Volunteer Placement Information
Our placements are available to volunteers from all over the world.
As an applicant for a volunteer placement you will probably have many questions. We want to provide you with all the information you need to have a safe, enjoyable and productive placement.
Who We Are & What We're About
Explorations in Travel began by offering active, educational travel programs for high school students and their teachers. Our cultural and language immersion programs offer hands-on experience in Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Spain. Each of our itineraries includes some type of community involvement project; building trails in the rainforest, visiting schools, planting trees, etc. We discovered that many of the students who traveled with us were anxious to return to one of these sites and continue with volunteer work.
The staff at Explorations in Travel includes language teachers, outdoor recreation specialists, guides and community service project developers. Our passion for travel and cross-cultural experience prompted us to seek out sites internationally that would benefit from the energies of volunteers. Our goals are to provide volunteers with a valuable educational and cultural experience and to help worthwhile projects, schools and social service agencies locate enthusiastic volunteers.
Each volunteer and every site we work with is important to us. We encourage potential volunteers to contact us with any question or concern they may have.
After you have chosen a placement you will receive information specific to the work you will be doing and the community in which you will be living. This information will include:
- Where you'll be living
- The type of food typical to the area
- An idea of what life is like in your community
- The type of work you'll be doing
- Health concerns
- Passport and visa requirements
- A recommended clothing and equipment list
- Contact names and numbers
- Travel information
There is a non-refundable application fee of $35 (all costs in U.S. dollars unless specified). Our placement fees range from $775-$975. These fees cover the costs of making all the arrangments for you to arrive at your placement site. In some cases a donation is made to the hosting organization. If you would like to do more than one placement in the same country the additional fee is 50% of the original placement fee for each.
Individual placements are located in communities where volunteers work with a local organization, school, artist or farmer. We will organize living arrangements which may incur expenses such as; rent, food, room and board. In many cases you will be living with a local host family and in other cases at accommodations provided by the host site. You will travel to your placement on your own. You should be prepared to travel by plane, bus, train or taxi to get to your placement site. The minimum age to participate in an individual placement is 18.
Group placements are organized programs led by Explorations in Travel staff for teachers and students interested in volunteer work. Group members are responsible for getting to the starting location of the program which is often an international airport in the country in which you will be working and traveling. The costs of most meals, ground transportation, special activities and supervision while participating in the program are included in the tuition. Each group placement is arranged according to the interests and goals of the group. Contact us if you would like to arrange a placement for a group.
Explorations in Travel can help you make your flight arrangements. Let us know if you are interested in having us do this for you.
If you are interested in receiving college credit for your placement we will send you the information you will need to apply for Independent Study credit from a major university. You should also consult with your own university professors to find out if they would sponsor you for independent study credits.
Scholarships & Fundraising
Explorations in Travel does not offer scholarships at this time. We can provide you with suggestions for fundraising projects.
Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
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Explorations In Travel, Inc.
2458 River Rd.
Guilford, VT 05301
Telephone: (802) 257-0152
FAX: (802) 257-2784