What To Include With Your Application

Typed responses to essay questions listed below.

Resume (for Full-time Volunteering, Volunteering Only and Internships)

Deposit ($250 for Part-time Volunteer, $350 for Full-time Volunteer/Volunteer-Only, $550 for Internship)

2 letters of reference either academic or professional (for Internships)

Application and Payment Process

Send all application materials and deposit in one envelope at least 2 months (some locations and internships may require 3-4 months) before you wish to start.

Late applications are accepted but placement confirmation before you travel is not guaranteed.

We will inform you of placement specifics about 4 weeks after your telephone interview. You will receive a confirmation statement with the total amount due, "Need to Know" country facts sheets and additional pre-departure information in the mail. If we are unable to place you, we will notify you at this time. In this case, your full deposit will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable once we have obtained a placement for you. NOTE: Never purchase a nonrefundable or non-changeable airline ticket before you have been confirmed by AmeriSpan.

All program fees must be paid in full at least 4 weeks before your start date. For airport pick-ups, AmeriSpan should receive flight arrival information at least 2 weeks prior to start date. We will send a final confirmation statement when full payment is received and all details are finalized.

Late payments and/or late applications are subject to a $35 late fee. If registering less than 4 weeks in advance, full payment with $35 late fee is due.

All changes within 4 weeks of the scheduled start date are subject to a $50 change fee. Although everything will be done to accommodate you, you are not guaranteed your original placement if you change your dates.

Transferable Academic Credit For Volunteering and/or Studying A Foreign Language

If you wish to receive transferable academic credit for volunteering and/or your language program through SCCC or Brookhaven (offered at select locations only) refer to the following link for more details: http://www.amerispan.com/credit_volunteer.

Calculating Your Program Fee

We have done our best to try and keep the program fees simple. The most common are listed in our catalog and all are listed on our website. If you aren't sure, we'll calculate them and let you know the exact amount during the telephone interview.

Refund Policies

If AmeriSpan is not able to place you within given time limits, your full deposit will be returned. The deposit will not be returned if you decline a placement that meets your requests as outlined in your application.

Cancellations more than 6 weeks before start date (start of language classes) are entitled to a full refund less the deposit and registration fee. Cancellations less than 4 weeks before the start date will be refunded less 25% or the deposit, whichever is greater.

There will be no refunds after a program has begun. If a personal emergency has occurred, participant should notify AmeriSpan in writing. We will review the claim and a partial refund or AmeriSpan program credit may be issued. The above refund policy is the same in cases of cancellation due to war, terrorism or similar cases. Programs can get canceled and/or changed, AmeriSpan is not responsible for these changes. AmeriSpan reserves the right to substitute comparable programs or refund program fees.

Satisfaction Guarantee

Your satisfaction is our main concern. If you are not satisfied you are kindly requested to provide us with a complaint letter which will help us to follow up the reason of you unsatisfaction. In case your complaint if found objective and properly justified we'll pay for a week of group classes at the same program or another of your choice.

We will issue you a coupon for one week of group language classes (does not include lodging) at the same program or any of our other programs teaching the same language. You may use this free week of classes at any time in the future.

Behavioral Expectations

Volunteers/Interns who fail to comply with the rules of the host organization, do not fulfi ll work responsibilities, or who have falsely represented his/her skills on the application, will be dismissed without notice or refunds. The costs of the return trip is at the expense of the participant or his/her family.

Participants agree to work the full amount of time for which they have registered. No changes to program are permitted once the program has begun.

It is understood that AmeriSpan serves as an intermediary between the volunteer/intern and the host organization and is not responsible for the actions of either party.


Although these are unpaid positions, please consider it a job. Dress appropriately and recognize standard business etiquette (be on time, be respectful of superiors, etc.). This is a serious commitment. Please reconsider if you have pending graduate school acceptance, are waiting to hear from a job, are considering this a 'work vacation', have known family issues at home, etc. Please schedule all independent travel, extended trips and family/friends visiting you in-country to occur after your work commitment has ended. Scheduling 'time off' during your placement is not appropriate. Liability

While participating in this program, you may be exposed to certain risks. These risks may include, but are not limited to, accident and/or sickness without readily available medical facilities, the forces of nature, travel in the air, travel on the ground, terrorism and war. By signing this form, you are assuming all these risks and agreeing to indemnify AmeriSpan Study Abroad, don Quijote USA Inc., their officers, directors and employees harmless for any and all liability that may arise in connection with your participation in AmeriSpan programs outside the United States.

While participating in this program, you may be responsible for paying additional funds related to your own actions while on-site. Some schools/programs will collect deposits upon your arrival while others will collect only if you incur these charges. Typical extra charges include: Lost keys, property damage, overstaying in your lodging, hosting overnight guests in your lodging and lost books.