START DATES

EVERY MONTH

PRICED FROM

$5775 + $249 REGISTRATION FEE

DURATION

20-40 WEEKS

MINIMUM AGE

18 YEARS OLD

ULTIMATE ROUND THE WORLD ENCOUNTER

PMGY’s Round The World Encounter is the ultimate programme that we offer! An epic 20, 30 or 40 week journey across 10 enthralling destinations taking in the best of the globe along the way. For volunteers who are looking for the ultimate gap year experience that combines volunteer and travel across four epic continents, then this encounter is the one for you!

 

The journey will commence in the breathtaking continent of South America. Here you will encounter countless views of the Sierra Madre and Andes mountains, wildlife species including leatherback sea turtles, 2-toed sloths and spider monkeys along with lasting tastes of the delicious Peruvian Ceviche or Costa Rican Dados de Queso! South America’s various climates and infinite sights will leave you wishing you never had to leave.

 

Your first stop will be in beautiful Costa Rica which has been an explorer’s dream for decades. In the ‘world’s happiest country’ you will be sure to feel those cheek muscles becoming sore from the infinite amount of smiles you receive and give! Its landscape is diverse with crystal blue waters, dense rainforest and over 60 volcanoes waiting for you to explore. Be sure to get comfortable with a bit of close interaction because each person you greet will be up for a kiss on the cheek. You will no doubt remember the blissful memories of Costa Rica after your time visiting this amaxing country.

 

Combine adventure travel with community volunteering as well as ticking off all the ‘must-do’s’ on Costa Rica’s list. You will spend your first-week learning or enhancing the beautiful Spanish language with the remainder of your time in Costa Rica volunteering in either a childcare setting or teaching English to children of all ages. While Costa Rica has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, the use of English isn’t as often as one would think. Many of the local people are still unable to communicate properly in English and with your time interacting with them, we are sure they will improve!

 

Your last stop in South America will be Peru – the home of Machu Picchu, the empire of the Incans. The ancient Inca ruins are considered to be some of the most beautiful and mysterious sites in the world and you won’t just encounter visiting this glorious city; they are all over Peru! The real gem of your time in this country will be the people. Peruvians are an interesting bunch of extremely polite, hardworking, peaceful and cultured. Be sure to ask of their Quechua roots, they may even teach you a phrase or two! Be ready for bright colours, warm smiles, stone streets, snow-capped mountains, unexplained Nazca symbols, temple ruins and meals that will leave your taste buds pleased.

 

You will spend time in the heart of Peru, meeting breath-taking views and delectable cuisine as well as make a positive difference volunteering at local projects. PMGY’s development work in Cusco runs throughout the year and you will have a choice at teaching indigenous children the English language, enhance your medical knowledge by being advise by clinical nurses & physicians (medical project available only on 40 week encounter) and provide insight to the world at the feet of the less fortunate in the childcare programmes provided for the working street children, domestically abused and abandoned.

 

SPANISH REQUIREMENTS FOR SOUTH AMERICA

 

All PMGY volunteers in Costa Rica will participate on the Language Immersion Programme for the first week of their experience. This provides you with 20 hours-per-week of group Spanish lessons and a number of different social activities. The aim of this week it to try and improve your level of Spanish before you start volunteering in week 2.

 

While the programmes only require you to speak a basic level of Spanish, we find that the ability to speak a good level of Spanish will greatly enhance your overall experience. English is generally not widely spoken so if you do not speak a reasonable level of Spanish then you will find it difficult to communicate and thus may have a frustrating experience.

 

PMGY also offer Online Spanish Lessons that you can take before your trip. These are priced at $225 for 20-hours and this provides you with the opportunity to receive one-on-one classes from a trained Spanish teacher. Classes are held via Skype and can be worked around your schedule back in your home country.

 

Once you are in-country then you are also able to organise additional Spanish lessons directly with our local team.

 

The journey will now leave South America and head onto Africa as we will begin to take in the best of what the African continent has to offer. 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. Something special about Africa touches the soul; it is a continent of 54 immensely diverse countries that is both deeply troubled and profoundly uplifting.

 

South Africa is your first stop in 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. We also have our Big 5 Widlife Project based in the rural areas of Port Elizabeth you can choose to do to see a different side to this amazing country.

 

Last stop in Africa is Tanzania. It is a country that offers 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 childcare projects. Teach in a school or children’s home 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 children’s home.

 

Now that we have truly immersed ourselves after a pulsating experience in Africa; it’s time for the next leg of the journey in Asia! South Asia to be more precise! Nepal, India and Sri Lanka all offer an authentic combination of exotic and fascinating countries to volunteer in over the next mind blowing 6-12 weeks here.

 

South Asia is an area that varies from the steep mountain ranges of the Himalayas that perches between Nepal and Bhutan, to the tranquil and picturesque islands of Sri Lanka and Maldives all engulfed around the powerhouse and dominating presence that India brings with it. South Asia’s abundance in physical diversity and variety is one of its standout features.

 

Your first stop is Nepal which has been a hotspot for travellers, dating back many years. Whilst the world has changed, Nepal is still catching up – one of the many reasons that makes it such a fascinating country. Its landscape is diverse and harsh yet beautiful beyond belief. Many of its people live in poverty yet remain as proud and welcoming as ever. You are certain to never forget the beauty that Nepal brings.

 

Combine adventure travel with community volunteering as well as ticking off all the ‘must-do’s’ on Nepal’s list. You can choose to volunteer and live in a Nepalese Buddhist monastery teaching monks English and learning about their way of life; teach young people English to give them a much better future through education or make a difference to the lives of neglected children in this visually arresting, off the beaten track destination.

 

Your next stop is India. Architectural splendours, chaotic street life, tranquil havens and culture shocks are all guaranteed on your adventure to this vast, endlessly diverse and hugely inspiring country. India’s Golden Triangle comprises the three most visited cities in the country’s north-west – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Jaipur, capital of the largely desert state of Rajasthan, is home to the iconic Amber Fort as well as some of Asia’s best bazaars. You could spend weeks in Delhi, the sprawling, fascinating Indian capital, and not see it all, while Agra, once the heart of the Moghul empire, boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal, adorning the banks of the Yamuna river.

 

Your volunteering choices are very varied. Contribute to the lives of children with learning difficulties; teach English to help children reach their full potential; gain practical medical experience and insight on elective programmes; become engaged in the lives of underprivileged children in children’s homes.

 

It’s now time to move onto Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka may be small but it has 2,000-plus years of culture, 8 Unesco World Heritage Sites, endless beaches, lush rainforests, welcoming people, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea, oodles of elephants, wonderful food and so, so much more. Sri Lanka is spectacular, affordable and still uncrowded so now is the time to go!

 

Your time on this largely undiscovered little island, will give you the chance to explore its length and breadth as well as make a positive difference volunteering at local projects. PMGY’s development work in Ambalangoda runs throughout the year and you will have a choice of; Teaching English, Construction & Renovation Project; Medical Experience and Sea Turtle Conservation. You can also choose to join us in central Sri Lanka in Wasgamuwa to join our unique elephant conservation and research experience.

 

We are now well over half way through what will be turning out to be your ultimate gap year experience. It’s now time to delve into Asia a little further as we move through this epic encounter into the stunning South East Asia region. It’s now time to volunteer in Vietnam & Bali, some of the most diverse, colourful and spiritual countries in the world.

