Who We Are
Changing Worlds is an exciting travel organisation that aims to provide life changing travel experiences for individuals looking to take part in placements overseas during a gap year, career break or as part of a constructive trip abroad.
With placements ranging from career development, internships and work experience, courses and qualifications, paid work options and community volunteering, to fascinating cultural and adventure tours, we provide travel opportunities to suit all interests!
We see travel and adventure as an essential part of career development, playing a key role in building on life and work related skills that will help you to make those crucial career decisions and without doubt benefit your future prospects.
Founded in 1999 and operating in many countries throughout the world, it is safe to say that our placements have stood the test of time! We are a small and focused organisation with the goal of creating life changing experiences through meaningful and productive travel. We believe in broadening your horizons, stepping out of your comfort zone and taking you on an rewarding journey into exciting new cultures.
Changing Worlds was founded with an aim to find some top placements from all over the world and offer people the opportunity to work in a variety of different environments and settings, with the aim of providing them with the appropriate balance of independence and support to facilitate personal growth and development, as well as provide amazing life experiences!
What We Do
We aim to build on your life experiences and help you to develop your own personality, all whilst sharing your time and skills to make a positive impact on those people less fortunate than yourself, or helping to further your own education through our coveted qualifications and courses, or simply improving your future employability and career prospects by placing you in paid work and internship roles. We offer placements in the following types of travel experiences:
• Volunteering in disadvantaged communities
• Internships and Work Experience in professional work environments
• Paid Work roles in specific industries
• Courses and Qualifications to improve your skill set and employability
• Tours for those who are keen to explore or have an adventure
• Summer Camps to assist with the development of children
Travel is our passion and we want to share this with as many people as possible! Our team has travelled extensively across the world, exploring different countries and building our knowledge of different cultures so that we can give you the best advice possible when planning your trip. Everyone is different and we understand the importance of creating a trip that is personal to you. Just tell us where you want to go and what you want to achieve and we will go the extra mile to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime. We have travelled far and wide in search of the best placements available, and we stand by our philosophy that people should Travel with Purpose! Just get in touch today to speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members for more information.
All of our trips are tried and tested so that we feel confident in matching one to your skills and interests. Furthermore, we will always try to tailor a trip to your specific needs and create an experience that is well-suited and unique to you. You can be safe in the knowledge that we have amazing in-country support staff that we are in regularly in contact with to ensure the smooth running of each trip. Our friendly, experienced and approachable in-country placement coordinators strive to make you feel comfortable in your new surroundings and will certainly do all that it takes to ensure that you get the very most out of your placement.
“To provide our participants with a highly personalised and quality experience, offering the opportunity for personal growth and development whilst living and working overseas.”
Many people see travelling as an opportunity to escape from responsibility; however this is not the case. We see travelling as a prime opportunity to develop as an individual and take part in activities that provide a platform to experience an increased responsibility. Whether that is through gaining a greater understanding of cultures, economies, environments or yourself, those who choose to take part in a meaningful travel experience will come back armed with a greater knowledge and understanding of life, and the tools to help them overcome any hurdles in their future career.
We offer a wide range of meaningful travel opportunities to suit all travelling aspirations and personal interests. Whether you want to take part in some volunteering as part of constructive travel, coaching sports for those that wish to share their knowledge with children from disadvantaged communities or further your education and want to gain first-hand experience in your chosen field and enhance your CV on one of our professional internships.
We have a proven track record within the travel industry having sent thousands of travellers away on life changing trips. We spend time nurturing and developing these trips for your benefit with continued success since 1999. We are a business with charitable aims that provides excellent opportunities to those adventurous travellers who are wanting the challenge of living and working abroad.
• A range of safe, well-organised and monitored placements and trips.
• A personalised service, we will take the time to get to know you before you depart, and you will be assigned you own personal Travel Advisor to guide and support you.
• A thorough preparation and extensive pre-departure information pack to help you prepare you for your time overseas.
