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Duration: 21 Days
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Embark on an epic 21 day journey from Melbourne to Brisbane soaking up some of Australia's most incredible sights along the way. Enjoys some of the Australia's best marine sanctuaries, national parks, koalas, kangaroos, rainforest treks, and loads more!

Aussie Road Trip
A road trip along Australia’s South East coast is an amazing way to experience the best Australia has to offer. This world famous route is not only a journey of incredible beauty, it is also full of such diversity that it allows a perfect balance of relaxing on the beaches of Byron Bay, Fraser Island and Port Stephens to exploring the bustling cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This trip will offer unbeatable experiences with Australia's most famous wildlife inhabitants, the native kangaroos and the koalas, as well as bottlenose dolphins, whales, turtles and so much more.  Immerse yourself into the Australian community with a week of volunteer work, plus opportunities to learn to surf, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, and hike in the mountains, you will be embracing the laid back Australian approach to life in no time.

Day 1-6: Melbourne to Sydney
Your Australian adventure starts with your first stop will be Melbourne, this is a vibrant city is packed full of arts and culture, which you will be able to absorb during a city tour. Heading on from Melbourne, you will journey along the world renowned Great Ocean Road, where the views have to be seen to be believed, the rock  formations, most famously the 12 Apostles will undoubtedly impress any traveller.

Sydney is home to some of the most iconic images of Australia, including Sydney Harbour, Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Your time here will be a mixture of planned trips, including a harbour cruise and a trip to world famous Bondi Beach, and free time so you can decide what exciting avenues of Sydney you want to explore. A short journey west of Sydney lies the epic Blue Mountains, where you will trek to visit breathtaking waterfalls, ending up at the spectacular Three Sisters Rock Formation. 

Day 7 -12: Port Stephens Volunteering
The next stop on your journey is the beautiful Port Stephens, with it’s crystal clear waters and pristine white sand, the beaches here could fast become your favourite beaches in Australia. You will have a few days to relax in Port Stephens, including visiting the Tilligerry Conservation Centre, exploring the National Parks and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales that are often spotted offshore. 

The next 5 days will see you volunteering in a local community project in Port Stephens, this can be either Environmental Conservation or Wild Animal Rescue. Both of these options will provide you with an unforgettable experience whilst providing invaluable help to the local community. 

Day 13 - 17: Byron Bay, Brisbane and Fraser Island
Byron Bay is sure to be a highlight of your trip, yoga on the beach, relaxing and surfing lessons, it will a chance to kick back and hang out like a real local. Next stop on your tour of Australia will be in beautiful Brisbane with a guided walking tour of this amazing city.  Next you will make the short journey north to the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island, which is home to white sandy beaches and palm trees, that is sure to exceed the perfect image of Australia that you may already have in mind, with it’s stunning 75 mile beach. 

Day 18 - 21 : The Great Barrier Reef and Brisbane
Saving the best to last? Who hasn’t got the The Great Barrier Reef on their bucket list? And this visit to Lady Musgrave Island will not leave you disappointed. You will have the opportunity to snorkel among one of the largest and most beautiful coral reefs in the world, with an abundance of marine wildlife, including sea turtles, this will be a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget.

Your tour will conclude with a guided tour of Brisbane, where you will have a farewell dinner and a chance to enjoy Brisbane’s famous nightlife before heading home or on to your next destination. 

Highlights
1)Driving the Great Ocean Road, stopping to view the natural marvel that is the 12 Apostles. 
2) Soak up the sun and spectacular views on Fraser Island's seventy- five mile Beach.
3) Surf, snorkel, kayak and soak up the sun in Byron Bay.
4) Conservation Volunteer work in Port Stephens
5) Dolphin and whale spotting in Port Stephens.
6) Viewing the amazing sights of Sydney from the water on the Sydney Harbour cruise.
7) Trekking through the Blue Mountain Region to view beautiful waterfalls and the Three Sisters.
8) Cuddle the Koalas at the Lone Pine Koala Centre
9) Soak up the sights at the world famous Rainbow Beach
10) Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef

