Awards, Accreditations and Partnerships
RECOGNITION FOR POD VOLUNTEER
Pod Volunteer is an award winning non-profit organisation arranging ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering opportunities around the world
iStudy Awards - 2018
Pod Volunteer has been shortlisted for the iStudy Global Awards
Best Volunteering Organisation Award - 2017
British Youth Travel Awards – Pod Volunteer has won the award for Best Volunteering Organisation of 2017! We also won in 2015 and were a finalist in 2014.
Global Youth Travel Awards - 2016
Our community projects in Ghana received an award in the Outstanding Volunteer Project category at the Global Youth Travel Awards.
Best Volunteering Organisation Award - 2015
British Youth Travel Awards – Pod Volunteer has won the award for Best Volunteering Organisation of 2015!
Global Youth Travel Awards - 2015
Our marine conservation project in Thailand received an award in the Outstanding Volunteer Project category at the Global Youth Travel Awards.
British Youth Travel Awards - 2014
British Youth Travel Awards – Pod Volunteer has won a finalist award in the Best Volunteering Organisation 2014 category.
Innovative New Program Award
Our Creative Arts project in Nepal has been selected by GoAbroad as a finalist in the category of Innovative New Program – Volunteer.
Tourism Concern works for ethical and fairly traded tourism and has created an Ethical Volunteering Group of which we are a member.
We have pledged to work with Right Tourism, an organisation which helps people to stay animal-friendly whilst travelling.
Year Out Group
We are a member of Year Out Group, an association of leading gap year providers who are subjected to a rigorous membership process and must maintain the agreed standards.
We are a member of Responsible Travel, the leading platform fortour operators committed to responsible tourism. All members are vetted and need to provide evidence of responsible tourism.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Pod Volunteer is an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, delivered under special licence by partners.
Fundraising Standards Board
The FRSB helps the public raise any concerns about fundraising and supports charities, including the Pod Charity, in being accountable for their fundraising.
Goodnet has featured us in their "10 Incredible Volunteer Abroad Organizations You Should Know".
FCO Travel Aware
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Travel Aware campaign is designed to help travellers stay safe and healthy abroad.
Pharos Response provides support in the event of a serious incident, with a range of integrated specialist services
The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection for our customer prepayments, satisfying obligations under the Package Travel Regulations.
Banner Insurance is one of the UK’s leading providers of specific travel insurance to mission and aid workers, insuring personnel from over 480 organisations including Pod Volunteer.
Virgin Money Giving
Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit online fundraising service that we use for fundraising to support the projects we work with through the Pod Charity.
LRTT is a specialist provider of teaching courses to assist our volunteers undertaking education placements.
FairFX is a specialist financial company, providing market leading pre-paid currency cards for our volunteers.
We work with an ATOL bonded travel agent called StudentUniverse to organise flights and tours for our volunteers.
Outdoor365 is a specialist online outdoor equipment store providing a recommended kit list and exclusive discount for Pod volunteers