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If you'd prefer not to apply online you can also fill out a paper application (.PDF file) (3.9MB) and mail it back to us. You can also submit your application over the phone. Our Phone number is 09 889 0587 in Australia or 09 889 0587 in New Zealand.

Complete the application form as fully as possible. While it is useful for us to have your passport number and referee details they are not immediately crucial to start processing your application. A deposit of $495 is required with your application. This is part of the overall cost, not an additional fee. We will immediately acknowledge receipt of your application and deposit payment.

Please call us or email us if there's anything you would like to discuss. The fees include food, accommodation, insurance and the support of our staff at home and at your destination.

For details on what is covered and not covered in the project fees, please look  here.

What happens next?

Within fifteen working days we expect to write to welcome you formally on to our program. At this point we will have set you up a personal website called MyProjectsAbroad with a login name and password. You can use these to access the following information:

  • General information about your destination, along with information about Projects Abroad staff, offices etc.
  • Information about your insurance cover
  • A link to teaching and care resources (if you've applied for a teaching or care project)
  • An invoice for the balance of your fee, payable three months before departure (or immediately, if there are less than three months to go)
  • Our formal terms and conditions
  • Top tips for travellers information
  • Fundraising ideas
  • Kit List

Visa information and travel information, if they apply to you, will also be uploaded onto your dedicated site, or sent to you, usually between one and four months before your departure. This time-frame depends on airlines, embassies etc. About a month before your departure, we will upload or send you full information about your particular placement.

If you stay on your placement over your invoiced duration we will charge you US$50 (US$100 for for Cambodia Conservation, Thailand Conservation, Fiji Conservation, Belize Conservation and China Animal Care) a day to cover your food, accommodation, insurance and support. Extra insurance can be purchased to cover any days taken travelling to and from the project.

Alternatively extra insurance can be purchased to cover any days taken travelling to and from the destination, to ensure you have your full two, four or six weeks, for example, at the project.

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Amendments & Cancellations

If personal, academic or other circumstances turn out to make travel impossible at the time planned, placements can normally be deferred without cost or for a minimal charge. Please call us to discuss your situation.

Amendments, cancellations or part-cancellations must be notified in writing.  The charge for amendments ranges from $100 to $300 plus the amount charged to Projects Abroad by third parties.  If the total cost is going to exceed $180, we will provide you with a quote before proceeding.  Cancellation charges depend on how far in advance of the "preferred departure date" entered on your application form we have been informed in writing. If only a month and a year are specified on the application form, the "preferred departure date" is the 1st of the month specified:

  • Notice of 3 months or more - $150
  • Notice of 2-3 months - One third of total program fee
  • Notice of 1-2 months - Two thirds of total program fee
  • Notice of less than 1 month - No refund

A “month” in all matters to do with Projects Abroad is defined as a calendar month. Please note that the above cancellation charges apply whether an application is made more than three months before the proposed departure date or less than three months before the proposed departure date. Deposits paid in relation to departures not more than three months ahead are non-refundable.

Please also note that if you have made your final payment, cancellation insurance will be available in defined circumstances. Please remember - we're not responsible for everything.

If you choose to take part in one of our programmes, we cannot provide for every eventuality. You will be choosing to travel far afield to places that can be both exotic and unpredictable. Lifestyles and conditions will be different from those you are used to - not necessarily worse but different. Please be prepared to cope with the unexpected, with local customs and shortages; with the vagaries of weather, travel and mankind in general. Common sense and good humour will see you through most things.

We recommend that you read our full Terms & Conditions before applying.

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