BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
booking form to join a placement, it should be
accompanied by your deposit of £99. If you book
on-line, you can pay securely
using a credit/debit card. You can also pay by
cheque or bank transfer.
Once we have
received and processed your Booking, and
provided we can meet all your expressed requirements,
such as the town or country you would like to go to, we will
confirm your placement and send you the following:
- Your welcome
letter and processing information
Information: Including full instructions on how to apply for your
Visa, together with any necessary paperwork.
Information: Insurance is mandatory and
should be adequate
Placement Book: Contains lots of necessary
information and advice about your placement, including
in-country contact details and telephone numbers.
It includes information on medical matters and inoculations,
insurance, safety, currencies and travellers cheques,
communications and mobile phones, and much more.
- Your Project
Book: Contains information about the specific
project you'll be doing.
- Your Country
Book: Contains lots of information about your
- A Teaching Guide booklet
to assist you in lesson preparation
(if you're doing a Teaching project).
- Your Safety
Book: Safety is vitally important, so we
have put together a book of common-sense safety rules to
help ensure that your travelling is as hassle-free and
risk-free as possible.
If we cannot
place you in the country of your choice, we will suggest
another programme which we think may suit you.
However, if you are not satisfied with our suggestion,
WE WILL RETURN ALL THE MONEY YOU HAVE SENT US.
If you wish to amend or cancel your placement, we must be
notified in writing and, unfortunately, charges for these
are unavoidable. Amendment charges can range from £30 to
£95, plus any amount we may be charged by third parties. The
charge for cancellation will depend on how far in advance of
your originally preferred departure date you have notified
us in writing, and are as follows:
- Notice of 2 months or more - £50
- Notice of
months - One-half of
the total cost of your
- Notice of 1month (30 days) or less - the
cancellation charge is 100%, and I am afraid we cannot
make any refund.
Please note that payment of any outstanding
balance is due two months before your departure date.
prices are valid for departures within 6 months of booking.
For projects starting later, price fluctuations may apply
owing to circumstances beyond our control, such as
significant changes in oil or fuel prices, exchange rates,
etc. Please note that you will be re-invoiced 6 months prior
to actual departure in this instance
We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer
details with any external third parties.
You will need to apply for and buy your own visas (visa
application forms and details on how to obtain your visa
will be sent to you).
CRIMINAL RECORDS BUREAU
In many of the
projects in which we work, volunteers are often placed into
positions of trust; whether it’s volunteering as a teacher,
coach, carer, nurse, researcher, and so on. We will,
therefore, ask you to apply for a Criminal Records Check
(CRB) if you fall into the category below:
Participation in your chosen programme brings you
into contact with children or vulnerable adults
We'll make the process very
easy for you and we provide you with a guide and the
necessary links to the relevant sources. If you'd like more information about the CRB or its
Disclosure service, visit their website at
WHAT YOU NEED
TO KNOW ABOUT FOREIGN CULTURES
Please keep in mind that you are going to
foreign shores where the way of life is different to your
own. There may be times when you find yourself
frustrated over the way things are done or how people think
- but remember that it is the differences between us that
make life interesting! The three
things you need most of all when travelling in any foreign
country to have a good experience are ...
- A sense of humour, and
- A spirit of adventure.
Please note that Budget Volunteering is not an employment agency
We are also not a travel agency and we
can't control timetables and schedules of airlines,
trains, etc. (unfortunately!) - although we wish we
could! So please take heed of the section entitled
What you Need above!
Our managers and organisers overseas
will do everything they can to help you with additional
things like sightseeing and suggesting places to eat and
shop and tourist attractions to visit.
- Budget Volunteering partners with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies,
as well as with Travellers Worldwide. Project information is supplied directly by our partners or field staff and is accurate at time of publishing. We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.
A voluntary placement in a foreign and often
exotic country is something you'll appreciate for the rest
of your life - you will certainly never forget it!