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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need any specific skills to travel abroad with the Global Autism Project?
Yes. Prospective SkillCorps applicants must undergo an application process which will assess their skill set and professional interests for compatibility with the objectives of the trip for which they are applying.
Do I need to speak another language to participate in a travel abroad program?
In Peru, all instruction is conducted in Spanish. All applicants for the Peru program are required to have at minimum a conversational level of Spanish. Instruction is conducted in English in both India and Kenya.
How far in advance to I need to apply?
Applications for each trip are due six months in advance of departure.
Can I travel as a group with friends, colleagues, or relatives?
While you are welcome to apply for a given program along with friends, colleagues, or family, the application process is individual and each applicant will be evaluated individually.
Are there grants or scholarships available to help finance my travel abroad program?
The Global Autism Project provides advice and resources to those wishing to fundraising privately or publicly for their upcoming trip. Global Autism Project does not supply grants or financial support to participants.
How long has the Global Autism Project been traveling with volunteers and professionals abroad?
The Global Autism Project has been traveling abroad with volunteers and professionals for over seven years.
Who will we be working with in the country to which we are traveling?
The Global Autism Project has partnerships with organizations in Peru, Kenya, India, and Ghana. If traveling to Peru, you will be working with Alcanzando. If traveling to Kenya, you will be working with Kaizora Consultants. If traveling to India, you will be working with SOREM. Please visit the individual country pages under "Where We Work" to learn more about these partner organizations.
What will we be doing once we arrive?
Our role will be that of the consultant and the trainer, depending on your area of expertise. While on site, we will observe the operation of the organization and work to improve quality and sustainability of service by offering training workshops and business consultations to staff. We will also work directly with the children being serviced, in order to demonstrate certain therapy models to the staff and to gain a better understanding of the impact and efficacy of the services provided.
Where will we be staying?
The Global Autism Project generally utilizes local guesthouses and hotels for accommodation during our international trips. Safety and security is always a priority, and our residences are generally within walking or short driving distance from our partner organization.
What vaccinations will I need?
The most updated information about necessary immunizations for your destination can be found at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, or through your personal physician.
What safety precautions will be exercised during our stay?
Participants and Global Autism Project staff will always travel in groups of two or more. Caution is advised when carrying valuable items, and some may wish to carry a money belt. Safety and security is always a priority.
What will a typical day look like?
A typical day on one of our international trips will be spent at our partner organization, working with the staff and clients. Mid-day and evening regroup meetings may be scheduled. Some days may include excursions to other locations in the area, for tourism or work-related purposes.
What manner of transportation will be provided in-country?
Most transportation will be provided by local services, such as car, bus, and metro services. Transportation to and from the airport will also be provided. Occasionally, transport is provided by our partner organization's private vehicle.
How can I be kept up to date about upcoming trips?
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