Frequently asked questions

Why participate in Volontaires Sans Frontières with the Terre Sans Frontières team?
  • TSF has years of experience; it has been working with its southern partners since 1980.
  • Cooperant safety is a top priority for TSF, so you can leave with your mind at ease.
  • A TSF team member is at your disposal and helps you with your preparations and fundraising.
  • Transparency is everything to TSF; you will know exactly where the money you raise and your donations are going.
Where will we stay?

One of Terre Sans Frontières's partners determines where you stay. They are accustomed to hosting cooperants and will welcome you with open arms.

Will we have to share rooms?
  • The budget allows for double occupancy. On request, it is sometimes possible to have a room to yourself, depending on the number of rooms available and at an extra cost.
What will we eat?
  • As you will stay with one of our local partners, who are accustomed to hosting cooperants, the food will meet strict health criteria. You will have the opportunity to safely try many regional dishes.
Should I travel with cash?
  • We suggest that you travel with a small amount of American dollars. You have the opportunity to go to a bank during your trip to withdraw cash using a credit card or a debit card. You can easily exchange American dollars for local currency.
What are the mandatory vaccines?
  • The yellow fever vaccination is mandatory in Bolivia and Uganda, and is recommended for all other countries. We strongly recommend that you go to a travel clinic of your choosing a few months before you leave. They will tell you which vaccines you need based on your destination and the type of trip.
•What happens if there's a problem abroad?
  • We will make sure you are as prepared as possible during our information sessions. Furthermore, we are always available to help you during your trip, as is our local partner.

    No matter what happens, you must first contact the insurance company. They are your main guides for any unforeseen situation.

    Our local partners are trustworthy; TSF has been working with them for many years. They are accustomed to hosting foreigners and know what to do in an emergency.

Why do you allocate 25% of the funds raised to the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
  • In recent years, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has cut the funding of several ongoing Terre Sans Frontières projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These mainly health-related projects make it possible for many seriously ill and injured people to gain access to care and medication. We have therefore had to find a new way to fund these projects. Humanitarian trips were established. Given the sociopolitical climate, however, it would be unthinkable for participants to travel to the DRC, for safety reasons. They can nevertheless make a difference in the lives of these people, who have known much suffering.