Volunteer trips open your world to unforgettable, rewarding adventures. However, you need to prepare for your volunteer trip. There is considerable physical, the mental and emotional preparation that goes into it. Preparing will make your journey not only fulfilling but also safe and organized.
Just in time for our forthcoming service trips to Guatemala and Zimbabwe, we’ve prepared a brief guide for you below.
How to Prepare for your Volunteer Trip:
Do some research
If you are a first-time international volunteer, a little research will go a long way. Learn more about Yuda Bands and what our mission is. There’s enough information on our website about what we do, who we work with and what you can expect from the service trip.
Moreover, researching about the common cultural practices and traditions of the place is helpful. Some of the little behaviors we often overlook here at home may come off as offensive to others. Moreover, a dress code is something you may want to look deeper into. The last thing you want is for others not to take you seriously despite your intentions.
Prepare your forms and documents
Volunteers will need various forms and documentation in order to participate overseas. From passports and travel manuals to special permits, find out early on what you will need to accomplish. This way, you won’t encounter any trouble in the airport or in your destination.
Our service trips to Guatemala and Zimbabwe are detailed on our website. Some of the basic requirements are found there. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Raise funds as early as possible
Not all volunteer programs are free of expenses. In fact, you’re most likely going to shoulder all, if not the majority of costs in your trip. That’s why we highly encourage student volunteers to raise funds for their trip as soon as possible. Once your application has been approved, find ways to raise the money you need.
You can always ask help from relatives and friends. Plus, there are plenty of fundraising platforms such as Go Fund Me that will widen your reach. Just make sure to share as much information as you can about your cause. This way, more people will be enticed to lend a helping hand.
It’s very important that you condition yourself in all ways for the trip. Make sure you are in top shape before you leave. If you are on any specific medications, be sure to bring them with you. You must also learn about the current conditions of the areas you’re going to visit.
Remember that you are not bound for a luxurious trip abroad. Psyching yourself physically, emotionally and mentally will ensure that you are fully prepared. This will help you take on the risks and challenges that come with it.
Keep an open mind
You are about to embark on a journey somewhere you might not have been. Keeping an open mind allows you to fully experience what it’s like to be in a service trip abroad. Be ready to take on more than your delegation and be as welcoming as you can.
It can be as challenging as it is rewarding. This is going to be a life-changing adventure for you. Surely, you’ll have a more developed perspective upon your return.