FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions for prospective Volunteers of EarthsHands.
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What is EarthsHands?
We are an organisation dedicated to providing a unique volunteering experience for those passionate to make a difference in conservation. We offer a wide range of environmental and sustainable projects around the world. Read more about us and our cause on our About Earth Hands Page or continue reading the FAQ.
Why do I need to pay to volunteer?
EarthsHands collaborate with a many amazing conservation, wildlife rescue, Sustainable living and education projects. We work hard to ensure that the work we do leaves a positive mark on the environment, wildlife and local communities of each location, However, accommodation, food and facilities for volunteers can be quite costly. As our projects do not receive any other funding besides volunteer fees and donations they are unable to afford these expenses without charging a fee.
Without your fees these amazing and ethical projects cannot continue and thus the protection and conservation of the wildlife and environments will cease in these locations too. It also provides an array of benefits to the local communities.
What does my program fee cover?
The program fee for a EarthsHands adventure covers various things depending on the project itself. Generally, most projects include the following in their cost: Airport pickup upon arrival to the country Accommodations for the duration of your stay, Food, , orientation and training to familiarize volunteers with their surroundings and the work they will be doing, 24/7support from both on site and from our team. And to top it off, a life long memories and experiences being hands on making a difference.
To find out exactly what is included for the project in which you are interested, read through the “What’s Included” section on the project’s site page. More information is also included in the FAQ.
Is there a minimum or maximum age to volunteer?
Answer – We do not have an age limit. Individuals 18 years or older can volunteer at all our projects. Some projects may accept younger individuals as long as parental consent forms are provided. Families with young children can also be accommodated on some but not all programmes. Please check your project of choice for more details.
Do I need experience or qualifications?
Answer – No, our qualified team will provide you with all of the training you need when you join your project. Some of our programs do require volunteers to be PADI Open Water certified prior to applying,
How long in advance should I book?
Volunteers are normally booked up 8-12 months in advance. The reason for this is because projects tend to have more availability. Feel free to contact us to check availability for any of our projects.
Is there a selection process?
Yes there is. Please complete the application form that is required for all expeditions and projects. This is essential for your safety and enjoyment as well as the projects ultimate success. You will receive an email once completed and next steps will be provided on your MY ACCOUNT page
How can I Apply?
There are 4 easy steps to booking your volunteering experience:
1) If Unsure, Email us at Info@earthshands.org with your initial inquiry. Tell us about yourself and the unique project you would like to be a part of.
2) Create an account and complete the online application by clicking the APPLY NOW button.
3) On receipt of your application we will confirm your online booking and inform you how to make your deposit payment. Your online booking will be held for 2 weeks, after which it will be automatically cancelled if no deposit is received.
4) Full payment is required no later than 1 month before departure. You may pay online by credit card or a direct transfer to our account.
Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks for us to process your application and payment.
It’s that easy. Once your deposit has been paid you will receive our ‘What to know before you go’ guide, which is full of useful information about your project and general tips to prepare you for volunteering experience of a lifetime.
Can I travel before or after the project?
Yes, you can! Each volunteer can travel before and after the project. If you are looking to explore on your time off from the camp, please request permission from the co-ordinators within the camp. Each camp has different flexibility and must always be aware of your whereabouts.
Are there any extra costs?
This is dependent upon your chosen program. Projects and internships include all your food, training, accommodation, project equipment and 24/7 support. The only extra costs would be the amount you need for spending money. As a rough estimate we recommend around US$250 a month for spending money on all our projects.
Can I fundraise?
Yes, you can! Give yourself plenty of time for planning and if you put in the hard work you can raise all the money for your project. Contact us for more information on fundraising advice!
Can I book my flights with EarthsHands?
We recommend consulting various flight comparison and airline websites to get the best possible flight to your project’s destination.
Do I need a Visa?
Depending on the location of the project and your country of origin, Click on our visa tab for further information on Visa requirements for each specific location.
Do I need Insurance?
Yes, you do, this is an mandatory part of joining one of our projects or internship. You will not be allowed to join unless you have fully comprehensive insurance. Information on insurance is contained within your volunteer’s manual which we will send you upon receipt of your application form and payment.
Do I need Vaccinations?
You may need some vaccinations depending on your previous vaccination history, the country that you will be travelling to and the activities regarding each project.
We recommend you talk to your GP/doctor. Be sure to let your doctor know where you will be going and if your project of choice will involve contact with animals, trekking or conducting any physical work in any forests or jungles.
NB: Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get any vaccinations you need done as vaccinations like Hepatitis B requires more than one visit.
Can volunteer groups get a discount?
Yes, we can gladly accommodate for groups or families in most of our projects. Send us an email at email@example.com and we can go through what options best suit you and your group. Discounts can be given to groups and families of 3 or more people.
Can I volunteer on multiple projects on my travels?
Yes. We will be arranging special programs where you can participate in multiple projects at various destinations as a group. If you wish to go by yourself then we would be happy to arrange a specialized volunteering itinerary to accommodate your requests to give you that special adventure. This is perfect for students looking to take a gap year or those looking to take some time off work and give back by volunteering in new cultural environments
Can I work with EarthsHands
We love to hear our volunteers wanting to work with us. Check out our new Internship Page for current vacancies.
Thank you for reading the FAQ, we hope that you found answers to your questions. If the FAQ page has left you with additional questions please contact us.