FAQ’s

I would like to find out more about the ‘International Skill Share’ trip, do you have to be a teacher to take part?

No you don’t have to be a teacher to take part in this trip. We ask teachers and anyone who has a background of working with children and young people to take part in helping to train the teachers at our partner schools by skill sharing. The majority of teachers at our projects are from the slums themselves and have had no formal training. However, if you are not comfortable in training the teachers and would prefer to participate in other activities, we encourage you to do this. It’s about YOU utilising your skills to help others.
Trips run across all the school holidays. You just choose which one to join and how long you would like to visit our projects.

What do we do once in Kenya or India?

Please go to the Kenya and India pages on our website for information & testimonials.

I have no skills; how can I help?

Believe us when we say YOU do have skills! You might not know it yet, but you will see for yourself when you are on our trip how you can help. Just being at our partner projects and putting a smile on those children’s faces is enough. There are lots of different jobs you can help with, for example, playing games, helping in the kitchen and helping with low scale maintenance is also beneficial to the projects.

Do you have to be part of a group to travel? Can I travel as an Individual?

No, you don’t have to be part of a group. Some of our trips are run as college, schools and university groups. This does not mean that you cannot visit the projects at the same time as these groups, but it may mean you stay in separate accommodation. However you can opt to join a group trip that is made up of lots of different individuals and we can let you know the departure dates of these trips before booking.
If the group trips we run do not fit within your schedule, we can organise for you to travel as an individual or with friends/family. The accommodation would change as you would stay in a home stay setting, but the rest of the trip would run the same as a group trip. The cost would also be less if you traveled as an individual. We would send you a quote depending on the length of your stay.

Can I choose the amount of time I go on the trip for?

Yes. Our group trips vary between 1 to 2 weeks however should you wish to extend your visit then this is possible. You can also choose the specific dates you want to travel if you do not want to join a group.

Do I have to teach on my own?

No, it’s completely up to you. You will have access to staff at the projects who will support you and we would advise you teach in pairs or in small groups.

Do I have to be fit?

We would recommend a moderate to above fitness level. Both trips are very demanding and you will be kept active throughout the day, particularly in India where there will be a number of small treks and a lot of walking!

Do you hold meetings and presentations about the trips or do you just book and go?

We pride ourselves on not being like a travel agent and going above and beyond to help you plan your trip. We hold initial presentations for those interested and also pre-departure presentations ensuring you know absolutely everything before your trip. We would also encourage you to organise social meetings if you are traveling as a group.
These meetings are not compulsory; it is your choice.

Where is best, India or Kenya?

We of course would recommend both countries to visit. It is important to note that our Kenya trips focus mainly on volunteering across our partner schools, with a few extra activities included. Our India trips are more focused on adventure, travel and culture with a small element of community support.

Do you run trips all year round?

To Kenya, yes. The majority of groups travel across the school holidays however you are free to book & travel at any point in the year.
Trips to India are run between early October and late April.

Are we met at the airport once we arrive in Kenya or India?

Yes. No matter how you travel we will have an in country coordinator to meet you at the airport and travel with you to your chosen destination. In most cases you will have a member of our team with you throughout.

Who looks after us when we are in Kenya or India?

In both countries we have a team of people ready to look after you throughout the duration of your visit. The majority of our group trips will also have a group leader from the UK who will travel over with you and stay throughout. This can vary depending on the group traveling or if you are an individual/small group.

How do I book a place?

Simple. Email info@yoproject.org.uk or call 01793 680545 or go through our contact page and state which trip you would like to book , whether it is a group trip already running or whether you have specific dates that you would like to travel on. Please also include the number of people you are booking for. We will send you a booking form and an invoice for a deposit.

Is there an age limit to travelling?

Yes. 16 and over and anyone under 18 must have parental consent. No upper age limit required but our trips are demanding so a moderate and above fitness level is recommended.

Do I need a visa for Kenya and India?

Yes to both countries. Currently as it stands you can get your visas in advance online via evisa.
Both countries have different requirements. We can offer you some advice; however you must apply for your own visa. Research on visas is advisable. Check the FCO.

Do you book flights?

Yes. We are ATOL protected which means we can book your flights for you and they will be financially safe. These are included within our package; however you can opt to book your own flights.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. You will need to seek advice on this. Please ensure you are covered for the specific activities you are taking part in. For example: Volunteering, working with children, safari, white water rafting. We would advise that you organise insurance well in advance of your trip.

