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PMGY REAL AFRICA ENCOUNTER

PMGY’s Real Africa Encounter is a chance to spend a life changing 12 weeks of volunteering across the world’s second biggest continent in gorgeous Ghana, fascinating Tanzania & epic South Africa! Something special about Africa touches the soul; it is a continent of 54 immensely diverse countries that is both deeply troubled and profoundly uplifting. On this 12 week volunteering adventure you’ll get the opportunity to visit 3 of those countries.

 

Whether you’re a wide-eyed first-timer or a frequent visitor, Africa cannot fail to get under your skin. The canvas upon which the continent’s epic story is written is itself astonishing, and reason enough to visit. From the tropical rain forests of Central Africa to the endless rippling dunes and waterless tracts of the Sahara, from the signature savannah of the east to jagged mountains and green-tinged highlands all across the continent, Africa has few peers when it comes to natural beauty.

 

Ghana is your first stop and is a friendly, energetic and culturally rich country, full of diverse wildlife, amazing beaches, gorgeous hinterland and not forgetting the affable locals it’s no wonder Ghana is sometimes labelled ‘Africa for beginners’.

 

During your 4 weeks here you’ll get to experience just how vibrant this country as well as making a hugely positive impact through volunteering. Choose from helping to care for Ghanaian children with special needs; teaching skills that will help children improve their future job prospects; gain first-hand experience and insight into the Ghanaian health care system or brighten up the lives of vulnerable children at an orphanage in Ghana and make a vital and important contribution to their daily lives.

 

Tanzania has many, many highlights but it’s frequently billed as ‘the’ place to safari. Endowed with powdery idyllic beaches and topped off with the stupendous Mount Kilimanjaro, what’s not to love about this magical country. Throw in the exotic delights of Zanzibar and you can see why it will be unforgettable.

 

Not only will you get the chance for adventure but also to make a huge difference volunteering at one of our educational or orphanage projects. Teach in a school or orphanage in one of the most extraordinary places in the world; kick start your medical career combining learning with hands-on activities in a hospital or clinic or leave a lasting impression on the lives of some Tanzania’s most disadvantaged children assisting with childcare and education in an orphanage.

 

Last stop is South Africa. The second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces, the Eastern Cape is situated along South Africa’s eastern coast and is the homeland of the Xhosa-speaking nation and birthplace of Nelson Mandela. The diverse landscape ranges from the dry, desolate Great Karoo to the under-developed, lush Wild Coast and offers an abundance of activities, surf experiences, a `Big 5’ safari, or bungee the highest bridge in the southern hemisphere.

 

Despite a number of years of relative prosperity, Cape Town still suffers from endemic social problems and extreme poverty still persists today. Our volunteers contribute to programmes designed to bring long-term support to those who need it most. Help provide essential childcare facilities to struggling families in some of Cape Town’s poorest communities or teach English and a range of other subjects to underprivileged children from government schools in the stunning setting of cosmopolitan Cape Town.

 

You can choose any standard volunteering programme during the online application process but please be advised they are subject to availability and there may be an additional cost associated with some projects. It will be an unforgettable 12 weeks!

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS

GHANA DISABLED CHILDREN

PMGY’s Disabled Children Volunteers programme in Ghana helps to care for Ghanaian children with special needs. Assist local staff by getting involved in various essential education and rehabilitation sessions. Around 5 million people in Ghana live with a disability, which is around a fifth of the population. Approximately 100,000 Ghanaian children aged 6-14 have a disability and more than 16,000 of these children are out of school. Children with disabilities are often left at home, unable to go outside the house let alone make it to school. Many are shunned for their disability, marginalised and forgotten.

 

Ghana has recently introduced a nationwide inclusive education policy. It works on two fronts – enforcing the rights of children with disabilities to an education as well as educating parents through community sensitisation programmes. Resources are now being invested in addressing these issues on a national scale.

 

Whilst the government is making big steps to support people with special needs, the facilities that support them are still understaffed and families often do not have the means to give their child the support they need.

 

We place volunteers at a project that sees them work with children and young adults who are intellectually challenged and/or carrying some form of physical disability. The children and young adults have different conditions and needs varying from mild disability to more severe cases and varying from 7 to 25 years of age.

 

The volunteer in Ghana project provides a variety of support services to the students focussing in areas such as basic education and life skills classes as well as physical exercise and speech and physical therapy. A sensory room has been developed on-site which is designed to develop the disabled children’s sense through special lighting, music and objects.

 

Volunteers are encouraged to spend one on one time with children in here who struggle with limited communication skills and in an attempt to promote positive inner mood and character development for the children.

 

Volunteers assist in a number of other capacities at the project too. Those with experience or a specific area of interest are encouraged to get involved and lead in physical and speech therapy sessions. Volunteers are encouraged to provide as much interaction and assistance to the children and young adults from singing songs and counting to going on walks and helping the local staff with feeding, washing and cleaning activities.

 

Working with disabled children can be an immensely challenging role, but one that brings with it great reward, variety and excitement! You will need to be enthusiastic and patient in order to succeed in this role.

 

As for all our volunteer programmes in Ghana, it is possible to combine multiple projects during your time with us. If this is something you’d like to do, then please apply for the main programme you’d like to take part in but also outline in your online application the details of the other projects you’d like to do. Our local team will finalise the details of your placements during your in-country orientation.

GHANA ENGLISH TEACHING

PMGY’s English Teaching volunteers programme in Ghana encourages students to develop a skill that will help them to achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. Education is a priority for the Ghanaian government. The implementation of FCUBE (Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education) between 1996-2005 in Ghana has allowed many poorer families to send their children to school. However, severe classroom overcrowding, lack of educational materials and an overall weak infrastructure are common problems that the Ghanaian educational system face.

 

PMGY volunteer in Ghana participants are placed at Divine International school. Volunteers can work with children of all ages, from the age of 4 right up to the age of 16. You will work as a teaching assistant and also have the opportunity to lead your own classes.

 

You’ll find the children extremely excited to see you and eager to learn. Whilst resources are limited, if you are creative and determined then you can really make a difference. Volunteers play an important part in supporting local teachers and providing a new lease of life in the classroom through creative thinking and innovative teaching techniques. To be greeted everyday by the children running over and hugging you makes everyday at the school a special day.

 

The common teaching practises in Ghana are largely repetitive and often result in the children memorising the information without really understanding it. It is important to understand that discipline and teaching styles are quite different to those in the UK. Furthermore, conditions are poor and classes are extremely overcrowded. This may be a culture shock for some. Your role is to create a more student-orientated approach to teaching, which is more interactive and engaging. It is important to have an open mind and recognise that change is slow but your efforts to promote best practise will lead to improvements in the long run.

 

The majority of your time will be spent teaching the core subjects; English, Maths and IT. However, there is always the opportunity to initiate extra-curricular activities such as sports; PE is usually a regular Friday afternoon activity at the school! Volunteers will also get the chance to join with the younger classes and spend time leading more creative and relaxed activities such as sing songs, dancing, storytelling and colouring. Volunteers provide a great valuable cultural resource for the children where they can learn about different people, places and traditions.

 

As for all our volunteer programmes in Ghana, it is possible to combine multiple projects during your time with us. If this is something you’d like to do, then please apply for the main programme you’d like to take part in but also outline in your online application the details of the other projects you’d like to do. Our local team will finalise the details of your placements during your in-country orientation.

 

We encourage volunteers to prepare as much as possible for their teaching programme overseas. You can make the most out of your time by completing our convenient, inexpensive and international accredited 60-hour Online TEFL Course for just $150.

GHANA MEDICAL

PMGY’s Medical volunteers programme in Ghana offers a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into the Ghanian health care system. Learn from local staff and get involved in supporting them. Access to healthcare in Ghana has improved dramatically since the introduction of the National Health Insurance Act in 2003. However, the healthcare system in Ghana still faces a number of challenges, particularly in rural areas. The large majority of patients arrive due to illnesses related to poor sanitation. Malaria is also a huge issue and remains the cause of many deaths and illnesses. In addition, HIV/AIDS continues to harm the lives of so many Ghanaians. Many of the major causes of death and serious illness are avoidable. The work of the healthcare system in Ghana is not only to treat immediate cases but also educate the local communities in preventative measures.

 

We can organise placements from people of all backgrounds. So whether you’re a school leaver looking for work experience to boost your university application or a nursing / medical student organising an overseas elective placement, – we have just the project for you!

