Communicating While Abroad

There are a number of ways to keep in touch with home and Projects Abroad staff while you are abroad. All of our placements have access to internet cafes, and SIM cards or local phones, even if you are placed in rural areas, you will be given a local SIM card to use them. Even if you are participating on a Conservation & Environment and Culture & Community – staff at these projects usually helps you personally to access internet, phone calls, if you have issue with your personal SIM card. 

Generally, you should only use your host family’s phone in emergencies or you can use your own Indian SIM card, which you can get it, when you arrive. Once you receive your own SIM card, you can top up and access internet, send and receive calls, so the internet is the best way to contact people at home. There are also public phones or communication centres near almost all our placements – these are ideal for local calls to other volunteers, general questions to our local staff, or the occasional call home (this can be expensive, so we recommend using Skype if you can).

Once you have arrived and are settled in, our staff will help you get in touch with home during your induction, so you can let someone know that you have arrived safely. All volunteers are also given an emergency list of contacts on their resource kit page before their departure – we recommend sharing this information with family and friends before you leave.

You also have the option of buying a cheap mobile phone when you arrive. One of our staff members can help you buy a phone and a local SIM card during your induction. This is helpful for keeping in touch with other volunteers, Kenosis projects abroad and local partner’s staff throughout your placement.

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