Applications for the 2019 trip have now closed. Please check back in September for details of how to apply for the 2020 trip.

Travel to India with WE – for free*. Thanks to Virgin Atlantic, 30 young people aged 12-18 travel to one of our WE Villages communities every summer in Rajasthan, India. On these trips, you can:

  • Experience the culture, history and way of life in a vibrant and dynamic country
  • Volunteer in a rural village, helping build a school or a well
  • Participate in interactive workshops to explore global issues

The Virgin Atlantic Be the Change Volunteer Trip Scholarship, generously provided by the Virgin Atlantic Foundation, is a key part of Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to investing in young people in the UK as young leaders and global citizens.

The Virgin Atlantic Be the Change Volunteer Trip Scholarship is run by ME to WE, partner of WE Charity and one of the unique organisations within the WE movement. ME to WE has been facilitating life-changing volunteer trips overseas since 2002. If you would like to find out about other volunteer trips offered by ME to WE, please click here to be redirected to the ME to WE global site.

Click here to read a blog by a past trip participant. Click here for further information about our incredible partnership with Virgin Atlantic.


Eligible applicants are UK students between the ages of 12 and 18 as of the application deadline, who have demonstrated a commitment to global issues or community volunteerism. Students must submit all required application documents (including completed application form, nomination form and a personal description stating why they are interested in the programme) by 31 March 2019. Their referee must submit their student reference by 7 April 2019.
Applicants will be selected based on personal interest, merit, and demonstrated commitment to raising awareness in their local community. The ideal candidates are young people who are already working to improve their local or global community, and who will use this experience to motivate and inspire others to take action.
30 students are chosen every year to participate in the Virgin Atlantic Be the Change Volunteer Trip.
Applications for the 2019 trip open on 7 December 2018 and close on 31 March 2019 for students. The deadline for student references is 7 April 2019.
The application process and requirements are outlined here. Since students must complete the application form in one go, we recommend preparing answers in a Word Document before beginning the online application form. Applicants must complete all six sections, including obtaining references from a nominated referee, to be considered.
The trip will take place between 29 July and 16 August 2019. To be eligible, students must be available for the full duration of the trip and able to travel on the given dates, from a London Airport.
Students can choose to nominate themselves or can be nominated by a teacher, family member or member of their local community.
In order to apply, students must complete and submit the online application form. This form includes contact information and a personal description stating why they are interested in the programme. In addition, students must obtain permission from a parent/guardian and an online reference form submitted on their behalf by a teacher, mentor, community leader, coach, employer etc.—someone who is familiar with their interests and strengths. .
Certain travel and incidental costs are not covered by this opportunity. Each student who receives a place on the trip is responsible for covering his/her own costs for certain incidentals including passport, visa, vaccinations, insurance and spending money. We will work with students to help them fundraise for these costs, should this become a barrier to travel.
As a first step, we recommend sharing this webpage with your student. You could also consider teaching a lesson or leading an assembly on the scholarship trip. For support, please email [email protected].
Successful applicants will be contacted by email in late April 2019. If you have any questions about the selection process, please email [email protected].
We are so excited that your child wants to embark on a journey to change the world! But we also understand that going on the Virgin Atlantic Volunteer Trip is a big decision, both for you and your child. Please read this information for parents and guardians to learn more about the trip. If you have questions or concerns about the trip, please email [email protected] The Virgin Atlantic Trip is run by our partner, ME to WE—you can find more information on their website.
Congratulations, we hope you are as excited as we are! There’s a lot to prepare before you travel to India with us. As a first step, please read this information pack and take note of all key dates. You will be assigned a dedicated WE Schools Coordinator to guide you through the pre-departure process, who will be in touch in late April 2019.
Yes, teachers may provide a reference for as many deserving students as they like. Teachers must complete one reference form per student.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that a student will be able to visit a particular project during their trip, as volunteers travel to communities that are most in need of help. The schools and communities that students will be visiting have much in common with those they have supported through their fundraising efforts.
* Please note that each student who receives a scholarship is responsible for covering his/her own costs for certain incidentals including passport, visa, vaccinations, insurance, travelling costs to a London airport and spending money.