 

South East Asia stretches across eleven countries from eastern India to China. Every country is unique but across the region you’ll find blissful beaches, ancient temples, delicious cuisine, lush landscapes and urban jungles. Your volunteering adventure in South East Asia will take in two of these amazingly exotic but very accessible countries.

 

Spending time travelling and volunteering around the heart of South East Asia will give you time to embrace the richness of the culture, revel in the history and become immersed in the communities along the way. You’ll live in these countries rather than just passing through and have a hugely positive impact while you’re there.

 

Vietnam has been described as ‘astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling, A country of breathtaking natural beauty with a unique heritage, where travel quickly becomes addictive’ by Lonely Planet and they’re not wrong. However, the country is still plagued with poverty and nearly 40% of Vietnamese people still live on under $3 a day.

 

Volunteers are vital and you have your choice of where you’d like to help. Whether you’re playing games with sick children at Hanoi’s Paediatric Hospital, teaching English to a community class, caring for special needs children or even working in the offices of a development NGO – there is so much positive work to be done.

 

With a population of less than four million, Bali is an island of soft white sands, crystal clear waters, lush tropical forests and ancient temples. Many say that Bali is not so much a place but a state of mind, a feeling of wonder and a mood of serenity.

 

Our programmes in Bali aim to give a true insight into the Balinese way of life, to experience its famous beauty whilst seeing the side of the country the tourists don’t get to see. Stay in the rice bowl of Bali in the traditional town of Tabanan and give that most precious commodity of all, your time, to children desperate to learn. Teach English set amongst rice paddies, steep ravines and forests. Invest your time in Bali’s children and help to ensure their future is bright!

 

After your time in Bali it is time to move onto our final continent and final destination with us. Oceania is a continent home to over 40 million people across 16 countries that spans across the eastern and western hemispheres. Australia is the largest country located in Oceania, but based on landmass Oceania as a continent is the smallest on our planet. The continent is sparsely populated and made up of thousands of islands throughout the Central and South Pacific Ocean. Approximately 330 of these islands in Oceania is home to the Fiji Islands which is your final stop stop on this epic round the world encounter!

 

Fiji is famous for its rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons. Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. It is a country that evokes a true exotic tropical paradise and you will find the Fijian people to be some of the friendliest you have met across your Encounter. You will find Rugby to be like a religion here and the local food a joy to sample!

 

Our programmes in Fiji are based in the heart of the capital city in Suva which is located on the southeast coast of the island of Vit Levu. Suva is a very multicultural and diverse place, but the people, in general, are very friendly and welcoming. You will have the chance to immerse yourself in the unique culture Suva and Fiji represents whether it be teaching in a local primary school or supporting at a childcare day centre.

 

The end of your time in Fiji will sadly represent the end of your Ultimate Round The World Encounter with us.

 

An epic 20-40 weeks awaits you and we look forward to you joining us on this immense journey!

 

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.

ITINERARY

Please make sure you arrive into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO) on the selected Sunday start date.

 

The following itinerary is based on a standard 20-week Ultimate Round the World Encounter (i.e. 2-weeks per destination). If you opt for the 30 or 40-week options then you will split your time equally across each of the 10 destinations. For example the 30-week option involves spending 3 weeks across the destinations and the 40-week option involves 4 weeks per destination. For the South Africa segment of the route, this itinerary is based on joining us in Cape Town. For the Sri Lanka segment of the route, this itinerary is based on joining us in Ambalangoda. The itinerary will follow a similar format as below.

 

Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival

 

Welcome to Costa Rica! You will be met at San Jose airport by a member of our local team who will be holding a name sign. The journey to the accommodation will take around 45 minutes, depending on traffic. You will have the rest of the day to relax and settle in.

 

Volunteers are advised to note that the local team usually do not work on Sunday. As the accommodation is more designed for independent living, should volunteers need any food or supplies for the rest of the arrival day they are advised to withdraw or change a small amount of money at the airport and ask the pickup driver to stop at the supermarket on the drive back to the accommodation.

 

Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation

 

After a good first night rest in Coronado, it’s now time to begin your induction into life in Costa Rica. The start of your day will include a placement testing to identify what level your Spanish is. This is simply to ascertain what level of Spanish you are at so your classes can be tailored accordingly so there is no need to worry or stress on this in advance.

 

You will also learn about the Spanish school and your classes whether you have signed up or wish to do so while volunteering! There is a new student introduction and then you will meet the team and travel around Coronado.

 

Our local team will teach you about life in Costa Rica, the do’s and don’ts, the local culture and religion. Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the transport system, safety advice and all the projects we support in the community. There are lots of activities like salsa dancing, cooking classes or even trips to nearby waterfalls for a low-cost! If you wish to get involved feel free to ask about the weekly schedules.

 

Following the introduction, in the afternoon our local coordinator will take you to see some important spots in Coronado, including the local supermarket, the gym & spa and restaurants as well as the ATMs and places change money.

 

Day 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) – Language Immersion Week

 

While the time in class will be around 4 hours in the morning there are also activities to get involved in across some of the afternoons. It is very important that volunteers enjoy learning Spanish and exploring the culture of Costa Rica. Activities include salsa classes, Costa Rican fruit tasting, visits to museums, hiking in the Coronado cloud forest, trips to nearby volcanos or even a coffee tasting at the local Kaffa Cafe!

 

Such activities usually run a couple times each week and change on a weekly basis to keep the variety. Some of the projects may have small fees associated with them for logistics and materials and usually require a minimum number sign up to ensure they run. The best part of these activities is that you are interacting with your piers and other Spanish speaking locals.

 

Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) – Weekend

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend surfing by the beach, a mesmerizing visit to the cloudforest, some adventure activities in the jungles of Monteverde or Arenal or a more cultural experience locally – Costa Rica has it all. Why not check out our Something For The Weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time! 

 

Day 9 (Monday) – Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your volunteer work on Monday morning. Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away. You will see Costa Rica coordinators throughout the day at the Spanish School which is in the same compound of the Volunteer House. They are always happy to help. 

 

Day 10-14 (Tuesday-Saturday) The Following Week

 

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.

 

Saturday will either be a free day for you or a transit day depending on your flight schedule.

 

Day 15 (Sunday) Goodbye Costa Rica – Hello Peru!

 

Our in-country team will help you organise your transfer to Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight to Peru. Please note this transfer is not included in your programme fees.

 

Welcome to Peru! You will be met at Cusco airport by your homestay parent(s) who will be holding a name sign. The journey to the accommodation will take around 15 minutes, depending on traffic. You will have the rest of the day to relax and settle in.

 

Day 16 (Monday) Orientation

 

Your orientation will begin on Monday at the Spanish School which is also where our local teams offices are based.

 

Our local team will teach you about life in Peru, the do’s and don’ts, the local culture and religion. Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the transport system, safety advice and all the projects we support in the community. You will also learn about the Spanish school along with details about classes if you have signed up or wish to do so while volunteering!

 

Every Thursday, there is a weekly social activity for volunteers to come together and enjoy. You can learn about these activities during the orientation and how to partake and such examples of evening activities are salsa dancing, cooking classes or even afternoons visiting nearby ancient ruins!

