Are vaccinations required?
Yes, vaccinations are required, including Yellow Fever. However, please understand that AMPED does not employ trained medical professionals. Participants are required to consult a travel physician prior to departure.
Can I stay with a friend?
Absolutely! Just be sure to specify your request to stay with a friend and your friend's name on the application form.
Can I volunteer more hours or volunteer on the weekend?
Sure, this is possible! In fact, some projects might require participants to volunteer on the weekends for a maximum of five hours. Check with AMPED's Africa Program Manager to confirm your project's requirements.
Do I need a passport or visa?
For Africa, BOTH are needed -- a passport and a visa.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, medical/travel insurance is required and it may be purchased through Travel Protectors. Phone 877.515.9055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you accept groups or families?
You bet! Please contact our Africa Program Manager for information about which projects and destinations are recommended for groups and families.
Do you have to be from the US or UK to participate?
No, AMPED accepts volunteers from all corners of the world provided they meet the eligibility requirements and are able to secure the appropriate travel documents.
Does my host family speak English?
Yes, the host families speak English.
How are the host families selected?
There are many criteria taken into consideration for the selection of our host families, including: Interviews - Our in-country partners will conduct home visits to ensure the accommodations are suitable for hosting volunteers as well as to get a feel for whether the family is a good fit for the program. Personal references - Many of the cities where our projects are located have a small town atmosphere. Residents are familiar with the reputations of individuals in their surrounding community. Experience - Previous experience with hosting volunteers. The majority of our host families have served as hosts to visitors from around the world for many years.
How do I contact my family and friends?
You may stay in touch with your family or friends via email and postcards.
How do I get to my project?
How do I get to the airport when it's time to return home? How long are your placements?
Placements are 4-12 weeks in duration. Longer stays can be arranged for an additional fee.
How much does it cost for laundry services?
The cost and type of services available vary from country to country. Please refer to your placement information upon receipt.
How much is it to take a taxi or bus?
While taxi and bus fares are usually very reasonable, this information varies from country to country. Please refer to your placement information upon receipt.
How much money do I need?
Participants are advised to budget an additional $50-$100/ week for shopping and excursions; and incidentals. Note: This amount varies according to individual spending habits.
Is it possible to arrange for vegetarian or vegan meals?
Yes, we can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. Please be sure to note your dietary requirements on your application.
Is the water safe to drink?
No, the water is not safe to drink. Distilled waters can be purchased around town.
Is there someone to supervise my work?
Yes, there are project supervisors at each of the project sites.
What about safety?
You can rest assured that we take every precaution possible to make sure our volunteers are placed within a safe environment. In addition, as is the case with traveling anywhere that is not familiar, volunteers should exercise routine caution.
The following are some basic guidelines for volunteers to follow when traveling abroad.
In-country safety practices are further reinforced and expounded upon during arrival orientation.
Travel with a group of friends rather than alone, especially at night.
Do not carry large sums of money on your person
Do not take/wear expensive or flashy jewelry
If you leave for the weekend, be sure to inform your in-country coordinators and host family about your plans and where you are going
Listen to and follow to the advice of the in-country staff. As citizens of the country, they have the lay of the land, and they know what is best.
What are the age requirements to participate?
Participants must be at least 18 years of age, unless specified otherwise on our website or traveling with a parent or guardian.
What do I need to pack?
In addition to an open mind, the following is a general packing list.
4 pairs of underwear
4 pair of socks
2 long sleeve shirts
3 pairs of pants
2 pairs of shorts
swimsuit or board shorts
For some projects, such as conservation projects, more project specific items may be required.
What do volunteers do on weekends?
Participants usually go to the beach and visit tourist sites during their free time.
What does the program fee include?
The program fee includes airport pick-up and drop-off, orientation, host family accommodations, meals, and 24/7 emergency in-country support.
What if I get sick?
Hospitals and/or clinics are located within a convenient and reasonable distance from the accommodations and projects.
What if I want to donate items to my project?
When donating items to your project, we suggest waiting to purchase the items in-country (especially medical supplies) as it usually cheaper to purchase the items in-country and it saves you the trouble of trying to fit everything in your luggage. In addition, you may be required to pay taxes in order to have the items released from customs. Again, this can be particularly difficult when it comes to medical supplies.
What is the average age of volunteers?
The average age demographic for Latin America is 18-26 years of age. Of course, the more people the merrier. All that meet the eligibility requirements are welcome to participate.
What is the weather like?
The climate is very humid, and sometimes warm.
When do your programs begin?
Volunteer placements and internship assignments usually begin the first and third Monday of each month. However, alternate start dates can be accommodated upon request.
Who will meet me at the airport?
AMPED's in-country coordinator will meet you at the airport.
Will I be volunteering alone?
There are usually 2-3 volunteers and interns per project site. Please keep in mind that some projects have more appeal to volunteers/interns than others. Please also understand that the summer months, May-August, make up our busy season.
Will I have any free time?
Yes, evenings and weekends are usually designated as free time.
Do I need to bring a mosquito net?
No, a mosquito net is not needed.
What if I want to donate items to my project?
Project donations are welcome. Check with the Africa Program Manager concerning needed items. Some items can be purchased in-country, which helps to limit the weight of your luggage.
Where are the projects located?
Most projects are located in the Cape Coast region, near Accra.