How much does it cost and what’s included?

One week trips range between £1300-£1500 and two week trips range between £1500-£1750
This can vary depending on what excursions you do and any surcharges the airline may add. An individual, small group under 8 cost is quoted based on length of stay and can be emailed over to you.

How much spending money do I need? What currency do I need?

From experience, approximately £100 is sufficient for one week and approximately £180.00 for two weeks. This depends on how much you like your shopping!! The currency for Kenya is Kenya shillings which you can you buy from supermarkets with travel departments, the post office etc. The currency for India is Rupees. You cannot obtain Rupees until you are in India as it is a closed currency, so don’t forget your cards!

If I drop out do I get a refund?

Deposits are non-refundable. Should you drop out of a trip for a reason that is beyond your control travel insurance may cover this. Our payment/refund policy can be found with the terms & conditions attached to your booking form.

Why do you have to pay to volunteer?

Unfortunately we do not receive any funding and so we cannot offer free places. We are also a company and have a number of costs we have to cover to keep us running.
The cost covers things like flights, accommodation, food, transport, excursions and the overall organisation of your trip.

Do you have to pay for everything in one go?

No, you can pay an initial deposit of £200 and then we will put together a payment plan for you. However if you book a trip 6 weeks prior to departure full payment would be required.

How do I pay for my trip?

You can pay for your trips via BACS & Cheque. When you confirm your place we will send an invoice with payment details. A £200 deposit is due upfront. The remaining amount can be paid in installments and this will vary depending on your departure date.

Is my money safe?

Yes. We are members of the Travel Trust Association. All your money is kept within a trust account. For more information on this and how your money is safe please go to http://www.traveltrust.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=148 our membership number is Q3140

Am I allowed to fundraise for my trip?

This is completely up to you. Some people fundraise for all of their trip, some fundraise for part of it and some just pay for it via other ways. Our trips are about helping communities especially our trips to Kenya which focus on volunteering. You are making a difference by directly supporting these schools. It is also a life changing experience for you as a person and so there are many people out there willing to show support. You just need to let them know exactly how the money is being used. Fundraising material and advice can be found via our volunteer zone on our website, details for this are given once a place in booked.

Where do I get fundraising material from?

Via our website. Once booked on a trip we will send this to you.

Are you a registered charity?

No unfortunately not. Due to being a travel organisation, we are unable to also be a registered charity. Any fundraising you do for your trip or directly for the projects would have to be done via sites like ‘Go fund me’ or the just giving page for community groups and projects.

Do you have a charity number?

No we are a company.

Can I set up on just giving?

Just giving do have an option for non-charities to raise money, this is for projects and community groups that want to raise money for a good cause. However, check the terms and conditions as they will charge you a small amount.

What donations should I take?

We have a list of suggested donations that our partner projects send us. Once you are on one of our trips we will send this out to you.

What’s the accommodation like?

In Kenya we have three different types of accommodation. We work with two guest houses that are booked out for our sole use. Comfortable accommodation, with beds, toilets, dining areas and social spaces. Individual volunteers will stay in our homestay accommodation which is with the directors of our projects. In India the accommodation varies from camping to hostels to 5* Hotels!

Are there proper toilets?

Yes, all of our accommodation has proper toilets. This is not the case at our partner projects and can’t be guaranteed in every place you visit. However toilet facilities are available at the majority of places you visit.

Will I have access to the Internet?

Yes & No. Some of the accommodation we use has Wi-Fi and some places don’t. You will however have access to Wi-Fi at local hotels you visit and on average will have Wi-Fi every few days.

Are there mosquito nets in Kenya?

Yes. At our accommodation all beds have mosquito nets.

What clothes do I wear?

A kit list will be provided to you once you have booked a place on our trip.

Can I drink the water?

In both countries you must buy your own bottled water. We do not recommend drinking water from a tap in either country.

What happens if I get sick?

In our experience, sickness is very rare and can be solved using basic medication as advised in our kit list. Should something serious happen we are within 20 minutes of a very good hospital in Kenya and the same applies in India where we have access to hospitals nearby. We also have first aid trained group leaders.

What vaccinations do I need?

You must seek advice from a Doctor or Nurse on this. Just let them know where you are going and what you will be doing and they will advise accordingly. A top tip is to shop around as different surgeries charge different amounts for vaccinations.

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