Getting There

As outlined and discussed, you will be responsible for working with us to book your travel to and from Trivandrum Airport. We will cover one flight to/from Australia over the course of your contract with us. If you'd like to fly somewhere else in the world upon completion of the project, we will cover the cost of the return flight to Australia to where you would like to go. Any excess costs are your responsibility.

We have found that Air Asia and Malindo Air are the cheapest and most direct way to get there. We will cover the cheapest cost as determined by PCFML. If you'd like to fly with other airlines, again, you will be required to pay the difference in fair.

ARRIVAL DATES: Karl will be arriving on Thursday April 5 in Trivandrum. An arrival date of Tuesday April 10 or Wednesday April 11 is preferred. This means that we can commence work on Thursday April 12.

Here is Karl's arrival date and time:

- 05/04 - 10:10pm - Trivandrum Airport (Malindo Air)

DEPARTURE DATES: Be mindful that your visa's will expire on the expiration date that they are stamped with. You MUST leave the country before this time or PCFML will be held liable and you could face heavy fines or even jail time. We will work with you well before this date to ensure departure within your visa timeframe.


Arrival

Upon arrival, we will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your new house! Please send Karl your itineraries if he doesn't already have them at the time of booking.


Accommodation

You will both be residing in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment above our Director Mohan's house. The house is very private, very secure and has internet, a kitchen, balcony, etc.  Please be aware that Mohan and his family live downstairs and respect that, especially at night.

If you come home late, please be quiet. Also, please don't have parties at the house after 9pm or make excessive noise after this time. Common-sense prevails.


Contract Dates

CONTRACT DATES: Your contracts will run from the time of your arrival to exactly 6 months afterward. We expect you to be available for the entirety of this period, unless in the case of serious unforseen circumstances. Two weeks before the initial 6 month period, we will offer an extension of contract (if all is going well). We hope that you will consider an additional 6 months working with us if this is the case.


Getting Around

You will be responsible for covering the costs of your on-ground transport whilst in India. We highly recommend a bicycle or hiring rickshaws to get around, however you can hire a bike, car or probably even a rickshaw, although we do remind you that driving any vehicle in India is very dangerous, with poor road conditions and a lack of western road rules making any journey a little sketchy.

If you do want to drive in India YOU MUST OBTAIN AN INTERNATIONAL LICENSE BEFORE YOU DEPART AUSTRALIA. You will also need to check that the World Nomad's insurance that we provide covers you for these types of vehicles. The cost of an international license and anything outside of your standard insurance coverage is your responsibility.


Food & Activities

You will be responsible for purchase of all food and activities whilst in India, unless specified otherwise by the PCFML team. Please rememeber to read your insurance policy in detail to know what you are and aren't covered for. We recommend NOT undertaking any activities that you aren't covered for, or purchasing further insurance that covers you for these activities prior to undertaking them.

Also, please be aware of food poisoning and other food/drink issues. While southern Kerala is better than most areas in India for this, please be aware of the following:

- If locals offer you food, be careful. Not only for hygienic reasons, but for spice reasons as well. Local preferred spice will literally burn your face off. Well, it did for us during our last trip!

- DON'T drink the water, ever! It is not safe to drink or brush your teeth with, despite what others may say. Also be aware of ice in your drinks;

- Be careful of fruit, especially at local vendors and outside of the tourist areas;

- Be careful of local restaurants. Mohan and the SISP crew can take you to some safer places, however also be aware that local Indian immunity is seemingly much higher than westerners. We have had volunteers get sick from food that had no impact on their Indian counterparts;

- Use common sense with food. Use hand sanitiser often and always. We recommend carrying a bottle at all times and using it before every meal.