 

Following the introduction, our local coordinator will take you on a short walking tour of the city to see some important spots in Cusco, including the local market, a couple cafes and restaurants, as well as laundry services, ATMs and places to change money.

 

Day 17-20 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your volunteer work on the Tuesday with an induction to your placement. Our local team will meet you as per the time on your first week schedule to the project, introduce you to the project staff and explain the bus routes to get too and from the project from your homestay. You will be emailed your first week schedule from the local team around one week before you arrive into Peru.

 

Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away. You will see Peru coordinators throughout the day at the Spanish School and from time to time the volunteer coordinator will pop in to visit at projects. The team are always happy to help.

 

Don’t forget to sign up to the Thursday evening social activity open to all volunteers! Some activities may have small fees associated with them for logistics and materials and usually require a minimum number sign up to ensure they run. The best part of the weekly activity is that you are interacting with your piers and other Spanish speaking locals.

 

Day 21-22 (Saturday-Sunday) It’s The Weekend!

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend by the beach, some adventure activities visiting Rainbow Mountain, a long weekend trekking the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu or a more cultural experience locally – Peru has it all. Why not check out our Something For The Weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time! 

 

Day 23-27 (Monday-Friday) The Following Week

 

Your next week will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. 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 28 (Saturday) Goodbye Peru!

 

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. Saturday is the last day in Peru. Our host family team can help arrange your return airport drop off for your onward journey to South Africa. Please note that this is NOT included in your Programme Fee so we ask that you speak to your homestay family about your departure time.

 

Day 29 (Sunday) Hello South Africa!

 

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 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. 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 30 (Monday) Orientation

 

At 8:30am 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.

 

Our local team will also spend time with you across the first day or so explaining the do’s and don’t’s as well as the background and developments of the project over the years.

 

Volunteers are advised to note that due to the immediate isolated nature of the area; any visits to supermarkets, ATMs, obtaining local SIM Card etc is done so at the volunteers expense. Our team and other volunteers will be happy to point you in the right directions for this and in many cases volunteers will tend to do access such amenities in small groups.

 

Day 31-34 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering

 

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!

 

Day 35-36 (Saturday & Sunday) 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 37-41 (Monday-Friday) The Following Week

 

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 42-43 (Saturday-Sunday) Goodbye South Africa – Hello Tanzania!

 

Unfortunately, another destination come to an end. Saturday is the last day in South Africa. Our team can help arrange you transport back to Cape Town International Airport for your onward journey to Tanzania. The backpacker bus to the airport will set you back around 150 – 250 Rand (£15 to £20).

 

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 44 (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 45-48 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

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 49-50 (Saturday-Sunday) It’s The 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!

 

Day 51-55 (Monday-Friday) The Following Week

 

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.

 

Day 56-57 (Saturday-Sunday) Goodbye Tanzania – Hello Nepal!

 

Our in-country team will help you organise your transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to Nepal. Please note this transfer is not included in your programme fees.

 

Namaste! You will be greeted at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by one of PMGY’s local coordinators holding a PMGY sign. We will transfer you to the volunteer host family accommodation, where you can relax and let home know you have arrived safely. In the evening you will get the chance to experience your first Nepalese dinner.

 

Day 58-59 (Monday-Tuesday) Orientation

 

Your orientation will begin on Monday. After a refreshing morning breakfast, your day will kick off with a two-hour Nepalese language lesson. Learning Nepalese is not only a great cultural experience but also important preparation for your volunteer placement. Being able to readily communicate with the locals will make your experience all the more enriching.

 

Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the transport system, safety advice and all the projects we support in the community. You will also have the chance to change money, buy a local phone or SIM Card and visit the supermarket.

 

The orientation is based in our office a fifteen minute drive from the accommodation and in the heart of the tourist centre in Kathmandu so there is plenty of options and variety on offer for lunch.

 

After lunch, our local team will take you sightseeing around Kathmandu where you will have the chance to checkout the famous Monkey Temple, Boudha stupa and Pashupati temple. You will be accompanied by a member of our local team who will teach you all about Kathmandu’s rich and diverse history.

 

Our local team will then treat you to some home cooked food for the evening meal!

 

The next morning sees the orientation continue as we return to the office for the final part of the theoretical section of the orientation which is the cultural lesson. Our local team will teach you about life in Nepal, the do’s and don’ts, the local culture and religion.

 

Volunteers will then have the chance to try somewhere new for lunch in the bustling Thamel area and begin to pick an eye for some early souvenirs.

 

The afternoon is free for you to engage in more sightseeing and tick off some of the places you did not get to see in the previous day.

 

That evening its time to get prepared, packed and ready as the next morning you will be up early to travel to your volunteer placement location. If the location is close by you may be dropped off here on the Tuesday night.

 

Lunch is not included during your orientation period on the Monday and Tuesday. Please budget around $8 for this. Furthermore, entrance fees to the tourist sites we will visit during the orientation are not included in the Programme Fee and so you should budget around $15 for this.

 

Day 60 (Wednesday) – Travel To Your Placement

 

On the Wednesday morning you will move to your project location. If you’re placed in Chitwan or Pokhara, then you will take the tourist bus. Our local team will take you to the bus station and ensure you have your ticket and seat on the bus. The buses are comfortable, come with air conditioning and reclining seats.

 

On arrival into Chitwan or Pokhara bus station, you will be picked up by one of our local coordinators who will take you to your accommodation. The cost of your bus ticket and transfer to/from the bus station is included in your Programme Fee.

 

Volunteers are advised to note that depending on road, weather and traffic conditions the journey times from Kathmandu to Chitwan or Pokhara can take anywhere from 7 to 12 hours.

 

If your placement is in Kathmandu then one of our local coordinators will take you to your host family or project residence in the morning.

 

Day 61-62 (Thursday-Friday) – Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your volunteer work on Thursday morning. Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away.

 

Day 63-64 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend!

 

PMGY volunteers are offered a choice of rural and urban locations in this stunning and visually arresting country with volunteer programmes in Chitwan, Pokhara & Kathmandu. Each location is unique in its own way. This off the beaten track destination offers such stark and beautiful scenic contrasts from mountains to jungle and there are few countries in the world that are as well set up for independent travel as Nepal. Wandering the trekking shops, bakeries and pizzerias of Thamel and Pokhara, it’s easy to feel that you have somehow landed in a kind of backpacker Disneyland.

 

Out in the countryside lies a quite different Nepal, where traditional mountain life continues at a slower pace, and a million potential adventures glimmer on the mountain horizons.

 

Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

Day 65-69 (Monday-Friday) The Following Week

 

Your next week will follow a similar pattern as you will be volunteering Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. Sadly Friday is your last day at the project residence but the good news is you’re heading back to Kathmandu for a chance to spend your Saturday picking up last minute souvenirs.

 

Day 70 (Saturday) Back in Kathmandu

 

Saturday is your last full day of the Asia Encounter and you will spend this in Kathmandu. You will have a full free day on the Saturday to explore this fascinating city further. Your transport costs back to Kathmandu are included in your Programme Fee and you will be met at Kathmandu bus station to come back to our local teams accommodation for your final night in Nepal.

 

Day 71 (Sunday) Goodbye Nepal – Hello India!

