How To Prepare When Traveling Abroad To Participate In A Mobile Clinic.

One life changing experience that I would urge you to add to your bucket list is to volunteer for a mobile clinic abroad.
This experience is usually enriching, educational and eye-opening.
There are many opportunities that usually arise asking for volunteers.
In this article we will consider some important things to prepare when traveling abroad to participate in a mobile clinic.

PART 1
Decide where you would like to go.
There may be a disaster in a country abroad, or an ongoing need for a mobile clinic. Your community, church or an organization that you know may be planning to participate in a mobile clinic.
Make a decision about where you want to go. However you arrive at finding an opportunity to be a part of a mobile clinic is always worthwhile.

Update your passport.
Once you have an updated passport, it is important to enquire if visas are needed at the entry point of the country and how much the visa costs. You can look this up online. For example; should you decide to travel to South Africa, you would Google ‘Embassy of the Republic of South Africa.’

Obtain a visa.
One thing that is always overlooked about visas is that you need a visa when you connect flights through different countries.
Recently a friend of mine was taking a flight to South Africa via UK.
The itinerary was planned, but as soon as she got to the airport at Chicago, she could go no further because she did not have a transient visa through London.
It took her a good week before she got her visa, at which point she cancelled her trip.

Purchase a convenient ticket.
When you purchase your ticket, try to avoid those with too many connections.
They may be the cheaper ones but cheap does not mean convenient. Changing too many flights when going abroad can be a nightmare.

Research the culture.
Before you travel familiarize yourself with the culture of the people you will be interacting with.
Read about them. It helps to learn a few words in the local language like:
Hallow, thank you, please, good morning and goodbye. Learn more if you can, but at least know some basic words.
In a different article we will discuss more about the culture.

Know your embassy’s contact information.
Know where to find your embassy in case of an emergency.
Know all the telephone numbers and the city of your embassy offices.
If your country does not have an embassy office where you plan to go for your volunteer mobile clinic, I would ask you to think again before you go.

Medical visit.
Schedule a visit with a travel medical provider. The medical provider will inform you of the types of vaccines that you will need. If you have altered immunization due to a disease like diabetes or lupus or any other, talk to your doctor.
You can get more information about the types of vaccines you need from the ‘Center of Disease Control and Prevention’ website.

In part 2 of this article, we will look at what you can do when traveling abroad to participate in a mobile clinic that will make your experience as productive and fun as possible.

What mobile clinics are you considering participating in?
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  6. I’ve been to many countries but not mobile clinics. I think that is a wonderful way that people can truly help when others are in need. I’m looking forward to traveling to Africa when my daughter gets a little older. Have a great day and thanks for stoping by my Make My morning Blog hop it’s every Monday so you can join in each week.

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