We review each of our communities in terms of their ability to safely accommodate volunteers, and train them with the skills to do so. We conduct pre-departure sessions- from worksite safety training, language training to mental preparation – with each participant and provide them with necessary gear to make the biggest impact. After the trip, we’ll follow through with you to see what additional support we can provide.
We provide each participant with comprehensive insurance and register them for government services while traveling abroad.
Finally, each group is equipped with two (fantastic) leaders, one from Canada and one local, who work with the group and the community for the full duration of the trip.
When you’re away on an Outreach Trip we know that your family and friends at home will be wondering how you’re doing and what you’re up to. Many of the communities where we work are pretty remote and you may not always have internet access, so our Head Office will be in touch with your local group leader to make sure your loved ones receive regular updates.
Many of the communities we work in have limited access to electricity, running water and the basic amenities you may be used to in your daily life. SOS believes –and many past volunteers agree – that living in the conditions of the community makes the experience and the lessons learned more impactful and valuable. You will be challenged in ways that, while not affecting your safety or security, will create an opportunity for growth and education.That being said, we want you to be informed every step of the way. We communicate expectations from both parties well before arrival so that everyone involved can prepare.