 

Sadly Sunday is your last day in Nepal but the adventure continues as you fly to India. We can help you arrange your return airport drop off.

 

Welcome to India! Volunteers will be met at Indira Gandhi International Airport by a member of our local team, or one of our appointed drivers, who will be holding a name sign. They will take you straight to our Volunteer House, which is about 40 miles away. This can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to get to depending on the traffic.

 

The rest of the day is relatively informal, as we may have volunteers arriving throughout the day. This is the perfect opportunity to get some much-needed rest, to get to know the rest of your group and get familiar with your accommodation.

 

Day 72 (Monday) Orientation

 

Your orientation will begin on Monday. We will start with the theoretical part covering all the essential information you need to know for your time in India. This will include issues of health & safety, language, money matters, cultural differences, rules & regulations etc. This part of the orientation usually lasts between 1 and 2 hours in the morning before a short walk visiting the nearby slum area where parts of our teaching and medical programmes are based.

 

We will then go for a tour of the local area so that you can use the ATM/exchange money, buy a SIM card and any other essential amenities. Volunteers are strongly advised to purchase an Indian SIM at a cost of roughly 300 Rupees (including 100 Rupees credit). This means that volunteers are required to have an unlocked phone. Cheap, unlocked phones can be purchased at local Indian markets at prices between $15-$25. SIM cutting (at a small cost) is also available in these markets for those wishing to use an unlocked smart-phone.

 

SIM cards are very important as it allows PMGY India members to contact volunteers and vice versa, which is particularly vital in times of emergency. Mobile numbers must be exchanged upon arrival.

 

In the afternoon, volunteers can then travel to a range of activities and communities based in the Delhi region. This includes options from visiting a monkey temple (500 Rupees), pottery lesson (600 Rupees), sector 15 market and a culture class.

 

Such afternoon activities are voluntary, can also take place across the week and thus the costs associated including travel costs are paid for by volunteers dependent on participation. Please note that all activities are not guaranteed and are weather and staff dependent.

 

The evening is free for volunteers to relax or arrange to go into Delhi if they so wish.

 

Day 73-76 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

On Tuesday, you will start your volunteer placement. The first couple of days should be spent learning the ropes and getting to know the people at the project. As the week goes on you will find that your role develops as you begin to get more comfortable. You will have regular interaction with our local coordinators who are always there for you. Whatever the problem, big or small, rest assure that you’ll be fully supported throughout your time with PMGY.

 

On average, you will volunteer for around 3 to 5 hours per day usually morning time (depending on which project you go to). The possibility of getting involved in more than one project can be discussed with our local coordinator once you’re in India.

 

To help make your evenings more entertaining our local team are always happy to arrange cultural activities if volunteers wish to join. These include a Bollywood dance class (200 Rupees), cooking class (300 Rupees) and a Yoga class (200 Rupees).

 

Day 77-78 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend!

 

The choices are endless! You can visit the Taj Mahal, go sightseeing in New & Old Delhi or visit Jaipur, India’s pink city. As PMGY receives a high number of volunteers to India, particularly in the summer months, you will have no problem finding a travel buddy or two (usually a lot more) to travel around at the weekend with! Our local team can assist you in organising trips you wish to undertake.

 

There isn’t a huge amount to do in Faridabad itself and evenings during the weekday tend to be quiet, so you should take the opportunity to travel at the weekend.

 

Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

Day 79-83 (Monday-Friday) The Following Week

 

Your next week will follow a similar pattern as you will be volunteering Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. 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 84 (Saturday) Goodbye India – Hello Sri Lanka!

 

Unfortunately it is time to say goodbye to India but get ready for Sri Lanka! Spend your last day packing, buying any last minute gifts and bidding farewell to the friends you have made along the way. Our local team can help arrange a taxi to the airport.

 

Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be met at Colombo airport by a member of our local team who will be holding a name sign. The journey to Ambalangoda will take around 2 hours, depending on traffic. You will have the rest of the day to relax and settle in.

 

Day 85 (Sunday) Orientation

 

Your orientation will begin on Sunday. Our local team will teach you about life in Sri Lanka, the do’s and don’ts, the local culture and religion. Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the transport system, safety advice and all the developing projects we support in the community. If you wish to take part in multiple projects during your time with us in Sri Lanka then this can be discussed during your orientation.

 

In the afternoon, our local coordinator will take you to see some of the famous sites around Ambalangoda, including the longest sleeping Buddha statue in Asia, an original blue moonstone mine and some famous Buddhist temples. You will also have the chance to change money, buy a local phone or SIM Card and visit the supermarket.

 

Day 86-90 (Monday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

On Monday, you will start your volunteer placement. The first couple of days should be spent learning the ropes and getting to know the people at the project. As the week goes on you will find that your role develops as you begin to get more comfortable. You will have regular interaction with our local coordinators who are always there for you. Whatever the problem, big or small, rest assured that you’ll be fully supported throughout your time with PMGY.

 

Day 91-92 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend!

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend by the beach, some adventure activities, or a more cultural experience – Sri Lanka has it all. Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

Day 93-97 (Monday-Friday) The Following Week

 

Your next week will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. 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 98-99 (Saturday-Sunday) Goodbye Sri Lanka – Hello Vietnam!

 

Saturday is your last day in Sri Lanka. Our local team will help you arrange your return airport drop off. Our local team can help arrange a taxi to the airport. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

 

Good morning Vietnam! You will be met at the airport by a driver from our local team who will be holding a sign with your name on it. They will take you straight to the Volunteer House where you can relax and meet your fellow volunteers. You will also receive your locker key and house key.

 

Our local coordinators will give you a brief guide of the local area via a neighbourhood tour should you arrive in the morning or early afternoon and have the energy to do so. If not you will get the chance to explore the local neighbourhood on the Thursday!

 

Day 100 (Monday) Orientation Begins

 

Orientation begins with an insight into Vietnamese history, culture and language. Our local team will go through all the relevant safety protocols such as emergency procedures, staff contact details and do’s and don’ts whilst in Vietnam. Your day will end with an introduction to your volunteer project, useful tips for your placement and how to deal with potentially challenging situations.

 

Day 101 (Tuesday) Orientation Continues

 

Today our local team will take you to visit your volunteer project and meet local staff. This is a great opportunity for you to get a feel for the programme. The rest of the day is free to hang out with fellow volunteers and explore Hanoi.

 

Day 102-104 (Wednesday-Friday) Volunteering

 

Now your volunteering begins! Should you need anything whilst at the project, our local team are only a phone call away. You will see our coordinators throughout the day at the Volunteer House; they are always happy to help.

 

Day 105-106 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend

 

Whether you are looking to explore the wonders of Vietnam, soak up some culture, relax by the lake or cruise around Halong Bay – Vietnam has it all. Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

Day 107-111 (Monday-Friday) The Following Week

 

Your next week will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. 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 112 (Saturday) Last Day in Vietnam

 

Today is your last day in Vietnam! Use this as a chance to visit Hanoi Old Quarter for any last minute souvenirs or to take in any more of the Vietnamese culture!

 

Day 113 (Sunday) Goodbye Vietnam – Hello Bali!

