Place for Change is based in India which gives us a great advantage in ongoing contact with all our partner organization, access to lower cost and the best of local travel deals and accommodation options. We also have a highly trained support team to help each volunteer throughout their stay with 24/7 assistance, help and volunteer support.
Place for Change make certain that each of our volunteering programs is connected to a genuine organization. We then find or create projects, jobs and tasks that volunteers can do within the duration of their stay that benefit the organization so that the time spent volunteering is both meaningful and fulfilling.
This is a biggie for us! We have 7 safety principles in place for the safety of all our volunteers. Following these safety policy has helped protect each volunteer from unwanted emergencies and unnecessary situations.
There is no better way to truly experience a new place then to do it the ‘local’ way and that is just how we aim to do it. Each of our trips are chock full of authentic experiences; from trying the local cuisine, the dress, partaking in the local customs and festival and seeing the sights.
No trip is truly complete without a bit of adventure and doing some pretty awesome stuff. We organize a variety of authentic travel trips that volunteer can choose to add it onto their volunteering experience.
Finding the best deals as a traveler in a new country can be a bit tricky. At Place for Change, we make it our job to keep updated with latest deals, offers and discounts available within the country which our volunteers can benefit from. We also network with local travel and housing options that offer reasonable prices and don’t overcharge. All of this is to ensure that volunteers only pay what they need to during their stay in a foreign country.
Place for Change offers customization trips across India. Each trip can be specialized to fit a volunteers skills, area of study, duration of visit and budget.
Place for Change provides assistance for all needs while volunteering, such as; accommodation, food, transportation & all in-country necessities as per volunteer requirement
Place for Change does preliminary identification and assessment of each organization before the volunteer trip to ensure that the volunteer is spending their time with a genuine cause.
24/7 volunteer support for volunteers to request information, assistance or help before & during their volunteering.
Place for Change offers optional Culture & Travel Packages volunteers can avail of. Packages include relaxation, adventure and Incredible India tours.
Place for Change provides Country information & Pre-departure package (How to prepare and what to expect) to help a volunteer prepare for a trip.
All projects and programs have been personally visited by one or more of Place for Change founding members where we have assessed all accommodation options, vehicle drivers, and organizations that volunteers will be in contact with as well as any other places a volunteer would be spending a substantial amount of time at. We also have the mobile numbers of each accommodation, organization driver/tour guide etc for instant communication or in case of an emergency.
We provide constant in country support by the way of phone calls and messages. We also will have a dedicated Place for Change member/liaison that will be 100% focused on helping the volunteers get acclimatized and comfortable with new surroundings and will be there to help with anything that is needed. Culture shock can vary from person to person so having a dedicated “guide” helps to make things more reassuring.
Place for Change insists that all Volunteers must apply for travel insurance from their country that they are leaving from before departing on any trip. Volunteers must also check with their local physicians regarding any mandatory vaccinations and health precautions that should be taken before traveling.
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Any volunteers with medical conditions must notify Place for Change beforehand so we can plan accordingly. If any volunteers are on medication they should bring enough supply to last for the entire duration of their travels in case the same medication is not easily available in the area they are traveling to.
In case of a major emergency or natural disaster Place for Change first response would be to evacuate our volunteers and bring them to our predetermined 'safe place' till other arrangements for departure can be worked out or till situation cools down.
We have a code of conduct put in place for safety that we expect all volunteers to abide by such as; dress code, no females leave the group alone especially at night; volunteer will have a means of communication on them at all times (local mobile phone). This is clearly specified before departure and during orientation in the host country. All volunteers must sign and agree to the terms and conditions of volunteering with Place for Change before traveling.
Any travel abroad comes with certain amount of risk. Aside from the safety policy that Place for Change strictly follows there can still be unpredictable emergencies. Each volunteer should be aware of this and agree to take ultimate responsibility for their choice to travel. Place for Change expects all volunteers to read and sign the Volunteer agreement.
Following our safety policy has helped protect all our volunteers from unwanted emergencies and unnecessary situations. Adherence to these safety measures put forth by Place for Change is necessary for us to do our job of providing safe and secure travel and volunteer experiences.
Preparation with Organization beforehand
Booking for housing and travel
Pre-travel to projects sites as necessary
Customization of projects as necessary
Pre departure package and Country information
Airport Pick up
In country coordinator
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*Travel Packages are additional and not included in the Trip expenses
Volunteers are requested to pay a Deposit of 300 USD once they have been accepted on their volunteer trip. The remainder of the fee should be paid 6 weeks prior to departure of the volunteer trip.
We offer group discounts for groups larger than 4 members, to avail of these discounts you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a buddy offer available: Each person bringing along a buddy on their trip receives a discount on their trip fee. To avail of this offer please write to email@example.com