Impact Team

Travel & Security

Booking Flights
Every trip is unique when it comes to booking flights. Please refer to our Current Trips page for more information. If KIDS is booking the flight it will state: “Flights are being coordinated by Kids Around the World.” When volunteers are responsible for booking their own airfare, flight parameters will be provided on the Current Trips page that include the name of the arrival/departure airport and the dates and times for arrival and departure. Please note: Any flights that arrive and/or depart outside the listed parameters are subject to an additional fee that will be applied to the trip cost. Also, you can check out our Fundraising page for more information on how to raise money towards the cost of your airfare!

Traveling with a minor
If you are a minor traveling alone or if you are traveling with a minor without one or both of his/her parents, a Travel Permission for Minors Form needs to be completed AND notarized. You will travel with the original and email a copy to us prior to your trip departure. This is a required form and we need to receive a notarized copy at least two weeks prior to your trip departure. Click here to find a list of notaries near you.

Travel Insurance
A portion of your land package cost goes towards travel protection insurance through International Volunteer Card. A copy of your eCard will be emailed to you 1 – 2 weeks prior to your trip start date. We recommend printing a copy of your eCard and bringing it with you. The card is active at the time of purchase and is valid for up to 1 year and 90 days travel. View a summary of the plan Description of Coverage here, which includes the terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions of the plan. NOTE: Non-U.S. residents should select Armed Forces as their State or Province.

Note: KIDS staff traveling with you will not have a copy of your eCard. If you need an additional copy please email Melanie at:

You can research recommended and/or required immunizations by visiting the Center for Disease Control website. Please contact your healthcare provider for his/her recommendations.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
KIDS strongly recommends that ALL our American volunteers enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. Citizens who are traveling to a foreign country. STEP allows the Department of State to better assist you in case of an emergency.

You will need a passport to go on an international trip. Most countries require two (2) blank pages in your passport in order to enter the country. Your passport needs to be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Please contact your local Post Office for information on how to apply for a passport or visit the USPS website. You can also find more information about passports by visiting the U.S. Department of State website.
You may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country you are visiting. We will let you know if a visa is required for your trip and how we plan to obtain it. Countries have different visa and application requirements; therefore every trip will vary in regards to how a visa is acquired (should you need one). If you would like to know if the country you are traveling to requires a visa, please visit the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Background Check

Children are a top priority at Kids Around the World.
Kids Around the World requires every participant (18+ years of age) to complete a background check before going on a trip with us. All information will be kept strictly private and used for the purposes of completing a background check ONLY. Your personal information will NEVER be sold, shared, or used for any other purpose.

For information on completing your background check, contact us through our online form or call us at 815-229-8731.


Need help covering the cost of your trip? A great way to engage your family, friends, and community is through fundraising! Below are a few great ways you can raise money towards your trip.  (Please note: You can raise funds to cover your airfare as well, but you must have sufficient funds in your account before your flights is booked).

Use your Campaign Page
Post the link for your Campaign Profile page on Social Media or email it to family and friends so others can have the opportunity to be a part of your project by donating.

Support Letters
Taking the time to write a concise, one-page letter telling people about your trip is time well spent. Check out this sample letter to help you get started!

Additional Ways to Donate
Some donors prefer to donate by check. No problem! All they have to do is:

  1. Make the check payable to: Kids Around the World
  2. On a separate note: write your first/last name, trip location & date
  3. Mail the check to: 4750 Hydraulic Road, Rockford IL 61109

Don’t Forget
Let your donors know that their donation is tax deductible! Kids Around the World will mail a donation receipt to the donor within two weeks of receiving the donation.

What to Bring

As a Kids Around the World volunteer, you are a guest of the country and host partner where the project is taking place. It is important to remember that you are representing both KIDS and the host partner to the people in the community where you will be working. You may not have the same conveniences you have at home and the way other cultures do things may be very different. Please respect the guidelines concerning attire, eating, drinking, etc. as this will help you adapt to the culture more easily.

Many of the places we travel to are very conservative when it comes to attire. Your team leader will provide suggested guidelines on how to appropriately dress for the culture you are visiting. Also, KIDS provides each team member with team shirts to wear each day of the build. For suggestions on what to bring, please check out our general packing list.

Many of our volunteers desire to bring gifts for the children. Wonderful! However, we ask that you talk to your team leader first to make sure the gift you have in mind is appropriate for the group with whom you will be working. Also, when you arrive at the location, always ask the team leader to obtain permission from the host partner to find out the acceptable way to distribute your gifts. Often, it is best to give the items to the host and let them decide how and when to distribute the gifts.