Whether you're leaving for a mission trip with your church or are joining the Peace Corps, it's a big deal to travel for volunteer work. How can you prepare for your trip?
Invest In Travel Insurance
Part of the goal of travel is to see new parts of the world, but if you are sick, hurt or injured outside of your home country this can create a host of problems. Investing in travel insurance for a volunteering trip is a smart way to protect yourself ahead of time and gives you a safety net in case something goes wrong. If you're curious, check out VIS to learn more.
Get Appropriately Vaccinated
Your body is vaccinated and immune against diseases in the country that you call home, but it is not prepared for other climates on its own. Before traveling outside the country, check your general practitioner to see what vaccines you need to safely travel the globe.
Understand The Geography of the Area
A new country will mean new landmarks and unfamiliar streets. Before you leave, study a map and familiarize yourself with the area. Learn landmarks so that in case you get separated from the group, you at least have a few points of reference to find your way back.
By readying yourself to go on your trip, you're ensuring that you are safe in the days to come. Prep ahead of time to make your experience a great one.