Travel Insurance for Working and Volunteering Abroad

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If you are seeking a new adventure working or volunteering abroad, bar tending on your gap year, picking fruit and veg, whatever it may be, you can be covered for working abroad on our Single, Annual or Backpacker quotes.

Types of Work Covered

There are various types of work that we cover in Grade 1 and Grade 2 Activity Cover. Please note that Grade 1 cover is free while Grade 2 activities require extra cover.

Sports Grade Activity
Sports Grade 1 Fruit and Vegetable Picking
Bar Tending and Restaurant Work
Counselling (Students and Exchange Students Included)
Student Exchange (academic studies only)
Voluntary Work (teaching in a school or orphanage, no manual labour)
Sports Grade 2 Manual Labour (ground work - no machinery involved)

Customisable Cover

You have a choice of tailoring your insurance cover to suit your holiday needs. Choose from up to 3 cover levels and 4 areas of cover. Additionally, you can add extra protection for pre-existing medical conditions, winter sports, cruises and more.

You are entitled to our 24 Hour Emergency Line when purchasing our insurance cover should you require assistance while on holiday.

Essential Travel Working abroad holiday insurance

Essential Travel aims to offer comprehensive travel insurance policies, whatever your holidaying needs might be. Before booking a travel insurance policy for a holiday working abroad, we encourage you to get in contact through our call centre at 0800 014 2709. Each working abroad situation is different and so we'll need some extra details before we can issue a policy. Please note that we cannot provide cover for personal liability when taking out a policy for working abroad.

You can customise your policy further with pre-existing medical condition cover, sports and a number of other specialist add-ons.

Do You Need to Declare a Medical Condition?

If you have a pre-existing medical condition it’s vital that you declare it or you could invalidate your entire policy. Insurers don't like to think that you';ve hidden things from them and you may be surprised to find out that many common medical conditions such as allergies can be added without any additional cost.

Do You Need Extra Sports or Specialist Cover?

A decent policy will include cover for many sporty or adventure activities as standard. However the more adventurous or dangerous the activity, like winter sports, the more likely it is that you will need to purchase additional sports insurance. You can customise your policy further a number of other specialist add-ons.

Winter Sports

Adding Winter Sports cover to your Single, Annual or Backpacker insurance policy allows you to take part in over 25 winter sports, as well as providing:

Medical Cover: you will be covered for emergency medical expenses that occur should you have an accident and require medical attention including cover for mountain rescue, helicopter rescue costs and repatriation

Equipment: Winter Sports cover also provides peace of mind against any theft, loss or damage to your personal or hired equipment as well as any pre-paid fees.

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Golf

Regardless of your handicap, cover for your golf equipment and pre-paid green fees can be added to your policy giving you nothing else to work on except your game.

Simply add extra golf protection to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy to add extra protection for:

  • Your Personal Equipment up to £1000
  • Hired Equipment up to £200
  • Pre-paid Green Fees up to £300
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Business

Self employed or working for a company, if you travel for work you can add extra protection against accidental loss, theft or damage to your business equipment to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policies.

Business cover protects equipment such as cameras, mobiles, laptops that you may need to work or have with you in meetings.

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Cruise

Sail the seas worry-free by adding extra cover for missed port and cabin confinement to any of our Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip travel insurance policies.

Cruise cover will add extra protection for:

  • Extended baggage cover up to £3,500
  • Missed shore trips up to £500
  • Cabin confinement (due to illness) up to £600
  • Valuables up to £700
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Wedding

If you're planning on tying the knot abroad, extra cover for accidental loss, theft or damage to your wedding clothes, rings, gifts and photos can be added to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy, to help ensure that your special day is everything it’s meant to be.

  • Wedding Clothes up to £1500 per person
  • Wedding Gifts up to £1000 per couple
  • Wedding Rings up to £250 per person
  • Wedding Photographs up to £750 per person
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Excess Waiver

Should you need to claim on your travel insurance an Excess is the amount that you'll have to pay before we pick up the rest of the bill.

Avoid paying any excesses by adding the Excess Waiver option to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy.

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Essential Travel is a trading name of Holiday Extras. Holiday Extras Cover Ltd and Holiday Extras Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Holiday Extras Cover Ltd 05058680 and Holiday Extras Ltd 01693250 are registered in England and Wales. Registered address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Kent CT21 4JF.

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