How much will a volunteer trip cost me?
Apx £85. This covers a share of petrol, Channel crossing and 2 nights in the youth hostel. Breakfast and lunch on Sat & Sun included. Bring a packed lunch or money for refreshments on the way to Dover and budget 10 – 15 Euros for supper on Fri & Sat nights
Each volunteer pays £40 deposit to secure a place on the trip. This allows me to book and pay for Channel crossings in advance. On the return journey we calculate the total costs for the trip which are just Petrol money for each driver, Channel crossing costs and hostel bill. This amount is divided out amongst all volunteers (minus £40 deposit) and can be paid to me by bank transfer or cash. The drivers are paid £90 which easily covers petrol.
What are the travel times to and from Calais?
We aim to leave Bath late friday morning giving us plenty of time to reach Dover ferry port. The ferry crossing to Calais is under 2 hours. Both the aid warehouse and the youth hostel are about a 10 minute drive from the ferry port. We leave the warehouse about 3pm on Sunday to return to Calais ferry port. If everything is on time we aim to arrive in Bath by 9pm Sunday evening.
Who will be going with me on the trip to Calais?
I , Emma (the one in the blue hat), plan and attend each convoy trip along with anyone else who wishes to come. I live on the outskirts of Bath and have visited the Calais aid warehouse a number of times, either on my own or with friends
Are there any age restrictions for volunteering?
The Help Refugees aid organisation requires volunteers to be 16yrs and over. The volunteers I have met range from 16yrs to 80yrs.
Is it safe to volunteer?
Calais is as safe as any city. The warehouse environment is as safe as any other busy working warehouse. If you work in the kitchen you may be using sharp knives and there may be the odd forklift truck in the warehouse vicinity. Volunteers are not required to leave the confines of the warehouse if they do not wish to distribute aid in the field and many volunteers spend all of their time attending to all the much-needed tasks in the warehouse. Should you wish to help in the field then there is a requirement to have already worked for a few days in the warehouse. Prior to field work you will receive training and be made aware of support services and security procedures
I want to come on one of the convoy carshare trips – what do I do next?
Please sign up below . You can indicate which dates suit you or register an interest for a future visit. We will notify you about further trip dates