REQUIREMENTS & POLICIES
TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The purchase of any travel services offered by Nobis Project constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and Nobis Project, and represents your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set out herein. Make sure you read this information carefully and understand these Terms and Conditions prior to registering. These Terms and Conditions are subject to change.

While it is our intention to adhere to the draft itinerary described, on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. Due to the regions we may visit, travel can be unpredictable. Our itinerary is a general guide and any mention of specific destinations or other attractions is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to variations due to local or other circumstances.

Important Note: Nobis World programs need a minimum amount of people to depart. On rare occasions, at our sole discretion, Nobis Project will cancel a program if we have not reached our minimum number of participants by our registration deadline. In such instances Nobis Project will fully refund participants’ monies. DO NOT book your flights until Nobis Project has confirmed we have reached the minimum amount of participants needed to run this program. Nobis Project is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the participant for purchases made before receiving written confirmation.

  1. Registration
    In order to confirm your space in the program of your choice, we require you to complete the Nobis World registration form and pay a non-refundable deposit of $250 USD per traveler.
  2. Final Payment and Required Forms
    Remainder of payment and all required forms are due to Nobis Project by April 1, 2017.
  3. Cancellation
    In the event that you have to cancel your trip due to unforeseen circumstances, we offer the following trip cancellation policy. It is advisable to purchase travel insurance to provide coverage for unexpected travel cancellations and baggage loss.
    1. Notice of trip cancellations received before the registration deadline of April 1 = Refund less $250 USD deposit.
    2. Notice of trip cancellation received after the registration deadline of April 1 = Participant forfeits 100% of payment.


All cancellations must be submitted to Nobis Project, Inc. in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to christen@nobisproject.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request please call us at 912.403.4113. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored. No refunds will be made if you do not show up for your trip or if you interrupt or cancel your trip once it has begun. 

DOCUMENTATION/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

It remains the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that proper documentation is in place. All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months remaining validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.  Please refer to the following websites for information:
US Citizens: http://travel.state.gov
Canadians: http://www.voyage.gc.ca
International: Please contact your local consulate or embassy

Tourist Visa
A tourist visa for the Dominican Republic is purchased in the airport upon arrival in the Dominican Republic for $10 USD. Make sure to have the amount in cash.

For other locations outside of the US, assistance in obtaining your tourist visa is available for a fee through Visa Connections, a service that provides tourist visas to over 150 countries.  Contact them at www.visaconnection.com or 1.866.566.VISA (8472).

Airport Arrival/Departure
Nobis World participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program location. Complimentary shuttle service to and from a designated airport on the first day and last day of the program is provided. Participants are welcome to arrive at the destination earlier or continue traveling after the program completes, but Nobis Project will not cover any costs associated with an extension of or shortening of your travel (including airport pick up or drop off at times or locations other than those given by Nobis Project).

HEALTH, SAFETY AND SECURITY
We recognize that traveling to another country is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming experience. It is common to experience some level of anxiety before traveling, a blend of excitement and trepidation over the unknown. We hope the following information on this page will not only answer some of your questions, but also help put your mind at ease.

Experience and Careful Planning
Nobis World program leaders are selected based on their experience leading groups on overseas travel and their commitment to the work Nobis Project aims to achieve. In advance of each trip, Nobis Project staff personally visits the host country program site, and then continues to work with the host community partners who assist in carrying out the site visit. By creating a partnership with host community members we are better prepared to handle the unexpected and make the trip as safe and meaningful as possible.

Vaccinations
Every country has its own particular health care risks and every person has different levels of comfort regarding those risks when traveling overseas. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider to help you determine the appropriate vaccines and medicines for your trip. Please note that some vaccinations require more than one dose taken several weeks apart, so you should talk with your healthcare provider well in advance. It is your responsibility to know if you require any vaccinations or precautions for the country that you are visiting. Nobis Project will provide some country specific information to assist in your planning following registration. 

The following CDC websites provide useful information regarding travel to specific countries, but are not a replacement for a visit with your own physician:

Overseas Emergency Medical and Evacuation Insurance
Nobis Project requires that (for overseas programs only), in addition to your regular health insurance, you purchase travel medical insurance (including personal medical) and emergency evacuation and repatriation up to $200,000 USD of coverage. You will not be permitted to participate in the trip until your Nobis World has received evidence of travel insurance coverage. 

Below are two providers who specialize in travel insurance and provide comprehensive and affordable insurance for medical treatment, emergency evacuation, and other unplanned events while traveling overseas. In most cases, you can purchase very good coverage for around $40 USD.
 
To obtain a quote and purchase travel insurance, visit:
  • HTH Worldwide
  • International Volunteer Card - The International Volunteer Card (Plus Plan) includes the amount of travel medical insurance you need for Nobis World travel, plus other trip insurance benefits.

Travel Cancelation Insurance
It is HIGHLY recommended that you also purchase Cancellation Insurance. Cancellation Insurance is available from HTH Worldwide and International Volunteer Card. When purchasing Cancellation Insurance make sure to carefully read what it covers. See Nobis World Policies regarding travel cancelation.

Special Needs, Healthcare, Hospitals and Medical Clinics
Nobis Project will do our best to accommodate any special needs. Please keep in mind that certain locations will be better able to meet different dietary restrictions or mobility limitations. Participants are responsible for bringing a supply of all prescribed medicines and medical equipment required to last for the duration of the program. Nobis World facilitators have first-aid supplies available to meet basic needs; it is recommended that travelers also carry their own basic first-aid kit. Program locations are chosen with access to medical facilities in mind.

Safety and Security
Nobis Project will do our best to accommodate any special needs. Please keep in mind that certain locations will be better able to meet different dietary restrictions or mobility limitations. Participants are responsible for bringing a supply of all prescribed medicines and medical equipment required to last for the duration of the program.

While traveling you must exercise common sense and caution at all times. Always keep a photocopy of your passport, airline tickets and a record of your travelers’ checks and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals and a set with your emergency contact person back at home. Nobis Project will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of valuables or other articles during our programs. 

Communication
Nobis World facilitators have cell phones that work in the country of travel and have international calling plans in case of emergency. During portions of travel you will likely have access to Internet, although potentially intermittent, and can post to a blog and send an email back home. If you are interested in using your cell phone while traveling, check with your cell phone provider about the international calling capability of your device and corresponding rates. Note that sometimes text messaging can be a significantly cheaper way to correspond and when Wi-Fi is available, calling via Skype of FaceTime is the most cost effective option.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE

Participants start their service-learning during the mandatory pre-departure elearning activities that focuses on Nobis Big Ideas of history, power, relationships, global citizenship, and cultural responsiveness. The elearning activities include, but are not limited to; short readings and activities, videos, and interactive web content all related to the location you are about to visit. These activities allow for a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural context you are about to experience. The post-travel elearning is a structured platform to allow teachers to support one another, with the help of Nobis Project, as they translate their experiences in to projects in their classrooms.

Nobis Project awards every participant professional development certificates of participation at the end of each Nobis World program, at no additional cost. The Dominican Republic program offers 70 professional development contact hours and the Savannah, Ga program offers 50 professional development contact hours. Teachers must complete the elearning component of the program (pre and post) to receive a professional development certificate.


Image Courtesy of Mariposa DR Foundation