 

It is time to say goodbye to your wonderful month as part of the team in Vietnam. Our local team can assist you in arranging transport to the airport to catch your flight to Bali. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

 

Welcome to Bali! You will be met at Ngurah Rai airport by a member of our local team who will be holding a name sign. The journey to Tabanan will take around 60-90 minutes, depending on traffic.

 

You will have the rest of the day to relax and get to know your fellow volunteers.

 

Day 114 (Monday) Orientation

 

Your orientation will begin on Monday. Our local team will teach you about life in Bali, the do’s and don’ts, the local culture and religion. Your orientation will continue with an introduction to the local language, safety advice and all the projects we support in the community.

 

In the afternoon, our local coordinator will take you to see some of the famous sites around Tabanan, including the Subak Museum which incorporates collections of Balinese traditional agriculture tools as well as a visit to the traditional Tabanan market. You will also have the chance to go to the ATM, exchange money, buy a local phone or SIM Card and visit the supermarket.

 

Day 115-117 (Tuesday-Thursday) Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your volunteer work on Tuesday morning. Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away. You will see our coordinator throughout the day at the Volunteer House and they are always happy to help.

 

Day 118-120 (Friday-Sunday) Weekend

 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend by the beach, some adventure activities, or a more cultural experience – Bali has it all. Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

Day 121-125 (Monday-Friday) The Following Week

 

Your final week in Bali will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Thursday. Remember our team can make project work available for the Friday should you wish to remain in Tabanan. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. 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 126-127 (Saturday-Sunday) Goodbye Bali – Hello Fiji!

 

Saturday is your last day in Bali and time to fly to your next exotic destination Fiji. We can help you arrange your return airport drop off. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

 

Welcome to Fiji! You will be met at Nadi airport by our partner pick up team who will be holding a sign with your name on it. The approved contact from our local our team will then walk you to the bus transfer at the airport adjacent to the departure terminal and place you on the bus from Nadi Airport to Suva bus station.

 

The journey to Suva will take around 4 hours, depending on traffic. The buses are nice and comfortable coming with reclining seats and air conditioning.

 

On arrival into Suva bus station, our local team will be there to meet and greet you and collect both you and your luggage. You will then take a 5-minute taxi or car ride with our local team from the bus station to the volunteer accommodation.

 

You will have the rest of the day to relax and settle in.

 

Day 128 (Monday) Orientation

 

Your orientation will begin on the Monday. Our local team will teach you about life in Fiji, the do’s and don’t’s, the local culture and things to do on the weekends. This is also your chance to ask more information on the projects, learn some of the local dialects and get your bearings to Fiji life.

 

In the afternoon our local coordinator will take you on a walking tour of Suva so you know where everything is for the rest of your time on the programme. This will include heading to the seafront, pointing out where the bus station is, the shops, malls and souvenir markets as well as getting the change to change money, go to the ATM, buy a local SIM Card and visit the supermarket.

 

You will also have free time across the day where if you want too you can visit Oceania’s biggest fruit and veg market or take some time to explore Fijis national museum.

 

Day 129-132 (Tuesday-Friday) Volunteering Begins

 

You will start your volunteer work on Tuesday morning. Should you need anything whilst at the project, remember our local team are only a phone call away. Our team will be at the accommodation to check in with you each day on how things at the project are going.

 

It is important to note that when at the projects the project staff are your main points of contact for support, questions, assistance and giving your time when at the project. The local team at the lodge will advise on best routes to get to the projects and you will then soon get acclimatised and your bearings.

 

In the evening times, whether its over dinner or a game of scrabble, Suzie and her family live on site at the lodge and if you have any questions about life in Fiji or hearing about their culture and life experience then ask away!

 

Day 133-134 (Saturday-Sunday) Weekend

 

Whether you are looking for a bustling weekend locally in Suva, some adventure activities at the waterfalls, or a relaxing experience on one of Fijis hundreds of islands – Fiji has it all. Why not check out our weekend guide to find out what you can be getting up to in your free time!

 

Day 135-139 (Monday-Friday) The Following Week

 

Your next weeks will follow a similar pattern, as you will be volunteering from Monday to Friday. Time will fly so make sure you make the most of it. 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 140 (Saturday) Last Day

 

Saturday is your last day with PMGY and the end of your Ultimate Round The World Encounter! We can help you arrange your return airport drop off back to Nadi. Please note that this is not included in your Programme Fee.

 

* This itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances. This includes for the orientation periods in each country which may be more basic in some countries depending on specific day of arrival.

CHOOSING A TRIP

What are the programme start dates?

The programme start dates are as follows –

 

5th January 2020
2nd February 2020
1st March 2020
5th April 2020
3rd May 2020
7th June 2020
5th July 2020
2nd August 2020
6th September 2020
4th October 2020
1st November 2020
6th December 2020

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 Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (SJO) 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 in Fiji 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 for 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 International Team undergo an extensive routine when establishing the 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 verify 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 International 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 International 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 of 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.

 

While our team will do their best to complete any paperwork we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to comply with every learning objective and requirement or your university or college. In the event that your university or college do not accept the paperwork submitted by PMGY then you will be unable to be refunded for your trip.

 

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 hello@planmygapyear.com 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 you’d like a chance to do some preparation work before you hit the classroom, we’ve got the perfect introductory course for 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 for one of our programmes and would like to enrol 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 international and in-country teams, 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 crowdfunding 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 Virgin Money Giving 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 we hold our Pre-Departure Webinars. They are well worth attending, take only 45 minutes and will provide you with some invaluable advice on your upcoming trip.

 

There are three to choose from and it is well worth attending all of them:

 

Travel Essentials Pre-Departure Webinar – covers all the basics.

 

Programme Preparation Webinar – covers specifically childcare and teaching programmes.

 

Safety & Wellbeing Overseas Webinar – covers the risks associated with overseas travel and how you can keep as safe as possible.

 

The webinars are hosted by a member of our International 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, a good internet connection and a pair of headphones.

 

If any family or friends would like to attend the session as well, 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 through a 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 does 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 ensure PMGY volunteers for all their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone up to the age of 65 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 Gov.uk (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 Gov.uk is outlined in the Volunteer Handbook you receive once you are signed up for the programme.

 

For international participants, we recommend you obtain a Police/Criminal Background Check through your local police station or official governmental body.

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 hard copy 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 affect project availability?

We aim to communicate as clearly and accurately as possible all holidays that affect 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 affects project availability and we ask our volunteers to be flexible and appreciative of this. This usually represents a unique experience for volunteers to enjoy 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, a 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 $100-$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

COSTA RICA

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY in Costa Rica you will live in our Volunteer Residence located in Coronado, a suburb of San Jose. You will find restaurants, convenience stores, cafés, pubs and ATMs all within walking distance. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has single beds with up to 3 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with cupboard space and bed linens. Bathrooms are shared, but have a hot shower and western style toilet.

 

The house has a communal area for volunteers to hang out. We encourage you to bring some small padlocks to store any valuables in your own bags, but there is a safe in each room for shared storage. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled in the kitchen. The Volunteer House has a laundry room on site to do all your own washing equipped with washers and dryers!

 

Volunteers are a short walk from the centre of Coronado meaning that restaurants, supermarkets, cafes and projects are close by! The house is in a compound with 24-hour security and a digital keypad to open and close the front gates. This is to ensure that volunteers are safe. Meals are not provided so there are fully equipped kitchens to prepare all of your food within the house. This accommodation setup offers volunteers the unique experience of living with lots of other volunteers as well as an independent environment in this Latin American country.

