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Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier ReefBackpacking GroupParrots in Sydney

Learn to dive in style, as you complete 9 dives on the Great Barrier Reef and become a qualified PADI Open Water scuba diver! This is one awesome way to kick of your Australia Working Holiday, starting with a 7 day tour of Sydney, getting everything you need to work down under, followed by a 5 day dive course at one of the best dive schools in Cairns.

Dive, Work and Explore in Australia
Kick start your Australia adventure in real style with an awesome 7 day Sydney intro tour, which will break you into Aussie life, meeting new friends and travel buddies during your first week, as well as exploring some of the best bits of Sydney. As well as showing you some of the sights, including taking a catamaran cruise around Sydney Harbour, and a tour of the areas best beaches, our team will help you set-up everything you need to work down under for the next 24 months, including an Aussie bank account, tax file number, and a 12 month membership to the best backpacker job recruitment service in Australia. After your intro week, heard north up the East Coast to Cairns for your 5 day PADI Open Water dive course on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef gets its name for a reason, it is the largest ocean reef in the world, and is known for being the best place in the world to learn to dive. Stretching for 2300km along the East Coast of Australia, a trip to Australia is just not complete without a trip to the greatest reef in the world and one of the natural wonders of the world!

Your 7 Day Sydney Intro
This is one week you will not forget in a hurry! During your jammed packed 7 day schedule you will be exploring the best that Sydney has to offer, from sand boarding on epic dunes, getting merry in some top bars and clubs, getting to know the local kangaroos, koalas and wild dolphins, and also checking out some of Sydney’s best known sights, such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach and loads more!

This is simply the best way to get know people as soon as you arrive in Australia, whilst also being a great way to meet others who have the same plan as you and finding some travel buddies for your time down under.

Your 5 Day PADI Dive Course
After the thrills and spills of your first week exploring Sydney, you may want to start making use of the amazing work and travel opportunities to work your way up the East Coast to Cairns, although there is no rush to do this. On arrival in Cairns, get ready to be wowed by the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Here you will begin your 5 day intensive PADI Open Water scuba diving course. This course is designed to take you from a complete novice diver, to a qualified Open Water diver in the space of 5 amazing days. The course is made up of a mixture of classroom, pool and outer reef dive training and practice and in 5 days you will become a confident, knowledgeable and qualified diver!

Start your course with a couple of days of classroom theory and pool based practice sessions, so that you are armed with all the tools to be an accomplished diver, before heading out onto the reef and spending 3 days and 2 nights living aboard a premium dive vessel, diving some exclusive outer reef dive sites. Over the course of your 3 days aboard your new home, you will complete 9 outer reef dives, including 1 moonlit night dive, spotting some of the rarest and most stunning sea-life in the world. Now this is the real Down Under!

Dive and Work in Australia
What better way to kick start your time in Oz than getting to know some new friends in Sydney and learning to dive on some of the greatest dive sites in the world! When you leave Australia, you will have a new qualification, new friends, new memories, and will know that you have made the most of your gap year, career break or student travels.


Quick Facts

Trip Name
Dive, Work and Travel Down Under
Trip Code
AUQDV1
Continent
Australasia
Country
Australia
Airport
Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (airport code: SYD)
Minimum Duration
12 Days
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Courses & Qualifications
Activity
Scuba Diving
Cost
From £1095 for 12 Days
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This is an initial 7 day intro tour of Sydney, with a 5 day open dated PADI Dive Course.
Pre-requisites
Participants need to be of reasonable fitness due to some physical activities as included in the Sydney intro tour itinerary. To take part in the dive course, participants will need to undergo a self assessed medical declaration and will need to be able to swim/snorkel unaided for 200m, and also tread water/float for 10 minutes.
Ideal for
Paid Work in Australia,; Working Holiday in Australia; Scuba Diving in Australia; PADI Open Water Dive Qualification; Intro Tour in Sydney; Gap Year, Student Travel and Career Break Down Under; Work and Travel in Oz; Work Arrival Package; Diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
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Arrival Dates

Start dates are flexible. Please ask one of our friendly Travel Advisors for more info regarding arrivals. 

Visa
British Nationals require a working holiday visa to work in Australia. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Australian government website by clicking here.