• Friendly support during your placement, with a 24 hour emergency service.
Changing Worlds was founded in 1999 and supports and follows the code of practice set out by the Year Out Group, to ensure that all Changing Worlds participants have the best experience possible. We are very proud that so many of our participants come to us as a result of recommendations from past volunteers, interns, workers and travellers. Why not ask to be put in touch with somebody who has recently returned from one of our trips overseas?
Our placements will place you in real life situations, and on all placements you will be working with people who genuinely require help and assistance. The individuals and communities that you visit during your placements will be extremely grateful for your time and support.
We will always go that extra mile to tailor and adapt your trip to your needs, so you tell us what you want to gain from your experience and we'll do all that we can to make that happen. We see flexibility as the key to a truly enjoyable travel experience, so we will go through your expectations and tailor a trip to suit your interests.
For more information just drop us a line on +44 (0)208 123 8702, or visit our contact us page and make an enquiry.
We comply with the Package Travel Regulations Act 1992 to ensure all monies paid to us are protected. This includes safeguarding funds in separate client accounts before departure. We also adhere to the strict codes of conduct and financial guidelines set down by a number of leading travel associations, such as the Year Out Group. In the extremely unlikely event of Changing Worlds failing financially before you depart on your trip, you can be safe in the knowledge that all funds will be returned to you, or transferred to our in-country representative so that your trip can still go ahead.
The trip that you plan to embark on will be the most exciting journey you've ever had and we are thrilled about the prospect of making this possible for you!
With all of our placements, the Changing Worlds team has put a lot of background work into making the trip viable and as meaningful and fulfilling as possible - from meeting in-country organisations, vetting in-country staff, conducting safety assessments, and effectively evaluating the benefits for not only you, but for the community you are working in.
Assistance with Choosing Your Trip
It is perfectly natural to be unsure where you should go, or which placement or trip is right for you. That is why we have a friendly team of knowledgeable Travel Advisors on hand to offer all the advice and guidance you need to make the right decision.
When you have chosen the placement or trip that is right for you, you will be assigned your own personal Travel Advisor, who will be on hand to guide you through the essentials to help you prepare for your overseas adventure.
Help with Flights and Insurance
As flights and insurance are not included in our trips, we offer a simple and comprehensive flight and insurance booking service through our travel partners at STA Travel, so even though this is not part of the package, do not worry as we will guide you through this important process.
On arrival in your chosen destination country, it may be a little bit daunting and this is why we ensure a member of our in-country team will be there to meet you. You will be collected at the airport arrivals gate and taken to your accommodation, where you will receive a warm welcome. Within the first few days of your trip you will receive comprehensive local orientation to get you used to your new surroundings, show you how to access any useful amenities and introduce you to some local customs, helping to ensure your safety and security whilst overseas.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is something we deem to be an essential part of any structured placement or trip, and this is why accommodation is included in all of our trips. We also endeavour to provide you with adequate food whilst on your placement, trip or tour; however, sometimes it is not always possible due to the structure of the trip, so be sure to check the Project Summary of each trip so you know what to expect.
Changing Worlds has dedicated in-country support teams available on all of our placements, trips and tours. Your safety and overall enjoyment is paramount, so our staff live close to your accommodation, will be available 24 hours a day and will be your regular contact to make sure everything is running smoothly.
24-hour UK Support
Changing Worlds travellers also benefit from our international support network. Before you travel you will be provided with an emergency telephone number which is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in case of an emergency.
Volunteer Project Support
Much of the work we do overseas is to support local organisations by sending volunteers to aid the local initiatives and charity schemes that benefit the local community. For those of you embarking on a volunteer placement overseas, Changing Worlds makes a donation to help support community development in the region.
Amazing Travel Experiences
It is vital for the development and sustainability of our placements, trips and tours that Changing Worlds is able to provide a reliable flow of participants. We therefore have to spend a portion of your few on recruiting more people eager to travel and see the world. Costs go towards the website maintenance, our office, phone lines, marketing, and our dedicated team of Travel Advisors.