 

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.

PERU

Homestay

 

During your time in Peru you will live in our homestay(s). The accommodation is basic but comfortable. You’ll be living with local families whom will guide you in Cusco and help to improve your knowledge of the Spanish Language! The homestay families usually have very limited English.

 

The homestays are located just outside of central Cusco all within 30 minutes bus of your chosen project and usually walking distance from the local teams offices. Each room has single beds, up to 3 people per room (same-sex rooms only). Volunteers are provided with bed linen and cupboard space to store clothes and accessories. All volunteers will have their own keys for the front of the building, apartment and their bedroom.

 

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. The water is usually warm (although can be victim to power cuts) to ensure you keep warm in the chilly nights of Cusco! The house has Wi-Fi and a communal area for volunteers to hang out with their host families. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled; just ask the host family for some fridge space out of respect in advance, The host families will prepare all meals across your time on the project with us (including a packed lunch if you wish).

 

The families of the homestay normally have a separate area within the house for their family, but they love to interact with volunteers and hear about your days. This ensures you have round the clock support and security along with the chance to improve your Spanish language skills.

 

Your host family location is usually linked to your project location for ease of logistics to get to and from the project. Should you have requirements to be in the same accommodation as another PMGY application then be sure to highlight this on the special requirements of your online application. 

SOUTH AFRICA - CAPE TOWN

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY in South Africa, you will live in our Volunteer House located in Observatory – better known as ‘Obz’ by the locals! Home to South African’s oldest Astronomical Observatory, this is Cape Town’s most bohemian suburb; an arty district. The main entertainment area is located only a 10 minute walk from the hostel, along Lower Main Road. During the day, this road is home to various boutique shops, restaurants and cafes. However, at night, the street comes to life, with an awesome night life supplied by various bars and clubs, pubs and pool halls!

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with WiFi (there will be a small charge via a voucher system). Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room. These are usually single-sex rooms, although this cannot be guaranteed. Bathrooms are shared, with showers and western style toilets. 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. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled.

 

Each volunteer will be assigned their own lockable cupboard for the safe keeping of small valuable items, such as passports and money. Volunteers are therefore advised to bring with them a small lock to make use of these.

 

Please note that rooms are usually single sexed, but occasionally mixed, and we cannot accommodate 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.

SOUTH AFRICA - PORT ELIZABETH

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY in South Africa you will stay at one of our Volunteer Houses, located right in the middle of the reserve compound. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and offers a friendly and lively atmosphere. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

We will transport you via jeep to and from the accommodation onto the reserve or project setting for the volunteering activity. This service is included in your Programme Fee.

 

You will be housed in either the Kubs Quarters or Mafusa Camp dorms. The dorms are single sex dorms. Volunteers are provided with bed linen, cupboard space and a mini locker safe to store any valuables. We strongly recommend that volunteers bring a padlock, although these can often be bought from our small shop on site if forgotten. Bathrooms are shared In a dorm like form with a western style toilet, and hot showers are available. There is communal areas across the accommodation with comfortable sofas, big screen TVs, fridge space, books and tea/coffee stations to enjoy for some relaxation and downtime.

 

Wi-Fi is available (although intermittent) in the main lounge area a short walk from the volunteer accommodation outside of working hours. A chargeable laundry service also operates once per week, where volunteers can hand over their clothes to be washed, dried and returned to them. Volunteers have access to the swimming pool, tennis courts and entertainment room during downtime as well.

 

The reserve has on site security throughout both around the accommodation compound and on the main entrance into the reserve.

 

TANZANIA

Volunteer House

 

You will stay at our Volunteer House in Arusha. This is a basic but comfortable set up located just a 15 minute drive from central Arusha in a quiet neighbourhood.

 

Rooms are shared, with between 4-8 people per room. Each volunteer is provided with a mosquito net. The shared bathrooms have warm showers and western toilets.

 

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 has Wi-Fi but it can be unreliable. We recommend volunteers to purchase a local SIM Card for a more reliable Wi-Fi service. 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.

 

Members of the PMGY team live on site 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.

NEPAL

Your first few days in Nepal and the final night of your programme will be based in Kathmandu living with our host team in their family home. The accommodation here is nice and comfortable, has Wi-Fi and is a nice welcome into life in Nepal. Your accommodation type after these few days will depend on which programme you are joining.

 

It is important to note that accommodation in Nepal is comfortable but generally very basic; particularly in rural locations. Most accommodation will have western style toilets however some options only have Nepali style squat toilets so be prepared! More rural placements have bucket showers. Most accommodation does not have Wi-Fi access and electricity is intermittent so it’s a good idea to bring a torch and plenty of books! It’s a wonderfully rustic way to live and a million miles away from today’s hectic, hi-tech lifestyle, so enjoy every peaceful second!

 

children’s Home

 

The children’s home we support have separate living quarters for volunteers (these are located next to the project). Rooms are basic and fit between 2 and 4 people with bedding provided. Wi-Fi may be available in communal areas, but will be intermittent if so. Volunteers have their own space and privacy and should expect cold showers, potentially even bucket showers. The house mother will prepare meals for you and the children. This is generally traditional Nepalese food. You’re more than welcome to lend a hand in the kitchen and learn how to cook traditional Nepalese dishes.

 

Monastery

 

During your time on the programme you will live at the monastery in Kathmandu or Chitwan.

 

Volunteers will live at the monastery in separate volunteer living quarters. Accommodation is basic but comfortable. The monastery in Chitwan is located in a rural setting so volunteers should not expect western style toilets, hot water showers or internet access at Chitwan Monastery. The accommodation in Kathmandu is more modern.

 

Living at the monastery is a truly unique experience that can bring with it some amazing views. You’ll hear the gong go off at 5am every morning to call the monks for prayer and meditation – something you’re welcome to take part in! Living life side-by-side with the monks is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity!

 

Host Family

 

Staying with a host family is a great way to immerse yourself into the Nepalese way of life. You will either have a private room or share with fellow volunteers. You can be sure you will be made to feel like part of the family!

 

The more questions you ask and efforts you make to socialise with the host family generally correlates to how much they interact with you and open their home to you. In general you will be provided with bedding, mosquito net and a fan.

 

Please note that some host families have Nepalese toilets. These are squat toilets with a bucket of water to flush, and in more rural locations it can be a hole in the ground. The level of facilities at the host family will vary depending on how rural the location is.

 

It’s always handy to carry toilet paper and some hand sanitiser with you when in Nepal – just in case. Toilet paper is easy to find in the shops but hand sanitiser is only available in the cities, so its worth bringing a couple of bottles from home.

INDIA

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY in India you will live in our Volunteer House located in central Faridabad, a satellite city 15 miles from Delhi. You will find restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs all within walking distance. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is large, basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 7 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with fans in the room and their own bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet.

 

The house has free Wi-Fi (although intermittent) and a communal area for volunteers to hang out. We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or store any valuables with our local team in their private area. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled. There are facilities for volunteers to hand-wash and dry their clothes. A laundry service is also available for a nominal fee.

