Your Medical History
Your safety is the most important thing to us. Therefore it’s important that you are in good physical and mental health before you depart for India. If, during your placement, your health deteriorates we will do our best to support you. However, we may feel it necessary, for your own safety, to remove you from the placement.
Before your placement, we’ll ask you to fill in a form on your SLV.Global Portal in which we will ask you to list any previous or ongoing medical issues we should know about. This information will be kept confidential and shared only with project managers and your designated coordinator in India.
If you have any long-term, pre-existing health conditions we will need a letter from your doctor clearing you to participate in the program. We are an equal opportunities organisation, but due to in country operational constraints there are limits on the amount of specialised support we can provide.
If you are taking any medication, please ensure you have enough with you for the entirety of your stay. For any prescription medication we advise you bring it with you in your carry-on bag, in the original packaging along with a copy of the prescription. We can not guarantee that you will be able to get any required prescriptions abroad.
The more prepared you are, the less pressure you feel. Get a good guidebook or read up on Indian customs and local laws to avoid any cultural faux pas or unfortunate police encounters. The Rough Guide or the Lonely Planet guidebooks cost roughly £15 but a lot of information is also available via their websites.
SLV.Global put the safety of volunteers as our highest priority. Our in-country team are there to ensure that our team remain safe and are working in appropriate areas in India.
We recommend photocopying your passport, visa and medical insurance policy and keeping it in your carry-on case.
SLV.Global follows the advice from the Foreign Office to ensure the safety of our volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to check FCO Travel before they depart for the most up-to-date information about travel in India.
India, as with any other country, has its risks. Being a responsible and conscientious traveler will stand you in good stead and help you keep safe whilst in country.
Unwanted attention from the opposite sex can be an issue, and as such we recommend that all volunteers always travel in groups and minimally pairs. When travelling after dark it’s always best not to walk and to get motorized transport instead. Please read the Gov.UK advice about travelling to India here.
Shared accommodation will be provided for the duration of the placement. If you choose to travel on after your trip has finished, make sure you check any accommodation on Trip Advisor as they will have the most recent reviews about accommodation.
India has very strict drug laws. Severity of punishment can vary greatly depending on state, type of drug and amount in possession. All penalties can involve jail time, so just don’t risk it. If you are caught in the possession of drugs, there is nothing we can do to assist you. It’s really just not worth it.
Alcohol can also be viewed quite differently, and many states in India are dry states. Tourists in local communities can often have a bad reputation due to the influence of alcohol and this is not something we want to be known for.
If you are traveling post trip we recommend you remain vigilant, especially if drinking, and follow this same advice.
We ask you to only smoke in the designated areas within the community. We strongly recommend that you do not smoke in public places as this can be viewed in a very negative manner.
We hope you don’t feel unwell whilst on the program, but sometimes that happens and we’ll do all we can to make sure you’re well looked after. Tell your in-country team as soon as you feel unwell so we can get you the right treatment. If you are hospitalised, please call your family. We won’t do this unless it’s a major emergency or you are incapacitated.
Dehydration is the number one cause of illness and hospitalisation for participants on our trips and it is not fun. To avoid this happening to you, please drink lots of water, at least 4 litres a day and supplement your diet with hydration sachets. Rehydration sachets are cheap and widely available, they’re not tasty, but they do the job.
We may take you to a western hospital for treatment if it’s required, so make sure your travel insurance covers that.
You’ll be staying in shared accommodation. While you will be safe and taken care of, SLV.Global is not able to take responsibility for your belongings. We recommend that you are careful with your possessions and make sure you lock doors at all times in your hotel and that you bring a padlock for your suitcase too.
There are a number of embassies and consulates located around India. Many countries have more than one embassy, consulate or high commission. If any situation arises whereby you may need consular support, our in country team will assist you in locating your nearest embassy or consulate.
If you have any other questions regarding any aspect of your trip our team are happy to help. You can reach us on [email protected] or +442070961718.