Travel Insurance for Volunteers

If you are travelling on one of our Great Projects you may now be looking for the best travel insurance for your upcoming trip. If, however, you are still in the process of booking do not forget to mention travel insurance to us.

Most people who go on any type of volunteering project or holiday find it difficult to find travel insurance for all of the activities they will be taking part in. This is why we at The Great Projects have our very own bespoke, project-specific, travel insurance to offer our volunteers. This means that when you travel on any of our Great Projects you will be able to purchase insurance that will cover you for exactly what you will be doing whilst volunteering abroad.

We believe that safety and enjoyment are equally important when volunteering and therefore, one of our terms and conditions of booking is that you have adequate travel insurance in place before you travel with us.

The Great Projects is working in partnership with Endsleigh to offer our travellers a policy which has been specifically designed to meet their requirements whilst travelling. This insurance cover is for volunteers up to the age of 65 and has many activities covered as standard.

There are 3 different policies that you can select from, depending on the type of volunteer project or signature tour you are taking part in. These are as follows:

  1. Standard Insurance Policy
    This will cover you for the majority of our projects and includes hands-on contact with animals, except snakes, crocodiles, alligators, sharks, hippos.
  2. Standard Insurance Policy (Including Category 1 Activities)
    This will cover you for any project that may include scuba diving and additional sporting activities such as bamboo rafting or gorilla trekking.
  3. Standard Insurance Policy (Including Whale Shark Cover)
    This will cover you for any of our projects which focus around whale shark conservation.

Policy benefits include:

  • Cover from 1 day up to a year
  • Cover for working with animals
  • Cover for all activities you will take part in as part of your project
  • Cover for over 100 sports and activities

To see a copy of the insurance policy document which shows all of the activities covered as standard, please click here.

This table shows the maximum amounts payable, for each of the three policies, under each section. As the insurance policy is provided by Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited, all claims are handled in GBP and payments made against claims are also paid in GBP.

Cover Section Maximum Amount Excess
Cancellation or Curtailment £5,000 £250
Medical Expenses £10,000,000 £250
Hospitalisation Benefit £15 / 24hrs max £300 £0
Personal Accident £40,000 £0
Personal Money £500 £95
Personal Liability £2,000,000 £100
Delayed Departure £20 /12hrs max £100 £0
Missed Departure £500 £95
Overseas Legal Expenses £50,000 £0
Baggage £2,500 £95


This is only a summary of the cover provided. The full policy document can be viewed by clicking here.

NB: It is an advantage to take out your travel insurance at the time of booking your trip as cover will commence for pre-departure cancellation from the policy issue date. This will, therefore, provide cover should you have to cancel your trip for an insured reason such as illness or serious accident preventing you from travelling.

Standard Insurance Policy - $32.00 per week

This policy will cover you for all activities you may take part in on the following projects:

  • Amakhala Conservation Project
  • Carnivore Conservation & Research
  • Carnivore Conservation in Kanaan
  • Costa Rica Turtle Project
  • Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Desert Elephants in Namibia
  • Family Borneo Wildlife Safari
  • Harnas Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Highlights of India Tour
  • Kariega 'Big 5' Conservation Project
  • Laos Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
  • Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nordic Wilderness Adventure
  • Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary
  • Orangutan & Pygmy Elephant Project
  • Panda Volunteer Experience
  • Peru Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project
  • Rhino & Elephant Equestrian Project
  • Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project
  • SanWild Sanctuary & Reserve
  • Shamwari Conservation Experience
  • Sloth Conservation & Wildlife Experience
  • The Great Elephant Project
  • The Great Orangutan Project
  • The Great Tiger Project
  • The Great Turtle Project
  • The Great Whale Project
  • The Great White Shark Project
  • Vervet Monkey Sanctuary
  • Victoria Falls Conservation Project
  • Wildlife Orphanage in South Africa
  • Zululand Conservation Project

Standard Insurance Policy (Including Category 1 Activities) - $43.00 per week

This policy will cover you for all activities you may take part in on the following projects:

  • Amazon Conservation Project
  • Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mozambican Marine Conservation Project
  • Orangutan and Tribes Tour
  • Perhentian Islands Marine Project
  • Raja Ampat Diving Project
  • The Great Gorilla Project

Standard Insurance Policy (Including Whale Shark Cover) - $48.00 per week

This policy will cover you for all activities you may take part in on the following projects:

  • Mafia Island Whale Shark Conservation

If you would like to purchase our insurance cover, please let your travel consultant know when booking.

The Great Projects is an appointed representative of Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This can be checked on the Financial Services Register by visiting their website.

Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited. Company No: 856706 registered in England at The Quadrangle Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1PZ