Travel Resources

TRAVEL RESOURCES

Traveling abroad can be challenging and overwhelming, especially if you’re new at it or visiting an unfamiliar location.  GOAT Volunteers has curated this collection of links and resources to help make planning your next (volunteering) trip overseas less stressful!  Additional information is provided to registered volunteers in their pre-departure packet.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

CountryVisa
CambodiaRequired
Costa RicaNone
GhanaRequired
KenyaRequired*
NepalRequired
PeruRequired
South AfricaNone
SpainNone
Sri LankaRequired
ThailandNone
UgandaRequired*
ZambiaRequired
ZimbabweRequired
This table is to be used for reference purposes only. Countries offering visa-free travel often only do so for a maximum of 30 days. Please refer to your country's consulate/embassy website to determine whether or not you are required to obtain a visa prior to traveling to the countries listed above.

* The East African Visa is recommended for volunteers traveling to Kenya or Uganda if they intend to visit more than one of the 3 East African countries on the visa: Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

 

For more information regarding visa requirements, Contact Us.

TRIP PLANNING & TRAVEL CONSULTING

Interested in volunteering and need some personalized help in planning your trip?  Don’t see a project in a country you’re interested in, but still want to do some personal travel overseas and don’t know where to start?  Want to plan a trip but simply don’t have the time or knowledge of how to do so efficiently and on budget?  I (Justin), am available for trip planning & travel consulting (itineraries, flight planning, recommendations, general travel questions, etc.) on an individual or group basis via phone (when I’m in the US), email, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, or Skype.

If you’re interested in trip planning services, please email me via Contact Us.

Registered volunteers and past volunteers with GOAT Volunteers will receive discounted rates.

TRAVEL APPS

The applications listed below are exceedingly helpful when traveling abroad.

  • Maps.me | Directions and downloadable, offline maps
  • Google Maps | Directions, location information, public transportation options, and reviews
  • XE | Up-to-date currency exchange rates
  • Google Translate | Translation services
  • been | Tracking which countries you’ve visited
  • Rome2rio | Multimodal transport search engine (plane, train, bus, ferry, and taxi)

HELPFUL LINKS

Health & Safety

US State Department Alerts & Warnings & UK Travel Advice | Safety tips, travel warnings & visa information

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) | Program for U.S. citizens to notify the nearest embassy of their travel plans

Passport Health | U.S. based clinics providing health information and vaccines for travelers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | U.S. agency focused on health and safety

Transport

Google FlightsSkyscanner (app also available) | Airfare aggregator and search engine

Rome2Rio (app also available) | Multimodal transport search engine (plane, train, bus, ferry, and automobile)

Accommodations

Hostelworld (app also available) | Hostel search engine

Airbnb (app also available) | Short-term lodging marketplace

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