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Quick Facts

Trip Name
Aussie Road Trip
Trip Code
AUTRT1
Continent
Australasia
Country
Australia
Airport
Melbourne International Airport (MEL)
Minimum Duration
21 Days
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Group Tours
Activity
Wildlife & Conservation, Adventure
Cost
From £1200 for 21 Days
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This is a 21 day tour only.
Pre-requisites
No prior experience required. Participants will be required to have a good level of health and fitness for some activities on the itinerary.
Ideal for
Gap Year in Australia; Group Tours in Australia; Career Break in Australia; Volunteering in Australia; Gap Year Wildlife and Conservation in Australia; Travel in Australia.
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Arrival Dates

Start dates are every second Monday of the year and you should arrive on the preceding Sunday. Note that the tour does not run over the Christmas period each year. You must book this tour at least 4 weeks before the start date but do check with us before if it falls below this period.

Visa
British Nationals will require a visa to enter Australia, we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Australian government website by clicking here.
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Included

Accommodation
You will be staying in shared accommodation in various guesthouses and youth hostels and our volunteer centre during your time in Port Stephens.
Meals
You will receive 21 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 18 dinners on this tour.
Tour Activities
Entry to the national parks, museums and activities that are listed as included on the Itinerary on the Extra Info tab.
Transport
Mostly public transport will be used to travel, and all travel is included in the price (with the exception of travel on your free days).
Tour Leader
You will have a dedicated tour leader with you through out the whole trip, who will provide you with all information you require during the tour.
Support
Pre departure support. Trained in country coordinator support. 24 hour emergency support.
Equipment & Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
Not Included
Flights; Airport Transfers; Travel Insurance; Vaccinations, Tourist Visa; Some Meals as per Itinerary; Any Activities not on Itinerary or optional activity options.
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Not Included

Flights; Airport Transfers; Travel Insurance; Vaccinations, Tourist Visa; Some Meals as per Itinerary; Any Activities not on Itinerary or optional activity options. Spending money.
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Example Itinerary
Day 1: Melbourne City 
You will kickstart your Australian adventure in beautiful Melbourne, your friendly and knowledgeable local guide will take you on a journey to explore Melbourne’s amazing sights. Experience the culture and lifestyle of this incredible city and reveal stories about Australia’s cultural capital. You will visit Melbourne museum, the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere, the heritage gardens and no visit would be complete without taking a tram ride! 

Highlights - Guided tour through Melbourne city centre, visit Melbourne Museum, the Heritage Gardens and funky laneways.

Day 2 : Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles
Take a ride along the Great Ocean Road, which winds alongside the wild Southern Ocean, high atop Australia's southern sandstone cliffs. You will pass through local koala and kookaburra habitats along the way to Port Campbell, where you will have the opportunity to view the stunning sandstone rock formations of The 12 Apostles – get your camera at the ready! Whilst learning about the formation of these weathered giants, you will also enjoy a walk atop the headland above the cliffs. Your trip down the famous Great Ocean Road will also include trips to attractions such as The Grotto, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge, The Arch and the spectacular Bay of Martyrs. 

Highlights – Drive the Great Ocean Road, look out for wild Koalas and Kookaburra’s at Kennet River, visit the 12 Apostles, walk down Gibson Steps, The Arch, The Grotto, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and The Bay of Martyrs.  

Day 3: Melbourne to Sydney 
Sydney is probably Australia’s most famous city and it won’t take you long to realise why, today you will have a guided walking tour of the city. You will pass by beautiful Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, you will get your first glimpse of the Sydney Harbour, with two national icons; Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Highlights – Guided walking tour of Sydney city, Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Day 4: Sydney - Bondi Beach and Harbour Cruise
A trip to Sydney isn’t complete without taking the 6km Bondi to Coogee walk, this is a stunning walk, boasting views of Gordon’s Bay, Clovelly, and Tamarama.
You will return to the city on a ferry ride through Sydney Harbour, one of the best harbours in the world, and the best way to see it is with a harbour cruise, taking you past the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison and other attractions in the area. You'll then cruise the magnificent upper reaches of Middle Harbour, home to beautiful parks, beaches and marinas, all revealing Sydney's relaxed, yet lavish lifestyle. 