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Included

Accommodation
7 nights accommodation in a centrally located back-packer hostel in Sydney + 4 nights accommodation at Dive School. Accommodation provided has all facilities available with shared bedrooms.
Arrival Transfer
We will provide you with an arrival transfer from Sydney Kingsford Smith airport. Available on your arrival date.
Activities
All activities on the 7 day intro tour itinerary are included + 5 days of professional dive tuition and a PADI Open Water qualification.
Bank Account
We will set you up with an Australian bank account to get you started.
Tax File Number
All workers in Australia require a TFN to get paid and pay relevant taxes. We will help you with the tax registration process.
SIM Card
You will be provided with an Australian SIM card when you arrive at your hostel.
CV Assistance
You will receive expert advice to help you build up your CV from our dedicated in-country team.
Job Support
You will receive 12 months of job support with a membership to one of Australia’s top back-packer recruitment services.
Postal Forwarding
Our in-country team will provide you with a postal address for tax purposes, as well as an address for your family and friends contact you by post.
Travel Discount Card
The discount card will be provided when you arrive that offers deals on hostel accommodation, travel, tours, shopping and entertainment all over Australia.
RSA Course
Responsible Service of Alcohol Course provides bar staff with the knowledge and awareness required to supply alcohol responsibly within licensed venues.
Bar Skills Course
The bar skills course provides you with all the skills you need to become a Bar Attendant.
Medicare Assistance
If you're from the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium or the Republic of Ireland you may be eligible for free healthcare (Medicare) whilst in Australia. We'll help you arrange Medicare once you arrive in Sydney.
Accommodation Tour
We'll help you find furnished share houses by the beach, inner city and all of Sydney’s top locations, if you plan to stay and work in Sydney for a while after your arrival tour package.
PADI Qualification
As part of your 5 day dive course your will receive your PADI Open Water diving qualification, which is recognised worldwide.
9 Great Barrier Reef Dives
As part of your 5 day dive course you will take part in 9 dives across 16 exclusive outer reef dive sites, including 1 night dive.
Support
You will have access to a dedicated in-country team, as well as 24 hour emergency support from our UK based team.
Travel Equipment and Medical Discounts
Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off all Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel and Health Insurance; Working Holiday Visa; Vaccinations (if required); Accommodation after itinerary; Food (when not provided); Guaranteed Job (subject to CV and interviews); In-country travel; Social Activity Costs.
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Sydney 7 day intro Itinerary
Arrival Day
Get your flight to arrive into Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport for the day before your trip start date, so you can ensure you are there for the start of activities. We will book your airport transfer and your accommodation from today so everything is ready for your arrival.

Day 1 – Sydney City Walk
Get to know your new friends, and the amazing city of Sydney, on your first day as you are taken on a guided tour around some of the local hotspots. Visit some key landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and also meet the local residents in the amazing Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens, the white Cockatoo! Loads of opportunities for those important Kodak moments with your group, so be sure to bring your camera. Your evening will be a time to get to know your group and guides better as you will be treated to a welcome dinner and few drinks.
(Includes: Dinner + 1 Drink)

Day 2 – Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise
Take to the glistening waters of Sydney Harbour as your take the helm of your private catamaran and sit back, relax, and cruise! Take in some of the extraordinary sights from the open water of the harbour, such as the magnificent Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and what better way to see the Sydney Opera House, yes please! Why not take a dip in the beautiful waters, or just sprawl on the deck and sunbath until your heart’s content.
(Includes: Lunch)

Day 3 – Work Info and Beach Camp
 Today is the day when you get to know all you need to know to get you up on your feet and working after your intro week in Sydney. Our knowledgeable team will talk you through all the nitty gritty bits of finding jobs in Australia, including setting up your bank account, tax file number, giving your your job search log-in, and more. After everyone has got all their work formalities sorted, it is time to leave the city for a few days to stay at our awesome Beach Camp. Set in the heart of a lush rainforest, just a few minutes from the beach, this will be your home for 3 days, so why to get familiar with your surroundings and take a dip or get to know the resident kangaroos. The evening is a chance to mingle with you other travel buddies, get to know the amazing in-country staff, and go out on a possum hunt after dark!
(Includes: Dinner)

