14 Nov 2019

How to prepare for a humanitarian mission?

Image How to prepare for a humanitarian mission?

There are many opportunities to go on a humanitarian mission abroad and help others. A humanitarian mission must, however, be thoroughly thought and well organized. You always have to prepare whenever you are planning to go away from your comfort zone, be it for work, for holidays or for another reason.

It is more for a humanitarian trip because you are going to face something you might not be familiar with, a special strength, both physical and psychological.

Here are some tips for preparing a humanitarian mission


We must learn to better understand and be able to help. Find out about your destination at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make sure it is not a high-risk area; and if it is the case for you to get ready especially on health, climate, political and geographical risks. There are some missions that may not be suitable for everyone, either for lack of interest or lack of competence.

Those who do not have the physical skills required to go on a mission can donate to help notably to foundations or associations like Prem Rawat's. The latter distributes food and drinking water to the poor. It also sets up free medical clinics in different places. It is also essential to know the language of the country of destination or at least English for you to be understood. We must learn as much as possible about the history, customs and religions of the country. But also the dos and don'ts in order to avoid mistakes.

Preparing for the intercultural encounter can indeed ensure the success of the humanitarian mission. There are many missions available according to your affinities, commitments and the language you master. Before leaving, you must also learn about the association or the NGO; find out about its reputation, its purpose. Finally, you need to learn about the nature of your mission and its successes from other volunteers.

Know the formalities to fill

We must also think of digging about the project and its dates of intervention with the embassy of the host country. A visa may indeed be necessary to depend on the project or its management. In any case, it is essential to check the validity of the passport and that it can extend to at least 6 months after the return date.

At the arrival in the country of the mission, it is also necessary to register with the embassy of one's country. You also need to learn about vaccines and pre-departure treatments for health protection. It is essential to get the necessary shots at least one month in advance with a tropical vaccination center. In addition, you must ensure that you are fit physically and psychologically before you consider going on a humanitarian mission.

Choose your status

It is essential to choose the mission and the country of action according to your motivations and ambitions. You must also choose knowingly between: 

  • Volunteer status

It is a status that involves the free for the actions. It does not benefit from any social security. 

  • Voluntary status

This status allows to engage formally with a contract for a mission of general interest for a limited period. To do this, the volunteer receives a living allowance. For example, it is possible to volunteer in the medical clinics of the Prem Rawat Foundation.