 

The main hospital that we support and work with in Ghana is Manhyia government hospital which is based in central Kumasi. The departments we can arrange placements in are:

 

Adolescent Counselling, Community Health Education, Dentistry, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), General surgery, Laboratory, Nursing, Maternity & Midwifery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics, Pharmacology, Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy, Prenatal, Psychology, Radiology, Ultrasound

 

We welcome school leavers and 1st year healthcare related undergraduate students, looking to gain invaluable experience. Your role is largely observational. The hospitals are poorly resourced and under-staffed by UK standards, so you will have a very eye-opening experience. You will be placed in a number of different departments, so that you can receive a broad insight into the Ghanaian healthcare system.

 

The maximum recommended duration for a medical experience is 6 weeks. You are able to combine your healthcare programme with our other community based volunteering projects such as helping at the orphanage or teaching project, should you wish to get involved in multiple projects.

 

We also offer more specific programme opportunities for medical, midwifery and nursing students looking to take part in an overseas elective. We can tailor the placement around your needs and design your work schedule around the requirements for your elective. PMGY can also complete any paperwork required by your university, as we receive many healthcare students in Ghana for their elective placement.

 

You will find the staff at the healthcare facilities appreciative of your support and positive towards information sharing. Over the course of your placement you will witness a range of cases that you may never come across in the UK, such as Typhoid, Polio and TB. There will also be the chance to learn about tropical diseases such as Malaria, Leishmaniasis and Dengue.

 

Whilst the hospital adopts modern forms of treatment, you will experience how cases are treated within an under-resourced and poorly staffed healthcare system and the challenges the staff face. Furthermore, cultural factors and a lack of education/health awareness will give you an insight into the alarmingly high number of preventable cases admitted each day. Many students also find fascinating to witness the dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship compared to that of the western world.

 

As for all our volunteer in Ghana programmes, it is possible to combine multiple projects during your time with us. If this is something you’d like to do, then please apply for the main programme you’d like to take part in but also outline in your online application the details of the other projects you’d like to do. Our local team will finalise the details of your placements during your in-country orientation.

 

Your level of involvement at the project is dictated by medical experience, duration of programme and willingness to get involved. The medical staff are accountable for you whilst you’re under their supervision, so it is completely up to them if you are permitted and want to get involved in hands-on procedures. Whilst previous PMGY volunteers have been given the chance to administer IV injections, dress wounds etc, we can never guarantee or promote hands-on involvement for participants regardless of their medical experience or background.

 

Generally speaking those with little or no medical experience assume a largely observational role. If you are studying medically related degree, then you should have more opportunity to undertake some more basic hands-on involvement. However, to reiterate we can never guarantee or endorse hands-on experience should you choose to get hands-on, as the decision ultimately lies with the medical staff.

GHANA ORPHANAGE

PMGY’s Orphanage volunteers programme in Ghana brightens up the lives of young children making a vital and important contribution to their daily lives. Like so many developing nations, Ghana has a large number of children who find themselves in the care of an orphanage. Not all children at the orphanages have lost their parents, some arrive from abusive homes and others are taken into care as their parents cannot afford to look after them. The orphanage is basic, under resourced and in need of volunteers assistance.

 

The children will have their food and accommodation provided for them, but with limited staff resources, it is individual attention that the little ones crave so much. Providing the children with the essential skills in life will help them on their way to successful futures free from poverty and filled with the same opportunities as others. As a volunteer you will become a big brother or sister to the children. You will work alongside local staff to assist with teaching the children, general childcare and the daily operational running of the orphanage.

 

We also encourage volunteers to initiate their own activities by organising structured activities and games for the children.

 

PMGY volunteers are placed at Kumasi Children’s Home. The Kumasi Children’s Home was established in 1965 by a private organisation and later became a government run organisation. It is currently home to around 100 children. The children are split into three different blocks – the girls house, the boys house and the disabled childrens house.

 

Many of the children arrive at a very young age, as their mothers die in childbirth and have no one to look after them. However, the home also accepts abandoned children, street children and children of unstable parents. They even occasionally care for children whose families are travelling. Generally speaking ages can range anywhere from newborn babies to upper teens.

 

The children stay at the home for varying lengths of time depending on their situation. The home is now run and supervised primarily by the Department of Social Welfare and their supervisor is a government employee. Though the government pays the wages of most of the workers, much of the home’s funding still comes from other sources. Catholic Relief Services provides a substantial amount of funding each year, and additional support comes from cash and in-kind donations from private citizens and organisations.

 

This role is perfect for someone with a big heart and who has the desire to do something meaningful with their time abroad. Working in an orphanage will require heaps of patience and a real sense of self-direction. Your level of impact is based on your willingness and pro-activeness to get involved and make the most of your time. Experience of working with children is not necessary but it does help.

 

Volunteers are encouraged to get involved with as many as the day to day activities that an orphanage of 100 children plus brings. This includes daily care and interaction with the children and spending time in the playground area to the more mundane but essential tasks such as cleaning, feeding and washing. Doing these tasks with a positive and pro-active attitude is not only a great help to the children and their hygiene; it will also help build rapport and respect with the local staff who commit there time and devotion to the orphanage too.

 

It is very important that volunteers join this programme with an open mind and understanding of cultural differences. Children’s rights and the methods of discipline used often greatly differ from what is the norm in the UK. Although mistreatment of children is never condoned volunteers should be aware that physical discipline does happen in Ghana. This can be quite shocking, but it is important to remember that physical discipline is commonplace throughout Ghana.

 

We therefore believe it is best for volunteers to be open minded on arrival and come with limited expectations. You are there to help and make a difference, but this is done in a framework where there are rules to follow and cultures to abide by. Our local team will brief you on these issues during your in-country orientation, so that you are fully prepared for your placement. If you see something that you believe is not right then please do approach our local team who can aim to resolve or give clarity on the issue.

 

As for all our volunteer in Ghana programmes, it is possible to combine multiple projects during your time with us. If this is something you’d like to do, then please apply for the main programme you’d like to take part in but also outline in your online application the details of the other projects you’d like to do. Our local team will finalise the details of your placements during your in-country orientation.

TANZANIA ENGLISH TEACHING

PMGY’s English Teaching volunteers programme in Tanzania encourages students to develop a skill that will help them to achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. In 2002, primary school education fees in Tanzania were dropped. The Tanzanian government’s push to get all children into school has seen unprecedented success. It is estimated that 96% of children at primary school age are enrolled in school. However, is a high level of enrolment enough? Schools have an average ratio of one teacher to 53 pupils, which is much worse in rural areas, and international aid is faltering since the global recession. The quality of education in Tanzania is a growing cause for concern.

 

Over a third of people in Tanzania live below the national poverty line. Education is one of the essential skills for children to develop and is their doorway to a bright future. Tourism is big business in Tanzania, and so the ability to speak English dramatically increases the opportunities for young people to gain meaningful employment. To make matters worse, teaching methods in Tanzania are largely based on learning through repetition and aimed at passing exams.

 

This has led to a situation where, though the children can reel off information, they have very little understanding of what they are saying, particularly in relation to learning English. As most secondary school classes are taught in English, this causes problems later in the education system. Improving the methodologies of learning at this level can lay the foundation for increased learning potential in later life and thus improve the employability of Tanzanian students.

 

PMGY’s volunteer in Tanzania programme aims to provide local schools and orphanages with support in a variety of ways, helping to teach children English, Maths and other subjects, at the same time transferring skills and sharing cultural perspectives. No previous teaching experience is required. All you need is to be creative and proactive and we will help you settle into a role that will be beneficial to the children you work with, while gaining valuable skills yourself.

 

Volunteers sometimes work as assistants to the local teachers, although there is usually an expectation from the local staff on international volunteers to lead the majority of lessons. Staff shortages can be a regular occurrence in the under resourced schools that we work with and volunteers are encourage to adapt and be flexible with this.

 

All lessons are taught in English apart from Swahili language lessons. The schools have a basic curriculum, which is followed, however volunteers have the freedom to introduce new ideas/topics. It is important that volunteers spend an hour or two each day preparing for the following days lessons.

 

We support predominantly primary schools, but if volunteers wish to get involved with teaching older children we do also work with secondary schools in the area. If you have teaching experience or a TEFL qualification, then it is recommended that you teach at a secondary school where the children are aged from 12 to 16 years of age.

 

Furthermore, many of the orphanages we support have nursery schools for children of pre-school age – PMGY volunteers also assist at these projects. Nurseries and primary schools are suitable for volunteers with no teaching experience where the emphasis here is more on energy and enthusiasm.

 

PROJECT EXAMPLE – TENGERU VILLAGE SCHOOL

 

Tengeru Village School is home to around 60 children aged from 3 to 6 years of age. At the school students are taught in both English and Swahili in an effort to improve their overall prospects. The school is largely ran on donation support and students also receive two meals a day as well as health care.

 

There is three classrooms at the school split by appropriate age group with a local teacher placed in each class. Volunteers will often find that they are left to lead their own classrooms so need to prepare lessons accordingly and class sizes can vary from 10 – 20 per class.

