General Trip Information
Most information about what to expect on a program can be found within our website or in the International Volunteer Programs Frequently Asked Questions sheet. Upon notification of acceptance to a International Volunteer program, participants can expect to receive an Acceptance Manual. This packet is customized for each individual program, and contains important and useful information, including Frequently Asked Questions, country information, packing lists, program code of conduct, safety tips, and more.
We understand how challenging it can be to raise funds to cover the costs of your trip. We encourage our volunteers to pursue fundraising strategies within their networks—friends, family, colleagues, classmates, and more. Additionally, we encourage our volunteers to review the International Volunteer Fundraising Guide for tips on designing fundraising strategies.
We know it can be a stressful task just deciding what to bring and not to bring on your International Volunteer Program. We've developed sample packing lists to help our participants pack and be prepared for their experiences. Packing lists will vary depending on your host country. But we have packing lists to assist participants going Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines, among others. Feel free to contact us for more information about packing for your trip.
Code of Conduct
We ask that all participants review the International Volunteer Program Code of Conduct. All participants will be required to electronically confirm that they have read this policy and understand the expectations for respectful behavior during the program as exemplary global citizens.
Travel and health information
While Service For Peace does not offer individual travel insurance to volunteers, we strongly recommend that all our volunteers purchase emergency travel medical insurance. You should check with your medical insurance how much coverage you receive abroad. Service For Peace is not responsible for any emergency medical expenses incurred by volunteers while on our programs; volunteers should be prepared to pay the costs and then process reimbursements from insurance following the program. For volunteers who do not have international medical insurance coverage, we recommend the International Volunteer Card.
While Service For Peace will assist in the preparation process for volunteers and thus advising with national travel warnings, necessary vaccinations, visa requirements, and more, we recommend that volunteers pursue their own research on the above topics as well as passport requirements. Be sure to check the Center for Disease Control periodically before your trip. Additionally, be sure to keep tabs on national travel warnings for your host country by visiting the US Department of State website.