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 Indonesia. 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 placement. 

Before your placement, we’ll ask you to fill in a form on your Participant 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 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.

If you have any long-term, pre-existing health conditions we will need a letter from your doctor clearing you to participate in the placement. 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. 

Research

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. Sharing is caring; we encourage volunteers to leave their guidebooks behind so future volunteers can check them out too.

Safety

SLV.Global put the safety of volunteers as our highest priority. Our in country team constantly monitor the situation in India to ensure that our team remain safe and are working in appropriate areas. SLV.Global follows the advice from the Foreign Office to ensure the safety of our volunteers. This is part of what provides the nation with such a rich culture but has also led to challenges in the past. Our staff team place safety as our number 1 priority from planning through to implementation and in our daily work. Volunteers are encouraged to check FCO Travel before they depart.


Safety Risks

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 its always best not to walk and to get motorized transport instead. Please read the Gov.UK advice about travelling to India here.

Accommodation will be provided for the duration of the field visit. 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. At times, the information in guidebooks about accommodation can be out of date. Please make sure you have all of our staff teams phone numbers programmed into your phone.

Drugs

India has some 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. Its 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.


Smoking

We ask you to only smoke in the designated areas within the accommodation we have provided. We strongly recommend that you do not smoke in public places as this can be viewed in a very negative manner. 

Illness

We hope you don’t feel unwell whilst on placement, 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 you’re unconscious or unless it’s a major emergency. 

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.

Accommodation

You’ll be staying in a mixture of rented and hotel accommodation. SLV.Global have risk assessed and made sure that all of the accommodation is safe and secure, but we cannot 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.


Foreign Embassies

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 info@slv.global or +442070961718. 

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