Highlights - Bondi to Coogee walk including Gordon’s Bay, Clovelly and Tamarama, and a ferry ride on Sydney harbour viewing the Sydney Opera House, Fort Dennison and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Day 5: Blue Mountains
Today you will head out of Sydney and head for the Blue Mountains, and start your day looking for wildlife at Euroka clearing and see native birds and wild Grey Kangaroos in their native habitat, before taking a 2-hour guided walk to the fantastic Wentworth Falls, getting to grips with the vast array of flora and fauna that inhabits the area. After lunch we descend into the Jamison Valley down the historic Fuber Stairs, where, from the depths of the rainforest you will view Katoomba Falls and the iconic Three Sisters. Now just to hop on the Scenic Railway, the world's steepest railway, and head up to the top of the valley. Now to just kick back and relax as we return to the city.

Highlights – Full day Blue Mountains tour, including guided walks of the Three Sisters Rock formation, Wentworth Falls and Scenic Railway ride. 

Day 6: Sydney - Free Day & Travel to Port Stephens
Sydney is an incredibly lively city; you will always find something fun to do! Relax in Hyde Park or Centennial Park, or visit Bondi Beach and take the stunning coastal walk to Coogee. You can also jump on the ferry over the Manly and experience Sydney's surf beaches. For history and culture seekers, visit one of the many museums, take a guided tour or watch a performance at the spectacular Sydney Opera House. 

In the afternoon you will make the beautiful journey from Sydney to Port Stephens. Take in some amazing sites along the way as you head from Port Stephens to Sydney, such as crossing over the almighty Hawkesbury River and the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Day 7: Port Stephens 
The region of Port Stephens is a natural beauty, blessed with some of the coast's clearest waters, pristine beaches and stunning National Parks. Port Stephens is often referred to as the Dolphin Capital of Australia, surrounded by 100,000 hectares of marine sanctuaries and home to an exceptional abundance of marine life, including bottlenose dolphins and migratory whales.

You will head to the Nelson Bay Marina to learn more about the natural environment of this beautiful area, you will head out for a dolphin cruise and have the opportunity to snorkel to take a closer look below the crystal clear waters. To top off your action packed first day in Port Stephens, you will hike to the top of Tomaree Headland Lookout to enjoy striking views of Port Stephens, the ocean and the offshore islands, or if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the whales that patrol the waters during migration (dependent on the time of year). 

Highlights – Nelson Bay marina, scenic views at Tomaree Headland Lookout and snorkeling/dolphin cruise. 


Day 8 – 12
Community volunteer week. Options include Wild Animal Rescue or Environmental Conservation.

Day 13: Byron Bay 
Welcome to Byron Bay! This beautiful town has something for everyone, and is home to many alternative lifestyles with various mind, body and spirit activities to indulge in, or simply enjoy the relaxing surf town vibe and stunning beach. There are a range of activities available including yoga lessons, body massage and meditation classes (all at your own expense) to ease you into this laid back town. 

Day 14: Byron Bay
There is no place better to see the sunrise than at Cape Byron, Australia’s most easterly point, and if you are really lucky you might see a Whale too. 
Then it is time to really learn how to live like a local by hitting the waves, you will have a surfing lesson from an accredited and experienced surf instructor. Sydney is famous for having some of the best waves in the world, where better to learn to surf? If that wasn’t enough there are also options to get involved with Kayaking, beach volleyball, snorkelling … there is a lot to keep you busy. 

Highlights- Sunrise at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Surfing lesson. Optional kayaking and snorkelling.

Day 15: Brisbane
No trip to Australia is complete without getting up close and personal to a Koala Bear, and where better to do this than The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the largest Koala Sanctuary in the world with 130 Koalas. You will have the amazing opportunity to hand feed the kangaroos and Koalas who reside here.

Highlights - Come close to Australia’s native animals where you can cuddle a koala, hand-feed a kangaroo and enjoy Sheep Shearing and wildlife shows throughout the day.

Day 16: Sunshine Coast
After enjoying some free time in the morning in Brisbane you will head North to the sunshine coast. Here you will be blown away by the charming and beautiful town of Rainbow Beach, you will soak up the stunning  scenery of the towered coloured sands from the Carlo Sand blow and then you will sand board your way to the bottom.

