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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I arrange my own accommodation in India?
Your accommodation will be arranged by our staff member in India. In some cases, your board will be free of charge, but your host organisation may request a donation to cover costs.
Will AFP book my flights?
You are responsible for booking your own flights. You are encouraged to find the cheapest available option, and ensure that you arrive in time for your in-country training.
How long does my passport need to be valid in order for me to travel to India?
In order to obtain an Indian visa, you will need at least 6 months remaining on your passport, dated from the day of travel. If you already hold an Indian visa, again there must be at least 6 months remaining on your visa to travel.
AFP cannot accept a volunteer on placement without a valid passport. If you do need to apply for or renew your UK passport, please visit .
I don’t fluently speak any local languages, how will I cope with the language barrier?
It is always a good idea to learn the basics of the local language of where you will be staying. We do recommend taking a phrase book and if you do become familiar with a new language, this is a good skill to bring back with you.
Whilst knowing a local language can be an advantage, India has a large proportion of English speakers, so not knowing the language is not necessarily a barrier.
Is it possible to volunteer with a friend or family member?
We have a number of placements which are designed for more than one volun6teer. If you would feel more comfortable travelling and volunteering with someone else, this may be a good option to consider.
Bear in mind that our application procedure and volunteer criteria is thorough to ensure that both the host charity in India and the volunteer get the most out of their placement. So it is important that both volunteers have the basic skills and commitment to benefit from the experience. 
What if there is an emergency in India? How do I know I am safe?
We will do whatever we can to resolve any problems and your pre-departure and in-country training will provide you with enough know how to handle some of these problems yourself.
If there is an emergency whilst on placement, we will conduct an evacuation with our partner organisation, VSO.
Should the need arise, AFP will ensure that families of participants are kept informed of any major events.
If you have any questions which are not covered here or elsewhere on the website, please contact us through our enquiry form.