Travel Details

GIVE Trip Preparation & Support

There’s a few steps before you’re off on your adventure and we’re here to help along the way!

We’ve provided details and step-by-step instructions to prepare for your trip below. Scroll down to see how to book your flights, purchase insurance, obtain your passport and visa, and get ready to go! Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’re happy to help!

Booking Flights

Booking Your Flights

Fly with other volunteers by booking through give’s flight agents!

You are responsible for booking your own flights to and from your host country. GIVE partners with StudentUniverse and has a team of dedicated flight agents to support you. We arrange suggested itineraries with our dedicated agents so you can book all your flights with ease and, when possible, fly with other volunteers on your trip! (You do not have to be a student to book with StudentUniverse)

Why should I book with GIVE’s dedicated agents?

  • Dedicated booking agents will assist you to fly with other volunteers en route to/from your host country.
  • Access to special discounted fares and flexible tickets
  • Ensure you book a “legal” ticket, meaning your flights are combined onto one ticket so airlines are responsible for re-accommodating you to your final destination if there’s a delay and layovers are not too short so you don’t miss your connecting flight.
  • Provide you with exceptional 24/7 support while traveling. For example, working with the airlines directly if there’s a flight issue, assisting with baggage loss, or flight delays. This service is not available when booking on your own.

How does it work?

GIVE will email you when it’s time to book flights for your trip. Then, all you have to do is contact our agents to assist you to book your round-trip flight from your home city to your host location. It’s that easy. Our agents will ensure you get the best ticket available for the right price and travel time. While making plans, not that your flight will land in your host country on the start date of your excursion, which means you may be traveling the day(s) before your excursion start date. For your departure, you will depart on the specified date the trip ends.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

You will receive an email from GIVE when flights have been released for your trip date. We require that you book your flights through our dedicated flight agents at StudentUniverse to ensure smooth travel as well as 24/7 flight support. StudentUniverse also access to discounted pricing and flexible tickets!

To book flights, we strongly recommend submitting our online Booking Request Form. Our dedicated agents will respond within 24-hours with booking options. Here’s options to contact our dedicated flight agents:

If you’d prefer to book outside of the above options, contact GIVE for more information.

Special Booking Circumstances

GIVE volunteers have a spark for adventure, so we understand if you’d like to arrive early or continue traveling after your trip! We also know that some volunteers prefer to book with miles to offset costs. If you’d like to book your flights outside of our booking agents, then we require you to contact us for arrival/departure details.

Note that if you arrive or depart outside of our suggested itinerary times, you will be responsible for your own airport transportation and any additional accommodation fees outside of your GIVE excursion dates.

Getting Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

For when the unexpected occurs

Since unexpected events can happen while traveling, GIVE requires all volunteers to obtain and provide proof of International Travel Insurance that includes medical coverage, trip cancellation, and trip interruption. Having insurance will put your mind at ease and you can focus on your volunteer efforts and adventures in your host country. We suggest that you purchase insurance immediately after booking your flights to receive the full benefits from your insurance coverage.

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United States' Residents (Roundtrip travel from the USA)

GIVE requires all volunteers to purchase international travel insurance and we recommend CSA Travel Protection coverage! This coverage is designed to protect you from unforeseen covered events that might occur while you travel, such as baggage theft, flight delays, and medical emergencies. Having travel protection can help you achieve peace of mind and better enjoy your trip knowing mishaps and issues may be covered.

 

Purchase CSA Travel Insurance:

Click Buy Now or Learn More to be redirected to CSA’s website to get a quote.

Important Instructions*: It’s best to purchase your insurance immediately after putting down your trip deposit for the full coverage benefits.

  1. Departure Date & Return Date: Departure Date is the day your first flight leaves your home airport and your Return Date is the day you arrive back home. For most trips, these are NOT your GIVE trip dates because travel time adds an extra 1-2 days.
  2. Total Trip Cost:  You insurance must cover the total cost of your GIVE trip (plus any add-ons!) as well as flight costs that are non-refundable or non-transferable. Purchase your insurance once you secure your GIVE trip, then you can add flight costs later once you book you flights.

Purchase Your Insurance or Learn More!