Highlights - Free time in Brisbane, the multi-coloured sands of Rainbow Beach, Carlo Sand Blow and Sand Boarding.

Day 17: Visit Fraser Island 
Fraser Island is known as the Great Sandy National Park and is a World Heritage site. The world's largest sand island was home to the Badtjala Aboriginal people for some 5000 years and was known as "K’Gari”. This special place supports an extraordinarily diverse rainforest, wildflower heath, mangroves, birds and the rarest population of dingoes in Australia. 

With dunes reaching up to 240 meters in height and containing an astonishing half the total number of dune lakes in the world, with 40 in total. You will travel along the world famous Seventy-Five Mile Beach, you will have to prepare yourself for some real Kodak moments along the way. The more you learn about Fraser Island, the more you’ll understand how truly remarkable it is. 

Highlights – visit Seventy Five Mile Beach, see the iconic Pinnacles Coloured Sands and Maheno Shipwreck, visit Eli Creek and swim in the islands’ crystal clear freshwater lakes, and explore the rugged rainforests.

Day 18: Rainbow Beach
This morning will be a day of relaxation and free time, you can hire a surfboard and test your new surfing skills at Australia’s longest break at Double Island. Or you could head to Tin Can Bay to hang out with the wild dolphins, or you can relax in the Australian sunshine. In the afternoon you will travel to Bundabery, where you will have the opportunity to visit the famous Budaberg Rum distillery and the Mon Repos Turtle Rookery.

Highlights - Explore the multi-coloured sands of Rainbow Beach and enjoy relaxing on one of the most unique beaches in the world

Day 19: The Great Barrier Reef
Today you will travel in style aboard a luxury high speed catamaran to Lady Musgrave Island, the second southernmost island on the Great Barrier Reef. Here you will have the opportunity to snorkel on the most famous coral reef in the world, keep your eyes peeled for the turtles who are frequent visitors to these waters. You can even have the optional extra to scuba dive and explore these waters even further

Highlight - Enjoy the white sandy beaches of this tropical island paradise and enjoy some of the best snorkelling and Scuba Diving (optional extra) on the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 20:  Brisbane City Tour 
Today you will head off and explore the magnificent city of Brisbane with a guided walk that takes you to visit the city’s most impressive sights. Brisbane is known as the Sunshine capital of Australia and is known as being one of the top cities in Australia for international and domestic travel.
Throughout your day in Brisbane, you will visit Brisbane Arcade, the City Hall, the amazing Treasury Casino, the beautiful Queens Gardens, the pristine Botanic Gardens, the South Bank, Brisbanes Old Government House and more. 

In the evening you will have a farewell dinner and the chance to explore Brisbne’s famous nightlife.

Day 21:  Departures 
Time to start packing and get ready to say goodbye to your new friends as you prepare to make your way home or on to your next destination.

Australia Map

It’s easy to see why Australia tops the charts as the most popular tourist and gap year destinations in the world; it’s history, culture and outstanding landscapes make the country a unique land to explore and discover. Australia’s fascinating history dates back 50,000 years when the first Aboriginal settlers arrived bringing with them a rich living culture and a longstanding history of diverse arts, dance, music and myths and continues to draw in the more nomadically inclined of us.

These days Australia is a unique blend of established traditions and new influences and has become a melting pot of art, cuisine, architecture and fashion, due to the settlers travelling from fruitful locations across the world. 


Quick Facts
Name
Commonwealth of Australia
Location
Australasia
Bordering Countries
Australia does not have any bordering countries
Capital City
Canberra
Government
Federal monarchy, Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system
Population
23 million
Language
English
Currency
Australian Dollar (AUD)
Name
Commonwealth of Australia
Poverty
12.5% of the population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Coal, Iron ores, Tin ores, Wool, Beef, Barley, Raw sugar.
Climate
Varies from the tropical northern regions, to the temperate climate of the southern regions.
Time Zone
GMT +8/11 - Australia covers multiple time zones.
Flag
Australia Flag

