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Travel Insurance for Volunteering

Get coverage for your good deeds

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At World Nomads, our travel insurance allows you to participate in a range of volunteer activities and vacations, from summer teaching programs to clean water projects. We’re strong supporters of paying it forward and giving back — and what better way to strengthen communities, forge meaningful connections and open your eyes (and arms and hearts) than contributing to a worthy purpose?

Should I consider insurance when volunteering overseas?

If you’re planning to volunteer your time while traveling, World Nomads Travel Insurance can cover you for issues you may encounter while on the road, such as medical issues, baggage theft or delay, and trip interruption.

What’s covered for volunteers? 

Want to step out into the world and volunteer your time? World Nomads plans can provide cover for:

What volunteer activities may I participate in?

At World Nomads, we do our best to support volunteers, whether it's protecting endangered turtle hatching grounds or teaching school children in a faraway village. World Nomads has two levels of coverage - the Standard Plan and Explorer Plan - that offer different benefits, limits and sub-limits of coverage. It’s good to spend time comparing the plans to see which one suits your travel needs.

You can get a quote, make a claim, or buy a policy instantly online, even while traveling.

Volunteer activities our Standard plan may cover include:

  • Farming such as fruit picking, WWOOFing or other manual labor
  • Wildlife or animal care
  • Environmental or conservation work
  • Au pair, nanny or other volunteer childcare
  • Teaching

Volunteer activities our Explorer plan may cover include all of the above plus:

  • Construction or renovation projects, including painting, using power tools, operating machinery or roadwork
  • NGO support and disaster relief
  • Medical and health care work (health education, medical services, medical practitioner)

What’s not covered while volunteering?

As a global citizen contributing to good causes, we can only assume that you’ll act responsibly and within your limits. But just to be clear, we won’t cover any incidents related to:   

  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Reckless behavior
  • Criminal or illegal acts
  • Pre-existing conditions 
  • Exposure to hazardous biological, chemical and nuclear radioactive material, gas or contamination

This is not a full list of what is and isn’t covered, so please check your policy for a full list of terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions that may apply to your specific plan. Any example scenarios provided above are not a guarantee of coverage. All claims are subject to review, require documentation and are considered individually. If you have any questions about what is and is not covered, please reach out – we’re happy to help.

If haven’t yet chosen a volunteer program, you can find inspiration in our article about choosing ethical volunteer programs.


Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you

Trip Protection

Protect your hard earned vacation from unexpected cancellation.

  • Explorer Plan: $10,000
  • Standard Plan: $2,500
Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalised?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Close relative suddenly dies?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Insurance

Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.

  • Explorer Plan: $100,000
  • Standard Plan: $100,000
Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Evacuation

We'll provide assistance to get you to the hospital or home quickly.

  • Explorer Plan: $500,000
  • Standard Plan: $300,000
Emergency Evacuation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medivac home?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Covers the loss, theft or damage of your bags, tech and gear.

  • Explorer Plan: $3,000
  • Standard Plan: $1,000
Protect your gear
  • Passport or tech stolen?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Bags delayed?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
  • Repatriation of Remains
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Trip Delay
  • Baggage & Personal Effects
  • Baggage Delay (outward journey only)
  • Rental Car Damage – where permissible
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Generali Global Assistance 24-Hour Assistance Services
  • Generali Global Assistance Non-Medical Emergency Transportation Services
This is a general summary for US residents only. Restrictions, exclusions and limitations will apply. Benefit limits may vary depending on the plan chosen. Check the plan documents for full details.

24/7 emergency assistance

Whether you need medical or dental assistance or advice, emergency evacuation or travel assistance, our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

Wherever you are, we’re here 24/7 to help you in any emergency.

Are you in need of emergency assistance right now?

Contact Generali Global Assistance:
Telephone: +1 954-334-8143 (Collect outside the US)
+1 877-289-0968 (Toll-free in the US and Canada

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Here are our most frequently asked questions about overseas medical insurance. You can also find the answers to other questions in our Helpdesk or you can ask our customer service team.