Day 4 – Sand Boarding and Bush Walk
Today is a pretty fun fuelled affair, so get ready to be laughing until your sides and cheeks hurt. From tumbling down epic sand dunes whilst trying to master the art of sand boarding (or dune boarding), to getting a little too close to some of Australia’s well know creepy crawly residents! Start off by piling into the 4x4s and hitting the dunes before your guided walk through the famous Aussie bush. Don’t forget your camera, as you will have plenty of opportunites to capture some awesome photos. Keep your eye out for the local koalas lurking in the tree tops and if your lucky maybe some whales out in the open ocean, before heading back to camp for a proper Aussie BBQ!
(Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5 – Epic Dolphin Cruise
This is one for most people’s bucket list. Set sail on a luxury cruiser and be in awe of some of the stunning acrobatics of Sydney’s wild bottlenose dolphins on an incredible dolphin watching cruise. Witness the playful and cheeky nature of these amazing animals, as the swim alongside the boat, and there is even the opportunity to lie in the boon netting and getting a much closer view. There is nothing too hectic planned for the afternoon , so just kick back and relax on the beach, take a dip, top up the tan or play some beach sports with your new mates. After a bit of relaxation you will head back to your hostel in central Sydney.
(Includes: Breakfast)

Day 6 – Relaxation then...the  Sydney Bar Crawl
Take a day to relax and explore more the delights of Sydney. From a spot of shopping to a trip down to the harbour, there is plenty to keep you busy during the day before you all gather at your hostel to prepare for a fantastic night out at some of Sydney’s best bars and clubs. Soak up the Aussie party culture as you hop on the party bus and hit 3 separate hotspots on the Sydney clubbing and pubbing trail. You won’t forget this night for a while, meeting other travellers, getting to know your new friends even more so than you already do, and enjoy some more of Sydney’s highlights!

Day 7 – Chill Out, Hit the Beach
No doubt you will need a bit of recuperation after last nights activities, so what better way that taking a nice relaxing coastal walk between two of Sydney’s most famous beaches, Coogee and Bondi. It is a 6km walk, but do not worry, it is a great way to shed the hangover, and the views of the coast and 5 amazing beaches are just incredible! Spend the rest of the day sunbathing and trying to remember what you got up to the night before. Return to the hostel later that afternoon to check out.
(Return bus to Coogee Beach – approx. $5 AUD)

Note - (If you would like an extra night of accommodation for Day 7 of your intro week just let us know and we can book this for you!)


5 Day PADI Open Water Dive Course Itinerary
Days 8 and 9
After you have made the journey up the East Coast from Sydney to Cairns, it is time to begin your intensive Open Water PADI dive qualification with one of the best dive schools in the adventure capital of Australia, Cairns. The first few days The first two days of your course will be spent picking up the basics and the essential elements of open water diving. Through 2 days of classroom learning, swimming pool practice, marine biology introductions and more in a stunning, ultra modern dive training centre, you will see your scuba skills develop at an incredible pace!

The Marine Biology element of your training is a great way to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef, its wide range amazing sea-life species, and the fragile nature of the balance that keeps the reef healthy will make your next 3 days on the course even more rewarding.

Days 10, 11 and 12
Now the fun really starts. After completing the first section of your course and getting the theory and pool based training out of the way, you final 3 days will see you hitting the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef. For the next 3 days and 2 nights you will live aboard a premium vessel specifically designed for scuba diving, and you will travel around the outer reef to a range of exclusive dive sites that are widely regarded as some of the best in the world. Put the skills and knowledge your have learned in training to the test as you take part in a range of awesome dives that all count towards your PADI Open Water certification. 

Your PADI Open Water qualification will be complete after just 4 dives, then you will have 5 more dives remaining to relax and just explore the stunning outer reef dive sites. Your 5 remaining dives after completing of your PADI qualification will be recreational, with a real highlight being a guided night dive, getting the chance to experience the reef under the moonlight.

As you travel around the outer regions of the Great Barrier reef, you will learn about inner working as of the world’s largest reef and will also come face-to-face with an array of sea-life including tropical fish, rays, turtles and sharks!

On return to Cairns you will be invited to have a farewell meal with your course mates and your dive instructors who you will now have a great bond with, so a great way say goodbye and celebrate your new qualification.

Note - (Your 5 days PADI Dive Course at our Dive School in Cairns is open dated, so you can choose to work and/or travel your way up the East Coast to Cairns before taking part in your 5 day course following your 7 day Sydney Intro.)

