Safety and Health
It is important to become aware of the health hazards of the particular country where you will be. The chances of having a road traffic accident, for example, might be much higher than contracting malaria. Other factors, such as political instability or the chance of natural disaster, should also be taken into account.
Sources of advice
Foreign Travel Advice is the Government's advice about travelling to individual countries.
"Vacation Disaster Preparation Safety Guide" provides a wide range of information that might be useful. Anyone likely to travel in a high Covid risk area might also find the "Loveholidays" website useful. It provides information about what is happening in various countries and links to other useful websties.
Immunisations : Advice and vaccinations are available through your local general practice.
InterHealth in London provides a service for individuals before, during and after working abroad.
Insurance : GoCompare website provides useful guidance about the travel insurance that different companies offer. It is important to be very clear on the detail of what is and what is not covered by the insurance you choose.
Professional Registration and Indemnity
Registration : If volunteering involves carrying out professional duties, then the individual needs to be registered to practice in the country they are visiting. Seek advice from your professional body on what you need to do.
Professional Indemnity : You will also need to seek the advice about professional indemnity should anything go wrong whilst practising clinically.
Important for individuals who volunteer to work abroad is the protection of continuity of pension contributions whilst absent overseas. It is important to know your own position.
The NHS organisation for which you are working or the organisation for which you will be working for when abroad should be able to advise. More general advice on volunteers rights and expenses can be found from the Department of Work and Pensions.