Preparing for your trip
Once Indigo matches you with a project, you will be able to contact the coordinator of the potential project. This is not an offering of a placement but an introduction to a team that has reviewed your application and expressed interest in you.
At this stage, it is important you find out what work the project does and what you would be doing to decide if this suits both the project and yourself. This is your opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the work, the commitment and the logistics of your stay e.g accommodation, local and international transport, what to pack, budgeting, general expectations, code of conduct and welfare. You can even ask to speak to a previous volunteer from the project, to get a better understanding of what to expect.
Indigo may match you with up to five projects in order to give you options. It is vital to respond to each match to either confirm or decline your interest. The projects we support have finite resources and are spread thin so please be respectful of their time by responding to them. If none of your matches are successful or you would like even more options, please don’t hesitate to email us. If you would like advice on which placement to accept, should you be offered more than one, we are always available to advise you.
Below you can find some general information however this can differ from project to project so you should still ask about specifics.
When volunteering through Indigo you are expected to be self-funded in terms of flights, accommodation and living expenses. Please be aware that projects are unable to financially support you. We recommend you budget around £70 per week, excluding accommodation, but of course this depends on your lifestyle (eating out, going for coffee/drinks, going on trips, shopping, etc.). It also depends on your project location, but it hopefully gives you an idea.
Some projects may offer volunteer housing at a subsidised price or they will recommend to you accommodation previous volunteers have stayed at. Depending on the project, there may be special conditions for long-term volunteers (1+ month). We suggest you do not book accommodation before you know which project you will be supporting.
To ensure the process runs smoothly, you will be expected to stay in regular communication with Indigo and the project we match you with. This includes letting us know whether you have decided to come volunteer or not, and if we matched you with more than one project, which project you will volunteer with. Please find out more about behavioural expectations under ‘Volunteer Guidance’.
4. Welfare and tips on looking after yourself
When volunteering it’s important to take care of your own health and well-being. You may be affected by what you experience during your volunteering placement. It is important to pay extra attention to your own well-being, meaning your physically and mentally fit to help others. We suggest you read the following two page sheet to help you before you go to prepare for your volunteer placement > view here
5. General destination information
Check out a few examples below: