As flights are not included within the programme fee and can account for a large proportion of costs, we have included some details below about trying to find the best deals.
If you have not already applied for one of our volunteer programmes and you can be flexible with your start dates, then we would recommend checking out flight prices throughout the year. During school holidays and other festive periods, pricing can be nearly double that of any other time of the year.
Do not worry though if you only have a certain period of time to travel in. Most people have busy lives and there are still some methods of trying to obtain the best prices possible.
Booking your flights as soon as you can will help to save quite a bit. Flight prices only ever go one way, up! The nearer you get to your departure date, generally the pricier the tickets are.
When searching for flights, we always use Sky Scanner. They search all of the major airlines and have a very handy feature of being able to set your departure and return times as well as your journey duration.
It is always worth moving your departure and / or your return dates by a day or two. We regularly save lots of money by arriving a day earlier and we can then get a good nights rest in a local hotel and be nice and ready for our adventure ahead!
Another hidden feature is viewing the pricing per day on a monthly overview. When entering your dates in, you normally have to enter a specific start and end date, but just above this you will see the monthly option. When chosen, it will show you all of the prices per day during your selected month where you can then see the cheapest day to travel and potentially save £100’s.
If you are travelling to more than one of our destinations or planning onwards journeys after your volunteering ends then you should take advantage of Sky Scanner’s multi city option! On their homepage, instead of just searching for flights from country to country, you can click the multi city option which will then give you a price for your whole journey.
Head over to Sky Scanner now and see how much you can save!
|COUNTRY||AIRPORT||AIRPORT CODE||PRICE GUIDE|
|Azores||Horta Airport||HOR||£250 - £500|
|Bali||Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar||DPS||£400 - £700|
|Cambodia||Phnom Penh International Airport||PNH||£500 - £800|
|Costa Rica||Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose||SJO||£500 - £800|
|Ghana||Kotoka International Airport, Accra||ACC||£300 - £750|
|India||Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi||DEL||£300 - £650|
|Malawi||Kamuzu International Airport, Lilongwe||LLW||£500 - £800|
|Namibia||Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek||WDH||£500 - £800|
|South Africa||Cape Town, O.R. Tambo International Airport or Port Elizabeth||CPT, JNB, PLZ||£500 - £800|
|Sri Lanka||Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo||CMB||£400 - £800|
|Zimbabwe||Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, Harare||HRE||£500 - £800|