Effect Expeditions – FAQ’s

Loads! In addition to getting a deep understanding about a social issue, you will have the opportunity to work on solutions during the Impact Workshop!

Yes! Projects from our Impact Workshop are both high and low tech. Working in a team, all skills are needed to create impactful projects.

Each expedition will includes a group of 15-25 volunteers from all over the world who are focused on making a difference on their travels. There will also be 2 team leaders with loads of international expedition experience. You’re in great hands!

Your payment includes food at of our favorite local restaurants, transportation during the expedition, and all Impact Workshop related costs.

Unfortunately not. Due to company match policies and our own internal policies, all payment must be made before the expedition either by a campaign or directly from the participant. If would like to match the total donations all additional funds would go towards our schools in India. 

We’ll facilitate the booking process; we prefer individuals to travel together when possible. We usually book flights a few weeks after the expedition application deadline. All volunteers should plan on arrive the day before the expedition starts and leave the day after the last day of the expedition.

You do! In addition to the the fee for the expedition you are responsible for flights, visas, accommodation, souvenirs, and alcoholic beverages. Accommodation costs will be paid to Effect.org who will use it to negotiate the best deals while making sure we all stay together.

Our team will book everyone at the same hotel once you decide what type of room you want (single or double) and pay us. Some expeditions have extremely limited single rooms so please check with us first.

We stay in local and safe hotels during the duration of the expedition. It won’t always be 5 star, especially due to the subject matter of our expeditions, but it’s always comfortable. Most importantly, our whole group will be in the same hotel!

Our main priority is to eat at clean restaurants in order to keep everyone healthy. However, expect to eat local and fresh food during the expedition. We only go to restaurants that have been vetted and/or have great reviews!

The program will include the following (all arranged by the Effect.org team):

  • Pre-program and fundraising support from dedicated staff members at Effect.org
  • A 7-day expedition developed in partnership with local NGOs and communities
  • A half day in-country induction program including safety, communications, and cultural awareness.
  • Daily debriefs and activities which help prepare for the Impact Workshop
  • At least half a cultural (fun) day
Your donation goes a long way! First and foremost, it goes towards all expedition related expenses while in country. Effect Expeditions are also what keeps Effect.org running, we’re a non profit and we don’t receive federal funding.  Finally, Effect Expeditions are what keep our Schools in India open. Our schools are how we show we are committed to providing  quality education to low income families.

Here is the total breakdown:

  • 50% goes towards your expedition and includes all logistics, hotel, meals and the Impact Workshop.
  • 50% goes towards our schools in India.

We appreciate that your schedules are jam-packed, which is why we’ve condensed this experience to one week. For corporate employees, Volunteer Time Off (VTO) will cover some of the expedition.

  1. Apply online!
  2. Wait for Effect Team to contact you within 2 weeks of submitting your application.
  3. If accepted, start campaigning!
  4. Thoroughly read your Welcome Packet!
  5. You’ll need to complete a detailed (confidential) medical form
  6. You’ll need to have appropriate vaccinations (you’re responsible for the costs)
  7. You’ll be responsible for your own visa.
  8. You’ll need to take part in weekly hangouts
  9. You’ll need to do the required reading!

We choose applicants based on their passion and skillset to ensure each expedition has a diverse group. We have several expeditions planned for 2018 across India and Nepal covering issues including Education and Human Trafficking. In the event that you aren’t selected for this trip, someone from Effect.org staff will be in touch to work with your schedule and place you on an upcoming expedition.

** According to USA law Effect.org does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, marital or family status, physical or mental disability, gender, age, and possibly sexual orientation.

We suggest you read the all the required reading and be active during the hangouts! It’s important to do your homework on the social issue we are volunteering for. Some things you will be responsible for include:

  • Submitting a medical form
  • Booking your plane ticket
  • You’ll need to have appropriate vaccinations
  • Arranging for your own visa to travel

It happens! All extra money you raise would go towards the schools.  In the past, this money has helped fund solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, laptops in schools, etc.

We provide the nonprofits with solutions from the impact workshop, and have seen these powerful project bring great results to local nonprofits. The expeditions help pay for our schools.  By committing to focusing on education we are able to further our mission of providing affordable and effective education to children in need. 

Most of our non profit partner feedback showed that the solutions our volunteers came up with were of more value. We look forward to focusing on impact form the Impact Workshops. 

As of now, our expedition isn’t structured to facilitate children. However, if your partner is interested, feel free to reach out and we will try to accommodate your request.

We started expeditions in order to connect our strong network of nonprofits and our contacts working at tech companies across the bay area. In March 2015 we took our first group to Nepal and immersed them in the local culture, taught them about human trafficking, and watched as they teamed up with local Nepali engineers to create amazing, functional solutions in 3 days. It was a huge success. Since then, we’ve continued to lead expeditions on human trafficking, disaster relief, refugee crisis, and education. Each expedition helps fund new schools across India. We’re excited for the future and to see the lasting achievements of Effect Expeditions in the world.

Of course! Not only are there a few expedition alumni on each expedition but there are over 180 alumni that we can put you in touch with!

Yes, you’ll need to finalize your personal travel logistics by the deadline to book flights! Just realize that you won’t be with us and will need to ensure your own safety and travel arrangements . We’d be happy to suggest any itineraries for your travels after the project.

Corporate employees are not required to undergo an interview so their deposit ($250) is due once they fill out their application. All other applicants must pay a $20 application fee which can not be applied toward the total amount due. Both deposit and processing fees are non refundable.

Impact Workshop are how we measure the impact of our expeditions! We have combined several different problem-solving models to develop a recipe for impact. Our impact workshop create solutions to barriers faced by local nonprofits. Our philosophy: By helping our partner nonprofits be more effective, they create more impact on the ground. That’s a win, win, win!

Please reach out to us and we’ll get back to you asap. Email Sandy Singh, sandy@effect.org for anything related to the expedition.