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.
* 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.
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)
Health & Safety
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
Rome2Rio (app also available) | Multimodal transport search engine (plane, train, bus, ferry, and automobile)
Hostelworld (app also available) | Hostel search engine
Airbnb (app also available) | Short-term lodging marketplace