You will travel together as a country group from a London airport, and it is your responsibility to get yourself to the airport in plenty of time for your international flight. We will send you e-tickets for your international flight at least one month before departure. You are likely to be leaving early September. We will arrange for your country group to meet at a designated time and place at the airport on the day of travel. The process will be explained during Training and two of the group will act as our Travel Coordinators, to be the points of contact with Project Trust should there be any issues during travel.
It is important to pack as lightly as possible. You need to be able to carry all your luggage by yourself. Everything will need to fit in to a maximum of one checked bag (a large rucksac weighing a maximum of 23kg) and one carry-on cabin bag. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all airline requirements, and you will be responsible for paying any excess baggage.
Regardless of country requirements, all Project Trust Volunteers must be double-vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide a copy of their NHS COVID Pass as evidence. This is a requirement for entry to most countries, and some require an additional pre-departure negative PCR-test. We also strongly encourage all Volunteers to have their booster if possible. These precautions are for Volunteers safety, and to avoid bringing COVID-19 into vulnerable communities that may have low vaccination rates.
Project Trust Visa Policy
As costs of Visas/Permits vary between countries, Project Trust will pay for any actual Visa/Permit costs that exceed £250, to make it fairer for all Volunteers. Any additional costs incurred in obtaining Visas/Permits (e.g. travel, subsistence, printing, postage) are the responsibility of the Volunteer.
Visas / Permits
As international travel restrictions continue to relax following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are checking the latest requirements for your country and will let you know what you need to do. The following is an outline of the likely process, based on recent experience.
To enter Malawi, you will need to apply for a e-visa, which can be done through an online portal. Details of application process will be sent to you separately – please do not start the application process until you receive these.
On arrival in Malawi your passport will be stamped with an Entry Visa, valid for 30 days. During this time our Malawi Representative will assist you in applying for Visa extensions up to the end of your stay in Malawi. We are checking the current process and costs for these extensions and will advise Volunteers when this is clear.
The following pages contain important information relating to your Volunteer placement. Please make sure you read them thoroughly.