Travel Risks

There are certain inherent risks and dangers that may arise when participating on a Global Volunteers service program.  These include, but are not limited to, travel to the community to be served; travel on dangerous roads; different hygienic standards; infrastructure challenges (including road construction, maintenance, transportation delays and accommodation conditions); forces of nature, geographic/climatic conditions; civil unrest or terrorism; travel by motorcycle, bicycle, train, foot, automobile, aircraft, raft, boat, bus, van or other conveyance; the hazards of traveling in mountainous terrain, high altitude, undeveloped areas; and accident or illness in regions without means of efficient evacuation or availability of health care facilities, medical supplies and health professionals. Medical services or facilities may not be readily available during all or part of a service program, and, if available, most likely will not be equal to standards in your home community.  What you consider as a normal level of medical treatment, including the presence of a physician or any other trained health-care professional and/or the availability of prescription-type drugs, may not be possible.  Furthermore, a sense of urgency, attention to detail, standards of quality, hygiene, political stability, cuisine, sanitation facilities, cleanliness, level of infrastructural development, telecommunication facilities, methods of conducting business, medical evacuation, etc., may be deemed unsatisfactory and/or not equivalent to those found in your home country or community.  Please consider all of these limitations before registering for a Global Volunteers service program. You are solely responsible for taking all appropriate health precautions, e.g., vaccinations, medications, etc., being in satisfactory health, and having sufficient mobility to participate on the Global Volunteers service program for which you apply.