 

There is a playground area at the school to entertain the children and volunteers are encouraged to join in with the madness that break time brings!

 

We encourage volunteers to prepare as much as possible for their teaching programme overseas. You can make the most out of your time by completing our convenient, inexpensive and international accredited 60-hour Online TEFL Course for just $150.

TANZANIA MEDICAL

PMGY’s Medical volunteers programme in Tanzania offers a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into the Tanzanian health care system. Learn from local staff and get involved in supporting them. Like many African countries, Tanzania faces an acute shortage of health care workers. Low pay, poor working conditions and limited training programmes contribute to the problem, whilst the rising burden of HIV/AIDS treatment greatly amplifies the situation. Unfortunately, health standards in Tanzania have declined so much that it trails most other developing nations.

 

PMGY collaborate with a government hospital and community clinic within the Arusha and Meru district. Please note you can only be placed at one medical facility during your time with us. In some circumstances it may be possible to combine medical facilities during your time with us, but this will incur an additional $150 local payment as a medical donation to the new facility you are transferring over to.

 

GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL

 

We place volunteers at a government hospital located in the town of Tengeru, a neighbouring town of Arusha. Started originally as a women’s health centre, it currently caters to all kinds of general health matters. This tends to be the main placement for our medical volunteers.

 

We can place participants at the following departments: Dental, Diabetes Clinic, General Medical Consultation, Laboratory, HIV Awareness and Testing, Midwifery & Labour Ward, Newborn Care and Immunisations, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Optical, Paediatrics, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy (part-time), Prenatal Care & Antenatal Care, Radiology Surgery (Minor and Major) & Tuberculosis Wing.

 

It is a 24/7 facility and treats around 50 to 80 patients each day. The hospital has a strong maternity ward and around 500 newborns are delivered each month – so this is a very good placement for midwifery students. Some of the main cases treated at the hospital are malaria, phenomena and TB.

 

Volunteers will be working alongside qualified local staff from the specific departments. On your first day at the government hospital you will receive a full introduction from the matron, who will discuss with you what departments you’re interested in and devise a work schedule for you. Volunteers will have to be up a little earlier than usual for the first day as the induction begins at 07:30.

 

You can choose to spend your time within a number of different departments or focus on one or two. Whilst you will be assigned a specific member of staff to mentor you, it is important to understand that the staff are extremely busy. Therefore, you should be proactive, ask questions and be assertive in requesting additional guidance should you require it.

 

Working in a government hospital will come with its own set of challenges. You should be prepared to experience some strong emotions with the standards of the facilities and limited equipment available. Things tend to be a lot more laid-back in Tanzania and this lack of urgency can be frustrating as well as the impersonal way Tanzanian medical staff treat patients. Please be prepared for some eye-opening experiences, which may be difficult to cope with at times but ultimately highly rewarding. Throw yourself into the experience and challenge yourself to learn.

 

COMMUNITY CLINIC

 

Our second medical placement is a community clinic that offers affordable healthcare to some of the poorest people in Arusha and surrounding areas. It is the first full-service charity clinic in Arusha. The clinic sees up to 3,000 patients per month, although it is relatively small in size. The patients are able to see a doctor, have blood work done, and most of the time receive prescription treatments for a very nominal fee.

 

The clinic has the following departments: General Medical Consultation, Minor Surgeries (largely fractures), Laboratory, Pharmacy, X-ray, Ultrasound

 

Volunteer in Tanzania participants will have the chance to work in each department. The head doctor and his team will mentor you throughout your time at the clinic. They will go out of their way to get you involved in every aspect of the work they do at the clinic. In the small surgery room, there may be opportunities for involvement in carrying out procedures such as circumcision, abscess/cyst/growth removal and drainage and stitching. Within the pharmacy you will learn about the different medication prescribed, mainly antibiotics, anti-worm, or antimalarial.

 

This placement is open to people of all medical backgrounds, including school leavers and 1st & 2nd year university students. You will get to witness a range of cases, largely malaria and typhoid. There are also quite a few obstetrics cases (some are aftermaths of illegal abortions), basic dentistry (consultation and removal only) and urinary infections.

 

If you’re looking to gain experience that will help further your medical career but also explore one of the most amazing countries in the world, then PMGY’s Tanzania Medical Programme is definitely the placement for you! All volunteers must be patient, flexible and motivated to ensure they make the most of their time at the placement.

 

Your level of involvement at the project is dictated by medical experience, duration of programme and willingness to get involved. The medical staff are accountable for you whilst you’re under their supervision, so it is completely up to them if you are permitted and want to get involved in hands-on procedures. Whilst previous PMGY volunteers have been given the chance to administer IV injections, dress wounds etc, we can never guarantee or promote hands-on involvement for participants regardless of their medical experience or background.

 

Generally speaking those with little or no medical experience assume a largely observational role. If you are studying medically related degree, then you should have more opportunity to undertake some more basic hands-on involvement. However, to reiterate we can never guarantee or endorse hands-on experience should you choose to get hands-on, as the decision ultimately lies with the medical staff.

TANZANIA ORPHANAGE

PMGY’s Orphanage volunteers programme in Tanzania brightens up the lives of young children making a vital and important contribution to their daily lives. It is estimated that around 1.4 million Tanzanians are infected with HIV. Furthermore, for every 1,000 births almost 6 women die in childbirth. These factors along with general widespread poverty and minimal state welfare have resulted in an alarmingly high level of orphans and street children in Tanzania. PMGY works with a number of centres in Arusha that strive to address this issue.

 

There are two main types of orphanages in Tanzania – board orphanages and day orphanages. The word orphanage in Tanzania does not necessarily mean that the children have lost both parents. In fact the majority may have only lost one parent and the single parent cannot afford to raise the child.

 

Boarding orphanages are traditional orphanages where the children permanently reside at the centre. These orphanages are typically understaffed and highly overcrowded. At the boarding orphanages, volunteers get involved in the various aspects of caring for the children. From feeding and helping to prepare meals, to organising games and sporting activities, or simply spending time with the children. Volunteering at the board orphanages is a highly challenging but extremely rewarding experience.

 

Volunteer in Tanzania participants must be proactive and energetic as it can get a little chaotic at times with so many children and not enough staff. However, putting a smile on a child’s face and giving them the one-on-one attention they so desperately crave makes all the hard work worthwhile. The children at the board orphanages range from babies to 18 year olds.

 

The day orphanages are essentially run as day-care centres. The children attend the centre during the day and then return to stay with family, friends or relatives in the afternoon. The children are sent to the day orphanages before they reach school age (from the age of 6 onwards), as their guardians are unable to look after them during the day. The day orphanages are generally quite structured. Volunteers play an active role in the general care of the children but the primary focus is English teaching.

 

PMGY support four main orphanages during the school term-time, three board orphanages and a day orphanage. Most volunteers go to the board orphanages, working with the very young children in a caregiving role. The teaching sessions at the orphanage are more relaxed and informal. Lessons are centred around games and activities to keep the children engaged.

 

PROJECT EXAMPLE – FRUITFUL

 

Fruitful Orphanage is situated in (Machumba Village) the Meru district of the Arusha region, which is 15 minutes out of Arusha city. The orphanage was established in 2014 and is home to 15 children and an additional 15 children attend the on site nursery school. The children who do not stay at the orphanage live nearby with their families and just visit the orphanage during the day to receive the free tuition provided by the home (with the support of volunteers). Fruitful employs 4 local staffs, 3 of them are house mamas and one is a male who provides the home security.

 

PROJECT EXAMPLE – ASTON VISION

 

Aston Vision Orphanage is situated in the Meru district of the Arusha region, in Machumba village, which is 15 minutes away from Arusha city. The orphanage is home to 15 Children aged 5-10 years (8 girls and 7 boys). In addition to the kids who live on site, 30 children attend the nursery classes that are offered daily from Monday to Friday. The children who attend the school come from the local area and return home to their families in the afternoon. Aston Vision employs 5 local staff, 3 house mamas and 2 nursery teachers.

SOUTH AFRICA BIG 5 WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE

PMGY’s Big 5 Wildlife Experience is a life-changing experience that allows you to work behind the scenes on a world-class wildlife reserve in South Africa! It is the ultimate wildlife programme, where volunteers get the opportunity to enjoy hands-on involvement and a rich education in Conservation Management. If you have a real passion for animals and the conservation of endangered species then this is the programme for you.

 

This fabulous South African Game Reserve is situated on the Eastern Cape and spans over 6000 hectares. This experience aims to give volunteers a holistic experience of life on a game reserve with exposure not only to the majestic Big 5 family but also conservation of all types of fauna and flora – they all go hand in hand.

 

The game reserve’s education and rehabilitation centre is home to a number of species of endangered predators including lions, Bengal tigers, cheetahs, wild dogs and serval cats. The dedicated conservation team are committed to the preservation of these elusive creatures by rehabilitating them and releasing them back into the wild. The work is exciting and varied with lots to learn! Naturally due to the wild and predatory nature of the animals, volunteers are advised to note that interaction and close up monitoring of these animals is not an option for the participants on the programme.

 

The centre is also used for breeding as some of these predators are faced with extinction. For example, the wild dog is one of South Africa’s most highly endangered mammal. As a hunter and meat eater requiring an extensive habitat, it is constantly in competition with humans, in particular with livestock farmers.

 

Bengal tigers are also found at the centre. Their population has deteriorated at an alarming rate. Over the last 100 years hunting and deforestation have reduced tiger populations from hundreds of thousands to perhaps fewer than 2,500. The centre has been lucky enough to see the birth of a Bengal tiger cub after an arduous 4 years of work and research.

 

The centre has also raised three lion cubs who are currently developing into fully grown predators before they are transferred to other parts of the country which the lion population has decreased due to human influences such as hunting.

 

This is a programme designed for volunteers interested in having a truly African experience while making a difference to the local wildlife and environment. Activities for this programme vary on a day to day basis and are dependent on weather and other factors (so please expect the itinerary to change from time to time!).

 

The itinerary is designed in such a way that volunteers are divided into groups of up to 10 volunteers per group, depending on the number of volunteers. Each group will have an outdoor volunteer coordinator as a leader and mentor. An indoor coordinator is on hand to ensure you are comfortable in the accommodation, get familiar with your surrounding and be a contact point if you need anything on the programme during your time with us.

 

The groups will be engaged in different daily activities, but will all do the same type and number of activities by the end of the week. In some cases all the groups might do the same activity at the same time depending on the type of activity.

 

Working hours are generally quite fixed and split into a morning and afternoon session. The morning session is often more physically demanding where temperatures are relatively cooler running from around 9.30-13.00. A lunch break then follows with the afternoon session usually running 14.30-16.30 thereafter. Ad hocly in the evenings there is reptile shows and cross cultural dance shows or volunteers can relax in the lounge, swimming pool, on the tennis courts or in the entertainment room. At weekends if volunteers choose to head back into Port Elizabeth then transfers in both directions do run complimentary at fixed times from the reserve with no additional costs.

 

So it is a busy yet highly rewarding and exciting programme from start to finish. The dedicated volunteer coordinator will ensure that you have a wonderful learning experience, make a real contribution to the reserve and leave with a stronger understanding of the conservation issues in South Africa.

 

The volunteer tasks are largely a combination of land management and animal management program activities. Here is just a small selection of the things you can expect to get involved in during the week;

 

– Lion monitoring
– Rhino monitoring
– Educational lectures and classroom activities
– Removal of alien vegetation
– Planting of indigenous trees
– Re-establishment of vegetation and vegetation management
– Fence and anti-poach patrols
– Fence repairs and road maintenance
– Feeding and care of predators in the rehabilitation centre

 

Your efforts will help to make sure the reserve is a safe and suitable environment for these animals to not just survive but thrive. You will get the chance to get up close and personal with some of South Africa’s most famous residents. The activities for the week are extremely varied so no two days will be the same. Its not all work and no play as the programme is designed to provide a physical and fun experience every day.

 

Volunteers may also have the opportunity to experience a number of major conservation activities such as capturing of wildlife animals, game introduction and fire management activities. These activities take place on an ad-hoc basis but certainly provide volunteers with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

Each Volunteer in South Africa participant will play a big part and benefit to the conservation efforts of the reserve. Not only will you be playing a key role in saving the precious wilderness for the here and now, but also in protecting it for the future generations.

 

So, if you fancy rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty in a once in a lifetime setting then this is the programme for you!

SOUTH AFRICA CHILDCARE

PMGY’s Childcare volunteer programme in South Africa brightens up the lives of young children making a vital and important contribution to their daily lives. It is estimated that about 80% of young children in South Africa’s townships do not have access to early childhood development education and lack the support required to develop to their full potential.

 

Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, poor government funding and flawed policies have exacerbated many of the problems for South Africa’s poorest. Today about 57% of South Africa’s population lives in poverty. In low income township areas, living conditions are challenging, with high crime and unemployment rates, health problems and high population densities. A lack of childcare facilities leaves many children unattended and unprotected.

 

Plan My Gap Year supports a range of day-care centres that provide essential childcare facilities to impoverished families of nearby communities. The majority of these children come from the Townships and other underdeveloped communities where social and health problems such as gang violence, drugs, malnutrition and HIV/Aids are rife. Most parents or relatives of these children from vulnerable communities work in the city so bring the children with them in the morning to drop them off at the day care centres.

 

The day care centres we support are either independent local initiatives or government subsidised community support programmes. Some are home-based crèches run by local women and others are more structured organisations. However, they all have a common goal: to help provide the little ones with their basic right to develop their full emotional, social and physical potential. Some of the children arrive each day by bus, whereas others are dropped off by a parent. The children will then leave again in the afternoon. The children range from 3 months to 6 years old, depending on the facility.

 

The first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important. They are the foundation that shapes children’s future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general.

 

Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life. They need love and nurturing to develop a sense of trust and security that turns into confidence as they grow. Babies and young children grow, learn and develop rapidly when they receive love and affection, attention, encouragement and mental stimulation, as well as nutritious meals and good health care. Volunteers help to provide all of this in our day-care centres offering invaluable assistance to the over-stretched local staff.

 

The teachers and assistants communicate to the children using a mixture of Afrikaans, English and Xhosa. Some of the centres provide meals for the children so volunteers can assist with feeding times.

 

Specific childcare experience is not required but it is an advantage. As long as you have patience and a willingness to do your bit then you can really make a difference.

 

Most projects we support are centrally based in the city within Cape Town. Should volunteers wish to experience projects in the townships this may be arranged on an ad hoc basis at the discretion of the local team. Therefore should volunteers have an interest in this they are best to discuss this with the local team when in South Africa.

 

Your role will vary from assisting permanent staff in daily tasks, creating learning aids and general supervision. Volunteers can also carry out some teaching such as reading, writing, basic maths and arts & crafts. Volunteers are also expected to help with feeding at lunch times if applicable and general maintenance at the project too. Importantly, you will become a positive role model for the children, which is something that so many of the children are so sadly lacking.

 

We work with a range of childcare programmes across Cape Town. Each centre is different varying from 50 to a 100 children and ranging from children as young as 6 months up to 6 years old usually. Usually children are broken down into smaller group sizes depending on their age. Below is two examples of the projects that we work with.

 

PROJECT EXAMPLE – KIDDIES COLLEGE

 

Established in 1997, the project supports children from 2 to 6 years old where volunteer support local staff with the day to day schedule and supervising the children. Kiddies College was formally a preschool closed down by the local council, but the passion of one of its former staff members led to its re-emergence providing local employment as well as many spacious rooms and a nice garden area.

 

Meals are provided for the children at the project and additional activities such as visits to the library, swimming and karate lessons or speech and drama classes also take place which volunteers can support with. PMGY volunteers ease the workload of the understaffed team by providing the children with the extra care and attention.

 

PROJECT EXAMPLE – MINI EINSTEINS

 

Mini Einsteins crèche is home to around 160 learners. Most of the children are aged from 3 months to 6 years old but some of the children can reach up to 12 years old. The crèche aims to provide a safe, secure, supportive and stimulating environment for all children to discover their full potential naturally.

 

There is a strong philosophy at the crèche where the key to a child’s development is to ensure they are able to play and grow as children for as long as possible. Volunteers are encouraged to support and embrace such a philosophy an do so through helping with homework and games, being involved in creative arts activities or even helping in the two designated baby rooms.

 

Many of the children at the crèche come from broken homes and deprived backgrounds so the extra care and attention that PMGY volunteers contribute is highly appreciated by the staff, children and community alike.

SOUTH AFRICA ENGLISH TEACHING

PMGY’s English Teaching volunteers programme in South Africa encourages students to develop a skill that will help them to achieve their future goals. Conversing with fluent, native English speakers greatly improves their language skills, essential for future employment. South Africa is a nation with huge potential. Much of its future hope lies with the youth of this great country. Huge steps have been made by the post-apartheid regime to implement a fully inclusive and comprehensive education system for all. But the sad reality is that the quality of education that a child receives is largely dependent on their location and family wealth. As a result, many young ones quite simply don’t receive a sufficient level of education to prepare them for the future.

