Who else will be on my project?
All kinds of young people from all walks of life take part in our programmes. The main qualifications are enthusiasm and a sense of humour! You may be part of a school group, or could be an individual taking part. Many people will not know anyone else. Everyone participating in Project Helpers youth expeditions must be over between 16 -19 years of age at the time of departure.
Do I need to be super fit?
Although projects can be strenuous at times, you do not need to be super fit! Trekking tends to be on rough paths and can be hard underfoot. It is highly recommended that you undertake a basic training programme prior to departure. We will send you a suggested fitness programme soon after you have registered.
Are there any hidden extras?
There are no hidden extras! Please read the sections below on included and excluded services.
Who will be leading the project?
We only use qualified and experienced UK Mountain Leaders and Medics on our expeditions. Our Leader Teams are backed up by a team of local guides. You will have a chance to meet your Leader Team prior to departure.
Food and accommodation
The food is good and plenty of it; meals are good and local style. Depending on the project, teams may prepare their own food, or food will be prepared by our support staff. Teams are required to help with the preparation of the food each day.
All flights, food, accommodation, in-country transport, permits, advice and staff costs are included in the price. We also provide travel insurance for your peace of mind.
What's not included?
You will need to organise your own Visa (if appropriate), 10-year passport, personal equipment, vaccinations and transport to and from the airport (Gatwick or Heathrow). Prior to departure, we will send you a detailed kit list of the equipment you will need.
Is it safe?
Due to the nature of overseas travel, there will always be an element of risk. Prior to departure, we carry out detailed risk assessments and reconnaissance. Your safety is our priority! Adventure Lifesigns are a project partner of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office "Know Before You Go" campaign and utilise the services of specialist travel security companies for daily safety updates. Whilst teams are overseas we operate a tried and tested 24-hour operation room, ready to deal with any event that may occur. All of our teams carry satellite telephones and GPS tracking devices as standard.
What about health issues?
Prior to departure, we will send you a list of recommended vaccinations for the area you are travelling to. We recommend you discuss this list with your GP or a specialist travel clinic such as Nomad Travel www.nomadtravel.co.uk. During the project, our team of experienced leaders carry a comprehensive medical pack and are linked by mobile and satellite systems back to a team of UK-based travel doctors. Should you need specialist treatment, our travel insurance will ensure that you receive excellent treatment in some of the best clinics in-country.
A comprehensive travel list of equipment will be sent out to you shortly after registration. You do not need a great deal of equipment for the expedition and it should all easily fit in a 50-65 litre rucksack. Specialist group equipment such as helmets or mosquito nets are provided by Adventure Lifesigns.
What if the itinerary changes?
Due to the nature of overseas projects, itineraries and timings do change/go wrong! We cannot be responsible for any delay or change which is caused by adverse weather conditions, rescheduling of an airline, airport authority, mechanical breakdown or industrial action. Our insurance will normally cover significant flight delays. Your safety is paramount to us and we therefore reserve the right to change a trek's route/project site should the need arise.