 

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Please note you can add Trip Cancellation For Any Reason Coverage, which provides coverage if you choose to cancel your trip for any reason not already listed in the policy. In order to qualify for this option, you must purchase this coverage within 24 hours of your deposit/initial payment and meet certain conditions listed in the Description of Coverage or Policy. Note that Trip Cancellation For Any Reason Coverage is not available to residents of New York.

All Non-US Residents

GIVE requires all volunteers to purchase International Travelers Insurance and Medical Insurance coverage while abroad. This is necessary so you are covered for unforeseen events while traveling, such as theft, flight delays, and medical emergencies. With travel insurance, you can forget about travel issues that may arise and completely enjoy your GIVE excursion! We recommend purchasing your insurance as soon as possible.

Purchase Travel Insurance

Important Note** Policy Start Date = The day you leave home. Please make sure when inputing the “policy duration” that you are factoring in every day that you are traveling, including days you are only flying. Your trip ends when you return home. Thank you!

*For Mt. Kilimanjaro and Everest trekkers, purchase World Nomads Explorer to cover your trek.

Purchase Your Insurance Here!

Applying For a Passport

Passport

Of all the books in the world, this one’s the best.

This little book is your ticket to seeing the world! In order to travel internationally you must have a passport, and traveling with GIVE is no exception. It is also required that your passport:

  1. Is a valid passport
  2. Does not expire for at least 6 months after you return from your host country.
  3. Has sufficient pages for entry/exit stamp

If you do not have a passport, order one ASAP to avoid missing your GIVE excursion. It is important that you order your passport immediately as it takes 4-6 weeks to receive your passport.  If you wait to order your passport, you may have to expedite it for additional fees.

 

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United States Citizens

Learn how to apply for a passport online here – this website will walk you through the process step-by-step. For more information or general options about applying for your passport, click here. To apply for your passport, you must provide proof of U.S. citizenship and proof of identification.  You will also need to provide two identical 2-inch by 2-inch passport photographs, which you can get at locations such as Walgreens or FedEx for $10.00

United Kingdom Citizens

You can find all the resources you need regarding your passport online here. For your first passport, the process is a bit different. To apply for your passport, you must provide proof of citizenship, proof of identification and birth certificate.  You also need to provide two identical 35-40mm wide and 45-50mm high passport photographs that have been taken within the last 6 months.  Follow the guidelines online listed for more requirements to obtain your passport.

Australia

Review and complete the application process to apply for your passport. You must provide proof of Australian citizenship and proof of identification.  You also need to provide two identical 35-40mm wide and 45-50mm high passport photographs that have been taken within the last 6 months. For more detailed passport photo guidelines click here

Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

Find Out If Your Host Country Requires a Travel Visa

Visa requirements vary depending on your host country and citizenship. For more information about visas, click on a destination below. If a visa is required, apply for a Tourist Visa (or the equivalent).

**Please note that visa information is subject to change by national immigration and customs agencies.  Check with your native consulate for visa details well before your departure date.

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Nicaragua Visa Requirements

Most travelers entering Nicaragua are required to pay a $10 USD entry fee upon arrival. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the European Union require a passport and payment of this entry fee to enter Nicaragua and may stay for up to 90 days.

Not a citizen of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the European Union? Click here. You may be required to obtain a visa either upon entry or prior to arrival in country. Contact the Nicaraguan consulate closest to your native country in order to determine your personal visa requirements.

**Please note that visa information is subject to change by national immigration and customs agencies.  Check with your native consulate for visa details well before your departure date.