"It’s been amazing! The teaching has definitely been a challenging experience but a very good one. I have been bungee-jumping, seen elephants and lion cubs and spent plenty of time sunbathing on the beach."Emily Smith , Teaching, South Africa
"I’ve had the best year of my life! It’s given me the opportunity to live in and contribute to the development of a wonderful country that I can’t wait to return to."Sam Murphy , Teaching, South Africa
''To be able to assess and treat some of the most promising young footballers in the country, both on and off the pitch, provided me with an opportunity that I would never have been able to get in the UK.''Heather Taylor , Physiotherapy, Ghana
''Just keep doing what you’re doing, it was wonderful to see the differences you have made! I’ve made so many great friends and have the most amazing memories!.''Joanna Hayes , Physiotherapy, Ghana
''I would just like to thank you for such a brilliant to trip to Ghana. I had a fantastic time and thought I was really able to use my skills as a qualified physiotherapist.''Marc Holl , Physiotherapy, Ghana
''The outpatients and staff gave me a send off party and I was touched and embarrassed by the extent of their gratitude. To be truthful, my contribution was limited, but it was appreciated, and I got an enormous amount out of being there.''Sarah Remnant , Physiotherapy, Ghana
''The children were as all children are – loving, giving, and beautiful… and complete rascals! The whole experience will give me treasured memories for a long time to come.''Olivia Kegg , Care Work, South Africa
''Working with the children was absolutely amazing and I still miss their smiles now! I had such an amazing time in Ghana - it truly was a life-changing experience that I will always remember.''Karen Miles , Care Work, Ghana
''The teaching was great, I felt that I learnt a lot and the school seemed to enjoy having me around. The whole experience was all I'd hoped for. I can't wait to get back to Ghana one day!.''Charlotte Sadler , Teaching, Ghana
''The children, the people, the volunteers, and the whole atmosphere in general, made this experience one I’ll never forget.''Magalee Nahas , Teaching, Ghana
''The experience was greatly valuable to me professionally as I gained practical writing experience that I can take home and add to my portfolio and, considering how competitive media jobs are in my city, this is invaluable.''Sarah Kendell , Media & Journalism, Ghana
"Working on the front line on some really exciting news stories and has boosted my confidence that being a journalist is what I want to be. Amazing very relevant experience and just what I needed. Thanks to all the Changing Worlds team for making this possible for me."Thomas Coats , Media & Journalism, Ghana
Amazing people and amazing memories! I got a real taste for this beautiful country on the Ghana Experience.Gemma Hutchinson , Adventure, Ghana
There was never a dull moment on this action packed adventure. I had so much fun with the other people on the trip, I can't wait to go back to Ghana.James Reyland , Adventure, Ghana
I cannot believe how much we packed into only 3 weeks. Volunteering was amazing, and is was great to see the range of things that Ghana has to offer.Rosie Midhurst , Adventure, Ghana
''I used this opportunity to gain work experience, and getting a new perspective of a health care service in a Third World country made me realise how much we take for granted in the UK.''Magalee Nahas , Medical & Health, Ghana
''It was great fun working alongside the locals and we shared lots of laughs and stories. It also felt great to know we were leaving something behind that the community really needed.''Andy Hoyle , Building & Construction, Ghana
''Ghana is a fantastic country and the people are so welcoming and warm, especially the Ghanaian staff. What makes the placement is being part of a team who all have the same viewpoint to help others.''Lisa Paige , Building & Construction, Ghana
“Great people, great experience and there is some great sport to be played in Ghana. Something I'll never forget.”Matt Pheasant , Sports, Ghana
“I have had a fantastic time out in Ghana and what they are trying to acheive out there is truly incredible. I hope to able to do something like this again.”Dale Bradley , Sports, Ghana