Useful Info:
12-Month Job Service 
During your time in Australia you will have a membership to the Back-packer Recruitment Service, a leading job network for travellers in Australia. Through your online account and email notifications you will find hundreds of jobs available right across Australia, with new jobs added to the network on a daily basis, so you can work as you travel and travel as you work. Benefits of this service include: 

• Access to an extensive online database of jobs all over Australia in a range of industries.
• Sign up to receive daily email updates regarding your job applications and job matches.
• Make use of the expert CV/Resume service, to create an online CV and apply for jobs directly through the website.

CV/Resume Review Service
When finding a new job, or hunting for your dream job, an impressive CV/Resume that stands out from the crowd will greatly improve your chances of finding employment quickly. You will have access to a team of Job Consultants who will be available to review your CV/Resume and give feedback providing you with the top tips for ways to improve this vital element of gaining employment down under.

12-Months Mail Service
Every travelling worker in Australia will need to set-up a fixed mailing/postal address. Not only is this a great way for your family and friends to have a point of contact for your while you are on your travels in Oz, a fixed address is a requirements when setting up your bank account, TFN (Tax File Number) and your medical care.
Our in-country Mail Holding Service provides a secure fixed mailing/postal address for the duration of your working holiday in Australia. You will have access to your mail at anytime through your online account, where details of any mail/post will be uploaded to a secure server for you to view and keep track of. 

Australian Bank Account
Before you start your journey to Australia we will have already set-up your Aussie bank account. You will receive and Email from your new Australian bank (Commonwealth Bank) before your start your working adventure with your account details, giving you the chance to transfer some funds into the account before you arrive. Easy as that!

Upon arrival in Australia you will be supplied with your ATM card for your account (or directed to the closest branch to pick it up), so you can start using the account straight away. Your account will be a CBA Smart e-Access Account, which has a nominal usage fee of just AUD $4 per month, giving you unlimited transactions and telephone banking. Commonwealth Bank has the largest ATM network in Australia, so you will never be too far from an ATM.

Tax File Number (TFN)
During your arrival meeting with a member of the in-country staff, you will be shown how to apply for your TFN (Tax File Number), so that you will be able to work straight away when you arrive in Oz. Although it takes around 2 weeks for your TFN to be issued and sent back to you (it will be available in your online Mail Service Account) you can still legally work during these 2 weeks.

Mobile Phone SIM Card
During your arrival meeting with a member of the in-country staff, you will be talked through a range of pre-paid / pay as you go plans to get your mobile phone up and running in Australia. Once you have settled on a suitable plan for your usage, you can activate the service instantly!

Tax Refund and Superannuation Advice
Our in-country team will be on hand throughout your 12 months of work in Australia to answer any questions you have about the taxation process, and they will even lend a helping hand so you can claim your tax refund back after working in Australia, and also help you claim your Superannuation after leaving the country at the end of your trip.

Australia Map

Australia’s warm weather, friendly people and sight-seeing opportunities have consistently attracted international travellers and domestic tourists alike. Its cosmopolitan cities, lush rainforests and long stretches of coastline are just some of the reasons people love spending time here. A passion for the outdoors, which many Australians and visitors share, has helped to create a relaxed pace of life throughout the country and sets the scene for an awesome adventure. It is difficult to shortlist Australia’s ‘must-see’ places so fit in as much as you can and enjoy!

Australians love sports, and as such the sporting calender makes up a strong part of their annual schedule, with impressive international teams in almost all sports, including hockey, cricket, rugby union and league, basketball and more, there is no disputing the sporting appetite of this vast nation.


Quick Facts
Name
Commonwealth of Australia
Location
Australasia
Bordering Countries
Australia does not have any bordering countries
Capital City
Canberra
Government
Federal monarchy, Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system
Population
23 million
Language
English
Currency
Australian Dollar (AUD)
Name
Commonwealth of Australia
Poverty
12.5% of the population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Coal, Iron ores, Tin ores, Wool, Beef, Barley, Raw sugar.
Climate
Varies from the tropical northern regions, to the temperate climate of the southern regions.
Time Zone
GMT +8/11 - Australia covers multiple time zones.
Flag
Australia Flag

Fun Facts
• A wombat’s poo is square
• Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards
• A stubby is a 375ml bottle of beer
• Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital of Australia

Travel Highlights
• Star-gazing at the beautiful and peaceful Ayres Rock (Uluru)
• Driving the Great Ocean Road – the fantastic coastline from Melbourne to Adelaide.
• Surfing in Manly – one of Australia’s most popular surfing beaches.
• Visiting Wave Rock in Western Australia – looks like a wave, made out of rock. Incredible!
• Sailing around the Whitsunday Islands – Queensland’s very own offshore paradise.
• Swim with turtles and try to find Nemo while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef 

Aires Rock Australia Wildlife Sailing in Sydney

 Where is Australia?

