FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! 40K Globe is open to all young Australians. Whether you’re on a gap year after high-shool 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!
Students are briefed by their team leaders about sim cards and phones. It is your child’s responsibility to communicate with you and organise a sim card in India. Phone lines are generally fine out in the villages but there are intermittent network issues. It is essential that every participant purchase an Indian sim card to ensure they are contactable and are able to make contact to 40K in an emergency. Data packages are available for a reasonable price and generally work in the villages we operate in, however, there can be intermittent network issues. We recommend Airtel or Vodafone for the best coverage in the villages.
Should you need to contact your child on the program in an emergency please contact our office (02) 9221 4030 and we will be happy to help arrange communications.
If your child has been involved in a life-threatening situation, we will call you at any time of the day or night seven days per week. For everything else, we will make contact with you between the times of 8am and 7pm Australian time.
Yes, reasonable attempts will be made to supervise your child whilst in India. The project that they’ll be working on, their safety and well-being will be monitored firstly by their trained team leader. The team leader is supported by a Group leader and the 40K staff in Bangalore.
You will be given information on how to apply for the Team Leadership program during your final week in India. Your Team Leader will give you the opportunity to apply for the Leadership Program during the last week of your Globe month. You will need to complete the application within a week of the program’s end date.
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 deliver maximum impact in the project.
Your free time is limited to evenings, weekends and a 3 day holiday break in the middle of the program. You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation and plans on the weekends. Your welcome to take this opportunity to travel and explore India beyond Bengaluru. We will give you some recommendations at the Induction session!
Your trained Team Leader will provide guidance and support to your team for your Impact Project. Working in conjunction with the 40K Leadership team, the Project Coordinator (PC) is a local Indian 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 impact 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.
You and your team will be assigned an Impact Project. We don’t allow students to swap once allocated, but you can put forward a relevant expression of interest in a project that you are interested in within your application form.
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.
This depends on what time of the year that you are traveling and your Team Leader will provide you 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.
You can find out more about university or travel grants by first checking out our study at university page. We’d also recommend you get in touch with your faculty and study abroad unit of your university.
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.
40K recommends that you consult your GP or a Travel Doctor to find out about recommended vaccinations. 40K takes no responsibility for monitoring your vaccinations nor do we make recommendations in relation to vaccinations.
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 for the first day of program!
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 currentFirst Aid certificate
We will provide students with the right information to help you stay culturally aware of what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour. We have good standing with the villages that we operate in as we’ve been working in this region for over ten years.
Depending on your project and its location you’ll either be staying in basic but comfortable accommodation central location close by to your village. Typical housing on Globe consists of dorm-style bunk bed accommodation. Bedrooms are single gender to abide by local customs and typically have 4-6 Beds in them. All beds are equipped with a mosquito net, linen, and pillow.
The safety of our participants is of foremost importance to 40K Globe. 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 providing participants with supervision by 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 has developed a communications protocol which participants are to use in an emergency. This helps communication to remain clear and succinct in an emergency.
Every Glober, Team Leader and Group Leaders are trained thoroughly on communication protocols at the induction and again on arrival in India. As well as this, all Globers must attain a first aid certificate prior to departure.