Questions to Ask Before You Decide
It is important to make sure you feel fully informed about all aspects of the placement you’ll be joining and the organisation you’re signing up to volunteer with. We have answered some of the common questions we get asked here, based on one of our more popular projects, Care in Peru. Feel free to ask these questions about the project or destination that interests you.
Exceptions to this description include: Conservation placements and our Short-term Specials, where our staff members generally work with volunteers side-by-side every day.
Host families are checked before every new arrival to make sure that they fit our standards for cleanliness and security. They must have a room available in their home that is dedicated solely to the volunteers. The house must have solid construction and use secure locks. The home should be clean, especially kitchens and bathrooms. They must provide drinking water and they must be able to provide three nutritious meals of local cuisine each day. (On some placements you may be provided with lunch at work).
Where host families are not available, volunteers live in group accommodation or at their placement, similarly evaluated for safety and comfort.