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Providing Safe Harbors for Humanitarians

Humanitarian travel may pose certain risks. To stay safe, travelers must have a support system in place. This includes their organization, information sources, any participating agencies, and local support, among others. At Raptim we are committed to our travelers’ safety while on a mission. Here is how we provide safe harbors for humanitarians.

Staying Safe while Traveling

What does safety for humanitarians mean, and why is it an issue? Many humanitarian workers and volunteers travel to zones that face conflict and disasters. Alternatively, they go into areas where day-to-day safety and security may be compromised. But, in order to help those in need, humanitarians must stay safe themselves.

Safety doesn’t only mean avoiding violence or physical aggression. Staying safe includes mental health, physical health, perceived safety, ensuring the safety of your mission, and much more. That’s why we believe in safe harbors along every step of your journey.

We Provide Safe Harbors at Every Step

1. Pre-departure information

Your journey as a humanitarian begins before you embark on your travels. In order to stay safe, you must prepare before you depart. This includes research on your destination and potential risks that you might face there. It also involves taking preventative steps.

For example, you need to make sure to read any safety and security manuals before you go. You should also take care of your health and get the necessary tests and/or vaccines prior to travel. In addition, check with your travel agent and organization’s representative to learn of any other steps you should take before traveling.

The Centre for Safety helps prepare NGOs, humanitarian aid organizations, and their staff for their invaluable work across the world. Through intense training courses, Centre for Safety gives compassionate humanitarians ways and means to operate appropriately under the often dangerous conditions in which they work.

2. The airport safe harbor

Airports can be hectic, stressful, and sometimes even scary. While back home, an airport might seem familiar. At your destination, you might find some unpleasant surprises. To make an airport a safe harbor, it’s important to have all of the information about it. For example, if you know the steps that you need to take for departure and arrival, the process will be much easier.

Upon arrival at your destination, your organization or travel agent will arrange for someone to meet you. This is really helpful to stay safe since many scams happen in airports. You should never take an unauthorized taxi from airports upon arrival.

Lets put a smile on faces around the world3. Arriving at your Destination

When you arrive, many things will be new and exciting! This is one of the best parts of humanitarian travel—learning about new places and different cultures. But that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. Make sure to always follow safety procedures and protocols.  Here, you can read some tips about remaining safe when overseas.

Raptim always ensures that we book safe and secure accommodation for our travelers. This means, where possible, 24-hour security and high safety rankings. In addition, we provide you with communication tools through our duty of care solutions. This way, you and your organization can stay up-to-date.

4. Safety in the Field

This is probably the most essential step in staying safe! The first and foremost thing to remember when in the field is to follow protocol. These exist for a reason, and your organization has worked hard to implement it. For example, if you must always wear your organization’s logo or emblem while in the field, don’t ignore this instruction. Here are some other pro-tips on how to safely travel in remote areas.

Another way to stay safe in the field is to stay informed. Knowing the potential risks makes it easier to mitigate them. In places that face conflict, political unrest, or disasters, things can change quickly. That’s why Raptim will send you “push notifications” with the latest safety and security updates and alerts.

5. Returning Home Safely

Finally, you need to make sure to get back safely. Even if you have been at your destination for a long time and know the ins and outs, you should still follow organizational procedures. Make sure you take an official taxi or driver to the airport, for example. Have any departure and arrival documents ready for border checks. And make sure you don’t bring any forbidden items back home with you.

In case of an emergency at your destination, make sure to alert your organization and your embassy. Because we know that emergencies do happen, Raptim provides 24/7 support for our humanitarian travelers.

We Help You to Travel Where it is Needed Most

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.

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