Taking time out overseas is often a daunting prospect, particularly
if you have little or no experience travelling in lesser economically
developed countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Your safety and support is our prime concern so we employ local
staff in all our destinations to ensure your programme runs smoothly.
They are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the unlikely
event of any emergency and are available during office hours if
you need any help or advice.
Arriving in a new country for the first time can be quite scary
so our overseas team will be there to meet you with a big sign and
even bigger welcome!
We think that it’s important to give you a thorough introduction
to your new home for the next few months therefore, our staff will
sit you down and give you an induction covering basic customs to
where to change money.
Our overseas team are not just there to meet you at the airport.
They’re also not there to molly coddle you either. Our overseas
team is on hand during office hours to do anything they can to help
you get the most out of your experience. You will also be given
out of office contact details to be used in the event of emergencies,
so please rest assured that in the unlikely event that anything
goes wrong, our overseas team will be there to help in whatever
way they can.
We do ask you to keep in mind that this is not a holiday and our
staff aren't holiday reps. We encourage you to speak to them if
you have any problems or you're not comfortable and they will do
their absolute best to help.
However, sometimes they just can't help. You will be living in
countries that are different and that's part of the experience.
Sometimes, it's impossible to do anything about the food, the local
cultures or the weather.
Meet the teams!
|Eric in Ghana: The welcoming
face of our projects in Ghana, Eric has been arranging projects
in Ghana for over 6 years.
||Babu in India: Based in
the beautiful state of Kerala, Babu is looking forward to meeting
|Neville in Cambodia:
Neville has almost 20 years of experience organising projects
||Ariel in Mexico: One of
our most experienced overseas managers. Meet Ariel who'll be
looking after you in Guadalajara
|Yilong in China: Meet the
team in China who'll be looking after you in Beijing
The UK team is on hand before you leave to discuss any aspect of your project, or just to chat over those questions that you're a bit too embarrassed to ask. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions, we won't tell anyone, and chances are we asked the same questions too before we went on our projects!
The UK team are also on hand outside office hours to liaise with family or loved ones just in case anything happens while you're overseas. Feel free to arrange to meet us or just contact us for a chat about the programmes.
The Global Volunteer Projects UK team is headed by Kevin Dynan.
Kevin has over 10 years experience of organising adventure sports
and travel programmes. Kevin has spent time working for some of
the leading organisations in the gap year / time out travel field
and is one of the most experienced people in this arena. An inveterate
traveller, he has worked and travelled in Central America and Asia
but retains a particular fondness for Africa, particularly Ghana,
where he spent his gap year teaching.
A keen adventure sportsman Kevin has also organised several adventure sports expeditions and has worked as a consultant to various adventure sports companies.