Do I need to have a BCBA® to travel with SkillCorps? You do not have to be a BCBA®, but you are required to have experience with individuals with autism using ABA methodologies. Though we do have a BCBA® on every trip, it doesn’t have to be you! A lot of students have traveled with us before.
Should I bring some clothing or other materials to donate? No, thank you. Really, no. If you’d like to see a short video that sums up why we don’t bring stuff, you can click here. We didn’t create the video, but have watched it on almost every trip with our partners and former SkillCorps members have suggested that we share it before we go. In short – it undermines the local economy and is not sustainable. We work with our partners to train them to obtain grants and other funding to procure necessary materials on their own. You may feel as though you wish you had something to give because everyone is so kind – you do. You’re giving your talent and time – a priceless resource.
What vaccinations will I need?
The most updated information about necessary immunizations for your destination can be found at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, or through your personal physician.
What safety precautions will be exercised during our stay?
Participants and Global Autism Project staff will always travel in groups of two or more. Caution is advised when carrying valuable items, and some may wish to carry a money belt. Safety and security is always a priority.
What will a typical day look like?
A typical day on one of our international trips will be spent at our partner organization, working with the staff and clients. Mid-day and evening regroup meetings may be scheduled. Some days may include excursions to other locations in the area, for tourism or work-related purposes.
What manner of transportation will be provided in-country?
Most transportation will be provided by local services, such as car, bus, and metro services. Transportation to and from the airport will also be provided. Occasionally, transport is provided by our partner organization’s private vehicle.
Do I need any specific skills to travel abroad with the Global Autism Project?
Yes. Prospective SkillCorps applicants must undergo an application process which will assess their skill set and professional interests for compatibility with the objectives of the trip for which they are applying.
Do I need to speak another language to participate in a travel abroad program?
It depends on your site. In Peru, all instruction is conducted in Spanish. All applicants for the Peru program are required to have at minimum a conversational level of Spanish, and complete their interview with our local partner in Spanish. Instruction is conducted in English in India, Indonesia, and Kenya.
How far in advance to I need to apply?
Applications for each trip are due four months in advance of departure.
Can I travel as a group with friends, colleagues, or relatives?
While you are welcome to apply for a given program along with friends, colleagues, or family, the application process is individual and each applicant will be evaluated individually.
Are there grants or scholarships available to help finance my travel abroad program?
The Global Autism Project provides advice and resources to those fundraising for their upcoming trip. Global Autism Project does not supply grants or financial support to participants. It is recommended that you check with your employer or university to see if any such funds are available.
How long has the Global Autism Project been traveling with volunteers and professionals abroad?
The Global Autism Project has been traveling abroad with volunteers and professionals for over seven years.
Who will we be working with in the country to which we are traveling?
The Global Autism Project has partnerships with organizations in Peru, Kenya, India, and Indonesia. If traveling to Peru, you will be working with Alcanzando. If traveling to Kenya, you will be working with Kaizora Consultants. If traveling to India, you will be working with SOREM. If traveling to Indonesia, you will be working with YCHI (Autism Care Indonesia). Please visit the individual country pages under “International Partnerships” to learn more about these partner organizations.
What will we be doing once we arrive?
Our role will be that of the consultant and the trainer, depending on your area of expertise. While on site, we will observe the operation of the organization and work to improve quality and sustainability of service by offering training workshops and business consultations to staff. We will also work directly with the children being serviced, in order to demonstrate certain therapy models to the staff and to gain a better understanding of the impact and efficacy of the services provided.
Where will we be staying?
The Global Autism Project generally utilizes local guesthouses and hotels for accommodation during our international trips. Safety and security is always a priority, and our residences are generally within walking or short driving distance from our partner organization.
What if I raise more than the fundraising minimum?
Awesome. We’ll say Thank you, go you!! And possibly have a special surprise gift for you! The fundraising minimum is just that- a minimum.
What if I can’t travel on the scheduled dates?
Currently, we are not able to offer travel opportunities to you outside of our scheduled dates, but with 8 trips/ year hopefully there are some dates that work for you.
Can my entire company do one trip with you?
We firmly believe that part of the magic of SkillCorps is that you get to step outside of your comfort zone and work with and learn from people you’ve never met. Because of that , we prefer not to have entire companies join us.
How does a two week trip make an impact?
The two-week trip only makes an impact because of the other 48 weeks of the year when we are in contact with our partners working to train them and watching their clinical videos over Skype each week.
How old do you have to be to travel with SkillCorps?
What should I pack/how will I know what to pack?
The Global Autism Project provides a packing list and even has a private Amazon store where you can purchase everything you need directly and in one place!
Can I do my dissertation/thesis/research study on SkillCorps?
Yes. Once you’re accepted, if you’re interested in something like this, we’ll put you in touch with our Reseach and Training Coordinator.
Can I give a presentation about SkillCorps?
Yes. Definitely. We’ll even help you create it.
Can my partner/ significant other accompany me on a trip?
It depends. We occasionally allow for this, but know that you’re expected to be a part of a team the entire time you’re in country and we cannot even guarantee private sleeping accommodations.
How can I be kept up to date about upcoming trips?
Great question. You can join our mailing list!