Service Program Registration: Get Started On Your Journey
Service Program Agreement
Global Volunteers is a nonprofit corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Minnesota, USA. In this Volunteer Registration and Agreement (hereinafter Registration), “Global Volunteers” means the corporation, its trustees, directors, officers, employees, team leaders, and agents. “You” and “Your” refers to the person signing this Registration. The “Host” refers to the entity(ies) (e.g., school, clinic, hospital, organization, and/or government agency) which invited Global Volunteers and/or to which you are assigned to serve, and its employees, agents, officers, and directors. Global Volunteers will make all the necessary arrangements to provide You with the opportunity to work with and learn from and about local people in the community for which You register, subject to availability. You agree to volunteer your time and talents to the best of your ability following Global Volunteers guidelines and policies.
You further agree to the terms outlined in this document.
SERVICE PROGRAM PAYMENT POLICIES
Service Program fees are listed on Global Volunteers’ website at globalvolunteers.org. A $350 nonrefundable deposit, which is applied toward the Service Program fee, is due with this Registration. The balance is due 75 days prior to the scheduled date of arrival. If you submit your Registration within 75 days of the scheduled date of arrival, You must pay a late Registration fee of $35. The Service Program fee does not include visas or airfare. You authorize Global Volunteers to use Your fee for general operating purposes until the Service Program begins.
ADDITIONAL COSTS ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
For international service programs, You will need a valid passport. The Service Program fee covers all meals beginning with dinner on the arrival date, lodging, in-country ground transportation for international programs, administrative expenses, and work project costs, except those expenses You incur during free time. You are responsible for any additional costs You may incur during free time and personal time, and for activities that are outside the Global Volunteers Service Program. Global Volunteers is not responsible for the acts or failures of anyone else who provides services to You.
If You voluntarily deviate from Global Volunteers’ scheduled itinerary, You may not be able to take the costs of the Service Program as a tax deduction. We recommend that You seek the advice of a tax advisor regarding this matter. (Please inform Global Volunteers of Your travel plans so we can coordinate your arrival and departure with the other members of the team.)
CANCELLATION AND REFUND
Global Volunteers may cancel any Service Program at any time. Global Volunteers may reject Your Registration at any time before departure. Global Volunteers will refund the total amount You paid to Global Volunteers (1) if the Service Program is filled at the time You Register; (2) if Global Volunteers rejects Your Registration for any reason; or (3) if Global Volunteers cancels the Service Program for any reason other than (a) a U.S. State Department travel warning that applies to the country to which You are traveling, or (b) circumstances beyond the control of Global Volunteers. If You cancel Your Service Program for any reason, You must notify Global Volunteers in writing. If you cancel Your Service Program, or if Global Volunteers cancels the Service Program because of a U.S. State Department travel warning or for circumstances beyond the control of Global Volunteers, You will receive a partial refund according to the refund schedule listed below. Global Volunteers will not refund airfare penalties or transfer fees under any circumstance. Global Volunteers will not make refunds for unused portions of the Service Program or because of Your inability to participate according to the scheduled itinerary.
Refund Policy Based on Cancellation Date:
Over 60 days: $350 deposit is not refunded. 100 percent of balance is refunded
60 to 30 days: $350 deposit is not refunded. 55 percent of balance is refunded.
Less than 30 days: $350 deposit is not refunded. 25 percent of balance is refunded.
IF YOU MUST TRANSFER TO ANOTHER SERVICE PROGRAM
We request that you do not register for a service program until you’re certain about both country and dates in order to avoid costly arrangements we make on your behalf. If You cancel and transfer 61 or more days prior to the original arrival date, Your nonrefundable $350 deposit may be applied to another service program in the same country within 12 months of the original arrival date – subject to space availability – and a $100 change fee. A $200 change fee is charged if you transfer to a service program in a different country.
YOU PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK
You acknowledge that there are dangers in traveling to and living and volunteering in the country for which You are registering, some of which are described at http://globalvolunteers.org. You agree to travel and participate at Your own risk. You agree to assume full responsibility for injury to You, including death and emotional trauma, and damage to or theft of Your property. Global Volunteers and SAGE are not responsible for the acts or failures of anyone else who provides services to You.
YOU AGREE NOT TO SUE GLOBAL VOLUNTEERS, SAGE, OR THE HOST
You will not sue or bring any action against Global Volunteers, SAGE, or the Host because of the negligence of Global Volunteers, SAGE, or the Host. You will not sue or bring any action against Global Volunteers, SAGE, or the Host because of the negligence or intentional acts of anyone else. If anyone, e.g., you, a family member, spouse, etc., sues or brings any action against Global Volunteers, SAGE, or the Host, or because of the negligence of Global Volunteers, SAGE, or the Host, or because of the negligence or intentional acts of anyone else, You and Your estate shall indemnify and hold harmless Global Volunteers, SAGE, and the Host from all claims, judgments and costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees. You may sue or bring action for intentional acts, gross misconduct or gross negligence caused by Global Volunteers or SAGE.
YOU AGREE TO FOLLOW RULES AND LAWS
Global Volunteers requires that all volunteers arrive at the designated site by the scheduled Service Program arrival date. You will be the guest of the local people and the Host. You agree to follow all applicable rules, policies and guidelines of Global Volunteers and the Host, as well as the laws of the local country. If You do not follow all rules, laws, policies and guidelines, Global Volunteers’ team leader has the authority to ask You to leave the community and/or lodging facility immediately. If You are asked to leave, You agree to leave immediately. Global Volunteers will help you arrange your transportation to the closest airport.
MINNESOTA LAW CONTROLS
You agree that this Registration is to be construed under the laws of the State of Minnesota, USA. You agree that this Registration is to be construed broadly to provide a release, indemnification and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law. In signing this Registration, You acknowledge (1) that You have read this entire document, (2) that You understand its terms, (3) that You are at least eighteen (18) years of age, (4) You are giving up substantial legal rights You might otherwise have, and (5) that You have signed it knowingly and voluntarily. If any provision of this Registration is unenforceable or too broad to be enforced to its full extent, then that provision and the remaining provisions will be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law.