Frequently Asked Questions

What does the week on the project look like?
 
For those that fly in on the Saturday before the project you can either do; some private travel and sightseeing or come straight to the accommodation,  meet  the Project Leader and any others already there, or do some sightseeing in and around the Quezon City. Sunday morning we do some food shopping for breakfasts and lunches, and then find lunch.  After lunch we wait at the accommodation for everyone that is still flying in.  Sunday afternoon, once everyone is together, the project leader will do induction/cultural training, hand out team uniforms, go over the training manual, and answer any questions you might have.   Teams are formed, and resources are packed. (Volunteers are placed in teams of 2-4 and will travel to locations daily as a group). Monday morning, we eat breakfast at the accommodation and then teams travel to the training location and begin the five day training program. Every day a driver will take Hair Aid teams to and from the locations.  Monday morning we teach how to use hair cutting tools, head shapes, how to section hair and how to do a straight cut.  We work on live models.  We usually gain models from the local community, friends or family, and even workers in local businesses. By the end of the first day, the trainees should have cut 2 – 3 straight cuts. We finish training at 4pm each day. We take a break for lunch when it suits the trainees.  On day 2, Tuesday, we teach how to diagonal forward and backward  and layers. Again, we train on live models, so that the trainees are learning on real live people. By Tuesday afternoon the trainees should have cut 2-3 more hair cuts. On Wednesday we teach graduation/bob cut.  Thursday is when we teach men’s cuts. This is a wonderful day as many people have gained great skills by now and they can confidently do 2 – 3 men’s cuts in a day! On Friday we demonstrate a few different styles, encouraging the learners to see what they can achieve with more practice. Then we hold a celebration party, and everyone that has completed the training, and can do the haircuts gets a personal certificate from Hair Aid. They then also get a scissor kit, with scissors, clips, comb and a cape all in a closed bag so that they have the tools to begin earning money from hair cutting
 
Where is the training held?

Training locations can be anything from a church hall, a park, inside a slum community, under a tarp strung out between trees, on the side of a road, or in an air conditioned room.   Locations are located within a taxi drive of 30 - 40mins from our accommodation.  Volunteers will be in teams of 2-4 and will travel to locations daily as a group. 


Are the communities safe where we train?  

We do not train in unsafe locations. We work with local government and management before partnering with organisations to maximum the safety of the entire team. Local community managers will be at the locations providing support and translation help. The Project Leader will visit your site during the project as well.
 
What type of accommodation does the team stay at?

The entire team stays together at one location. Accommodation is not 5 star, and varies from country to country. All accommodations are safe and secure, have their own bathroom and have security. Rooms are shared. If you want your own room an additional charge will need to be paid by you.


Who comes along to projects?

Volunteer hairdressers/ barbers and beauticians and supporters, all come together to teach people living in critical poverty how to cut hair and do manicure/pedicures.


I’m not a qualified hairdresser yet, can I come?

YES! Everyone is welcome, emerging stylists will be paired with qualified hair stylists and you will be well looked after .


Can non-hairdressers come along?

Yes! They will be allocated to a team, your team if you like, and they will have lots of jobs to do! We need lots of hands on deck to make the projects work.

Costs:

$AUD1,800 (USD $1,300approx) plus flights. Cambodia Induction is $2500

What does the cost cover?
 
The $AUD1,800  ($USD1,300) cost covers seven nights accommodation (Saturday night before the project so you are there for the Sunday start date), tool/resource purchases, freight to get tools to the country we are working in, the entire week’s ground transport, project insurance, your team tshirt & cap/hat, administration and logistics costs (project facilitation and management, project transportation, translators, hall hire, graduation certificates, celebration cakes, location costs, etc).Volunteers pay their own flights, and personal medical insurance. Food and drink are also the responsibility of the individual volunteer


What is included:

Seven nights accommodation (starting Sunday night before the project, resource purchases, ground transport, project insurance, team tshirt & cap/hat, administration and logistics costs (project facilitation and management, project transportation, translators, graduation certificates, celebration cakes, location costs, hall hire, etc).

What is not covered:

Flights, personal medical insurance (must have), food, drink/s, personal items, travel to/from airports at home town.
Payment timeline: We have ‘Laybuy’ on our webpage – you can pay in full, or spread payments out over a few months.  Deposits of $500 are due on sign up, and are non-refundable. Final payments are due one month before the project start date


Can I Fundraise to cover the costs?

Yes! Hair Aid Inc. is a registered charity with tax deductible status. Fundraising activities can be conducted to raise the costs of the project.  All types of fundraising can occur from crowdfunding, to wine and cheese nights, to raffles/Tricky Trays.


What do we wear on the projects?

We wear our team tshirts and long cotton harem style pants during training. We wear out Hair Aid cats or hats.  It is culturally unacceptable to show shoulders, midriffs, cleavage, or too much booty so no low cut clothes, or leggings allowed. It’s also a makeup and jewellery free week for volunteers. Excess jewels and bling can make volunteers a victim of crime and also full makeup, nails, etc can be intimidating to learners. For these reasons you are asked to remove jewellery (plain wedding bands are fine) and makeup for the week. At night, after the training is completed, normal casual wear is acceptable but please remember that showing shoulders, midriffs, cleavage, or too much booty highlights you to the immediate community and can cause problems for the team in general, particularly if the team heads out as a group at night.  Your Project Leader has a big job keeping everyone safe, so we ask volunteers to be considerate with their dress and help lessen any likelihood of danger to yourself or the team by following this requirement.


Do I need immunisations?

Only your Doctor can give you medical advice.  Please consult your Doctor regarding immunisation advice. We travel to areas where many tourists visit every year, so there is much information available regarding immunisation requirements.
I’ve not travelled much before. Will someone pick me up from the airport? Yes, airport collections can be arranged.
 
Can I extend my flights and do some personal travel before or after the project?

Yes! Absolutely!
 
How much spending money do I need?

Tricky question! You will need food money for lunch and dinner. On average dinner is $6 - $10, with beer. You will need money to buy drinks, bottled water and snacks. Internet, SIM cards are all available at the airport and are your own responsibility. If you buy ‘extras’, such as clothes, makeup at the Mall, only you will know what you’d spend there!
 
Internet and local SIM cards, are these available?

Internet, SIM cards are all available at the airport and it is recommended you get your phone changed over when you land so you have immediate internet connection as you are traveling with the driver to the accommodation.  Costs for this are your own responsibility.