Also know as "Down Under", Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere, lying to the south of Southeast Asia, and dividing the Indian and South Pacific Oceans. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

It is vast, covering an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), giving a wide variety of landscapes, with tropical rainforests in the north-east, mountain ranges in the south-east, south-west and east, and dry desert in the centre. It also boasts the largest coral reef in the world, The Great Barrier Reef, giving scuba divers an exquisite underwater landscape, stretching as far as the eye can see.

History of Australia
Australia's Aboriginal people, the original inhabitants of the Australian continent, arrived from Asia at least 50,000 years ago. Parts of the continent were mapped by Dutch navigators in the seventeenth century and by French and British navigators the following century, but it was not until 1770 that Captain James Cook charted the east coast and claimed it for Britain.

From 1788, Britain established penal colonies in New South Wales and Tasmania and later in Western Australia. Free settlers followed in increasing numbers, gradually outnumbering convicts. A colony made up entirely of free settlers was established in South Australia in the 1830s.

Today, Australian society is a melting pot of cultures and diverse people. While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the traditional inhabitants of the land, immigrants from more than 200 countries also call Australia home. Since World War II, more than seven million migrants have come to Australia. From 1788 to the 1970s, the majority came from Europe. These days, Australia receives many more migrants from Asia, and since 1996 the number of migrants from Africa and the Middle East has almost doubled.

The nation has developed a highly diversified economy with considerable strengths, particularly in the mining and agricultural sectors as well as manufacturing and services, and it has become increasingly economically integrated with the countries of East Asia.

Music in Australia
The music of Australia has an extensive history stretching back to the Indigenous and colonial societies. If you ask people what do you think when asked 'What is Australian music', most will say it consists of the iconic sound of the didgerdoo. Contemporary fusions of Indigenous and Western styles have helped define Australia as producing high quality world music covering a broad spectrum of folk and bush ballards to trends concurrent with those in the USA, UK and similar nations.

Climate in Australia
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate varies widely due to its large geographical size, but by far the largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. 

Australia's climate is ruled by the hot, sinking air of the subtropical high pressure belt which moves north and south with the seasons. This causes the rainfall pattern over Australia to be highly seasonal. Australia's rainfall is the lowest of the seven continents (besides Antarctica) with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres. Rainfall is variable, with frequent droughts lasting several seasons.

Australia's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.

Sport in Australia
Naturally competitive, Australians excel at a number of sports and regularly compete at international level in team sports such as cricket, rugby, netball and hockey as well as individual events like swimming and tennis. The Olympics and Commonwealth Games often end with Australia ranked near the top of the medal table, displaying an impressive multi-disciplinary strength considering the relatively small population. This all makes it a fantastic place to play, train and coach your favourite sports with the help of professional instructors and excellent facilities. Become a surf instructor, learn to sail or improve your rugby skills and immerse yourself in the Australian way of life!

Gap Year and Career Breaks in Australia
Australia is still one of the most popular destinations for gap year, student holidays and career breaks, with thousands of young visitors descending on the country each year. Your sports trip to Australia will allow you to embrace just how passionate Aussies are about the outdoors and sports they play, whilst giving you the chance to travel to this amazing and diverse country. 

“Scuba diving, making a didgeridoo and chilling out at Manly Beach. My favourite experiences in Oz can all be summed up in one simple word – bonza!” Phil Young

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your sports placement is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
 
Project Assessment
Before you see a sports placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is a well-structured and great opportunity to gain some sporting experience overseas.
 
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which sports trip or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively, all love sport and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your trip, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation where you can meet the people you will be living with.
 
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while you are abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our sports placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the project summary for further details.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your sports placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
Ongoing Volunteer Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support our registered sports charity, United Through Sport. This donation funds future initiatives in many countries around the worlds, and helps to support the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop in their chosen sport.

Giving Others the Same Amazing Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our overseas sports placements, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
Flights to Australia Beach Fun Surf in Australia

There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour. 

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. Simply email STA Travel at sportingopportunities@statravel.co.uk or call +44 (0)333 321 3102 to meet your personal booking agent and get a free quote.

