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Humanitarian Travel Guidelines You Should Follow

In these modern times, it’s clear that safety is not guaranteed. It doesn’t come without awareness and a little bit of foresight. Today’s generation experiences severe conditions day in day out. The homeless, refugees and victims of natural disasters, wars and famines are often suffering in horrible circumstances.

Helpful travel guidelines

We, as humanitarians, are dedicated to helping these vulnerable people and improving their lives. Saving lives, rebuilding homes and towns, alleviating suffering and maintaining human dignity is our concern. Being a humanitarian aid worker isn’t just a line of work, it’s more of a calling and a way of life.

More often than not, afflicted regions are the least accessible and dangerous in numerous ways. In remote and isolated destinations, the local infrastructure can be demolished or obstructed and the local population would need to relocate. While in the field, you can encounter buildings that are on the verge of collapsing. As a consequence, simple things like phone calls become a real challenge. It is undoubtedly the duty of aid workers to handle this on a daily basis.

  • Communication
    In vulnerable locations, it's a norm that people are often separated from their loved ones. It becomes tough to link up with those that went missing. This can be attributed to the inability to communicate with each other in and near vulnerable locations. Sourcing information about available services such as access to shelter, medicines, food, and water can also become a troublesome endeavor.
    When you have trouble establishing a connection through a satellite phone, make sure you are in a clear open area and as high as possible. This will increase your visible area of sky for satellites.
  • Health
    We highly recommend that you should schedule a pre-travel appointment with a travel medicine specialist. They will provide vaccines, medication, and advice on how to stay safe and healthy while you are traveling. Humanitarian work can be physically exhausting. Make sure you are in a good condition. Schedule an appointment with your regular doctor to ensure that you’re physically fit for the demanding work you will be doing.
    The risk of getting injured during the aftermath of a natural disaster is substantial. Prompt first aid can help heal small wounds and prevent infection. Tetanus, other bacterial infections, and fungal infections are potential health threats to persons who have open wounds. Always bring along a first aid kit.
  • Safety
    Unfortunately, not all destinations are as safe as home. Security forces like the army and police are tasked with maintaining law and order, which is a recipe for safety. Leave it to them. Don’t try taking up this role and thereby subjecting yourself and the people around to the risks involved. Don’t try to be the hero.
    Unstable regions are often the apex of political disturbances. Local groups within the local population might be hostile toward humanitarians or aid workers, or sensitive toward different dress codes. Before traveling, consult your local Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for advice on the prevailing conditions at your destination.
  • Cultural differences
    It is highly recommended to learn the cultural setting of your destination country, especially before your very first visit. That doesn’t mean reading a Wiki page about your destination. Only via hard work will you be able to understand local cultural habits. Talk to humanitarian aid workers who have already been there. Find out more about the local customs and cultural habits of the inhabitants of your destination.

All of our travel consultants are dedicated to serving those who serve the world. They are always available to help you with your humanitarian travel needs. Because Raptim has been providing humanitarian travel for decades, our staff also possesses unmatched knowledge about vulnerable locations all over the world. Please contact one of our offices for more information. We are here to help because compassion matters to us as much as it does to you.