 

Furthermore, the influx of refugees to emerging cities such as Cape Town has put an extra burden on the already under resourced and overcrowded government schools. Most classrooms are filled with 40+ children to only one local teacher.

 

Many of the children that attend the public schools that we support come from broken homes where criminality and illiteracy are commonplace. Far too many children become a product of their environment and so become largely disengaged with formal education. The further difficulty lies in the fact that the schools seriously lack manpower and the resources to tackle these issues. In many cases the schools will offer little or no recreational activity such as sports and arts to help integrate some of the less enthusiastic learners.

 

PMGY South Africa volunteers provide assistance to primary schools in and around Cape Town. The children are aged 6 to 13. Primary school teaching will be largely focused on English language training, basic level maths, arts and science etc.

 

As a volunteer in South Africa participant you provide an important pair of extra hands to help reduce the burden placed on local staff. In addition, that extra support and teacher presence helps improve discipline and overall class productivity. Troubled students and those with learning difficulties greatly benefit from the individual attention provided by international volunteers. Volunteers will usually work as a teaching assistant but expected to understand that there may be times where you may be required to lead a class yourself and it is not uncommon for this to happen. Volunteers are therefore encouraged to prepare lessons accordingly in advance if so.

 

Your role is not limited to teaching set subjects. One of the most important ways in which you can contribute is through sharing your culture and experience with the view to help promote new ideas within the school. Whether you’re raising awareness about social issues such as substance abuse or organising a school sports day or afternoon club, your level of contribution is far reaching.

 

We work with a range of primary schools across Cape Town. These are government based schools with class sizes varying from 15 to 40 pupils and aged from around 5 to 12 years old respectively. Below is two examples of the projects that we work with.

 

PROJECT EXAMPLE – CHAPEL STREET

 

Almost 90 per cent of the 600 students who attend Chapel Street Primary arrive at the school from the surrounding areas and townships of Cape Town that suffer great poverty. Therefore classrooms are often overcrowded and resources limited, but the 20 teachers employed do their best to combat the economic and social hardships the learners face through education and information and communications technology.

 

Most of the students who attend the school are between 6 and 13 years of age. Not only will volunteers assist the local teachers in the classroom and lead lessons here to, but they will also have the chance to help out with sports education as well as swimming lessons and art classes.

 

PMGY volunteers provide invaluable support to overburdened local teachers and can build great bonds with the students along the way.

 

PROJECT EXAMPLE – KANNEMEYER PRIMARY

 

Kannemeyer is a government funded public school located in Grassy Park. Grassy Park is a working/middle class community in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, within close distance of the Atlantic coast. The area has been badly affected by drug problems in recent years and young people are most vulnerable to fall victim to substance abuse. Education and awareness on drug abuse is vital. The vice principal coordinates the volunteers work schedule. The school has 16 educators and 530 pupils between the ages of 6-13 years. They also offer various sports at the school including soccer, rugby and netball.

 

We encourage volunteers to prepare as much as possible for their teaching programme overseas. You can make the most out of your time by completing our convenient, inexpensive and international accredited 60-hour Online TEFL Course for just $150.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Kotoka International Airport in Accra (ACC) on the selected Sunday start date.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) Arrival

 

Akwaaba! You will be collected from Kotoka International Airport in Accra by a member of our local team who will be holding a name sign. You will be taken straight to our partner hostel near the airport. The journey will take around 20 minutes and will allow you to gather your first glimpses of this amazing country. The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing and getting to know your fellow volunteers as and when they arrive. Dinner at the hostel is not included so you should budget around $8 for this if you arrive in time for dinner.

 

Day 2 (Monday) Travel To Kumasi

 

After a good nights rest and a good breakfast at the hostel we will take a taxi to Accra central bus station. We will be taking the VIP bus from Accra to Kumasi. The VIP buses are air-conditioned, have a TV and are a very comfortable and safe way to travel. The journey takes around 5 hours and our local team will accompany you. Some of the views along the way are really amazing. On-arrival into Kumasi, we will take a taxi to the Volunteer House. The rest of the day is very relaxed. We’ll show you around the local area, help you pickup any amenities you may need and introduce you to life in Ghana.

 

Day 3 (Tuesday) Orientation

 

Today you will have your main orientation.We’ll kick the day off with refreshing your knowledge of the local area, how to locate the nearest shop, ATM, bus stop etc. You will also get a chance to visit the projects we support whether it be the orphanage, school or hospital and make some initial introductions to get familiar around the programmes we provide in Ghana.

 

We’ll then head into town to show you around Kumasi city centre and the market as well as checking out the Manhyia Palace. We will assist you with any currency exchange, help you pickup anything you may need and show you around all the main points of interest such as western restaurants, banks and tourist areas. We will also visit the project that you will be working on and introduce you to the staff. After a traditional Ghanaian lunch in the city we will make our way back to the Volunteer House for the theoretical part of your orientation.

 

In the afternoon we’ll go through the important health and safety information you should follow during your time in Ghana. We’ll teach you more about the Ghanaian way of life, cultural differences and teach you the basics of the main language in Ghana – Twi. We will then give you some tips on what to do in your free time.

 

Day 4-6 (Wednesday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

Wednesday is your first day at the project. One of our local coordinators will travel with you to the project showing you how to get there and introducing you to everyone. Your first day is all about introductions, understanding your schedule and what is expected of you at the project. Our local team are always on-hand to assist you should you encounter any problems or just need some help. They live at the same accommodation as you, so are on-call 24/7.

 

Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend

 

Weekends in Ghana are never dull! Whatever you plan to do, our local team can advise you on the best places to go! Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

Day 9-28 (Monday-Saturday) The Following Weeks

 

You will volunteer from Monday to Friday. On average, you will spend around 4 to 5 hours per day at your volunteer placement. As time passes you will become more confident and involved within project life. Weekends are spent at leisure and we’d encourage you to explore this gorgeous country. Our local team are there to support you throughout your stay. Whether you’ve lost your passport, want some advice for weekend travel plans or just need someone to talk to, they are there for you.

 

Day 29 (Sunday) Goodbye Ghana – Hello Tanzania!

 

Sunday is the last day of your volunteer programme. Depending on flight schedules you may need to leave Ghana on the Saturday to arrive into Tanzania on the Sunday. Our in-country team will help you organise your transfer to Kotoka International Airport for your flight to Tanzania.

 

Karibu! On arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by a member of the PMGY team who will take you to our Volunteer House in Arusha. The journey takes around 1 hour. The rest of the day you can relax, meet other volunteers and begin to enjoy your first glimpses of Tanzania.

 

If you arrive early in the morning and if you are not too jet lagged, then you may get the opportunity in the afternoon to begin your orientation period early with the town tour and chat to the team around placements and more.

 

Day 30 (Monday) Orientation

 

You will spend the day learning about life in Tanzania and preparing for your upcoming volunteer programme. Our local team will teach you about Tanzanian culture, the Swahili language and safety issues.

 

We will also go on a tour of Arusha, so you are able to locate all of the essential amenities and points of interest and also purchase a local SIM card if you wish to. Later in the day as you begin to get your bearings to life in Tanzania our team will brief you about your upcoming volunteer project, what is expected from you and what you can expect. Spend the evening getting to know fellow volunteers and preparing for your first day of volunteering.

 

Day 31-34 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering

 

It’s time to start your volunteer placement. Our local team will travel with you to the project on your first day to ensure you receive a comprehensive introduction to the project. This will give you the opportunity to meet your new colleagues, learn about the project and exactly how you will fit in. As the week continues your confidence will grow and you will begin to really come into your own at the volunteer project. Our local team are always on-hand to support you in any way required.

 

Day 35-36 (Saturday & Sunday) Weekend

 

Your weekends are free time and there are a number of fantastic options for the weekend. Our local team can assist you and fellow volunteers in organising travel plans. Whether you’re looking for an adventure, a cultural day out or a relaxing weekend– you will find it in Tanzania. There is literally something for everyone. Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

Here is an idea of what you could be getting up to:

 

– Climbing Mt Meru, the sister mountain to Kilimanjaro. This is a great option for those who don’t have the time to climb Kili, as the Mt Meru treks generally take around 4 days and 3 nights. It’s also considerably less expensive than Kili and will include park fees, camping accommodation, meals etc.

 

– Arusha National Park – Although the smaller of the national parks in the area, it is one of its most beautiful and most topographically varied. Typical costs are between $150 to $225 per day, plus a tip of around $30 to $45 per day to the guides and cooks.

 

– Shopping at the Maasai Market – A shopper’s paradise; this is the perfect place to find traditional African arts, crafts and paintings. Time to practise your bargaining skills! If you have some extra time before or after your placement you may also want to consider…

 

– Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the rooftop of Africa – Costs start at around $1,200 to $2,100 per person depending on group size. This includes all meals, camping accommodation etc. You are also expected to tip between 5% to 15% of the total cost of the trek for the guides, porters and cooks.

