Preparing for your service adventure is just as important as the trip itself. Here is the pre-departure volunteer checklist.
Passport + Visas
- Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your date of RETURN to the U.S.
- Keep a copy of your passport on you and with someone back home.
- Research the visa requirements for all countries on your itinerary.
- Ex: A traveler can obtain a visa for Nepal upon arrival but must get a visa for India in advance.
U.S. Department of State
- Travel registration is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.
- Registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency.
- Many U.S. providers do not provide adequate coverage abroad so it is wise to purchase travel insurance.
- Lonely Planet’s World Nomad policy is geared towards adventure travel.
- The Center for Disease Control lists recommended vaccines for each country.
- ATMs offer the best exchange rates so hit the ATM after you arrive.
- Alert your bank that you will be traveling!
Pack light! Here are a few necessities:
- Medical Kit and Headlamp
- Insect repellant + Mosquito net
- Iodine or water purification tablets and water bottle
- Appropriate clothes
- Shirts with sleeves and conservative necklines
- Skirts + shorts below knee
- Raincoat (waterproof NOT water resistant
- Gifts for your host family
- Sleeping bag
- Camera and adapter