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Importance of Having a Travel Insurance Before Leaving to Volunteer Abroad

emergencies never arrive with a warning, you need to be fully prepared to face any such circumstances. You must, however, be sure of the type of emergencies that your policy covers. This depends on the destination you have chosen to volunteer at, and the kind of activities you will be involved in. For example: if you are traveling to volunteer in Arusha, Tanzania, there will be opportunities for trekking and bouldering, etc. You must make sure your policy covers those kinds of accidental insurance. Carrying that much cash is not a feasible option and, thus, having an appropriate medical insurance provide you that necessary financial backup for such emergency situations.

 

You may have your flights/trip cancelled/interrupted at the last moment

Scenario 1: So you are all set to leave for your volunteering expedition. You have also reached the airport and checked-in on time, and are all excited to just board that plane and start the journey. And there it happens! The flight got cancelled due to bad weather or some technical fault. While the next flight is several hours later, you can’t wait even for a single more minute and want to cancel the trip. But what about the fee that you have already paid to the placement organization? And the flight tickets that you have booked further in your trip?

Scenario 2: Everything’s the same as the above scenario, but this time it’s you who has to cancel the trip at the very last moment. Reason; emergency at home or you suddenly fall extremely ill. How are you going to cover your payments that you have made for the trip?

Scenario 3: Good news! You are on the flight, reached your volunteering destination safe and soundly, and have joined other volunteers at the project. You are in the middle of your journey and suddenly you get a call from back home stating some extreme, unavoidable emergency. You have to leave your program in between and have to return immediately. Not only the immediate flight prices are going to burn a hole in your pocket, but also, the tickets that you

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