Planning your trip as a volunteer? Here some tips!
The popularity of the social tourism and volunteering trips in a short-time period has grown in the recent years. Every day, more charities, non-profits companies and even travel agencies have expanded their programs to include packages for people that want to help a community in another country.
Going into one of these trips in an offshore nation can be exciting but, before you start your adventure and trip as a volunteer in this foreign country, there are plenty of important things you need to take into consideration and do some research before you leave.
If you’re not prepared, things can go wrong and your time as volunteer can end sooner than you think. To help you with you planning and preparation, here are some tips for your trip as a volunteer. Let the adventure begin!
Investigate before you make a decision
This is one of the most important things you need to take into consideration. As we previously mentioned, every day, more programs are created so you need to investigate which is the best one for you and what you desire to do. If you agree that the program you selected will give you the best experience of your life, then you’re ready to go.
Ask for all the requirements and sign up
After you have chosen the program you would love to participate in, ask for all the requirements and documentation you need for the trip. This will help you get ready and have everything you need in time. Finally, sign up and let the countdown begin.
Investigate one more time
Investigate everything you can about the country you will visit and the communities you will go during your trip. Learn basic words of their language, their culture, their food and be prepared for the questions that the children will definitely ask you.
Get your documentation ready
Investigate and find out which are the documents you need to enter the country or region you will visit as a volunteer. Some countries will only request your valid passport, but others may require additional documentation as visa or a special documantation. Also, make sure your passport remains valid for at least 6 months from the return date of your trip. You can check out the website of the embassy of the country you will go to.
Get a trip insurance
It is highly recommended that you get a trip insurance before you go out to your volunteering trip. This is a good option since you will be exposed to different kinds of foods and climate changes that could put you health at risk. Also remember that your luggage will pass by different types of transportation and could be damaged or in the worst scenario, get lost.
Ask the program that you will travel if they include trip insurance and what does it include.
Take the necessary Vaccines
As we previously mentioned, your health might be in risk due to the climate changes, different types of wild animals or food that you may eat. It is recommended that you investigate which are the mandatory vaccines you need to take before traveling to a specific country. The best thing to do is to consult the website of the Ministry of Health, which informs them, as well as the International Vaccination Centers where you could request an appointment. We also recommend doing this in advance or asking the program that you will travel with if they have the list of vaccines you need to take.
Share your experience
A trip as special as this one needs to be immortalized. We recommend you to take a diary or a good camera to record everything you do during your trip. Remember that this will be an unforgettable experience so keep track of everything you do and when you go back to your home, show the material to family and friends to motivate them to do go out to a similar adventure.
We hope that these tips can help you be prepared for the special trip!