 

**Please note that visa information is subject to change by national immigration and customs agencies.  Check with your native consulate for visa details well before your departure date.
Tanzania Visa Requirements
GIVE requires that you obtain your travel visa prior to your arrival in Tanzania to avoid complications and extended waiting times at the customs desk. GIVE made arrangements with the local government in Tanzania and participants volunteering with GIVE only need to obtain a Travel Visa and NOT a Volunteer Visa. Our arrangements are exclusive for participants volunteering with GIVE and waives an otherwise required $550 USD

 

Click The Links Below For Complete Visa Instructions

  1. US Travelers: US Citizens E-Visa Instructions
  2. UK Travelers: UK Citizens Visa Instructions **Wait until 60 days prior to apply!
  3. Australian Travelers: Australian Citizens Visa Instructions
For UK and Australian Citizens use the following information to help you fill out your applications:
    • Name of Travel Agent/Tour Operator: Growth International Volunteer Excursions
    • Person in Tanzania: David Chogo; Address: Arusha, Tanzania; Phone: +255 716-174-776
    • Date of Entry and Departure Dates: Write in your GIVE trip dates/the dates you arrive and depart Tanzania
    • Duration of Stay: Write in the amount of days you will be in Tanzania Type of Visa Requested: Travel/Tourist Visa
    • Purpose of Visit: Leisure, Holiday
    • Requested Number of Entries: Multiple
    • In Case of Transit: Do you have an entry permit?  No. (You are obtaining a Travel Visa, not a Transit Visa, so answer no)
    • Budget Available For Your Stay: $2,195

Are Citizen of A Country Not Listed Above?

Visa requirements vary depending on your host country and citizenship. If a visa is required, apply for a Tourist Visa (or the equivalent). Contact the embassy nearest you for questions regarding your visa. Visit VisaHQ.com to see if you are required to obtain a travel visa based on your citizenship. Note: Visa HQ charges a fee. You do not have to order your visa through Visa HQ. You can apply for your visa directly from the embassy.

**Please note that visa information is subject to change by national immigration and customs agencies.  Check with your native consulate for visa details well before your departure date.
Thailand Visa Requirements

If you need a visa to enter into Thailand, GIVE strongly recommends that you obtain your travel visa prior to your arrival to avoid complications and extended waiting.

Visa details below and are subject to change. Check with a Thai embassy near you to confirm visa requirements. 

Citizens of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are exempt from obtaining a travel visa. Citizens of these countries entering Thailand by air can stay up to 30 days without a tourist visa and citizens entering Thailand by land can stay up to 15 days without a tourist visa. Travelers must provide proof of departure from Thailand within the required timeframe, otherwise you’ll have to obtain a tourist visa.

Not a citizen of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa? Click here. You may be required to obtain a visa either upon entry or prior to arrival in country. Contact the Thai consulate closest to your native country in order to determine your personal visa requirements.

If you obtain a visa prior to arrival in Thailand, GIVE requires that you upload a color (which will be stamped on a currently blank passport page) to your Volunteer Profile within 80 days of your departure date.

**Please note that visa information is subject to change by national immigration and customs agencies.  Check with your native consulate for visa details well before your departure date.
Laos Visa Requirements

Travelers to Laos are required to obtain a visa and will be obtaining it upon arrival into Laos at the Luang Prabang Airport. Please review full instructions and information here for complete instructions.

If for any reason you don’t meet the requirements to obtain a tourist visa, you will need to call the GIVE office right away.

Please also note that you must have a passport with at least six months of validity, 2 recent passport sized photos, and a return plane ticket to obtain a visa.

**Please note that visa information is subject to change by national immigration and customs agencies.  Check with your native consulate for visa details well before your departure date.
Nepal Visa Requirements

Travelers to Nepal are required to obtain a visa and will be obtaining it upon arrival into Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Please review full instructions on obtaining your Nepal Tourist Visa by downloading the complete instructions here: Nepal Tourist Visa Instructions.

If for any reason you don’t meet the requirements to obtain a tourist visa, you will need to call the GIVE office right away.

Please also note that you must have a passport with at least six months of validity, 2 recent passport sized photos, and a return plane ticket to obtain a visa.

**Please note that visa information is subject to change by national immigration and customs agencies.  Check with your native consulate for visa details well before your departure date.

Vaccinations & Immunizations

Vaccinations & Immunizations

We recommend calling your doctor

We strongly recommend that volunteers seek medical guidance from their medical provider or a travel clinic regarding vaccinations, immunizations and medications. Please consult with a physician at least 2 months prior to departure. GIVE is legally unable to provide vaccination recommendations as we are not medically trained to do so.

Please also visit the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention for more information regarding immunizations, vaccinations, and tablets.

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