Travel Insurance


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

We work with a specialist travel insurance broker called Banner Insurance that arranges travel insurance for Pod Volunteers at a special rate. Click below to get a quote and purchase online - if you have any problems please contact



  • Arrange it once your placement is confirmed so that you have cancellation cover
  • Check it covers any other activities you may want to do
  • If you have pre-existing medical conditions, declare them and check if they are covered
  • Read your policy details carefully and take a copy with you when you travel
  • If you choose alternative travel insurance, check it carefully as many policies do NOT cover volunteering and make sure it has equivalent cover levels to Banner Insurance

About Banner Insurance

Banner has been providing specialist international travel and medical expenses insurance cover for over twenty years. They cover individuals of all nationalities working and living outside of their country of domicile.

Banner is very supportive of volunteering and 3 members of the Banner team travelled out to Ghana to join our building project! Read all about their volunteering here.

Travel Insurance Rate

Pod Volunteers are offered a special rate of £2.25 GBP per day +  £10 GBP arrangement fee. This also applies to any travel before or after a Pod project.

Travel Insurance Summary of Cover (£ GBP)

  Medical Expenses   £5,000,000
  Hospitalisation   £1,120
  Funeral Expenses   £5,000
  Personal Accident   £25,000
  Cancellation   £3,000
  Travel Disruption   £3,000
  Travel Delay   £500
  Personal Property   £1,500
  Delayed Property   £750
  Money   £1,000
  Passport   £1,000
  Hijack and Kidnap   £10,000
  Legal Expenses   £25,000
  Personal Liability   £2,000,000

Covid-19 Exclusion

Policies taken out from 16/03/20 contain a Covid-19 exclusion. This excludes claims for Cancellation, Curtailment and Rearrangement as a result of Covid-19. All other sections are still covered, including Medical Expenses.

Activity and Sports List

Provided you are under 75 years of age at the date of buying this Policy, cover is available for the activities and sports listed below: Abseiling, Angling, Archery, Assault course, Badminton, Banana boating, Baseball, Basketball, Beach games, Bowling, Bungee jumping, Canoeing, Clay pigeon shooting, Cricket, Curling, Cycling, Deep sea fishing, Dinghy sailing, Fell walking, Fishing, Football (amateur), Go karting*, Golf, Handball, Hiking, Horse riding (excluding racing, jumping and eventing), Hot air ballooning (as a passenger), Hovercraft*, Indoor climbing, Ice skating, Jet boating*, Jet skiing (no racing), Karting*, Kayaking (up to grade 2 only), Kite surfing*, Mountain biking (no racing), Netball, Orienteering, Organised safari (without guns), Paint balling*, Pony Trekking, Quad biking (no racing)*, Racket ball, Rambling, Roller skating (including blading), Rounders, Rowing*, Running (non competitive), Sailing (with qualified crew, within coastal waters)*, Scuba diving (to 30 metres and accompanied), Sledging, Snorkelling, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Surfing, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ten pin bowling, Trekking, Tug of war, Volleyball, Walking, Water polo, Water-skiing, Whale watching, White water rafting (up to grade 4 only), Wind surfing*, Yachting (with qualified crew, within coastal waters)* Personal Liability cover for those activities and sports marked with an * is excluded. This list is not exhaustive. If you intend to participate in any activity not noted above please contact Banner Insurance (see the Travel Insurance Form for details).


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  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
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