Here are some frequently asked questions we have from over the years for our International Cuts Projects.
For those that fly in on the Saturday before the project, you can either 1) complete some private travel and sightseeing or 2) come straight to the accommodation, meet the Project Leader and any others already there, and do some sightseeing in and around the city on the Saturday before the project begins.
Every volunteer will be met at the airport by local drivers, brining them to the project accommodation.
Sunday morning, we do some food shopping for breakfasts and lunches, and then find lunch. After lunch, we wait at the accommodation for everyone on the project to arrive.
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 4 pm 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
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. Each location has its own uniqueness. Location are rugged, real and raw. Training locations are located within a taxi drive of 30 – 40 mins from our accommodation. Volunteers will be in teams of 2-4 and will travel to locations daily as a group.
We do not train in unsafe locations. We work with local government and management before partnering with organisations to maximise the safety of the entire team. The location 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.
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.
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.
YES! Everyone is welcome, emerging stylists will be paired with qualified hair stylists and you will be well looked after.
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 decks to make the projects work.
Each country has a different cost.
- Cambodia (Siem Reap) $3,477 + Flights
- Indonesia (Bali) $2,117 + Flights
- Thailand (Chiang Mai) $3,477 + Flights
- Philippines (Manila) $3,139 + Flights
Cambodia Induction Trip $3,097 + Flights. The induction Trip immerses you in the Cambodian culture, getting you ready to begin the full Hair Aid project the following week. **This is a 4 day once a year event held prior to the February Cambodia project and involves sightseeing, tour guides, orphanage visits, authentic Monk Blessing and water blessing and much more. Only 20 places are available on each induction trip.**
These costs covers seven nights accommodation and other associated costs of the project (team uniforms, on the ground transport during the project, logistics, project insurance, administration, community fees, translator costs, local/in-country staff expenses/transportation/uniform expenses, location inspections, government paperwork requirements, graduation celebration costs, resource purchases, COVID packs, team medical kit, graduation celebrations). You’ll need to book and pay for your own flights and pay for your own private medical insurance (mandatory), and your food and drink during the project. Food/drink usually $30 a day. All other costs are included. **n.b. a slight increase in project costs has occurred due to an increase in our team insurance costs. This is the first cost increase since we began Hair Aid**
What is not included
Flights, personal medical insurance (must have), food, drink/s, personal items, travel to/from airports at home town.
Payment timeline: We have ‘Lay-buy’ on our web page – 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
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.
We wear our team t-shirts and long cotton harem style pants during training. We wear our Hair Aid caps or hats. It is culturally unacceptable to show shoulders, midriffs, cleavage, or too much booty so no low cut clothes, or leggings allowed. It is 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 jewelry (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.
You are asked to wear no makeup during the project. We ask that you only wear very, very soft tone/color pink natural or nude nail polish. There’s a couple of reasons ask this. Firstly it’s not needed, secondly we’d rather trainees focusing on the training as we have limited time to achieve what we need to achieve.
Also it’s incredibly intimidating for them to have someone come in made up with eye shadow, lashes, mascara, lipstick, blush etc etc. The feedback that we have is that they feel that they can’t approach trainers when they look like that, so it’s a week free of make up! You are more than welcome of course to wear tinted moisturizer with sunscreen in it.
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.
Yes, airport collections will be arranged for all team members. If you are flying in earlier to the project to do your own travel, you will need to arrange your own transport. All volutneers arriving Saturday or Sunday before the project will have airport collection arranged by Hair Aid.
You will be picked up from the airport and driven to the accommodation. Once we know everyone’s flight details we will book the airport collection.
During the day you’ll need to ensure you’ve got both sunscreen and mosquito insect repellent on. Some location you’ll be walking through communities that may not be much shade, and while you do have your Hair Aid cap/hat, it’s best to have sunscreen on as well for added protection. Insect and mosquito repellent is your perfume of choice for the week! You apply in the morning, at lunch, after you’ve had a shower at night, before you go out to dinner. You’ll also be issued with mosquito coils to place in your bathroom at night to ensure no 🦟 get into your room.
We always drink bottled water when we are on a project, no matter what country we are in. We suggest you purchase a 5 L bottle of filtered water and decant that into a smaller drinking bottle for the week. Your use this water for coffee, tea, cleaning your teeth and taking with you to drink on project locations.
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!
I have used ATM machines when I travel since 2010 and I’ve personally never had a problem. In all the projects that we’ve had I can count on one hand the number of volunteers that have had trouble with drawing on their cards. That’s not to say someone will have trouble from time to time. What we suggest is that you take over $100 worth of your own currency, converted into local currency when you land, so you’ve got that on you as you fly in. As soon as you land at the airport, withdraw some money from the ATM. If there is an issue with someone’s card, and you absolutely can’t get cash out the project leader will loan some money for what you need for the week and It will be sorted out later.
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.
If you are travelling with prescription medicines you will need to do one of two things. Either get a letter from your doctor saying that you need the prescription medicines and you keep that with you and your other travel documents. Or, actually take your prescription that your doctor has provided, as proof of the medicines belonging to you for health reasons. It is generally a rule when you travel to any country in the world that you carry authorisation for prescription medicines.
No. We use the tools we gift the trainees – that way you get to check all the kits and make sure all tools are good to use – ALSO your tools are safe at home and not at risk of theft.
Here is a suggested list of what to pack. Remember that you only have 10 kilos baggage! (the rest of your luggage is usually for hair aid resources!)
What to pack
- Casual unbranded Tshirts
- 3 x long sorts/ long skirts/harem pants
- Sunscreen (or buy there)
- Mossie repellent bands (or buy lotion there)
- Rubber flip flops
- Mobile phone
- Passport ********
- Travel documents in print *****
- Powerboard (to recharge phones)
- Chargers for mobiles / computers
- Drink bottle (or buy there)
- Rain Poncho
- Unbranded, old sandshoes
- Hat (you will get a Hair Aid hat too!)
- Casual clothes for dinner
- Baby wipes (or buy there)
- Toiletries (minimal)