What To Know Before Volunteering

Dedicating your time and energy to a cause bigger than yourself is a noble endeavor. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, volunteering in another country can be a little scary. Know what precautions to take ahead of time to ensure you have the best trip ever.

Insurance 

You already know what a nightmare it can be to deal with your health insurance here in America, but what if you were hurt or injured in another country? In these cases, it can be a smart idea to invest in volunteer insurance. These special packages cover you throughout the duration of your trip and can be a literal lifesaver in more dire circumstances. Still have questions? VIS is a great resource to help you get started.

Vaccines

Your immune system hasn’t been exposed to all the germs and diseases that might reside in another country. Check with your healthcare provider to learn what vaccines you need to have before traveling outside the United States.

Money

ATMs in other countries can charge crazy fees for foreign transactions. See about exchanging cash before leaving, or look into what kinds of credit or debit cards don’t charge fees for using them overseas.

Your goal is to have a fun and safe trip, but part of doing this is being prepared. Do your part to ensure you’re in good shape leading up to your departure.