 

– Spotting the Big 5 at Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park – It is recommended to spend at least 3 days on safari as the deeper you go into the parks, the more you will see. The cost is around $150 to $225 per day for all accommodation, meals etc plus a tip of around $30 per day to the guides and cooks.

 

– Heading over to paradise, the wonderful island of Zanzibar – You can get a return flight from Arusha to Zanzibar for $225 to $300. Alternatively, the return bus trip from Arusha to Dar es Salaam and a return ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar will cost you around $110 to $120. Typical accommodation costs per night in Zanzibar are around $30 to $60 depending on the area and time of year. Tanzania is your oyster!

 

Please note there is a strong customary tipping culture when it comes to partaking in safaris or climbing Kilimanjaro/Meru. Staff such as the driver, guide, porter and cook are paid reasonable wages, but tips are relied upon by the staff to supplement 26 their wages and so your consideration of their hard work is appreciated. The amounts vary, specific to which activity you complete and can also be relative to the group size; but as a guide budget $25-30 per day for tips at safari and $50-65 per day for tips when climbing Kilimanjaro/Meru.

 

Day 37-56 (Monday-Saturday) The Following Weeks

 

You will volunteer from Monday to Friday. On average, you will spend around 4 to 5 hours per day at your volunteer placement. As time passes you will become more confident and involved within project life. Weekends are spent at leisure or exploring this gorgeous country.

 

Day 57 (Sunday) Goodbye Tanzania – Hello South Africa CPT!

 

Sunday is the last day of your volunteer programme. Depending on flight schedules you may need to leave Tanzania on the Saturday to arrive into South Africa CPT on the Sunday. Our in-country team will help you organise your transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to South Africa CPT.

 

Welcome to South Africa! Volunteers will be picked up at Cape Town airport by a local backpacker bus. You will then be taken to our Volunteer House in downtown Cape Town. The journey will take around 30 minutes and will allow you to gather your first glimpses of this amazing country.

 

The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing and getting to know your fellow volunteers. Depending on what time you arrive, your hostel manager may take you on a walking tour of the local area so you can get to know where the ATM, supermarket, laundry service etc are located. If you arrive late into Cape Town on the Sunday they will do this the following day.

 

Day 58 (Monday) Orientation

 

At 08:30 you will be picked up and taken to our local teams office for your in-country orientation. Your day will kick off with an in-depth introduction into South African culture, safety issues and local transport. Our team will then tell you all about the volunteer projects, the do’s and don’ts and answer any questions you may have about PMGY South Africa. There will also be a chance to learn about and book onto some of the weekend tours our local team run in-country around Cape Town and South Africa.

 

After your initial briefing and a spot of lunch in town it’s time to check out what Cape Town has to offer. You will be taken on a walking tour of this great city where you will see some of Cape Town’s major historical sites and learn about its tragic history.

 

You will also get a chance to familiarise yourself with the train station, bus stop, mall, markets and company gardens.

 

On the completion of your city tour, the rest of the day is free to spend time hanging out with fellow volunteers and preparing for your upcoming placement.

 

Please note that lunch is not provided during your orientation. You will have the opportunity to purchase lunch in the city with your fellow volunteers.

 

Day 59-62 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

Tuesday will be your first day at the volunteer projects. On the Monday, our local team would have illustrated to you how to travel to and from the project. in most cases you will travel to the project with a fellow volunteer or our local team will travel with you and introduce you to the project themselves. Spend the first couple of days getting into the swing of things and working out your weekly schedule. It may seem all a bit much at first, especially if this is your first overseas volunteering experience, but you will soon get the hang of it all.

 

Volunteers will usually have an hour lunch break during each day of volunteering. You may decide to pack a lunch together before you leave for project in the 24 morning or choose a nearby cafe or restaurant to eat from. Remember that our local team are only ever a phone call away! The typical volunteering day is 08:30–14:30 with a one hour lunch break.

 

Day 63-64 (Saturday-Sunday) It’s The Weekend!

 

Weekends in Cape Town are never dull and there a huge number of trips and activities to get involved in. Our local team will run through some of these during the orientation period. Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

Day 65-83 (Monday-Friday) The Following Weeks

 

The volunteering week is Monday to Friday. You will find as time passes you will really come into your own at your volunteer project. It is really important that you remain committed to the project throughout your time on the programme. Cape Town is a fun place to be with lots to do in the evenings, however we expect you to be committed and punctual at all times.

 

Day 84 (Saturday) Your Last Day

 

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Saturday is the last day of your Africa Encounter. If you are heading home then we can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

 

* This itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances.

CHOOSING A TRIP

What are the programme start dates?

The programme start dates are as follows –

 

7th January 2018
4th February 2018
11th March 2018
8th April 2018
6th May 2018
10th June 2018
8th July 2018
5th August 2018
9th September 2018
11th November 2018
9th December 2018
6th January 2019
3rd February 2019
10th March 2019
7th April 2019
5th May 2019
9th June 2019
7th July 2019
4th August 2019
9th September 2019
10th November 2019
8th December 2019

What are the requirements to join?

In order to join the programme you need to be at least 18 on the programme start date.

 

We welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, nationalities and religions. You must be able to provide us with a clean criminal background check prior to your programme start date. We are unable to accept anyone who has any previous criminal convictions.

 

Although you do not need to speak English as your first language, we do require all participants to have a good level of English in order to join the programme.

 

You should also be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us during your online application.

What date should I arrive and leave?

You should arrive into Kotoka International Airport in Accra (airport code ACC) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.

 

The programme ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Are there any age restrictions?

In order to join the programme you need to be at least 18 on the programme start date.

 

Generally the average age range of volunteers is 18-22 but this is by no means definitive.

 

There is no upper age limit. However, we encourage anyone who is slightly older to contact us in the first instance and we can advise if there is a more appropriate programme/destination for you.

When should I apply for the programme?

For the majority of our programmes you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the programme – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period.

 
 
It is best that you apply sooner rather than later as some of our programmes only have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly. However, you should always make sure you’re 100% committed to the programme before applying.

 
 
It is also possible to change your start dates once you have already applied and had your space confirmed. However, please note this does carry an administration charge of $60 and is subject to availability.

 
 
You need to apply online by locating the “Apply Now” button on the individual programme; this will guide you through our Online Application process.

Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?

We accept volunteers from all over the world. The majority of our participants are from the UK, US, Canada & Australia. However we have hosted volunteers from countries such as Nigeria, Bermuda & Peru in the past.

Can I go with my friend/parent/boyfriend/girlfriend?

You’re more than welcome to travel and volunteer with friends, family members or with a boyfriend/girlfriend. If required, we can make sure that you stay in the same accommodation and volunteer at the same project (please note the majority of our volunteer accommodation is on a single-sex basis).
 
 
Please outline in the ‘Special Requirements’ box of your online application if you’d like to make sure you’re placed alongside another applicant/s.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.

 

The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on-hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our UK team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions.

 

In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances.

 

When you join PMGY we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visa issues etc. Furthermore, our UK team are only ever a phone call away should you wish to discuss any aspect of your upcoming programme. When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive safety briefing during your orientation course by our local coordinators. We will go through everything from emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM card, something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. We will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.

 

All our local teams are experienced development professionals who have years of experience in hosting international volunteers. They are our representatives on the ground and will assist you 24/7 throughout your stay. Whether you need to call home, travel at the weekend or require urgent assistance – they are there to support you.

 

While we cannot guarantee your volunteer experience to be 100% trouble free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each programme is as safe as possible.
 

When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.

 
 
You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme, unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.

 
 
Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.

 
 
Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

Can I use PMGY’s programmes as part of a university or college placement?

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.

 
 
If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us directly on [email protected] to schedule a meeting.

BEFORE YOU DEPART

Do you offer an online TEFL course?

For PMGY volunteers joining our teaching programmes the only real ‘qualifications’ you need are bags of energy, commitment and enthusiasm. If however you’d like a chance to do some preparation work before you hit the classroom, we’ve got the perfect introductory course to teaching english abroad.

 

At only 60 hours and completed online, this course is hugely convenient because it can be done in your own time, at your own pace and you don’t even need to leave the house! You’ve got a whopping 75 days to complete the course, so there is no rush and you can fit it in when you can. An hour here and there certainly adds up over the course of the couple of months you have to complete it, so there really is no pressure.

 

Once completed you’ll not only have acquired some key skills for teaching English abroad but you’ll also gain an internationally accredited certificate. If you find that teaching really is your calling, this course can be built upon with more modules leading to a paid teaching position in the future.

