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Volunteering abroad medication

Volunteering abroad medication

During this time volunteers are working abroad they are could fall sick. There are various diseases that can affect many of the volunteers. The diseases that affect them depend on the place, season and climate, unhygienic places, environment, and susceptibility to them.  Fortunately most of the diseases can be prevented through vaccinations and other measures.  Diseases which can be vaccinated against are Malaria, Yellow fever, typhoid and Hepatitis A and B can be vaccinated against.  In some cases the volunteers will be working in areas where they will not have access to medication to cure the diseases. Or they could have medicines which could have adverse side effects. Although some diseases are preventable there are others which aren’t. As a result, the volunteer should carry some medicinal pills before you leave for your volunteer abroad trip.

Here are things volunteers should have with them while they are abroad:

 

 

Condoms

 

Not many volunteers plan on carrying condoms and other contraceptives. After staying in the host country for a period of time, the volunteers could involve in a romantic relationship with either one of the local people or a fellow volunteer. Some of the volunteers get involved in sexual relations. By doing so, they are exposing themselves to a host of diseases for example HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and others. The volunteers should be prepared and always have condoms in hand so as to avoid these diseases. Condoms are not 100% safe or effective but they reduce the risk of infection by 70%. Condoms prevent sexually diseases and pregnancies.  Condoms are normally available in most parts of the world. They are accessible from local hospitals and can be found in most retail centres. Although there are certain communities in parts of the world who are conservative and in such places it will not be easy to get condoms.

 

 

Insect repellents

 

Most of the diseases abroad and at home are caused by insects. The insects carry parasites or pathogens that cause the diseases. The insects that are more likely to give the volunteers problems are ticks, mosquitoes, certain types of flies, ticks, mites, fleas, lice, bedbugs and ants. These insects aide in the transmission of malaria, Nile virus, yellow fever, river blindness, sleeping sickness and Lyme disease. While doing the volunteer abroad work, the volunteers could be exposed to these pests. There are various insect repellents that are available for example Repel, Muskol, Cutter Advanced, and Cutter Tick Defense. These repellents are available as liquids, wipes, sprays and lotions. Using these repellents has some side effects like skin irritation. Many of the insect repellents that are sold are not registered or regulated and caution should be taken when choosing which one to use. Also the volunteers should note that these repellents are not 100% and they only work for a number of hours.

 

 

Water treatment

 

Water is very important and it’s what every traveler and volunteer should be having. International volunteers should buy water whenever they get the opportunity. Most of the places where the volunteers would be working won’t have access to clean water. Untreated water carries host of parasites with it. Untreated water has water borne disease like Botulism, Cholera, E. Coli infection, Dysentery, Typhoid, and Gastroenteritis. Water is contaminated by a number of ways e.g. infested animal feaces, some type of flies and sewage. The volunteer can get sick if s/he consumes the water or eats food prepared by contaminated water. If the volunteer will be working in rural areas and cant access treated water s/he should buy water treatment tablets like iodine crystals, and chlorines based halazone. Water purification could be done through boiling, filtration, solar distillation and prevention of water contamination. Other solutions to this problem are the volunteers should drink tea, coffee, wine or beer. If the volunteer is afraid of getting amoebic dysentery, s/he should eat strong dosage of garlic for 15 days

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer in Singapore with Volunteering Solutions

Volunteer in Singapore with Volunteering Solutions

There are a variety of opportunities available to volunteers who would like to provide their services in Asia. Volunteering Solutions recently added Singapore as new volunteer program destination in Asia. There are many different reasons why volunteers want to help abroad today. Some people simply provide their assistance abroad in order to get a productive vacation in. If this is the type of work you are interested in, you should certainly do your best to select your program carefully. Singapore has many environmental issues, most of which stem from lack of natural water resources, and extensive pollution. At Volunteering Solutions we offer our volunteers opportunities to make contributions to address these problems along with our local partner organizations in Singapore.

Many charities and NGOs work day in day out to fight issues such as poverty, disease and illiteracy and many of them rely on the support of international volunteers.

While your efforts alone aren’t going to change the world but they can certainly make a tangible difference, making volunteer work abroad an incredibly rewarding experience. 

Volunteering Solutions provides special discount for families working together. Many families choose to volunteer while going abroad as a part of the vacations around the world. By including volunteer work in your vacation, you can be productive as you witness new cultures and learn about new ideas and people. Another benefit of volunteering as a family is the fact that minors can volunteer in new and diverse countries when they are accompanied by an adult. By bringing your children along for the adventure of volunteering in countries that desperately need your help, you can build the character of your children while also helping them obtain the experience and skills they will need to become successful later in life.

Though physically small, Singapore is an economic giant. It has been Southeast Asia’s most modern city for over a century. The city blends Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions. The most exciting aspect of volunteer work abroad in Singapore is the opportunity to travel the famous country and immerse yourself in unfamiliar and exotic cultures. Volunteering Solutions places you at the heart of communities, giving you the chance to live and work alongside local residents and learn their customs and culture.

Volunteering Solutions provides opportunity in 2 different volunteering program options in Singapore, namely: -

1. Volunteer at an Animal Rescue Center
2. Volunteer with Disabled People

Volunteer at an Animal Rescue Center: – This project involves working with the largest wild animal center in Singapore. Volunteers work 5 days per week for around 8 hours per day. The center is short of manpower and is in regular need of volunteers to provide assistance. Volunteers help in following activities: -

I. Foster respect and compassion for all animals.
II. Improve the living conditions and welfare of animals in captivity.
III. Educate people on lifestyle choices which do not involve the abuse of animals and which are environment-friendly.

