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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.