When travelling globally, it is always worth your time to do some price checking before anything is booked. As a volunteer in Guatemala or Uganda, you will of course be on the scrimping mission, and this all initially begins before you have chosen any flights or insurance for your trip.
When looking for flights, it is always worth to check out flight comparison sites such as Kayak and SkyScanner. By putting in all the details you need, these sites will search all over the web for the cheapest offers and you will be surprised at how much you could be saving over than just simply deciding to go with your local travel agent. If you are not completely computer-savvy, be sure to ask a friend or relative to help you along the process. However, at times, especially for a lengthy trip, it is always best to go with a certified agent who is ATOL protected. With airline companies always going on strike or cancelling flights, it is always worth it to get that extra bit protection. Furthermore, you would be surprised at how many get the time of their flights wrong and therefore will need a substantial and established company to call to re-arrange new flights last minute. Either way, if you are a student, or aged under 26, do your research online as many companies offer special discounted rates.
There is nothing more important than insurance. Arriving back home and finding that your case has not appeared on the conveyor belt is the worst feeling in the world. Especially with those who volunteer in Costa Rica or somewhere similarly far, anything can happen to your belongings and health and paying around £100 to be protected for a few months will not break the bank. It could simply be a matter of life and death. Again with insurance, be sure to do your research and compare prices with what you will exactly need cover for, such as additional equipment or health problems you may have.
Always compare, and the money you save could go towards having a truly fantastic time abroad. Even if they produce annoying TV commercials, they do indeed have a point…