1. GIVE welcomes and accepts Applicants who are open and willing to learn about, experience, and show respect towards the local culture in the host country and communities where Programs are located.
  2. Any persons who are 15-years of age or older may apply. GIVE offers trips for various age groups. Participants must meet the minimum age requirement for their trip by the day of their departure. GIVE welcomes both students and non-students.
  3. Participants who are under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature on the trip registration forms.
  4. All Participants must be physically, mentally, and medically capable of participating in all projects and activities included in the program. GIVE may require a medical form and doctor’s release form in some circumstances.


  1. Each Participant must complete and submit the GIVE Application. This does not commit or bind Applicants to GIVE Programs; each Applicant must be accepted before they are eligible to participate in GIVE Programs.
  2. GIVE will contact each Applicant to inform them of his/her a) acceptance into the program b) non-acceptance, or c) pending application due to a need for more information.
  3. If accepted, GIVE will notify the Applicant by email and include instructions regarding the completion of the GIVE Program Agreement.
  4. The GIVE Program Agreement must be completed and submitted through the Applicants Volunteer Profile with a non-refundable deposit for all trip(s) and add-on(s). The deposit does not expire; it is good for life. Refer to our cancellation policy below for additional details.
  5. Participants can select their Program on a first-come, first-served basis in the order that their GIVE Program Agreement and deposit(s) are received.
  6. If a Participant’s trip preferences change from the original departure date, the Participant may request to transfer the dates of their GIVE Program. The Participant must contact the GIVE office to confirm new Program dates (subject to space availability) and GIVE will complete the transfer. Transfer requests are subject to cancellation policies listed below.


GIVE respects and is committed to protecting your privacy and we appreciate your trust. When you sign up, apply, or complete GIVE’s registration form, you give us certain information (such as name and email address). Upon making a purchase, we collect payment information, contact information, and details of what you bought. The information you provide is used only by GIVE to respond to your inquiries and contact you about the products/services on our site in which you have expressed interest.


The trip deposit (and add-on deposit(s) if applicable) and GIVE Program Agreement, bearing a Participant or guardian’s signature if necessary, must be submitted to participate in a GIVE Program. The trip deposit and add-on deposit(s) are non-refundable but good for life. Deposit and add-on deposit(s) cannot be transferred to a different individual.

Trip deposit(s) and add-on deposit(s) are non-refundable and nontransferable because these monies permit GIVE to execute and provide: customer support, trip preparations, maintain programs annually while GIVE is not operating trips, make necessary reservations and arrangements, and confirm the Participant’s commitment to participate in the Program. GIVE will reserve the Participant’s Program placement dates upon receipt of the non-refundable deposit(s) and completed Agreement (subject to availability).

What’s Included In Your Trip Cost

GIVE’s Program Cost Includes:

  • All accommodations during the Participant’s specified GIVE Program dates
  • At least three (3) meals per day on all trips and add-ons, except on arrival and departure days, when included meals will be based on flight arrival and departure times
  • All cultural and adventure activities listed on program itinerary
  • National/local park fees
  • All Program ground and water transportation in the host country
  • All organization and associated fees charged in the host country
  • Orientation(s) in host country
  • Program management and program arrangements
  • Administration and recruitment costs
  • Dedicated and trained GIVE and local guides
  • GIVE program overview, packing list, and trip preparation information
  • All materials, staffing, and requirements to complete the volunteer initiatives
  • GIVE T-Shirt
  • To see everything that’s included, click here!

GIVE’s Program Cost Does Not Include:

  • All air transportation to and within the host country and all other associated air taxes, ticket fees, and any country departure taxes
  • All transportation and accommodation costs prior to and subsequent to the Participant’s program dates
  • Medical and travel/trip cancellation insurance (required)
  • Passports, travel visas (where necessary) and any vaccinations or medications
  • Any additional, optional activities available for Participants not listed on program itinerary
  • Academic or Internship credit


Any and all payments associated with GIVE Program costs are due to GIVE on or before 80-days prior to a Participant’s departure date. If a participant registers less than 80-days before the trip, we will mutually agree on new deadlines. All payments must be received prior to departure.

GIVE will provide Participants with a payment summary and display any balance due via the Volunteer Profile. Full payment is due 80 days prior to a Participant’s departure date and GIVE charges a $50.00 fee for late payments. Participants may contact GIVE for payment options, if necessary.

If GIVE does not receive full payment 80 days prior to departure and no prior arrangements have been made with GIVE, then GIVE will (1) assume the Participant has cancelled their GIVE Program and (2) charge a $150.00 late cancellation fee. Once cancelled, Participant’s placement for the GIVE Program and/or specific departure date is not guaranteed, even if a Participant becomes reinstated until final payment is received.
GIVE reserves the right to move a Participant’s Program dates for the GIVE Program within a reasonable amount of time per GIVE’s discretion.


