The checklist. Prepare to serve abroad.

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 Insurance




  • 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

One thought on “The checklist. Prepare to serve abroad.

  1. Wahhhh! This is genius – a philanthropic cover for sewing the seeds of Western imperialism!

    Philanthropy and Imperialism are the chicken and waffles of any good global power grab!

    God Bless America! Land that I loooove! Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with my headlamp abuzz! From the mountains to the open sewers, to the ocean – white with the foam of tankers carrying goods from Wal-Mart for retail sale in bucolic villages.

    But seriously, this is a great plan. And great plans come from people, not from U.S. government bureaus.

    And I would add imodium to the list.

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