As the world is slowly learning to live with Covid-19, so too have our partners adapted their operations to continue their work in a safe and responsible manner. Fighting this pandemic continues to be a collaborative effort, so here are a few things to keep in mind when volunteering.
Before you apply
Based on the location you’re currently in, check the restrictions applicable to you and plan your application accordingly.
When filling out our application form, only indicate countries you are allowed and able to travel to.
Once you’ve been connected to a partner
On top of national guidelines, different organisations may have different approaches to handling Covid-19.
The organisation you’re connected to will tell you about their vaccination, testing, and quarantine requirements. Check whether you are able to meet all of them.
Keep in mind that quarantining may affect your travel plans, the start and end date of your placement, and your availability to volunteer.
Consider your return trip, whether it requires additional quarantine or testing, and whether this will affect the dates of your placement or your availability to volunteer.
Once you’ve confirmed a placement
Continue to monitor the restrictions currently applicable to you, and whether they will affect your volunteering plans. Borders may open and close, and countries may change their entry requirements.
Check your current insurance coverage in light of potential travel warnings to the country you will be volunteering in, the impact of catching Covid-19 abroad, how it might be affected if restrictions change while you’re away, and how it deals with medical repatriation.
Check your itinerary before you leave. Some services may adjust their schedules due to changing restrictions or seat capacity.
Keep us and our partners in the loop if things change.
At all times
Follow best practices: Cover your mouth and nose with appropriate masks, frequently wash your hands, and practice social distancing.
Note that best practices may vary from country to country, e.g. the country you volunteer in could require you to wear a specific type of mask.
If you develop symptoms typically associated with Covid-19, or if you have been in touch with a confirmed case of Covid-19, get tested, self-isolate, and inform the people you have been in touch with.
For general guidance on Covid-19 visit the WHO website. For guidance on the specific country you might be volunteering in, please check the links below.
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