Insurance for Workawayers, volunteers and backpackers

Insurance is really an essential part of any traveller‘s kit.

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Whether you‘re on a gap year in Europe, backpacking through Australia, on an adventure holiday in South America or volunteering on a farm in France, it will give you peace of mind knowing that you‘ll be covered should the worst happen.

Here at Workaway we have done some of the leg work for you. As a starting point for your research we have included two different insurance providers on this page: World Nomads Explorer plan and also Genki Insurance. While both cover volunteering, the policy may vary depending on where you live, check here for World Nomads and check here for Genki (You are advised to see if the activities you will be doing are covered by checking their help desks here for World Nomads and here for Genki). As with all insurance, you should always check the policy wording before purchasing.

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Features World nomads Genki
Coverage See countries covered hereWorldwide or Limited options
Buy online, even if you've left home
Extend your policy while travelling
Make claims online
Flexible period
24/7 Emergency Assistance
Browse options Browse options

Important things to consider:

Both World Nomads and Genki travel insurance do not provide personal liability cover. Hosts are responsible for their own insurance.

Please remember that it’s YOUR responsibility to have the correct insurance whilst travelling. We cannot advise on individual cases and as always we would suggest reading everything including the small print to make sure the policy fits your requirements.

The table above is only a visual representation so please make sure you contact each provider directly with any questions concerning your policy as we cannot provide advice about this.

Having travel insurance means you have that safety blanket should any unexpected issues come up, so we hope this is a good place to start... happy travels!

All of the information provided about travel insurance is a brief summary only. It does not include all terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions of the travel insurance plans described. Coverage may not be available for residents of all countries, states or provinces. Please carefully read your policy wording for a full description of coverage.