Know the Basics Before Volunteering
Whether you are Volunteering abroad for a long period of time, or even just at a local establishment in your hometown, knowing the basics will always get you through the day. Two basic things people often forget to think about are: 1) Understanding and being Comfortable with the Volunteer Briefing, and 2) Knowing where to go for Medical Emergencies
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If you don’t know if a volunteer program is right for you, then pay close attention to the briefing that programs provide potential volunteers to see if it is suited for you. Make sure to keep in mind make-or-break factors such as technology access, weather, amenities, etc. When it comes to volunteering, it is always recommended to step out of your comfort zone; however, if that compromises your well-being, it may not be worth the risk. Find a program that suits you best!
It is also a good idea to understand where to go if something pops up that requires medical attention. Always have contact information on hand, and also learn how to make appointments, pay doctors, and find/buy medications. Not only will it provide you with a peace of mind, but it may also save a life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]