How to pay for your Secret Projects Trip

 16th Mar 2020 |  Travel |  Fritha Mason


Secret Projects is the trading name for Secret Projects Community Benefit Society Limited, a UK Registered Society.   

We ask all our customers who have reserved a place on a Secret Projects trip to pay via our TransferWise  accounts, an online global money transfer system we use to transfer money to and from India.  

To set up your TransferWise account, please click the dedicated link below that provides more details, as well as full instructions about how to set up your account.  

 https://transferwise.com/invite/u/adebankea9  

Using TransferWise can have a small financial benefit for Secret Projects, for every 3 people who create an account using the dedicated Secret Projects link (as above), we receive a commission of £50 that we will use towards our mission to empower women in India. 

When paying for your Secret Projects Trip through TransferWise, please use the relevant code as follows:

For a journey to Women’s Empowerment November 2020 use code: Empowerment.

For Textiles, Technology and Crafts Trip January 2021 use code: Textiles

BOOK WITH PEACE OF MIND

The trips to India we are currently promoting are over 6 months away. We will continue to monitor the situation with the coronavirus very closely. We would like to suggest that if you are keen to reserve a place on one of our trips, please pay the refundable deposit suggested to secure your place and if the trip cannot take  place,  we will refund your deposit.   There   currently is no UK government advice not to travel to India.

If you have any questions about travelling with Secret Projects or would prefer to pay by a different method, please do contact us on travel@secretprojects.org  

 Please see below for our TransferWise Account Details.  

 

 For customers paying in New Zealand Dollars  

 Account Holder: Secret Projects Community Benefit Society Limited  

Account Number: 02-1291-0906949-000  

Address: TransferWise, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ, United Kingdom  

 

For customers paying in Pounds sterling (GDP)   

Account Holder: Secret Projects Community Benefit Society Limited  

Account Number: 96387578  

IBAN (this is essential to receive GBP): GB90TRWI 23147096387578  

UK sort code: 23-14-70  

Address: TransferWise, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ, United Kingdom  

  

For customers paying in Euros   

TW Account Holder: Secret Projects Community Benefit Society Limited  

IBAN: BE96 9670 5251 0005  

Bank code (SWIFT / BIC): TRWIBEB1XXX  

Address: TransferWise Europe SA, Avenue Marmix 13-17, Brussels, 1000, Belgium  

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