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.
Travel to undertake voluntary work with an NGO/Charity/Association in Thailand requires a Non-Immigration O-type Visa, which is valid for 90-days. During this time your school will assist you with obtaining a Visa extension and a Work Permit, which will cover the remaining duration of your stay in Thailand. Our Thailand Representative will support this process if required.
Your Visa application can be completed online. You may also require a Thailand Pass, which can also be applied for online. Please do not begin any application process until further instructed by Project Trust.
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