Volunteer with Disabled People: – Volunteers will work in Cheshire Home which was founded in 1957. The Home aims to provide a “home” in the truest practicable sense for the care, rehabilitation, encouragement, stimulation and happiness of its residents and clients, all of whom are seriously disabled adults of both sexes and various races and creeds, and to give them the chance to live as normal lives as possible. Volunteers will work from 10am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday. You will be supervised by the volunteer coordinator in the Home.

 

Volunteering Solutions & Volunteers in Costa Rica

Volunteering Solutions & Volunteers in Costa Rica

Every year, Costa Rica is visited by a number of tourists. Along with eco-tourism, the place is loved by all for its beautiful beaches, forests and wildlife. As compared to other parts of the world, the place has more than a quarter of land meant for protected reserves.

Throughout the Costa Rica, one will find several forest reserves and national parks. This is the reason why wildlife projects have become one of the choices for volunteers in Costa Rica. Let’s know more about the volunteer programs for Costa Rica through this article.

Four major choices are as follows:

Childcare program

In the childcare program, the individuals are required to work in the orphanages, child care centers, day care centers and community child care centers.

 The increase in poverty and homelessness is because of the regular migration of people from poor countries nearby. And the individuals select the child care centers as well as orphanages to protect and support the homeless children.

Turtle conservation

Another program is turtle conservation program in which the individuals work to save turtles nests from poachers in the place. Costa Rica volunteering service providers come with this program to protect turtle population from getting endangered. The work generally involves working with the staff to harvest eggs, counting turtles, night patrolling and keeping eggs away from the reach of predators. From orientation to food, lodging, in-country travel assistance, in-country support and many other kinds of support is provided by the service providers.

Teaching English

Teaching English language to primary as well as middle school students is the work which volunteers do. About the program, the workers assist the local teachers; conduct own lessons and teaches the kids in the interesting methods to make the learning simple and interesting.  Generally, the workers teach or work for 5 days every week for 5-6 hours daily.

Wildlife program

Costa Rica is known for the variety of animals and plants. In total of 0.25% of the world’s landmass, the place is known to have 5% of world’s biodiversity. Around 800 and 200 species of birds and mammals respectively are found in this place. And volunteers in Costa Rica work for the victims of repossession, accidents and loss of habitats of animals. Along with hard working skills and enthusiasm, the individuals for the wildlife programs are required to be ecologically sensitive

Thus, with the diverse volunteer programs for Costa Rica, individuals can promote hospitality, warmth and peacefulness in this place.

Volunteering in India

Volunteering in India

The great thing about choosing to volunteer in India is that there are so many different opportunities. This means that no matter the type of volunteering experience you are looking for you’ll be able to find something that suits.

Life in India is very different to our fast paced, busy lives and so volunteering in this country gives you the chance to be helpful towards people that really need it as well as adding fantastic experiences to your life.

You could live as part of an Indian family and help them with their day to day tasks. This means that you’ll be involved with preparing food, sharing the work load and even taking part in any local festivals that may be taking place in the time that you are there. You can also share language skills, swap your English language knowledge with their Hindi know-how, so that everyone benefits from the time that you are volunteering.

Work that you can take part in during your time volunteering in India includes admin work, planting and gardening or even construction work.

This means that you can take your existing skills and experiences and put them to good use.

There are other projects that you could give your time too – including teaching English in schools or arranging for local children to get involved in local sporting activities. A lot of it will be down to using your own initiative in order to see what the area needs and what you can do/give them that will really benefit.

Once there you will be able to work with other people also volunteering the area. This means you can team up and combine resources to give the people of India the help that they so desperately need.

There are not usually any set tasks or schedules because the things that benefit each area are so different. The only thing you can be sure about is that you will come away from this worthwhile experience with a new outlook on life and very grateful that you went and took the timeout to help people when they needed it by volunteering in India.

UNI BREAK VOLUNTEERING IN THE MALDIVES WITH VOLUNTEER MALDIVES

UNI BREAK VOLUNTEERING IN THE MALDIVES WITH VOLUNTEER MALDIVES

Volunteer Maldives is committed to making a real and tangible difference to these warmand friendly communities – which sometimes need a little help!When you travel with us you can rest assured that the work you do will directly benefit the islanders that have been identified by these local communities and the NGO’s we work with.

All of our partners are based in the local community. They are in partnership with Volunteer Maldives rather than employed by Volunteer Maldives. When you travel with us, you will stay in locally run accommodation/homes and travel on locally owned transport.In this way we can ensure that the part of your placement fee assigned for transport and accommodation goes directly into the local economy. That means that before you’ve even lifted a finger on your project, you’ve already made an important contribution to the local economy.

Our volunteers will live in the heart of the communities, in basic home stay accommodation as part of the family, or some islands have specific accommodation just for volunteers.

As part of the ‘Maldives’ experience, you’ll eat local food, use local transport, and definitely do as the locals do! You’ll find the islanders will take great care of youand welcome you into their community where activities on your days off will include asisland hopping, snorkelling, go to deserted sandbanks for picnics, venture your for a spot of night fishing then come back and barbeque your fresh catch – such a unique experience you’ll not find in too many places in the world!

We offer a variety of exciting and fun projects from Teaching/ Teaching Assistant places: – This is a wonderful way to engage with the children.  Help them improve their English language skills, do fun creative activities with them, motivate and inspire them!

Sports are enjoyed by people the world over, and Maldivians are no exception! It’s still one of the best ways to unite people, creating strong community spirit and forging lifelong friendships.

Our sports programs have been very successful, with more to be implemented next year, working with new islands and NGO’s.

Volunteer Maldives works alongside local coaches who are either part of a youth and sports group, or work within schools.

Whether teaching aerobics, badminton, volleyball, football, dance – a myriad of opportunities await volunteers with lots of energy and enthusiasm to inspire the youth – and to get the more mature islanders moving also!