Travel’s general practice is to send documents to our customers electronically whenever possible. We reserve the right to charge an administration fee should you make a request for such documents to be sent as hard copy. Cancellations and Changes If we are your Booking Agent, your contract with your suppliers may allow them to cancel or amend bookings. We will ensure that you are promptly notified of any significant changes, but accept no liability for any changes or costs incurred which may result. If we make a significant change to your booking, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, (we will refund any price difference if the alternative has a lower value), or cancelling your booked arrangements and receiving a full refund. We will pay compensation in respect of any significant changes that we make to your booking, using the scale below. These may include (but are not limited to) the following changes: a change in accommodation to that of a lower official category, a change of UK departure airport, except between London airports, a change of supplier, a change in the time of your departure or return flight by more than 12 hours. This standard payment will not affect your statutory or other rights. We will only make one payment for each full fare paying adult in the booking. Any children not paying the full adult fare will receive 50% of the listed amount. If the value of your booking is less than the compensation outlined, we will pay compensation only to the value of the booking. Important note - changes beyond our control. Period before departure when a significant change is notified More than 56 days 55-29 days 28-15 days 14-7 days 7-0 days

Compensation payable per person

If You Change Your Booking Where a change to your travel arrangements is permitted and possible, STA Travel service fees apply in addition to any additional supplier charges. Please see the ‘FAQ’ pages on www.statravel.co.uk for details of how to request changes. Please note that all reservation changes are subject to availability and the terms and conditions of the product purchased. Changes to name details are not allowed by many airlines and other service providers. Whilst we do our best to make such a change if necessary, please bear in mind that most airlines and other service providers treat a name change as a cancellation, to which standard conditions and charges would apply. Flights must be taken in the sequence they appear on your ticket or eticket confirmation. If you plan not to take a flight as booked, please contact the airline as far in advance as possible to discuss your options. If you do not check in on time for a confirmed reservation, the airline may register you as ‘no-show’, which could result in extra charges and/or your whole flight itinerary being cancelled and/or render your ticket void. If You Cancel Your Booking If you cancel your arrangements, you may be entitled to a partial refund. In addition to cancellation terms and conditions of your supplier(s), STA Travel fees will apply as outlined on your receipt. We need to receive from you written notification of cancellation and your original ticket/voucher before any refund can be considered. If you decide to cancel arrangements before balance due date, any deposits paid are non-refundable. Refunds will only be paid to you once we have received the funds back from the supplier(s). Generally flight tickets cannot be refunded if they are partially used. If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your travel insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim your cancellation charges through your insurer. If You Have A Complaint If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotel) immediately. Should they be unable to resolve the matter, please contact STA Travel in the UK, either through the office where you made your arrangements, or through www.statravel.co.uk. If you fail to contact STA Travel, we will not be permitted the opportunity to investigate your complaint and rectify any error whilst you are away and this may affect your rights under this contract. We are a member of ABTA (membership number V1958) and operate according to ABTA’s Code of Conduct. ABTA can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of, or in connection with this contract. Further information can be found at www.abta.com. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements It is your responsibility to fulfil the passport, visa and other immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. You should confirm these with the relevant High Commissions, embassies and/or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility in the case of you being unable to travel due to not complying with any such requirements. Insurance Travel insurance is a vital part of your arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have taken out adequate insurance for the duration of your journey. Travel insurance is a mandatory element of some travel arrangements. We can arrange travel insurance for you and provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we can offer. Travel Advice and Vaccinations British Citizens should refer to the travel advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk for all the countries you intend to visit. Vaccinations may be required for some or all of the places you are intending to visit. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have arranged necessary vaccinations for your itinerary.

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EU Notice Requirements

Compensation will not apply if a significant change is made for reasons beyond our control. These include: war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks, changes due to rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or alteration of the airline or aircraft type; closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes and other actual or potential severe weather conditions, and any other similar event.

In accordance with EU Regulation - (EC) No.2111/2005, Article 9, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community List’, which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU.The Community Listw is available for inspection at http://air-ban.europa.eu. We are also obliged to notify you of the airline(s) to be used in your booking. For details please see your itinerary. You will be notified if any carrier changes as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Please note that a change of carrier is not a significant change to your arrangements.

If you have booked a flight and we are alerted to a significant schedule change by your airline before you leave the UK, we will contact you by email to advise you of this. Please ensure that you have given your contact email address to STA Travel and that you regularly check for messages before you leave. STA Travel has no control over airline schedule changes and accepts no liability for costs which may arise as a result of such changes. After you have left the UK, it is your responsibility to check with the airline that any onward flights you have confirmed are operating as booked. We strongly recommend that you contact your airline at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure of each flight to do this. Please note that for some airlines it is mandatory to confirm with them your intention to fly.

Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from your airline. However, you should note that reimbursement of the cost of a flight that forms part of your booking is the responsibility of your of the cost of other elements of your booking where we are acting as a Booking Agent. If affected flights comprise part of a package arranged on your behalf, this reimbursement will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us.

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BOOKING INFORMATION AND CONDITIONS

Your Travel Booking

We have taken all reasonable care to make sure that all the services that make up the arrangements made by STA Travel are provided by efficient and reputable businesses. These businesses should follow the local and national laws and regulations of the country where they are provided. However, please be aware that overseas safety standards may be lower than in the UK. If we have arranged a Package and the contract we have with you is improperly performed by us or our suppliers we will pay you appropriate compensation if has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. However, we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.

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