Frequently Asked Questions
Are these countries safe?
All of the locations where we work have very low crime rates and only get lower in more rural areas. Our staff have never been in a situation that has ever felt unsafe or dangerous while working on projects or touring in the countries we work and live. That being said, common sense goes a long way in preventing incidents. You are more likely to be hassled by vendors selling sunglasses or baguettes than to have your pockets picked strolling through the market.
Where do I meet Global Student Outreach staff?
The airports where we operate are incredibly small. It's impossible to get lost! Once you collect your bags and go through immigration, you will walk outside to meet your guides. You'll know us by our GSO signs and colorful T-shirts and someone will have a sign with your name printed on it.
What is included in the price of the trip?
Price includes lodging, meals, ground transportation, snacks. Price does not include flight costs or visa fees (generally about $40). All or a portion of your trip fee may be tax deductible. Please consult with your own tax adviser.
Are your projects REAL?
All of the programs we offer are active programs that we are currently working on. We are looking to share the experience of helping others with those who have a deep interest in helping others. Often our programs work in partnership with other internationally recognized organizations and expose students and volunteers to real world community development projects while working with people from around the world with the same drive and determination to help.
What makes your company different?
Global Student Outreach is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Unlike some other organizations offering community service experiences, Global Student Outreach uses all program fees to support the communities we serve. Staff are given stipends to cover their living expenses and none of our employees receive salaries we are dedicated to the causes we work with. Our trips appeal to people who truly want to do the right thing, through and through and see that every dollar spent is reinvested in the future of those in need.
Why are you prices so low?
Our prices may be several hundred dollars lower than other companies for programs of similar length. There are two main reasons why we can do this. The first is that we live in these areas full time and we do not have to pay flights to and from other countries when participants enroll in programs and our staff receive no salaries only stipends to live within reason - our expenses are low, and we want this to enable you to have a great experience. The second reason is that we run our programs for enjoyment and the benefit of teaching students and volunteers about these amazing areas and cultures while providing incredibly positive experience for the communities we serve. We don't have profit margins to meet, we simply take whatever is left over at the end of your session and apply it towards our projects in the communities where we work.
Can I stay for more then one session?
Yes, and we recommend it! There is lots of do, and a great sense of satisfaction in seeing your work come to fruition. And once you are here, you will want to stay longer than a week. We pretty much guarantee it.
Do you have scheduled departures or can anyone come anytime?
Arrival and departure dates are very flexible. We also accept volunteers who are already in our area. This maximizes the amount of time left for service and fun! However, if you have a special transportation needs, please contact us.
What is the accommodation like in Cambodia?
Volunteers are provided accomodation at a home set aside for our volunteers, but don't be surprised if you find yourself spending a night in a remote village in the rainy season when roads can become impassable. It's all part of the adventure. Our staff will make make your stay as enjoyable as possible no matter where you are doing your service work.
What kind of food is available?
Fruits, vegetables, meats and, of course, rice make up the basics of any Asian diet. Most of the food offered in Asia is a combination of meats and vegetables with fruit being available almost everywhere. It is possible to accommodate vegetarians in most cases without much difficulty. Most of the meals in Asia will be with rice, either fried or steamed with soup or fried pork or beef with vegetables.
What vaccinations should I receive before visiting? What about Malaria?
We do not require that our volunteers get any vaccinations before visiting, however we can make recommendations to volunteers based on local conditions and concerns. Malaria medication can be obtained from your doctor and it is best that you discuss which medication will work best for you, we again can make recommendations but it is best to discuss with your physician.
Are you able to organize customized trips?
We are able to offer specialized trips around our program areas for those wishing to get off the beaten path and explore areas that many visitors will never experience. Costs and itineraries will vary depending on your destinations. If you have a trip that you are interested in, please contact us.
Is there a defined age limit?
We accept volunteers starting at age fourteen. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis depending on the maturity of the volunteer. Families with children younger than 15 are also welcome.
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