Is it safe in the villages?
We provide students with the right information to help them stay aware of what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour. We have good rapport with the villages that we operate in, and have been working in this region for over ten years.
What happens if there is an emergency?
The safety of our participants is our first priority. We have created a comprehensive risk framework that not only covers risk assessment and management but also crisis response and crisis stakeholder communication. We also mitigate risk by ensuring participants are supervised our staff and leadership team.
40K is also a member of International SOS. International SOS provides integrated medical and clinical services to organisations with international operations like 40K. International SOS uses a global rating system to rank hospitals around the world. 40K will only take participants to top ranking hospitals with care on par with the level of care provided in top ranking hospitals in Australia.
40K’s communications protocol is based on Army protocols and participants are trained in how to follow this in an emergency. This helps communication to remain clear and succinct in an emergency.
Every Glober, Team Leader and Group Leader is trained thoroughly in communication protocols prior to the commencement of the program. As well as this, all Globers are required to attain a first aid certificate prior to departure.
I am not a university student. Can I still come?
Yes! 40K Globe is open to all young Australians. Whether you’re on a gap year after high school or taking a career break, we’d love to have you on our program. Generally, those who attend are between 18 – 25 years of age but don’t let that deter you. We’ve had people of all ages join us on our program!
What’s the role of the Globe Team Leader?
Each project team of about 5-8 participants will have a Team Leader. A Team Leader is someone who has been on the Globe program before and has completed our extensive leadership training.
Team Leaders take on the following responsibilities:
- Providing guidance and support to the impact project
- Providing medical support in the event of a health or medical issues
- Performing weekly, individual debriefs with each participant
- Managing team dynamics and conflict resolution
Your leader is there to facilitate an awesome experience and empower you to learn and develop to your maximum capacity.
I want to travel during Globe, how much free time do we have?
Your free time is limited to evenings, weekends and a three day long weekend in the middle of the program. You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation and plans on the weekends. You’re welcome to take this opportunity to travel and explore India beyond Bengaluru. We will give you some recommendations at the induction session!
What sort of assistance do we receive for our projects?
Your trained Team Leader will provide guidance and support to your team for your project. Working in conjunction with the 40K Leadership team, the Project Coordinator (PC) is a local Indian person who will be coordinating all of the logistics required to administer the program. They are a great source of knowledge for everything at a village level.
On top of this all projects are supported by our in-country team who work on 40K’s project year-round. They will be the conduit in continuing your project once you’ve gone to the keep our commitment to the communities that we work in.
What happens if I get sick?
We are going to be honest. You will probably get ill to some degree, however it is unlikely to be serious. In the event that it is, however, we have strict protocols in place to ensure you get access to medical treatment.
How do I know what to pack?
This depends on what time of the year that you are traveling. Once you are accepted onto the program you will be provided with a recommended packing list. We do recommend that you pack an appropriate medical kit. However, if you do forget to pack something, there’s a chance you’ll be in the city at some point where you can purchase everything under the sun – usually at a fraction of Australian prices.
How do I go about getting a travel grant and/or academic credit?
You can find out more about university or travel grants by first checking out our Study at University section. We’d also recommend you get in touch with your faculty and study abroad unit of your university.
What type of visa do I get?
Once accepted onto the program 40K will provide you with instructions on how to apply for your India visa, including which visa category to apply for. To make sure that you are going over on the correct visa, hold off on starting your visa application until you receive this information.
How do I know what flights to book? I want to be on the same flights as the others in my group.
You’ll be able to coordinate flights through the Facebook group you’ll be added to once you’ve been accepted into the program. We recommend you arrive in Bangalore at least 2 to 3 days before program begins. Spend a couple of days in Bangalore city and get orientated. There are plenty of hotels to stay in and we’ll provide some recommendations to you that are close by the meeting point of the first day of program!
Do I have to pay for my own flights and vaccinations?
Yes you do. The cost of the Globe program does not include:
- Your flight to and from India
- Immunisations (as required – talk to your GP or travel doctor).
- Indian visa
- AFP Police background check
- A current First Aid certificate
Where will I be staying?
Accommodation is basic but comfortable shared accommodation. Bedrooms are single gender and typically have 4-6 beds in them.
I’m not a business student. Is that a problem?
No, the Globe program is suitable for a student of any discipline.