The thought of traveling to Africa can be exciting but also a little scary at first. We wanted to help put your mind at ease, so we have answered a few questions you might have. Let us know if we have missed anything!
What happens when I arrive at the airport will someone be there to meet me? Yes. An African Impact volunteer manager or representative meets all African Impact volunteers at the airport.
Will I be able to stay in contact with my parents/children/friends back home? Communication to, or within Africa is not always as it is in the Western world – it can sometimes be slow and difficult. A telephone will always be available for you to call your family member/friend, and on most of our projects there are also internet connections available. We encourage all volunteers to regularly phone or email to share about all the fun they are having.
Is the project safe? All volunteers are briefed fully about the area that they are living and working in, with advice on how to go about their daily life as a volunteer. Obviously caution always needs to be taken when working with wild animals on a conservation project; however, our experienced staff will provide training and support throughout the placement to ensure the safety of every volunteer.
What support network and emergency procedures are in place? Throughout your placement each volunteer will have the support and guidance of our experienced volunteer coordinators. They are part of our greater African Impact support team, which will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance. In the event of an emergency, professional and skilled operators such as medical air rescue services and competent medical practitioners are available as part of the support network.
Are there any hidden extras in the cost of the placement? All costs include transport to and from the project specific pick-up point, as well as all accommodation and meals. Volunteers should bring money to pay for telephone calls and internet use and for items of a personal nature such as toiletries or gifts. In addition, on many of our projects, volunteers have the option of enjoying organized trips to nearby sights and attractions. There is an additional cost to be paid locally to cover these excursions, and any visas they may require for border crossings.
How do I know African Impact is a real company? During the last year of operation alone, African Impact has had over 2000 successfully placed volunteers. Some of our projects are regarded as the most exciting in the world. If you would like details of past volunteers that you are able to make contact with about your placements, please contact us.
If we have missed anything or there are any other questions you may have please don't hesitate to call us on UK: 0800 098 8440, US: 1800 606 7185 for free or email us at email@example.com