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Sporting Opportunities is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.

STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.

Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.

Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.

Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:

• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.

Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Visas 
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Sporting Opportunities will supply your with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Vaccinations
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!

        
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage instalments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, your chosen trip and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Visas 
Next you will need to get your visa for your trip (if you need one!). We will provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!

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Testimonials
  • "The sports tour that Sporting Opportunities arranged for us was perfect. South Africa was a great country and having the mix of playing against locals as well as coaching sport to kids in the townships was a nice balance. Doing two weeks in South Africa has made a number of us want to come back for a longer stint on one of your 5 week volunteer coaching projects so look out for us. Thanks to all involved".
    Dan Long: Football Captain , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "Taking the girls on this two week hockey tour was excellent. It was the first time that any of us had been to South Africa and the team made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. You pack so much into such a short period which totally tired us out but apart from being great fun will be a fond memory for years to come. We'll certainly be looking at coming away with you again".
    Sarah Jackson: PE Teacher , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "A well organised trip with a difference. Combining playing and coaching as well as all the cultural things you put on for us was a great idea. To even get to a Springboks Rugby game was a special treat for the lads on this tour so thanks for going the extra mile to make this happen for us".
    Geoff Fagence: Rugby Coach , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "Seeing the kids in week one be so fearful of the water to seeing them confidently swim after my 5 weeks in South Africa has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Thank you to everyone involved."
    Caroline Rudge , Swimming, South Africa
     
  • "I never thought I could take my love of football and coach it to kids in the Caribbean so this has been an experience I will never forget. Totally amazing."
    Scott Black , Football, St Lucia
     
  • "I've always wanted to travel to the Caribbean, so getting the chance to coach cricket and travel at the same time was perfect!"
    Manish Patel , Cricket, St Lucia
     
  • "What a great 4 weeks I had in St Lucia on the cricket coaching project organised by Sporting Opportunities. I've made friends for life and will never forget the fun times I had."
    Tom Webb , Cricket, St Lucia
     
  • "Best thing about the course - meeting so many like minded people, many of whom will be friends for life and getting to snowboard for 11 weeks without a care in the world!"
    David Turner , Skiing, Canada
     
  • "Every single detail about the ski instructor course exceeded my expectations by a mile and has totally changed my life! The only drawback of the whole 11 weeks is that I’ve become one serious powder junkie."
    Baibre Lacey , Skiing, Canada
     
  • "The best thing about course - Everything!! Fernie! The whole organisation of the course was great, and a really welcoming atmosphere."
    Gemma Soloman , Skiing, Canada
     
  • "I loved how instantly everyone acted as a big family and everybody looked out for one another, we ate together, we rode together, we celebrate together and we partied together!"
    Jason Ionotton , Skiing, Canada
     
  • "The rugby training season in South Africa was a great way of keeping up my fitness, ready to hit the University teams back home."
    Alex Carlton-Porter , Rugby Union, South Africa
     
  • "You get a first class level of attention on this rugby season trip, helping you develop into a solid player. Having Cape Town as your city backdrop is also an experience not to be missed."
    Nick Abendanon , Rugby Union, South Africa
     
  • "Spending 6 months in Cape Town was awesome. Such a great city and my hockey playing has improved 10 fold".
    Sarah Grey , Hockey, South Africa
     
  • "Playing at the hockey club was just what I needed to improve my game to a level where I could feel confident in trialing for the 1st team university hockey squad."
    James Harvey , Hockey, South Africa
     
  • "The experience of playing with the other team members from across the world was fantastic."
    Jonathon Hancock , Cricket, South Africa
     
  • "Top quality experience and brilliant to take my love of thai boxing to it's origin and train with some truly great masters."
    Tom Chalmers , Boxing, Thailand
     
  • "Already miss my fave boys and the kids from volunteering. Making plans to return already! Thanks to everyone that helped. I've literally had the greatest two weeks of my life despite how contrasting they were to normal life here."
    Vanessa Turner , Netball, St Lucia
     
  • "This was a great trip to just get me set up in Australia and have the support of the team. The surf camp was also totally awesome and great fun."
    James Scott , Surfing, Australia
     
  • "I made so many great friends on the surf camp that I stayed in contact with throughout my 12 months in Australia."
    Nikki Denton , Surfing, Australia
     
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