Fun Facts
• More than 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometres of the coast
• Australia contains 16 world heritage listed sites including historic townships, cities and landscapes
• Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital of Australia

Travel Highlights
• Star-gazing at the beautiful and peaceful Ayres Rock (Uluru)
• Take a trip to the Sydney Opera House
• Ride on the southern hemisphere’s steepest train in the Blue Mountains
• Experience the amazing landscape of Frazer Island
• Swim with turtles and try to find Nemo while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef 

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Where is Australia?
The sixth largest country in the world, Australia comprises of the mainland of the Australian continent and numerous smaller islands all situated in the Southern Hemisphere. Located just to the south of Southeast Asia, and dividing the Indian and South Pacific Oceans Australia’s neighbouring countries include Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and New Zealand.

Australia’s Climate
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate can vary throughout the country due to it’s size. Northern areas of the country are typically warm throughout the year with southern areas experiencing cooler winters. As with all countries in the Southern hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere, so it’s summer falls between December to February is summer, March to May is Autumn, June to August is winter, and September to November is spring. It is also one of the driest continents on earth with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres.

Language in Australia
Although Australia has no official language, it is largely monolingual with English being the most widely spoken, however Australian English has a distinctive vocabulary and accent and differs from English in spelling and grammar. The next most common languages are Mandarin and Italian.  Prior to the arrival of the Europeans in the 17th century around 400 different languages existed amongst the Aboriginals.

The People of Australia
The people of Australia are recognised worldwide for their chilled out nature, welcoming attitude and positive outlook on life. With a mix of indigenous cultural traditions and a rich mosaic of migrant cultures the people of Australia are as varied as it’s landscapes. The country's original inhabitants were the Aboriginals who are the custodians of one of the worlds oldest continuing cultural traditions and have lived in Australia for 50,000 years. There is a great diversity among different Indigenous communities and each encompasses its own mixture of cultures, customs and languages. Some of these communities strive to protect their traditions and way of life by living in rural Australia, typically practising and selling aboriginal art, such as paintings, beadwork, woodwork, bark paintings and paintings in order to make a living, however many have now chosen to integrate into Australia’s modern society and live in the major cities.

Infact more than 75% of Australians live a cosmopolitan lifestyle, mostly inhabiting the major capital cities along the coast, which are renowned for their lively arts scene, including film, art, theatre and music. When you think of music in Australia the first thing that springs to mind is the iconic didgeridoo, developed by indigenous Australians around 1500 years ago. Music forms an integral part of the social, cultural and ceremonial observances of these people and the didgeridoo has played a large part in this history. These days there is a thriving modern music scene in Australia, from folk to hip hop and rock to pop there is something to suit all tastes and you are sure to stumble across a great club night or one of it’s many music festivals during your stay.
 
Travelling in Australia
There is plenty to keep you busy in Australia and whether you are an adventure seeker, city slicker or wildlife enthusiast you are sure to never get bored! If you fancy pushing your endurance you could explore the famous Blue Mountains on the Six Foot Track, tackle the Australian bush, hike Tasmania's overland track, or snowboard down the pristine winter slopes. Make sure you check out the world famous Great Barrier Reef where you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail through one of the most fascinating nature spots on earth. Gain a deeper understanding of Australia's rich cultural history as you explore the Northern Territory and walk the base of Uluru at the Red Centre. Browse Aboriginal art in Alice Springs and learn about traditional Dreamtime myths in Kakadu national park where you will also find a huge array of rainforests, wildlife and beautiful waterfalls. Choose from skiing down the snow covered mountains, discovering the fascinating coral reefs, exploring the vast deserts or surfing the sparkling clear waters.

Gap Year and Career Break Travel in Australia
Australia is jam packed with adventure activities, beautiful landscapes and thriving cities that is perfect for explorers and travellers alike. Make sure you make the most of your gap year or career break abroad where you are guaranteed a good time in one of the worlds most popular and sought after destinations.

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your tour is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
 
Project Assessment
Before you see a tour on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the tour. Only then do you get to see the tour on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and guaranteed to be an amazing experience.
 
