Frequently Asked Questions
We want you to be as prepared as possible when you join us. Our FAQs cover 3 areas: General, Booking and While You’re Here. If have a question we haven’t answered, send us an email and we will get back to you.
Both our Teachers teaching Teachers placements and Volunteer Road Trips welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and genders.
We have 2 routes, both starting and ending in Durban, KZN, South Africa,
What experience do I need?
Road Trips: You do not need any specific experience to join our Community Development Road Trips! All we ask is that you bring a sense of adventure with you.
TtT: In order to take part in this project, you will need to be either a fully qualified teacher or enrolled in a teacher training program. Global Handprints will ask for proof of your qualification or enrolment at the time of registration.
Will there be GH staff with me while I am in South Africa?
Road Trips: You will be met at the airport by your Guide who will be your driver / Guide / friend for the duration of your trip. In some cases, while you’re at work, the Guide will need to run errands to get things ready for your next stop. When this is the case, Road Trippers will be looked after by our partners at the community projects.
TtT: You will be met at the airport by a Coordinator who will take you to your accommodation and help you get settled. On a daily basis, you will be driven to, and accompanied in, school by a Zulu coordinator. Global Handprints staff will be on hand at the start and end of each day however the evenings are your free and independent time.
Are There Any Age Restrictions?
How do I know that my contribution will make a difference?
How does Global Handprints support the local communities?
Do I need to speak the local languages?
Will I be Safe?
Will I need a visa?
What vaccinations do I need?
Will I be at risk of Malaria?
Do I need insurance?
Questions About Booking
Why are there no dates on the website for me to choose from?
When do I pay for my placement or road trip?
Global Handprints will require both the 25% non-refundable deposit and the balance at the time of booking. Should you need to cancel for some reason, please let us know as soon as possible and we will discuss alternative dates or refund options as listed below;
|Amount of notice given||More than 8 weeks prior to departure||8 – 2 weeks prior to departure||Less than 2 weeks prior to departure|
|% of full price to be refunded||75%||60%||0%|
What costs do I need to cover in addition to the Global Handprints fee?
Where do I fly into and will I be met there?
Do you meet any dietary requirements?
What should I bring?
While You’re With Us
What will an average day as a teacher look like?
How many will be in my group?
Road Trips: Our vehicles seat 5 people (plus the Guide) and we choose not to have more than 2 vehicles on each route at any one time.
TtT: This depends on the school you are working at and how many Volunteer Teachers they can host.
Can I be with my friends / family / colleagues?
We try our best to keep everyone together like one happy family.
Road Trips: Depending on the numbers in your group you will have the sole use of a vehicle (or of two if there’s lots of you!)
TtT: Volunteers will all be accommodated together but depending on the schools we will be working in at the time of your placement, Volunteer Teachers may be split up during the day.
How many hours a day will I be traveling?
Road Trips: We try to limit the amount of time spent in vehicles as much as possible. But, South Africa is a big country and we want you to see as much as possible! Our itineraries have been carefully put together to try and break journeys up with fun and cultural activities.
TtT: In most cases, our schools are within an hours drive of the accommodation and we do our best to always place Volunteer Teachers in schools as close to their accommodation as possible.
What happens if a vehicle breaks down?
What if I don't want to take part in all the activities?
How will I contact home while I am away?
Road Trips: Where possible we choose accommodation that has either WiFi to use with your personal devices or computer access. While on the road, Road Trippers will have access to the global Handprints tablet enabling them to check up on social media and emails. We have chosen to provide this because we think it is important that Road Trippers get to spend evenings and free time hanging out, meeting people and socializing rather than online.
TtT: Volunteer Teachers stay at a backpackers with WiFi and can also use WiFi at many places in town for free.
Ready to Get Started?
Simply email us with details of your preferred start date (Volunteer Road Trips and TtT) and preferred Road Trip route (Amapondoland, Zululand or both!) We will get back to you confirming availability or offering you an alternative start date.
Once the start date has been confirmed you will be sent a form to complete with personal details (just so we know a little about you as well as giving you a chance to let us know about any dietary or medical requirements you may have) and payment information.
You can pay for your Road Trip by credit card, PayPal or by direct bank transfer. Whichever method you choose, you will be liable for any international fees there may be.
Once we have received your payment, you will be sent a Welcome Pack with all sorts of useful info included. At this stage your Road Trip booking will be confirmed and the refund policy kicks into place.
£1,300 | $1,940 USD | $2,450 CAD | R23,300 all inclusive.
Zululand Road Trip
Explore Zululand’s coastal region and beautiful beaches.
Learn about Zulu cultural traditions.
Visit the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.
Scuba dive and snorkel (no qualification required).
See the Big Five animals in Africa; African lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant and rhino.
Elephant and Cheetah interactions
£1,300 | $1,940 USD | $2,450 CAD | R23,300 all inclusive.
Amapondoland Road Trip
Explore the Midlands, Drakensberg and Transkei Wildcoast.
Learn about South Africa’s apartheid history as well as Xhosa and Zulu traditions.
Travel KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape Province.
Fly over the ‘Berg in a helicopter.
Swing from the tree tops in Champagne Castle.
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