Trip Deadlines

GIVE provides support through the trip preparation process and has established document and payment deadlines. These deadlines enable you to access advantageous airfare, receive full travel insurance coverage benefits, and meet processing timeframes for your travel documents.

Your trip documents are due by the below deadlines or deadline extensions approved by GIVE. If you register for your trip after the below deadlines, GIVE will work with you to establish new deadlines. GIVE charges a $50.00 fee for late documents past the below deadlines or pre-approved deadlines.

See financial commitments and deadlines below.


As your trip date approaches, we require further commitment either by booking your flights or making additional payments to your remaining balance.

  • 120 days before your trip start date: Purchase your Program flights or pay an additional $250 non-refundable deposit towards your remaining balance.
  • You can still register for a trip within 120 days of your trip start date and we will work with you on deadlines.
  • If you register within 120 to 70 days of your trip start date, you must book flights within 30 days of or registration or upon a mutually agreed upon date.
  • If you register less than 70 days prior to your trip start date, you must purchase flights within 2 weeks of your trip start date or registration date.


GIVE requires certain travel documents for your trip, such as travelers insurance and travel documentation. You can manage and submit your required documents from your Volunteer Profile.

  • All travel documents are due 90 days before your trip start date.
  • You can still register for a trip within 90 days of your trip start date and we will work with you on deadlines. Generally, if you register within 90 days of your trip start date, you must submit your required documents within 30 days of trip registration date.
  • All travel documents must be received and reviewed to be eligible to join your trip.

Cancellation Dates & Corresponding Fees

All trip cancellations less than 80-days before the trip start date incur a $150 late cancellation fee. This $150 late cancellation fee will be deducted from the remaining balance of the canceled trip or reinstate the non-refundable deposit(s) towards a future trip. The term “deposit(s)” below includes any and all trip deposit(s) and add-on deposit(s). Participants will be subject to the following terms based on the cancellation timeframe:

If you cancel your trip with…

  • 80 days or more prior to departure: All deposit(s) are non-refundable and non-transferable, but good for life!
  • 79 to 70 days prior to departure: Loss of 25% of the total program cost, excluding non-refundable deposit(s), and a $150 late cancellation fee.
  • 69 to 50 days prior to departure: ​Loss of 50% of total program cost, excluding non-refundable deposit(s), and a $150 late cancellation fee.
  • 49 to 31 days or less prior to departure: ​Loss of 75% of total program cost, excluding non-refundable deposit, and a $150 late cancellation fee.
  • 30 days or less prior to departure:​Loss of 100% of total program cost, including non-refundable deposit(s).
  • Failure to show up: Loss of 100% of total program cost, including non-refundable deposit(s).

Please note that the above cancellation policy does not include airfare as travelers are subject to the airlines’ airfare terms and conditions.

Any cancellation refunds will be processed at the end of the GIVE scheduled program term per the traveler’s request. There will be a $50 administrative fee to process refunds. If cancellation reasons are within the terms of a Participant’s travel cancellation insurance policy, then the Participant must inform his/her insurance carrier and file a claim for possible reimbursement.

See below for the policy and terms regarding trip transfers and if GIVE cancels your trip.

Trip Transfers

All payments convert to a nonrefundable travel credit once transferred. Trip transfers are subject to the cancellation timetable listed above. The following terms apply to trip transfers:

If you transfer or change your trip dates…

  • GIVE offers flexible trip transfers and payments convert to a nonrefundable travel credit once transferred. Transfers less than 80 days prior to the trip start date incur a $150 transfer fee.
  • Any trip payments not utilized within 2 years of the payment date convert to a good-for-life travel credit to be utilized for any GIVE trip location.
  • GIVE offers free trip changes for life on all deposits paid, which are non-refundable. For funds paid over the deposit, trip transfers are unlimited but will convert to a non-refundable travel credit if funds are not used within 2-years of the initial deposit payment.

See the policy below if GIVE cancels your trip due to Force Majeure

Cancellation due to Force Majeure

If GIVE cancels or POSTPONES your trip…

GIVE will not be responsible for any trip delay, alteration, cancelation, or failure to perform its obligations pursuant to these Terms if caused by Force Majeure or forces of nature, foreseeable or unforeseeable events, or circumstances beyond its reasonable control. Such circumstances include but are not limited to acts of God, lightning strikes, earthquakes, floods, storms, explosions, fires, and any natural disaster; pandemics or epidemics; acts of war, protests, terrorism, riots, civil commotion, malicious damage, sabotage and revolution; and strikes.

