Faqs for students

We pride ourselves on our work in providing ethical and sustainable short-term programs. Our charity, the FutureSense Foundation, work in-country year-round in close partnership with the local community to ensure the work we’re doing is actually needed and contributing to their long-term goals. It’s also important to us that our work supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Of course you can. We’re up for anyone joining our programs that feels passionate about making an impact overseas and becoming a Global Citizen!

Sure you can. If you don’t know your team members, we can put you in touch with them once you sign up, so you can start getting to know each other. Our Challenge Leaders will also organise meetings with their teams leading up to their departure. On top of this, each trip has a Facebook group so you can keep in touch with everyone.

We follow the guidance of the Australian Government in relation to the safety of the countries where we travel to. Your safety is our top priority, and we work very closely with our in-country team on regular risk assessments and mitigation plans. Under no circumstances would we run a program in an area that we deem to be unsafe.

Absolutely not! All you have to do to register for a Challenge is to pay a $250 deposit and then you can pay for your trip in gradual instalments, with the last payment due about 8 weeks before you travel.

The cost of your program covers:

  • Accommodation
  • In-country transport
  • 3 meals a day during the week 
  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • An in-country induction and orientation program
  • 100% support from our team pre-departure
  • 24/7 support from our in-country team during your program
  • A volunteer t-shirt

What it doesn’t cover:

  • Flights
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa

We leave the booking of your flights up to you, so if you want to organise to travel before and after your program, you can easily do that! Often our groups chat and book their flights together, either online or by visiting a travel agency. Once you sign up to your Challenge, we’ll send you a welcome pack that has all the information you need to book your flights to be met by our in-country team at the airport on your first day!

The vaccinations you may need for your Challenge will depend on your destination country, and sometimes whether or not you’re doing the extension trip. We recommend going to your GP as soon as you are booked onto one of our programs to enquire about the vaccinations you might need.

Yes! We accommodate for all sorts of dietary requirements and you will have the opportunity to notify us of yours when you register for your Challenge.

It depends! We have partnerships with a number of Australian Universities that allow you to receive credit when you participate in one of our programs. If you’re not sure whether your University has a partnership with us, reach out and we can help. If your uni doesn’t have a partnership you can often still follow a process of applying for credit by participating in a ‘non-partner’ program. We recommend contacting your Course Coordinator to chat about starting that process.