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8 Key Things to Know as a Humanitarian Traveller

Travelling for work might sound glamorous, but humanitarian travel is no vacation. Those embarking on the journey must be prepared – physically, mentally, and emotionally. We want your humanitarian travel experience to be positive and successful. There are some key things to know as a humanitarian Traveller.

8 Key Things to Know as a Humanitarian Traveller

We want your humanitarian travel experience to be positive and successful, which is why we’ve put together a list of eight key things to know as a humanitarian traveller.

1. Humanitarian travel is a privilege

The first key thing to recognize is that humanitarian travel is a privilege. Not everyone has the chance to go to other parts of the world to help those who need it most. Most people are humanitarians because it’s a passion, and realizing that passion is also a gift. While many see humanitarian travel as something they give, it’s important to reflect on how much you gain as a person when helping others.

2. We learn as much as we give

Humanitarians give up a lot to travel and deliver aid. That said, they also have the amazing opportunity to learn from others. As a humanitarian traveller, you will be exposed to people from all corners of the world and walks of life. They will share their stories with you, which means you can learn so much about the world! While humanitarians deliver aid in the form of basic needs, what they gain in return is often even more precious.

3. Staying safe is key for humanitarians

Field missions require heading to areas hit by disasters or those affected by conflict. Inevitably, there are certain risks involved. Humanitarians and their organizations must do their best for safety and risk mitigation. This includes proper communication, good flow of information, and adhering to safety briefings. It is also key to consider health and personal security. That’s why Raptim offers duty of care solutions for our travellers.

4. Each of us has duty of care

We believe that it is our duty to mitigate travel risks as much as the organization that deploys you. Our company philosophy is that duty of care is a multilateral and integral process, by which each traveller is exposed to less risk. As such, humanitarians should be aware and do their research before travelling. Organizations must go the extra mile to keep their field staff and volunteers safe. Meanwhile, service providers should share in the duty of care when working in the humanitarian field.

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5. Humanity is always the first principle

Why do humanitarians do what they do? There may be many answers to this question. However, the main drive is the desire to help others through compassion. Often, it’s easy to forget this when working under stress or under difficult conditions. That’s why ensuring that humanity is at the centre of all we do is so essential.

6. Delivering aid where it is needed most

Distance should not affect who receives aid. We have believed this since our foundation in 1947. Humanitarian aid must reach those who need it most, wherever that may be. That’s why we adhere so strongly to our mission to help humanitarians deliver aid by providing them excellent travel services.

7. Humanitarian travel is heart-breaking and inspirational

One key aspect of humanitarian travel is that it is both heart-breaking and inspirational. Humanitarians witness some of the most terrifying situations in the world: they see real human suffering. However, they are also faced with humanity at its best – people helping others in their most difficult situations.

8. The best reward is well beyond money

Not everyone in the humanitarian industry is a volunteer. Many people dedicate their careers to humanitarian work. However, the true reward is far beyond money. Rather, it is the things that you learn along the way, the people that you meet, and the humanity that you witness.

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We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most. As a global humanitarian travel organization, we devote ourselves to serving those who serve the world. Our experienced staff can be reached at any given time. Please use our quick address locator to contact your nearest Raptim office should you have any questions. You can also follow our blog for more stories and travel information.