The terms and conditions for cancellations due to COVID-19 or force majeure are as follows: 

In these rare cases, GIVE will provide Participant with a lifetime travel credit equal to 100% of the amount the Participant has already paid towards the balance of his/her trip to be used on any future trip with GIVE. Participants’ trip payments will become nonrefundable due to the unrecoverable losses GIVE incurs. These travel credits are valid for life and can be utilized towards any future GIVE trip. Rebooking time constraints may apply to receive this benefit and these constraints will be unique to each Force Majeure event and circumstance. Force majeure terms:

  • Receive a lifetime travel credit: Receive a travel credit equal to the amount you have already paid toward your trip. When a Participant is ready to utilize this lifetime travel credit, they can register for a trip in theirr Volunteer Profile and contact GIVE to complete the transfer.Travel credit is non-refundable but good for life. Your existing travel credit can be applied to any future date and location of your choice.
  • Free and unlimited trip changes: Participants have the flexibility to change trip dates and/or location free of charge.
  • Transfer to friends or family: If the Participant does not wish to utilize their credits, they can transfer travel credits to friends and family who have not previously registered for a GIVE trip. Participants can also choose to donate the dollar amount of your travel credits to the GIVE Foundation, a 501(c)3 certified nonprofit.

Travel credit cannot be refunded for cash value or combined with any other future discount. Travel credit can only be transferred or gifted to a family member or friend one time. Travel credit will be void if any refund amount is issued. Travel credit is applicable to travelers whose trip was canceled by GIVE due to force majeure or an unavoidable event, such as a pandemic or natural disaster.


GIVE reserves the right to modify and/or change the Program itinerary without notice. Every reasonable effort will be employed to operate the Program as planned. Should unforeseen events and conditions require the itinerary to be altered or cancelled, GIVE reserves the right to do so for the safety and best interest of Participants. If these issues occur and GIVE is forced to cancel a Program, GIVE will attempt to rebook the Participant to an alternate program, subject to conditions and availability, and Force Majeure Terms and Conditions will apply.


In the event that a dispute shall arise between parties to the Program Agreement with regard to any of the provisions or the performance of any Terms and Conditions of the Agreement, Participant agrees that the exclusive venue for dispute resolution shall be King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington.



All Participants are required to secure travelers insurance with trip cancellation, trip interruption, and medical coverage for the duration of the GIVE Program. Participants must select a policy that meets GIVE’s minimum standards and their individual needs, such as pre-existing conditions, coverage limits, travel duration, etc. All Participants are responsible for choosing insurance with medical coverage sufficient to cover the Participant while abroad for the duration of the GIVE Program.

It is important that Participants thoroughly read and review any insurance policy, specifically in regard to cancellation and medical circumstances. GIVE is not responsible for any travel/trip insurance actions, exclusions, or omissions. GIVE requires Participants to submit their proof of travel/trip cancellation insurance to the GIVE office by the document deadline.


GIVE requires all volunteer Participants to advise the GIVE office of any pre-existing or current medical condition and/or allergies either on the GIVE medical form or by e-mail. GIVE is not responsible for any omissions in regards to the volunteer Participants’ medical information.


GIVE strong recommends all Participants purchase flights through GIVE’s dedicated flight providers to/from the host country(s) or program. This ensures the Participant meets GIVE’s arrival and departure requirements and smooth travel with our dedicated partner’s support. If Participants cannot book through our recommended providers, then they must contact GIVE regarding alternate travel plans.


Ground and water transportation within the host country is provided by GIVE within the confines of the GIVE itinerary; any additional travel requirements or arrangements outside of the GIVE itinerary must be paid for by the Participant. Air transportation to/from GIVE trips and/or add-ons is not included in the trip cost.


GIVE provides orientation meeting(s) in the Participant’s host country(s) as well as an interactive debriefing seminar before the end of the excursions. The orientation(s) are conducted by GIVE Guides in the host country(s) with the purpose of preparing Participants. The final debriefing seminar is an interactive meeting meant to gain insight from our Participants about our Programs and volunteer initiatives.


GIVE will provide information on Volunteer Initiatives to Participants via email prior to their departure date. Information sent to Participants will describe project goals, host organization background and facts, accommodations, meals, volunteer tasks, suggested reading material, a packing list health and safety considerations, and more.

All GIVE groups will be accompanied by a GIVE Guide to collaborate with the host organization, facilitate group discussions, supervise volunteer activities and promote the Participants’ safety. GIVE reserves the right to modify volunteer projects without notice, subject to unforeseen conditions.


Participants are encouraged to try local foods to authenticate their experience. During the Program, GIVE will provide at least three (3) meals a day, excluding arrival and departure days as included meals will be based on flight arrival and departure times. Participants must inform GIVE HQ of dietary needs either in their application or via email. Vegetarians and vegans can be accommodated. GIVE can accommodate most but not all dietary needs; in such certain cases, Participants may need to supplement the included meals at their own expense. Participants with food allergies (or other allergies) must ensure that GIVE is aware of such allergies and the severity of the allergies.


Last Updated: August 23, 2023