At World Volunteering we take great care to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers from the moment you arrive and throughout your volunteer experience. You will be guided through your placement booking process by one of our friendly Destination Managers who will answer all your questions and equip you with the knowledge that will prepare you for your volunteering adventure.
On arrival at your destination a World Volunteering or partnering organisation's staff member will meet you at the airport and transfer you safely to the project accommodation. You will also be safely transported from the volunteer base to projects in local communities, national parks or towns for volunteer activities.
On arrival all volunteers go through a comprehensive induction program to prepare you for project work and you’ll also be briefed on the local culture, people and wildlife; and of course, how to stay safe! You will be based in volunteer accommodation with our team who are there to offer you 24 hour support.
Project staff are trained to efficiently handle any medical emergencies; but we encourage you to abide by the simple
- Always listen to your volunteer coordinator or project manager.
- Do not go anywhere alone.
- When leaving the volunteer accommodation (to visit the local town or go to the shops) let the on-site project manager know.
- Be sure to let your Destination Manager and the project team know if you’re on any medication.
- Do your research on what vaccinations are necessary or recommended before traveling to your chosen destination. Your Destination Manager can also supply this information to you.
- Check with your project manager whether it is safe to drink the tap water where you are staying; in some countries only bottled water is advised.
- When drawing money from the ATM, withdraw in smaller amounts and don’t carry too much cash around with you.
- Make a photocopy of your passport, insurance information and other important stuff to keep with you.
- Always obey field guides and project staff when interacting with wildlife.
- Keep hydrated and wear sunscreen – some countries can be very hot so be sure to bring sun protection and a water bottle.
- Behave responsibly and adhere to the Code of Conduct so that you don’t endanger yourself or your fellow volunteers.