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Remaining Safe Overseas

You are a traveler who is about to embark on a mission. Maybe to an overseas area such as Africa, the Middle East. Or to parts of the world that may be as remote as a village in South Sudan. Maybe you want to go to a crisis-hit community in Latin America. Wherever you go, you want to remain safe overseas. People in these areas of the world need your help. You may have fears for your safety even though you remain committed to help. We are here to help you remain safe. Read our tips before you go!

  1. Healthcare – No one plans to be sick when traveling to a remote destination, so plan ahead and if you do get sick or injured, here is a site from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) providing good information about health care abroad.
  2. Travel Documents – you will need to have a valid passport. How do you arrange a VISA in the US? See our website about travel documents.
  3. Check here if there is an U.S. embassy in the country that you are planning to travel to.
  4. Money exchange – Rick Steves, public television’s traveling host, says about foreign currency exchange, “Currency exchange is a complex and potentially costly business. You can keep it cheap when you travel to countries that accept no foreign transaction fee credit cards or debit cards. But in some countries, plastic isn’t as widely used as it is in the U.S., so you’ll need to know how to get the best deal” for your exchange. Check Steve’s cash tips here.
  5. Culture – How to have a deep dive into the culture you are visiting. Read recent articles; search the web; email or Skype your NGO in the area you are planning to work for information on people, customs, and food and especially water. Listen to recordings of the language and the music of its people.
  6. Duty of care – Lack of electricity, poor road conditions and extreme weather are just some of the challenges that you might face far from home. Unfortunately there are also cases of aid workers being attacked or kidnapped. Make sure you are well prepared to perform the duty of taking care of your organization at all times. For an explanation on what duty of care means see our website about duty of care.
  7. Behaviour – Here is a great website put out by the Red Cross about deploying to foreign areas that begins with this paragraph, “You are the embodiment of the American Red Cross and the Cascades Region [or your own ministry]. Let your behavior and work ethic leave a positive impression on those you serve and your team members . . . Be respectful and care for the dignity of others. Be generous with ‘please’ and ‘thank you’”. The site continues with great tips to and from volunteers who travel to foreign areas of the world.

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