In recent years, more and more schools are looking to do volunteer work on their overseas expeditions. Volunteer trips are an excellent way to make a positive impact, visit exciting destinations, and for students to immerse themselves in diverse cultures and increase their global awareness.
However, organising a School Trip Abroad involves A LOT of preparation. PMGY have the expertise, experience and networks to make such an expedition accessible, safe and stress-free. Furthermore, as a social initiative, we are able to guarantee affordable prices without sacrificing the quality of our programmes.
We can tailor a trip around your requirements. Whether you wish to solely focus on volunteering, or would like to incorporate volunteering into a wider trip – we can work together to create the perfect itinerary for you.
PMGY’s UK team will help you in preparing for your trip. Each member of the group will receive a personalised printed expedition handbook, which outlines everything they need to know to prepare for the trip.
The group will also receive a pre-departure briefing by a member of our UK team, which will take place at a location of your choosing. Parents are welcome to attend this session.
We will also set up a dedicated email address for the school group where all students, parents and teachers can email questions to PMGY. You can also contact our UK team at any point with any queries one may have. We will also create a group Facebook page where we will post regular updates to keep families informed of the trips progress.
Whilst you’re in-country, the PMGY UK team will provide you and your family with a 24 hour UK based support service. PMGY maintain strong links with Embassies and High Commissions around the world, and we are well aware of the various economic, social and political situations in each of our host countries. Whatever the circumstance, our UK team are always on-hand to help.
Our in-country teams are experienced in hosting international volunteers and have extensive networks in the local community to ensure they can react quickly and thoroughly in cases of an emergency. We will assign several members of staff to work solely with the group, 24/7. So whatever the issue, we are ready and prepared to assist you.
WHEN CAN WE GO?
We are flexible with our start dates and can arrange the trip around dates that suit you. Just let us know when you can go and we will put a plan in place!
All trips include the following services, factored into the cost price -
• Accommodation and 3 meals per day
• All in-country transport
• 24/7 UK and in-country support
• All travel activities outlined in the trip itinerary
• Project materials and donations for the volunteer work
• PMGY Volunteer Abroad T-shirt and printed expedition handbook for each participant
• One initial information session undertaken by a member of the PMGY UK team - at a location of your choosing
• One pre-departure information session undertaken by a member of the PMGY UK team - at a location of your choosing
PMGY volunteer in Ecuador participants are based in Quito, the country’s capital located in the Andes Mountains. Quito is the highest official capital in the world resting at an elevation of 2,850 metres above sea level. The city has only been slightly changed from its historic state, which is just one of the many reasons it is classified as a UNESCO heritage site.
This major city is home to nearly 3 million people, but with its quaint atmosphere resting in the mountain tops you will find yourself in the majestic views of city life, wilderness and history.
Quito is a uniquely, centralized location to live and work in. In this famous city, you can find yourself at a prime spot to visit the earth’s equator, hike to Cotopaxi Volcano, enjoy panoramic views from the Teleférico, buy souvenirs at the Artesian Market, board the train to the amazon, take a flight to the Galapagos Islands for a long weekend or enjoy a quiet afternoon at Zazu restaurant for a delicious meal.
The city has all the amenities you could require such as banks, hospitals, nightlife and shops. There is also a central bus and train station to take you to the many different regions of beautiful Ecuador.
The Volunteer in Ecuador group will stay at a private residence, exclusive to the group. We can offer separate quarters for the teaching staff and same-sex dorms for the students - up to 6 persons per room. Facilities will be basic, but comfortable. Rooms will be shared with either single beds or bunk beds. There will be western toilets with hot showers and Wi-Fi. There will be a communal area where the group can eat their meals and hang out in their spare time. The accommodation will either be at one of our Volunteer Houses or at a local guesthouse.
All meals will be prepared at the house (during the volunteering part of the expedition). Meals will be traditional Ecuadorian cuisine and we can cater for all dietary requirements. Purified water filters are also provided.
During their travels, the group will stay at hotels in the various locations they will travel to. Accommodation will be basic but comfortable. Meals will be served at restaurants and at the hotels.
The group take part in a construction and renovation project alongside childcare and teaching projects. This will give the group a varied experience and also enable them to see a tangible result from their contribution. We may need to divide the group into teams of 10 or 12 people and place them at different projects, due to the limited space available at the placements. The group will always be supported by the PMGY Ecuador team.
All transport is included in your Programme Fee. We will arrange private vehicles to transfer the group throughout their stay. The vehicles can accommodate up to 12 people per vehicle, so we may not use multiple minivans. There will always be a member of the PMGY Ecuador accompanying the team.
The cost is £699 per person. This includes:
• Accommodation and meals
• In-country transport
• Project donations and building materials
• Travel activities outlined in the itinerary
• 24/7 UK and pre-departure support
The additional costs to factor into an overall budget would be:
• Travel Insurance & vaccinations
• Spending money (£50 to £100)
10-40 Students Per Trip
We work with all the top School Travel Tour Operators, offering a huge range of inspirational trips, tours and expeditions, whether you are looking for a short hop over the channel to France, or a multi-week trek on the other side of the globe. Below are a few suggestions similar to Plan My Gap Year or head to our tailor-made trip form and let us know how we can help you!