Help Choosing Which Tour
If you are not sure which tour or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right tour or destination for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your tour, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions in build up to your tour start date.
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our tour fees. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to find flights and insurance to suit your tour budget. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation and help you settle in.
 
Arrival Induction
We will take you through a local orientation and tour induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, talk your through your tour itinerary, and it will also show you how to stay safe while travelling abroad.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is provided on all of our tours. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation, this is something that will be offered to you at different stages of your tour. We endeavour to supply food where we can on our tours, however in some cases this is not always possible. Please see the trip itinerary on the Extra Info tab for further details.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you and guide you throughout your tour. Our staff can be reached 24-hours a day and will travel with you throughout your tour to ensure everything is running smoothly, and that you are happy.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Giving Others Similar Travel Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our tours overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
Air Travel Flights Travel

There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour.

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. If you would like to talk with one of our STA Travel advisors to get a quote then either call them on +44 (0)333 321 3102 or email changingworlds@statravel.co.uk

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Changing Worlds is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.
 
STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.
 
Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.
 
Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.
 
Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.
 
To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:
 
• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
 
Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.
 
Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Visas
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Changing Worlds will supply you with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Vaccinations
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage instalments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Visas
Next you will need to get your visa for your trip. British citizens do not require visas unless they are planning to work before or after the course, in which case a Working Holiday Visa will be required. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!
 
1) Are meals included in this trip? 
Food is an important, so we include meals for the duration of this trip. Our team will provide 3 meals per day, apart the free weekend in Port Stephens where 2 meals per day will be provided and the on all other free days meals will not be included. 

2) What accommodation and support is provided?
Accommodation is provided in guesthouses and youth hostels. You will be provided with a 24/7 emergency number for each respective country on arrival, and you will have the dedicated support from English speaking staff on site. Our in-country team also operates formal helpdesk during working hours for any feedback and questions from our participants.

3) Can a participant book a private room? 
On the whole, the accommodation we provide is twin or four shared, however we do offer those looking for a bit more privacy the opportunity to guarantee their own single room for an extra fee per week (dependant on availability – ask us for details). Just let us know in the comments section of your booking and we will try to make it happen for you! 

4) What ages are allowed on the trip? 
Those taking part in this trip need to be 18+ year olds. 

5) When do trip activities take place? 
The general schedule for this trip runs starts on a Monday. This trip is available all year but please take note that schedule adjustments may occur on certain dates throughout the year, due to the constant evolution of the projects and circumstances beyond our control.

6) When can a participant arrive? 
As part of our in-country service we endeavour to provide an airport pick-up for all participants. A participant should arrive at their arrival airport between 8.00am and 8.00pm on Sunday of their trip start date, and will be met in the airport arrivals by a member of our in-country team or transfer service. We suggest arranging your flight to arrive plenty earlier than 8.00pm to allow for flight delays and baggage collection.

For those participants arriving outside of these times, extra transport can be arranged at an additional cost. Please contact us in this case so we can make arrangements.

7) How are participants transported? 
Trip participants should expect to be transferred from the airport to their trip location by public transport (Taxi or Coach). Depending on your chosen trip, trip related transport can vary between minibus, open air cars, boats, and even bicycles. 

8) What level of interactivity is required for this trip? 
We require our participants to be socially active whilst taking part in your trip! This trip incorporates lots of inter-action with the local people and culture, involves some local travel, and our volunteer projects will need you to use initiative the ability to think on your feet. In all cases, our in-country coordinators will be there to guide you and provide 24hr support to ensure everything is running smoothly. 
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  • ''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.''
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  • 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.
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  • ''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.''
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  • ''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.''
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  • ''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.''
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  • “Great people, great experience and there is some great sport to be played in Ghana. Something I'll never forget.”
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  • “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.”
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  • “It was fascinating to associate and live with a number of different cultures. The experience of helping other who lived an extensively sheltered and innocent life was invaluable.”
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  • "A demanding, thrilling, incredible insight into this beautiful and stunning country and to top it off: an entirely rewarding project that makes you appreciate everything."
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  • "I was so surprised how quickly I picked up the language! The school was great and really supportive throughout the learning process and it was amazing to practice what I had learnt in real life situations."
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