Beyond Volunteer

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

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Participant's Age

Participants taking part in a program should be 18+ years old at the time of arrival. Participants that are below 18 years of age can join our trips with a letter of consent from their parents or legal guardians.

There is no maximum age restriction for our trips. However, all participants need to be mentally and physically fit enough to join our trips and activities independently.

Nevertheless, it is good to know that the majority of the participants are between the age of 18 – 35 years old.

Apply Together
Yes, you can apply with your friends and family. Each member is required to apply separately and give their information. In the application, you can mention your friends’ names or your family member’s names, so that we can make arrangements if you wish to stay together.

If you want to join as a group, please contact us before applying. If you are a group and would like to have a tailor-made program, please contact us with your requirements.

Beyond Volunteer accepts and accommodates participants from all walks of life, nationalities, and religions.

Criminal Background Check
For all our trips a clean Criminal Background Check is a mandatory requirement. No other qualifications or formal experiences are required for the majority of our trips unless this is mentioned specifically inside the description.
Fitness
All participants are required to be mentally and physically able and fit enough to join the trips. Our trips can be mentally and physically challenging and therefore any physical or mental condition that could affect your participation on the trip should be made known to us in your application. Please don’t hesitate to inquire with us if you have any concerns or doubts.
Language
The spoken language on all of our trips worldwide is English and therefore all participants need to be able to sufficiently communicate in English. Knowledge of the local language is not required, although it would help you if you would like to immerse more with the locals.
Before you depart, this is what you need to know
You can always call us on our international telephone lines between the specified local office working hours or you can drop an email.

For some of our destinations, we will advise these. On some occasions, it is even required to get vaccinated in preparation for your trip. We advise you to contact your local medical professional or travel clinic. They will be able to advise you about vaccinations and malaria prevention.

It is important that you do this a few months before you intend to travel as for some vaccination you require multiple shots.

Other Participants
Many thousands of participants join our trips around the world every year. To be able to meet other participants from all over the world, both on the trips and inside the accommodations, is one of the most valuable aspects while experiencing a trip with us.

The number of participants on a trip will vary depending on the time of the year. Some destinations and trips are naturally more popular and much more bustling than others. While other destinations and trips are more exclusive and unique and only traveled by a few, which lend themselves more for the independent adventurer.

Depending on your preference, it would be important to take all these aspects into consideration when choosing your trip of a lifetime. Don’t hesitate to email or call us for more specific information with regards to the socializing component of a certain trip or destination.

Our trips and volunteer projects are over all year round. However, Summer in the northern hemisphere (June, July, and August) is the most popular time of the year. This is of course great if you are looking to meet as many camp buddies as possible.

When you are looking for a more intimate experience with regard to project involvement and cultural immersion, we would suggest joining us outside of the summer months.

Our trips and volunteer projects are over all year round. However, Summer in the northern hemisphere (June, July, and August) is the most popular time of the year. This is of course great if you are looking to meet as many camp buddies as possible.

When you are looking for a more intimate experience with regard to project involvement and cultural immersion, we would suggest joining us outside of the summer months.

What is the style of our programs?
The style of most of our programs is ACTIVE! For the Adventure & Learning programs, your active participation is required to make the program a success. Please see specific program information for more information. Your volunteer project will involve active participation in the work with the community.

In all cases, Program Coordinators will be there to guide you and offer 24/7 support.

You can fill the application form and let us know your interests. You can email us first if you have any doubts or concerns before selecting a project.

As soon as you apply, we will assess your application and get back to you within 48 hours.

All our programs are all-inclusive and therefore include;

Airport pick-up
Food – 3 meals on weekdays and 2 meals (Breakfast and Dinner) on weekends
Accommodation during the program
Program placement
Transportation during the program
English-speaking coordinator
24/7 support
Deparure Information
Besides the costs for booking the trip or a volunteer project with Beyond Volunteer, there will be other costs that you need to cover and consider such as;

Flight tickets
Travel Insurance (including medical coverage)
Vaccinations, Malaria tablets, etc (depending on your travel destination)
Criminal Background Check
Visa
Pocket / Spending money
Naturally, it will depend on the destination where you travel to and your personal needs and desires how much spending money you need. You might want to do some additional trips during your time in the country, buy some souvenirs, purchase your can of soda drink and do some shopping, enjoy some nightlife, etc.

All the trips that we provide such as; adventure, discovery, and community impact are all-inclusive as we aim to provide a safe, fun, societal and communal experience towards our participants. When somebody would like to arrange some of the services such as; food, transport or accommodation by themselves, this will alter the essence of the experience of the trip.

We can understand that some individuals have special wishes with regards to accommodation, food or transport; for example, they have a family member with whom they would like to stay in town while joining our trip.

Regardless of certain elements or services of the all-inclusive trips that are not enjoyed by the participant, no discounts or refunds will be provided.

Testimonials

I volunteered in Vietnam, which was definitely the best trip and best experience of my life!”

Michael from Holland

The program was a great experience for me. The kids I taught were very smart and happy. They were very willing to learn which was amazing.

Kate from Australia

I had an amazing time in Cambodia. I was happy with the whole experience and would love to go back there in the future.

Jennifer from the UK

Fiji was great, an amazing experience!

Harry from the UK

The whole experience has really opened my eyes to the world and I definitely would love to volunteer again.

Tyler from the UK

It’s a great program! I truly enjoyed my time. It was an experience I will never forget.
Marianne from Belgium

I had such an amazing time volunteering. This was truly a life changing experience.

Ben from the USA

I couldn’t imagine having had a better experience. It was an incredibly rewarding experience.

Carrie from the USA

The coordinator provided excellent information including information about the local culture and people. She also gave me lots of information about surrounding places and good places to visit. My coordinator is extremely helpful and has gone above and beyond. During my introduction week, I have been immersed into the culture of Bali. The food and accommodation are brilliant. The food has been freshly prepared by local people and is always delicious.

Victoria from the UK

My experience in Nepal was positive in many ways. The staff is comprised of great people who are fun to work with from beginning till the end. It was fascinating to live among them and experience their lifestyle and traditions. In the past 3 weeks I learned and experience so may beautiful things, memories that will forever be remembered. Thank you for making this once in a lifetime experience happen.

Dugu from Holland

I can honestly say this was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. The volunteering I did was such an enriching experience, All the people I met were so generous, happy to share their lives and experiences and really happy to spend what little time I had with them and so I thank them and your organization for enabling me to do this. I have recommended this program to many people and so I hope I can help to spread the good work you are doing.

Shilpa from the UK

I stayed for 4 weeks in Thailand and I really enjoyed it. It was a nice experience!

Ladina from Germany

I had a really nice time in Nepal, I learned a lot about the culture and people. Nepal was actually starting to feel like home. The people and children in the orphanage we’re very nice to me and I loved doing things with them. Thanks for the great time in Nepal.

Noor from Holland

The program was good and the support from the coordinator was wonderful. These were the best 2 weeks in Thailand, feeling helpful and special to be part of this program. I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks!

Annelies from Holland

The volunteering was mind expanding and rewarding. The Vietnamese are the most friendly people I have met anywhere in the world.

Lynn from Italy

It was an awesome experience, and I would love to do it again.

Sissel from Sweden

A testimonial from Sarah Snook the famous Hollywood actress who joined the volunteer program in Nepal