Hey everybody, here at Starfish Volunteers get asked lots of questions every day, so we thought we would give you some info on our most commonly asked questions.
So without further delay, let’s get right into it and answer your top 5 questions about volunteering abroad.
1. What visa shall I get?
If you are traveling from the UK, you automatically get a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival to Thailand. If you are staying longer than 30 days, you must apply for a visa before you come to Thailand. If you aren’t from the UK or are unsure about what your visa requirements are then simply get in touch with us and we will help you out.
2. Can I book my flights through Starfish Volunteers?
We do not supply flights as part of our tours because we are determined to keep our prices as low as possible, so we can pass the savings on to you. This means that you can find the best deal available to you and hopefully save some money for your trip. What advice we can give is:
- Book as early as possible.
- Look around for deals.
- Be flexible. The fastest route is usually the most expensive.
- Use websites like skyscanner.net to help you find flights. It’s often cheaper than going through an agent
2. What are the age restrictions?
We accept people of all ages and walks of life. We believe that all people should have the chance to learn, travel and help others! If you are bellow 18, you must be accompanied by an adult. We have had many volunteers who have been 50, 60+ years young. And we have had entire families join our programs to share their experience together. Check out our blog on the age ranges of volunteers for more info!
4. What shall I do after my program?
If you are lucky enough to spend more time here after your program there are so many things you can do! If you have just a few days, why not explore Bangkok more? Or spend a few more days on the beach? If you are super lucky enough to have a few weeks, maybe you could explore even more of Thailand. Like the north, Chaing Mai is a cool city with a burgeoning arts scene. Or try Kanchanaburi in the west, with its safari parks, historical landmarks and great night life. You could even visit one of the neighbouring countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Burma. Our team will happily help give you advice.
5. What shall I bring to Thailand?
Check out our blog about what to pack for your trip to Thailand. In short; pack light, pack smart, save room because you WILL want to buy lots of stuff while you are over here. And everything you need you can easily get in Thailand.
Talk to you soon – Ali.