 

Volunteers are housed adjacent to a wonderful host family who coordinate our projects in India. Volunteers have their own separate living quarters, but still have regular interaction with our local coordinator. This accommodation setup offers volunteers the unique experience of living with lots of other volunteers as well as getting the cultural immersion of staying alongside a host family. It really is the best of both worlds!

 

The majority of our projects are not within walking distance of our Volunteer House. PMGY will take you to and from the project each day and the cost of this service is included in your Programme Fee.

 

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.

SRI LANKA - AMBALANGODA

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY in Sri Lanka you will live in our Volunteer House/s. The accommodation is basic but comfortable. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

We will transport you via tuk tuk or private car to and from your project. This service is included in your Programme Fee.

 

The Volunteer House is located just outside of central Ambalangoda, in a peaceful part of town. Each room has bunk beds, up to 10 people per room (same-sex rooms only). Volunteers are provided with air conditioning in the room and bed linen. You will have cupboard space to store clothes and accessories as well as personal locker space to store your valuables.

 

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem as Sri Lanka is hot and humid all year round! The house has a voucher based Wi-Fi system and a communal area for volunteers to hang out. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled.

 

A member of our local team will also live at the house. This ensures you have round the clock support and security.

 

During our busiest months you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our alternative Volunteer Houses.

SRI LANKA - WASGAMUWA

Volunteer House

 

The Volunteer House; also named the Pussellayaya Field House, is located on a scenic hill overlooking a lake and the Knuckles Mountain Range and is just 15 minutes from the Wasgamuwa National Park and the local town is named Hettipola.

 

The project accommodation is very basic, but comfortable and clean fitting up to 8 people per room in single-sex bedrooms. You will be sure to meet and live with volunteers from around the world to mix with other cultures and countries in this fantastic setting as well as having the security to know that the local team also live on site.

 

The accommodation is open and spacious with a high roof, which catches breezes off the lake to keep the house relatively cool during hot days and nights and ensures the house remains dry during the rainy season.

 

You are awoken every morning by the gorgeous sunrise and the songs of the local birds around. If you wake up early enough, you will be lucky enough to catch sunrise from the open entrance of the accommodation.

 

The Volunteer House has same-sexed bedrooms sectioned off for privacy situated around two communal social areas. There are shared bathrooms that have western style toilets and cold showers. The cold showers will prove refreshing after a hot, humid and energy-sapping day on the project!

 

All of the essentials are provided for you, such as mosquito nets, electric fans, pillows, plug sockets and clean bed sheets. A fridge is provided for volunteers should you want to store any cool items. The Volunteer House has a dining room and longue area where volunteers gather and socialise at lunch and evenings.

 

The walls of the field house are covered in decorative paintings done by past volunteers and you are encouraged to pick up a paint brush and contribute to brightening up the house surroundings.

 

There is a communal area where everyone comes together in free time. There are many board games and local games to get involved with too keep you occupied or simply choose to read a book on the veranda as the sun sets down in the evening!

VIETNAM

Volunteer House

 

During your time in Vietnam you will stay at our Volunteer House. The Volunteer House is located within a quiet and friendly neighbourhood approximately a 45 minute bus journey from the Old Quarter of Hanoi – which is the main tourist area. Rooms are shared (four to eight per room – bunk beds), single sex only and all rooms have air-conditioning. The bathrooms are shared and each has a western style toilet and shower (hot water provided in winter months). The house has a communal kitchen with a fridge, oven and washing machine (available free of charge).

 

Free drinking water is available 24/7. There is also a lounge where you can hang out. Wi-Fi is also available in certain parts of the house including the communal area. Each volunteer is also provided with a locker to store away valuable items and there are wardrobes to hang your clothes. Volunteers are asked to pay a deposit of 50,000 VND or $5 US Dollars for the locker key which can be reclaimed at the end of your programme.

 

Each volunteer is provided with a house key (subject to a deposit of $5 US Dollars) so the house is accessible at all time and to ensure general volunteer safety. We also have a member of staff (usually a nanny or an intern from the local team) present in the house overnight. Please note if you arrive late in the evening on the arrival day at our Volunteer House then it is likely our local team will not be present and you will meet them the following day.

 

Our local team have an office on the ground floor of the house, which makes for a great atmosphere and ensures volunteers are well supported throughout their stay. There is everything you need within walking distance of the Volunteer House: ATMs, supermarkets, laundrettes, chemists etc. There are also some great cafes and local bars. A taxi to the main tourist part of Hanoi form the Volunteer House costs around $10 – which can be split between fellow volunteers.

 

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.

BALI

Volunteer House

 

During your time with PMGY you will live in our Volunteer House which is just a 5 minute walk from the centre of Tabanan. Here you will find local restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with air conditioning 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 Bali is hot and humid all year-round!

 

We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or store any valuables within the lockers provided within the volunteer accommodation There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled.

 

The Volunteer House is located right next to where our local team live. Although volunteers have their own private space there is still the security of living next to our host family who can assist you if need be. It is also a great way to learn more about Balinese culture and practise your new-found language skills!

 

Some of our projects are within walking distance of our Volunteer House and some are not. PMGY will take you to and from the projects, not within walking distance, each day via Bemo or private car and the cost of this service is included in your Programme Fee.

 

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.

FIJI

Volunteer Lodge

 

During your time with PMGY in Fiji you will live in our backpacker lodge accommodation. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and is located just outside of central Suva; a stone’s throw away from everything you need in town with a great sea view to match. Each room has either single beds or bunk beds and fits up to 6 people per room.

 

Volunteers are provided with fans in the room if needed and their own mosquito net/mosquito coils and bed linen. The wooden build of the house means that generally, temperatures remain cool in summer and warm in the winter. There are communal lockers with one locker per room located either on the top floor of the accommodation or inside the room.

 

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. The water can be hot or cold depending on which shower you use.

 

The house does not have Wi-Fi available to volunteers but there are numerous internet cafes in Suva a short walk away. Volunteers are best obtaining a local SIM Card to get access a data package should they want regular internet access. For around 3 GBP you can get 7GB of data on a Digicel network SIM Card.

 

There are a couple communal areas across the accommodation for volunteers to hang out. There is also a kitchen area and a small refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled.

 

Our local team also live on the top floor of the house. This ensures you have round the clock support and security and daily interaction with our team.

 

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MEALS

COSTA RICA

Meals are not provided with PMGY Costa Rica, but there is a food truck that comes to the compound Monday-Friday packed with sandwiches, local meals, Caribbean dishes and yummy desserts. The food truck ensures that even if you aren’t the chef fellow volunteers may be, you can still eat well and feel full while learning Spanish or helping the kids at project! Meals are going to cost around $6 and if you like something specific you can even ask for them to bring it the next day.

 

Some evenings the Spanish school will host a Cuisine Night to teach you how to prepare Costa Rican dishes. These are free to join and if you are feeling hungry just pay about $4 for the ingredients and your dinner will be some of the well-prepared food. Who needs to go to a restaurant when you can try your very own PMGY Costa Rica cuisine!

 

Local supermarkets are within walking distance. Average meal purchased outside will be $7.50 in a local restaurant. Foreign restaurants will be closer to $15. On the weekends, there is a local farmers market that volunteers love to visit just a few blocks from the Volunteer House. If everyone prepares meals together and chips in for meals please plan to spend around $40 per week on food.

