Q1: I'm not sure if I am suitable to be a volunteer.. what are some of the attributes a volunteer should have?

  • In good health
  • Highly motivated
  • Committed to the cause of the project (special skills are not necessary)
  • Be understanding and respectful to the custom and culture of local country, host organization and other volunteers.
  • Be open minded toward different opinions and cultures
  • Willingness to make new friends
  • Able to adapt and enjoy basic living conditions such as simple food and accommodation.
  • Able to speak basic conversational English

Q2: How do I become a volunteer?

You can become a volunteer by joining projects like international workcamps or weekend workcamps.

Q3: What do volunteers do?

Generally, volunteers will do various works ranging from environment, education, social, health, etc. You can choose the type of the work you like to do as a volunteer.

Q4: Where can volunteers go?

Volunteers can go anywhere in the world that has a workcamp. However, currently GVC only has partnership with organization in Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Mongolia,Thailand and Vietnam.

Q5: What are the benefits?

There are many benefits that you can get by volunteering through workcamps. Some of those are:

  • Workcamps are the easiest and effective way to learn about foreign culture and society.
  • Workcamps will enable you to interact with international society, deepen your understanding of other cultures, increase your respect to the differences and build your personal self-confidence and talent.
  • Workcamps will enable you to gain knowledge and experiences like how to organize international activities, how to interact and work together with volunteers from other countries, how to deal with local partners, how to cooperate with local people and how to get along and communicate well with other volunteers.
  • Workcamps can enrich you with the values of life that will allow you to grow in a better way.

Before you experience it, you will not be able to feel the impact of going on a workcamp. So, since the best teacher is experience, do experience a workcamp by yourself now!

Q6: What would the general workcamp spirit be like?

Joining a workcamp is a great opportunity to learn, share and grow in a different environment. When living in a foreign country that might be completely different from yours, the most important thing is to respect the local culture. Also, be prepared to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. You will be in a situation that depends on your willingness to make the workcamp spirit alive. It would greatly help if you approach situations with an open mind, take the initiative to start conversations and find out more about other cultures. Learning some basic phrases of the local language will definitely go a long way in helping you get along with the local community!

In order to minimize the culture shock when going to a different country, it will be useful to gather as much information as you can about your destination prior to your departure. Factors such as sanitation, health matters, gender roles, food, religion, politics, etiquette, climate, social norms etc can throw you off guard if you are not well prepared. Please be aware that it is your full responsibility to be aware of those conditions for your own safety.

Q7: By when should I apply? Is there any deadline?

There is no fixed deadline for each workcamp. The host will not accept new applicants once it is full. It is better to apply as soon as possible to have better chance of acceptance.

Q8: Can I know how many free places available in each workcamp? How sure is my acceptance?

Acceptance is not assured until we get confirmation from the host organizations. Some organization/projects decide by your motivation that you have indicated on the wrokcammp registration form. Many organizations/projects accept you if there are vacancies in the project, but some might refuse you if there are already too many volunteers from the same country.

Q9: What if all of my choices are full?

You have the following options:
a. Choose another workcamp! (there is no limit for the number of your choices)
b. Give up and cancel the participation.

Q10: What if I get injured or sick?

The camp leaders or local host will take you to the hospitals and do anything necessary for you. It is better for you to bring basic medicine especially if you have any special allergy, etc.

Q11: What about insurance and health matters?

It can get very inconvenient and costly should you fall sick or meet with an accident overseas. It is highly recommended that you protect yourself with health insurance, travel insurance and accident insurance. Do note that the medicine from each country is different in nature and dosage required. Sanitation and food can be very different, especially in the developing countries. Depending on which country your project is in, you may need to take certain vaccinations.

Q11: How do I get to the workcamp site? 

All the necessary information you need to know prior to the workcamp would be in the information sheet provided by the host organization after your acceptance. Most host organizations would kindly pick you up at the airport and bring you to the workcamp site.

Q12: What do i have to bring and take note of?

Prior to your departure, you should receive a workcamp information sheet from the host organization. This information sheet consists of detailed arrival information and direction to your meeting point, contact numbers and names of workcamp leaders, accommodation information, some information about the local country an a list of things to bring.

Please be well prepared for your scope of work at the project you will be joining. You can bring materials relevant to the project from your country and share it with other volunteers and the local community.

Please be on time for your project. If you are not able to come on time please take the initiative to contact your host organization. Plan your arrival and departure dates keeping in mind that lodging for volunteers are sometimes only available throughout the project dates.

Be prepared to cook your own meals and do your own laundry. In some workcamp sites, there will be no modern facilities available so please be flexible and creative. It generally works if you learn how to survive and get around as the locals do! Some projects require you to bring your sleeping bag and mattress pad so please do come prepared.

You will have to abide by the local country’s laws. Your origin country’s law will not be applied in another country and ignorance can cause you many problems. Get used to the jurisdiction of the local country because GVC is not in the position to help you should you have a run in with the law overseas.

Q13: What documents do i need?


Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months before your departure date. It is advisable to keep a photocopy of your passport separately. Should you misplace your passport when overseas you would have to get a replacement from the nearest embassy or consulate immediately.


For workcamps in countries where visa is required, you will receive an invitation letter that will enable you to apply for the visa needed. Please enquire at the specific country’s embassy or consulate for individual visa application requirements and fees. If you are travelling by train and will be passing by another country on the way to your workcamp destination, please be aware of visa matters as well. We had previous cases whereby volunteers were asked to debark the train because they did not have the required visas.

Q14: How safe are the workcamps?

Most of the workcamp projects will take place in a remote area or safe neighborhooh and the ocal people usually welcome volunteers warmly. The hosting organization will not offer the workcamp project if they cannot guarantee the safety of the volunteers. Even then, you will have to keep in mind that there are always good and bad people all over the world - your safety is largely dependent on how to conduct yourself while overseas. Workcamp and workcampers are a very special community that will maintain your safety all the time.

Q15: Can I join the workcamp later or leave earlier?

Basically, NO. It is important that all volunteers join for the entire length of the workcamp. If you have a valid request, you can ask the host organizations AFTER the acceptance.

Q16: Can i travel after the workcamp?

Definitely! It is possible for you to travel around the country after your project ends, but please keep in mind that you would have to bear all the expenses.

Q17: Are there any rules i have to abide by if i want to join a workcamp?

All applicants must agree with the following points in the application for the workcamps:

  1. As a volunteer I shall control myself well (health, travel, etc) and join the activities positively by cooperating with others as well as respect the local culture and hosting organization.
  2. I agree with and to pay the inscription fee to GVC in my application.
  3. GVC is responsible to the works for application, the acceptance and the information sheet/s. I am responsible for booking the flights, travel insurance, vaccination, visa, traveling etc for my personal purpose.
  4. I shall absolutely prepare for the travel insurance by myself. GVC CANNOT compensate any lost because of my travel.
  5. All of my actions abroad are just by my responsibilities. Even in case that I will be involved in any diseases, injuries, disasters, fire/traffic accidents, wars and other violence, robbery, hijack and other unexpected accident, I, my family and third person will never ask any compensation to GVC.
  6. I will often enough contact with my family/guarantee person. In case I do not do that, it is my personal problem and has nothing to do with GVC.
  7. Your name of approval on the Volunteer Application Form means to agree with all those above-mentioned points.