I think it's a great idea - but my school/organisation needs convincing....?
Not a problem. We are available to visit any organisation considering running a group trip or taking part in a Girls4Girls programme. We can either come and run an interactive talk or presentation or can meet with you and key staff on a one-to-one basis to discuss your needs and give you more detail on what we offer. We guarantee that we will put no pressure on you at all, or give you a 'hard sell'. We genuinely enjoy talking about our projects and our work and hope that you will enjoy finding out more, even if you decide it's not for you.
Where can we go?
We specialise in running trips to rural sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, but we also have close contacts in South America. If you have a specific location or project partner in mind just give us a call and we can talk through how we can put your tailor-made trip together.
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Do you have a minimum or maximum number on your group trips?
We keep our groups at a manageable level for reasons of safety. The size also will depend completely on the project partner and project goals. Our absolute maximum group size is 50 but ideally we prefer to run groups sized between 10-20 as we find these are most effective for both our partner communities and the volunteers themselves.
Is there an age limit?
Inspire do not have a maximum age-limit for taking part, as long as you are medically fit and healthy and have lots of enthusiasm. We do have a minimum age limit of 15.
How do the costs work?
We are very open and upfront about all your trip costs. We will explain exactly what your money includes and what you will have to fund for yourself. We do not include flights or personal travel insurance in any of our costs. We ask for your project donation to be paid completely separately and made directly to your partner charity so you know all of the funds are going directly to them.
Are any payments I make protected?
Inspire is part of the Wilderness Expertise Group and is covered by ATOL licence (No. 6382) for any trips where we book and include the flights.
If we only book the on-the-ground package we are still classed as a Tour Operator and in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with Inspire Worldwide are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Inspire Worldwide through IPP Ltd and its panel of insurers. This insurance is only valid for passengers who book and pay directly with/to Inspire Worldwide. This Insurance has been arranged by International Passenger Protection Limited and underwritten by Certain underwriters at Lloyd’s. For further information please go to www.ipplondon.co.uk
Is Inspire fully insured?
Yes. As a professional tour operator Inspire Worldwide's parent company, Wilderness Expertise Ltd holds full Professional Tour Operator Liability Insurance up to the value of £10million and Employer Liability Insurance.
What happens to our donation - how can I tell if it is used in the best way?
Inspire works with long-term partners whom we have built up a lasting relationship based on trust and understanding. We work together in partnership with them to ensure all Inspire projects are necessary, requested and sustainable after you leave. Each charity will provide you with a breakdown of what your donation is used for. The majority of funds are used to cover the costs related to the project your team will be working on, including the cost of materials, local labour and staff time. A portion is also allocated for the on-going maintenance of the project once you have left. Occasionally the charity may use any excess funds for on-going support for their projects such as sponsorship of a local child. This will be clearly explained to you. By taking part in a volunteer trip you will also see first-hand how your money is being used. Personally, we think it is one of the best ways to give money as will be distributed directly to those that need it the most.
See our Projects Impact page to find out more about the effect we've had to the communities we work with.
How can I find out more?