 

As well as a core module in the ‘Principles of Teaching English’ which covers ‘Understanding language’, ‘Key English grammar points’ and ‘How to teach grammar in the classroom’ you will have a choice of one of three specialist modules. The ‘Survival teaching’ module is perfect for volunteers covering ‘Teaching large classes’, ‘Teaching with limited resources’, ‘Learner-based training’ and ‘Cultural awareness’.

 

The cost of the course is $150. If you’ve already signed up to one of our programmes and would like to enroll on the online TEFL course then please call us or email us.

Can I fundraise for my trip?

With PMGY the money our volunteers pay goes towards the structure you receive for your time with us overseas. The fundamentals of this structure include food, accommodation, airport pickups, around the clock support from our UK and in-country team, pre-departure training as well as the implementation and monitoring of the projects.

 

We do our best to keep our programme costs as low and affordable as possible, without sacrificing on quality and safety. However with flights, travel insurance and spending money to factor into your overall budget, you may find you need a little bit of help with the finances. Therefore a large number of PMGY volunteers decide to fundraise for their trip.

 

We recommend setting up an online fundraising page to allow friends and families to learn more about your trip and make donations. PMGY have partnered with the online crowd funding website GoGetFunding.

 

This professional online fundraising service creates a personalised fundraising page for your PMGY trip, allowing you to set financial goals and get the message across about what you’re doing. You can also share your PMGY fundraising page across various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.

Can I raise money for the projects?

The PMGY Foundation is a UK registered charity (1169415) that has been set up to help provide financial aid and assistance to the projects and countries we work with on an ongoing basis.

 

The objective of the PMGY Foundation is the prevention or relief of poverty of people living in the communities we support by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.

 

The ultimate aim of the PMGY Foundation is to enable donations to be directed towards specific hand-picked projects in countries most in need. The project donations are determined by the charities trustees during our annual overseas visits.

 

If you are looking to help raise money directly for the PMGY Foundation you can do so via our BT MyDonate fundraising page.

 

100% of all money raised will be donated directly to the projects we support around the world. Please note that participants are unable to raise money through the PMGY Foundation to help finance the cost of their trip overseas.

How do I register for your online webinars?

On selected Tuesdays at 1pm (GMT) we hold our Pre-Departure Webinars. They are well worth attending, take only 45 minutes and will provide you with some really invaluable advice on your upcoming trip.

 

There are two to choose from and it is well worth attending both:

 

Travel Essentials Pre-Departure Webinar – covers all the basics.
Programme Preparation Webinar – covers specifically childcare and teaching programmes.

 

You will receive an email invitation to join these sessions once you have confirmed your place the programme.

 

The first webinar is designed to cover all of the essential pre-departure information you need to know and things you need to do before you go and the second webinar is more programme specific with advice and information for whilst you’re on your placement.

 

The webinars are hosted by a member of our UK team, who all have extensive knowledge of our projects around the world. You can attend (and even ask questions) from anywhere in the world simply by logging in through your own computer. All you need is a computer, good internet connection and a pair of headphones.

 

If any family or friends would like to attend the session as well then they are more than welcome to do so. Please note that you need to sign up for the webinar a few days in advance.

What about vaccinations and malaria tablets?

As we are not medical experts we cannot, unfortunately, tell you exactly what vaccinations you’ll need to obtain so it is vital you consult your local GP or travel clinic a few months before you intend to travel. Your local doctor/nurse will advise you as to what vaccinations and malaria prevention is needed for entry into your volunteer destination.

 
 
Additional information can be found on the NHS Fit For Travel website.

How do I arrange my flights?

You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you in arranging them. Through our close partnerships within the travel industry we are able to offer flights at very competitive rates. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries; we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use.

 
 
For peace of mind, PMGY holds an ATOL License (11262) that allows us to offer flight-based packages that are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority in the unlikely event of our insolvency.

 
 
If you’d like to receive a flight quote from PMGY, you can submit an online enquiry by visiting the specific web-page of the programme you’re interested in joining, or by calling our office or dropping us an email.

 
 
When you apply for a PMGY programme we cannot guarantee your acceptance immediately. On receiving an application we have to liaise with our local team to ensure there is space available on the programme and to assess your suitability for the specific project.

 
 
Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not make any flight and/or travel arrangements until your programme has been confirmed by us in writing. Once your programme has been confirmed you’re then free to book your flights either with PMGY or a through third party travel agent.

Do you offer travel insurance?

It is mandatory that all PMGY volunteers hold travel insurance during the entirety of their time on our programme; this includes your travel to and from the host country. Although PMGY do everything to ensure your trip is safe, inevitably things can go wrong so you must adequately protect yourself.

 
 
PMGY have teamed up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy for our volunteers. The policy is specifically designed to insure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 75 and covers you throughout any PMGY destination and any onward travel you may arrange (excluding the US and Canada). You can purchase PMGY Travel Insurance during your online application or you can contact us directly to arrange it.

 
 
Please note that PMGY Travel Insurance is purchased in week-long blocks. Therefore, you should carefully identify how many days you’ll be away for, including the date you depart and return to your home country, to ensure you select the correct duration of travel insurance. For example if you’re travelling for 29 days in total, you’ll need a 5-week policy, not a 4-week policy.

How do I obtain a background check?

To join any of our programmes you’ll need to provide us with a clean CRB or Police Check before you travel. We have a commitment to the projects we support to ensure the volunteers we send are trustworthy and of sound moral character. We are unable to accept participants who have had any previous criminal convictions.

 
 
If you hold a current CRB or Police Check then we can accept this providing it is issued no more than 18 months prior to your programme start date. Please scan and email us a copy of this document. If you do not have a CRB or Police Check then we will outline how to obtain this in your Volunteer Handbook. The CRB or Police Check must be submitted to us no less than 21 days prior to your programme start date.

 
 
If you don’t have a valid CRB check (also known as DBS or Police Check), then you will need to apply for one. UK volunteers need to apply for a “Basic Disclosure” through Disclosure Scotland (which serves all people in the UK). 

 
 
This costs £25 and takes around 15 working days to process. Full information on how to obtain a CRB check through Disclosure Scotland is outlined in the volunteer handbook you receive once you are signed up to the programme.

When will I receive my Volunteer Handbook?

All volunteers will receive a PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the programme. We will send you an email entitled ‘Welcome to PMGY’ which will include a link where you can download the Volunteer Handbook. Please note that we DO NOT send a hardcopy of the PMGY Volunteer Handbook.

 
 
This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides. It is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you require any further information not covered in the Volunteer Handbook then our team are always on-hand to assist you. You can contact us via email, telephone, Skype, Facebook, online chat…whatever works best for you!

ON YOUR TRIP

Can I arrange a private room?

All of our accommodation options involve sharing a room with other participants (usually same-sex). Unfortunately we are unable to arrange private room options for our participants.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

Are there any public holidays that effect project availability?

We aim to communicate as clearly and accurately as possible all holidays that effect project availability and project closures in the Volunteer Handbook. However, due to the nature of developing countries holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change that directly effects project availability and we ask our volunteers to be flexible and appreciative of this. This usually represents a unique experience for volunteers to enjoy in the festivities and holidays themselves and/or our local teams will always do their best to find alternative project work if applicable.

What is the dress code at the projects?

Dress code varies from country to country. We ask that our volunteers adopt a smart and responsible image during their time in the communities. We will outline the specific dress code requirements in your Volunteer Handbook so you know exactly what to pack.

 
 
The general rule of thumb for girls is to cover your shoulders and thighs and for men to not take their shirts off. Whilst we do not wish to impose strict regulations on our volunteers, we do ask that you respect the local culture during your travels. Dressing appropriately will earn you the respect of the people you’ll be working with.

 
 
It’s a good idea to take some nicer clothes for the weekends and special occasions but please avoid tight and very short clothing. You should also avoid clothing that may have potentially offensive slogans on it. Tattoos and piercings should be covered where possible whilst you’re at your placement, particularly if you’re working with children.

How much spending money will I need?

The amount of extra spending money you should take depends on where you travel to and how many travel activities you plan to undertake during your free time. If you plan to go for a safari in Tanzania, scuba-diving course in Thailand or trekking in South Africa, then you should budget accordingly. However, for general expenses and some independent travel, you should find $75-$150 per week a suitable amount.

Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel during your time with PMGY. In fact, we encourage you to travel during your free time. All of our programmes have been designed so that you have weekends off. This gives you the opportunity to explore the local area or even travel further afield within your host country. Our local coordinators will provide you with all the travel tips you need to help you plan any independent adventures.

 
 
Furthermore, you’re going to meet so many new people during your time with PMGY that you’ll definitely meet some travel buddies along the way!

 
 
Before booking your flights we recommend that you look into travel opportunities within the relevant country either side of your volunteering placement. It is always great to spend some time travelling and seeing more of the country you wish to volunteer in. If you do plan to travel extensively please factor this into your flight itinerary, as we only encourage travel during weekends while you’re volunteering as you have made a commitment to the project.

ACCOMMODATION

GHANA

Volunteer House

 

Your first night in Ghana will be spent at a hostel near to Kotoka International Airport in Accra. Our partner hostel offers basic but comfortable accommodation. You will share a room with fellow volunteers and also potentially externally based travellers as it is a dorm based setup. Rooms are air conditioned here. A member of the PMGY Ghana team will also stay at the hostel to ensure you have 24/7 support and will travel with you to Kumasi the following day.

 

During your time with PMGY in Ghana you will live in our Volunteer House located in a friendly neighbourhood, 45 minutes drive from Kumasi city centre. You will find restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs in the centre of town. There is a small shop opposite the Volunteer House. The local community are extremely friendly. As soon as you step out of the house you’ll be greeted by smiling children! Just one of the amazing experiences you’ll have with PMGY in Ghana.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 6 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with fans in the room and their own mosquito net and bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem as Ghana is hot all year-round!

 

The house has free Wi-Fi (although intermittent) and a communal area for volunteers to hang out. There is a lounge, TV and DVD player and an outside seating area. Volunteers are welcome to use the kitchen to prepare meals or even help out when meals are being prepared. We also have a refrigerator where you can store your personal food items but please remember this is dependent on electricity and power cuts can be a frequent occurrence in Ghana!

 

Clothes can be hand-washed or you request a local maid to wash them for you. Living in the PMGY Volunteer House offers a great social experience. Volunteers are given their own privacy and locks to their rooms, so it is a very laid-back atmosphere.

 

A member of our local team will also live at the house. The house is gated and secure and our local coordinator lives on-site ensuring you have around the clock support and security.

 

Please note that power cuts and water shortages are very common in Ghana. Whilst we have backup measures to combat this, there may be times where the power cuts out or there is no water for a while so it’s important to be aware of this in advance.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

TANZANIA

Volunteer House

 

You will stay at our Volunteer House in Arusha. This is a basic but comfortable set up located just a 10 minute walk from central Arusha in a quiet neighbourhood.

 

Rooms are shared, up to 8 people per room. Each volunteer is provided with a mosquito net. The shared bathrooms have warm showers and western toilets. Operating the coils to access the warm water can be unreliable and difficult therefore volunteers should expect cold showers.

 

The accommodation has a communal area with comfy sofas to relax in during the evening. There is also a refrigerator for volunteers to store food and drinks as they wish. Please note that power cuts are fairly commonplace in Tanzania although they tend not to last more than a couple of hours.

 

The house does not usually have Wi-Fi and for reliable internet access volunteers are best to purchase a local SIM Card. A weekly laundry service is available for $5 per person, or you can choose to hand wash your clothes. We have a cook who will prepare your breakfast and dinner. There is also a night guard employed for extra security on the premises.

 

A member of our local team will regularly visit the house to ensure everything runs smoothly. There is a great atmosphere at the accommodation and you will meet some wonderful people to share your experience with.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

SOUTH AFRICA CPT

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY in South Africa you will live in our Volunteer House located in Sea Point, a great, lively spot in Cape Town. The beach is only a short walk away, and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and local amenities in the surrounding area. Long Street, Cape Town’s premier nightlife destination is only 10 minutes away by public transport. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with Wi-Fi (there will be a small charge). Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in mixed-sex rooms. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet. During the winter period (June to August) it can get quite cold, so please bring warm clothes. Volunteers are provided with a bed sheet and blanket but may also choose to bring a sleeping bag or buy an additional blanket from the local store for extra warmth.

 

The house has a communal area for volunteers to hang out with sofa’s, flat screen TV and DVD player. Each volunteer has their own locker to store valuables so you should bring a padlock with you to store away your items. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled.

 

Please note that rooms are mixed gender and we cannot accommodate single-sex or private rooms in the Volunteer House.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

MEALS

GHANA

Volunteers will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day during their time with PMGY. Breakfast and dinner are served at the Volunteer House, whereas for lunch we provide you with a packed lunch. Packet filtered water is also available at the Volunteer House for volunteers.

 

Please note most meals will incorporate lots of carbs and not so much dairy or meat compared to the UK so please be open minded around this! It may take you a few days for your body to accustom to the local food as well.

 

Pork, lamb and beef are difficult to source in Ghana and usually quite expensive. The main meat is chicken, fish and goat. There is also a real lack of fresh dairy products, so you should be prepared to live without milk and cheese etc. Most milk is tinned.

 

There are a number of western restaurants around a 45 minute drive out from the accommodation should you fancy picking up some home comforts. There are also some Chinese and Indian restaurants in Kumasi. Our local team will tell you all about the options available to you during your in-country orientation.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

TANZANIA

Volunteers receive breakfast and dinner at the Volunteer House, which are freshly prepared on-site by our cook. Meals are a mixture of Tanzanian and western cuisine. You should budget around $3 per day for lunch if you plan to eat local meals or $6 to $8 for western food.

 

Generally, we have a two week rotating menu, which offers a varied choice of meals. For breakfast, you will receive fruit salad, or boiled eggs, or a Spanish omelette, or pancakes.

 

For your evening meal you may have pasta, lentils and chapatti, veggie burgers, or banana and potato stew. We will always have a vegetarian option available. Dinner is usually ready from 5pm onwards at the accommodation and volunteers are advised to keep lids on the stoves after serving themselves so that the food remains warm for volunteers who eat later in the evening.

 

There is a cafe adjacent to the volunteer accommodation where volunteers can purchase lunch. There are western supermarkets in Arusha where you can purchase food and store it at the house if you’d like to prepare your own lunch/meals.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

SOUTH AFRICA CPT

You will be provided with breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday. You will need to purchase your own lunch during the working week (Mon-Fri) and all meals at the weekend. Please note that although the Volunteer House has a kitchen, this is quite small and makes cooking meals difficult if the house is very busy, so it may be easier to eat out for lunch and at weekends. You should budget around $60 per week for meals not included.

 

For breakfast we provide yoghurt, fruit, cheese, bread, jams, tea and coffee, peanut butter, eggs etc. Volunteers just help themselves – all cutlery and crockery etc is provided. Dinner is provided at a local restaurant where volunteers all eat together, the restaurant is a short walk from the Volunteer House. Typical meals include spaghetti bolognese, curry, burgers and chips, fish, salads, pasta and vegetables. There is a set dinner option for each night of the week.

 

If you fancy eating out there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and local amenities in the surrounding area. Long Street, Cape Town’s premier nightlife destination is only 10 minutes away by public transport.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements but there may be instances where you may need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense.

VOLUNTEER FEES

DURATION

PROGRAMME FEE

REGISTRATION FEE

TOTAL

12 weeks
$2445
$249
$2694

* These fees apply to each individual application and are displayed in USD.

 

 

In order to confirm your place on a PMGY programme you need to pay the Registration Fee ($249). The remaining Programme Fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.

 

You’re only required to pay your $249 Registration Fee once we can guarantee you a place on the programme, unless you’re applying within 60 days of your programme start date in which case you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. We will notify you by email that you have been successful in your application.

 

Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.

 

Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

PROGRAMME FEE

  • ACCOMMODATION YES
  • GHANA MEALS (B, L & D) YES
  • TANZANIA MEALS (B & D) YES
  • SA MEALS (B & D MON-FRI) YES
  • AIRPORT PICK UPS (24 HOURS)YES
  • IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATIONSYES
  • PMGY T-SHIRTYES
  • 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY SUPPORT

    YES

REGISTRATION FEE

  • 24 HOUR US-BASED EMERGENCY SUPPORT YES
  • DEDICATED PMGY TRAVEL MENTOR YES
  • UNLIMITED EMAIL & TELEPHONE SUPPORT YES
  • COMPREHENSIVE VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK YES
  • LIVE PRE-DEPARTURE WEBINARS YES
  • 100% FINANCIAL PROTECTIONYES
  • REGULAR PROGRAMME INSPECTION YES
  • INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONYES

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • TANZANIA LUNCH ($3 PER DAY) NO
  • SA MEALS NOT INC. ($60 PER WEEK) NO
  • TRANSPORT TO PROJECT ($0-$6 PER DAY)NO
  • FLIGHTS ($1250-$1750)NO
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE ($22.50 PER WEEK)NO
  • RETURN AIRPORT TRANSFERS ($150)NO
  • VISAS ($150)NO
  • TANZANIA WORK PERMIT ($200)NO
  • CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK (VARIES)NO

 

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