PERU

Volunteers will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day during their time with PMGY. Breakfast and dinner are served at the homestay, whereas for lunch we provide you with a packed lunch (upon request). With notice, the local team can even precook a meal for you and you can venture to the local team school headquarters and warm the meal up if you wish for your lunch. 

 

Boiled and filtered water is also available at the homestay(s) for volunteers.

 

Most meals are traditional Peruvian dishes that can be carb heavy traditionally. Peruvian cuisine consists of a lot of rice or quinoa and the meat is mainly chicken. Most meals will incorporate lots of carbs and vegetables compared to the UK so please be open-minded around this! Due to the altitude, you will notice that your breakfast and dinner meals are quite small and lunch is very big. Going to sleep with a full stomach is hard on the body and at such an altitude it is difficult to digest large quantities of food. It may take you a few days for your body to accustom to this as well. 

 

The main meats are chicken, fish and alpaca. There are a number of western restaurants around a 10-minute drive from the accommodation should you fancy picking up some home comforts. There are also some Vegan and Indian restaurants in Cusco. 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.

SOUTH AFRICA - CAPE TOWN

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 $50 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.

SOUTH AFRICA - PORT ELIZABETH

Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week so that each day is different.

 

The breakfast consists of cereals, bread, butter, jam, peanut butter, tea, coffee and cheese, but sometimes we serve eggs, sausages or baked beans, and sometimes a combination of the above.

 

As for lunch and dinner we have a wide variety ranging from burgers, chicken and chips, macaroni cheese, vegetarian dishes, potato casserole and so on (so you definitely won’t go hungry!). All meals come with a salad option as well.

 

Please note that all meals are served at the Mafusa dining area, and no cooking is allowed in any of the kitchen areas.

 

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 $10-$15 for western food.

 

Generally, we have a weekly 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, or banana and potato stew. We will always have a vegetarian option available.

 

There is a restaurant opposite 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.

NEPAL

You will be served three freshly prepared Nepalese meals a day by your host family. Traditional Nepalese food generally uses a variety of fresh, local ingredients including; lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, chillies, yogurt and lots of rice so its may take a little getting used to.

 

Dhal Bhat is the national dish and is usually served for breakfast and evening meal every day. It is a dish comprised of rice, lentils and seasoned vegetables.

 

Most meals are vegetarian with typical dishes being pasta or noodles complimented by locally grown vegetables. There is the occasional chicken, pork or fish dish served up from time to time.

 

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.

INDIA

You will be served three freshly prepared meals per day. Most meals are traditional Indian dishes that can be typically quite spicy and made up of vegetarian ingredients, although pasta and other such western dishes are prepared every now and then. If you are not a huge lover of spicy food don’t worry, there will always be a more mild option available!

 

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.

SRI LANKA - AMBALANGODA

You will be served three meals per day at the Volunteer House. Most meals are traditional Sri Lankan dishes that can be typically quite spicy. Sri Lankan cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available.

 

All meals are freshly prepared each day. If you fancy some western comforts, you will find plenty of restaurants serving western meals in the nearby town of Hikkaduwa. Hikkaduwa is a 20 minute journey from Ambalangoda and the cost to get there by tuk tuk is around $6 each way.

 

A weekly menu has been introduced that blends Sri Lanka cuisine with Western cuisine so you will know in advance what is on the menu for that day!

 

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.

SRI LANKA - WASGAMUWA

You will be served three meals per day at the Volunteer House. You will have a couple hours free time after lunch for your stomach to settle before the afternoon session! Most meals are traditional Sri Lankan dishes that can be typically quite spicy. Sri Lankan cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available and the meals tend to be mainly vegetarian anyways. All meals are freshly prepared on site each day.

 

There are tea/coffee facilities provided for volunteers whenever required as well as water filters so remember to top up before you head into the jungle!

 

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.

VIETNAM

You will be provided with three meals a day, which will be traditional Vietnamese dishes – this means a lot of rice! All food will be nutritious and freshly cooked.

 

For breakfast you can expect fruit, toast and tea/coffee. Some projects will provide you lunch, whereas for others you will eat at the Volunteer House. Lunch in the house is usually always a Vietnamese dish, which will include soup, rice, vegetables and sometimes meat or fish. For projects a little further afield, you can eat lunch at a local restaurant and then be reimbursed for the value of your lunch up to 40,000 VND.

 

Dinner is served at the Volunteer House. We have cooks at the house who will freshly prepare your meals. Generally speaking meals are served in the early evenings and usually divided into equal portions by the nannies to ensure everyone gets an equal amount should volunteers choose to eat later in the evening time.

 

You can expect a variety of dishes, so there will be always something to suit even the fussiest eaters! A typical meal will have pork, fish, beef or chicken and tofu or egg and at least 2 different kinds of vegetable dishes, along with rice and soup. Ad hoc we also serve a western meal – our volunteers always appreciate this.

 

If you fancy eating out there are plenty of cafes and local amenities in the surrounding area or you can take a bus or taxi into the main tourist area, the Old Quarter, in the city of Hanoi.

 

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.

BALI

You will be provided with three freshly prepared meals per day. Most meals are traditional Indonesian dishes that can be typically quite spicy. Balinese cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available.

 

There is a large choice of restaurants and local warungs (authentic, local food stalls) in Tabanan. The food on offer is traditional Balinese cuisine – typically amazing and mainly vegetarian! There may also be a western option served once or twice every week and there are restaurants serving western food available around a 20 minute walk from the Volunteer House.

 

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.

FIJI

You will be served breakfast and dinner at the Volunteer House.

 

For lunch, volunteers can purchase this either at the project, take a packed lunch with them or head into Suva after a morning at the project where you are spoilt for choice with a range of delicacies!

 

All meals are freshly prepared each day and most meals are traditional Fijian dishes. Fiji is a very culturally diverse country and often there food and taste buds can reflect this!

 

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.

FEES INVOLVED

DURATION

PROGRAMME FEE

REGISTRATION FEE

TOTAL

20 weeks
$5775
$249
$6024
30 weeks
$7275
$249
$7524
40 weeks
$8775
$249
$9024

* These fees apply to each individual application.

 

 

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.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

PROGRAMME FEE

  • ONE WEEK OF SPANISH LESSONSYES
  • ACCOMMODATION YES
  • PERU MEALS (B, L & D) YES
  • SA CAPE TOWN MEALS (B & D MON-FRI) YES
  • SA PORT ELIZABETH MEALS (B, L & D) YES
  • TANZANIA MEALS (B & D) YES
  • NEPAL MEALS (B, L & D) YES
  • INDIA MEALS (B, L & D) YES
  • SRI LANKA MEALS (B, L & D) YES
  • VIETNAM MEALS (B, L & D) YES
  • BALI MEALS (B, L & D) YES
  • FIJI MEALS (B & D) YES
  • AIRPORT PICK UPSYES
  • 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

  • MEALS NOT INC ABOVE (VARIES) NO
  • FLIGHTS ($5500-$6500)NO
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE ($25 PER WEEK)NO
  • RETURN AIRPORT TRANSFERS (VARIES)NO
  • VISAS (VARIES)NO
  • CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK (VARIES)NO

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