Travel Insurance


Travel insurance is essential and Pod requires that you have suitable travel insurance

We require you to take out personal travel insurance to provide cover in the unlikely event of something going wrong while you are away.


  • Arrange it once your placement has been confirmed / you book your flights (so that you have cancellation cover)
  • Check how much is covered - see our minimum recommended cover levels below
  • Check what COVID-19 cover it provides - it must provide medical cover and it should also have cancellation / curtailment cover
  • Make sure it covers volunteering and any other activities you may want to do
  • If you have pre-existing medical conditions, declare them and check if they are covered

There are many different providers offering policies. Currently, the policy that has the most extensive COVID-19 cover that we are aware of is Trailfinders.

Minimum recommended cover levels (£ GBP)

  Medical expenses   £5m
  Personal liability   £2m
  Personal accident   £25,000
  Cancellation / curtailment   £3,000
  Travel Delay   £500
  Legal Expenses   £25,000


  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal