5 Things to understand ahead of a Humanitarian Mission
One must first know that humanitarian trips are not holidays. Indeed, those who want to try out this kind of trip should get well prepared: physically, mentally and emotionally. This article is meant to help you get a fruitful humanitarian trip experience. As humanitarian travelers, there are a few essential points to know.
Here are 5 things to know before deciding to go on a humanitarian mission
1. Get prepared
Once you know you will travel abroad, you have to plan a visit at a specialist of travelers' health. They can give you precious information about the region where you are intending to go and the risks you may face there. The specialist can also help by providing you with what is necessary to protect yourself.
You may need things like vaccines, medicines and essential components for your travel kit, such as tablets for safe drinking water, something for the mosquitoes or skin protection. The more information you get ahead of time, the better it is. A thorough search will help you find out the frequently seen problems in your destination country, by visiting for example websites such as The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF).
2. Pack your travel bag
As a humanitarian aid agent, you should be sure that you have all essential supplies that protect your health abroad, because those items may not be easy to find in your destination country. Your kit must include the following things:
- Tablet for purifying water and/or filtration system if water sources may be compromised,
- Mosquito repellent and mosquito net, particularly in those zones exposed to malaria,
- Solar cream and hat
- Protective gloves and goggles
- Protective mask in areas prone to other contagious diseases
- First aid kit
- Medicines for the prevention of traveler's diarrhea.
3. Manage your stress
By entering a disaster area, it is easy to become emotionally stressed by the sight of the people and the situations you may face. Several humanitarian workers noticed that keeping a journal of their experiences is a great way to decrease stress caused by the situation on the site; and such journal could become a priceless information source for the next mission planning.
Keeping in touch with persons at home could be another way to better manage stress and to keep your relatives updated about where you are, what you are doing, etc. It can be a great source of comfort to lower stress.
4. Minimize the risk of injury
If you are in a place that just has been left by a natural disaster, you are exposed to an additional physical risk of injury due to an unstable building give way or by the fall of debris. Pay attention to everything around you and the potential dangers you could meet when you enter a community to bring help.
5. Bear in mind the privilege of humanitarian trips
Finally, you should admit that humanitarian trips are privileged and not something to be taken for granted. Not everyone has the chance to go to other parts of the world to bring help to people who are in troubles of different forms.
People Prem Rawat realize that privilege because it is a passion for them, and they realize that passion is also a gift. Although several see humanitarian trips as an opportunity to give, it is important to think about what you can acquire as a person when you devote part of your life to help others.