Welcome to the Youthlinc Impact Modules. All participants will complete monthly impact modules that will address issues of bias, white saviorism, and mental health. These modules will help participants to understand themselves and others before traveling internationally. These modules help us become better humanitarians and set us up for sustainable best practices while we are serving abroad.
MAY MODULE: GET READY TO TRAVEL!
SECTION 1: Traveling Healthy
- Food and Water/Beverage Precautions
- Preventing Flight-Related health problems
- Decreasing your risk of respiratory illness
- Vaccinations for preventable travel-related diseases
- Insect borne diseases
Healthy Travel Information by Country
How to Keep yourself happy and healthy while traveling:
SECTION 2: Policies and Procedures
Youthlinc Code of Conduct
Youthlinc’s Code of Conduct ensures the safety of all involved in our program, participants, partnering NGOs, and those we serve.
Youthlinc is a local and International partnering organization and has spent 20 years building trust and relationships with each of our partners, and every community we serve in.
I agree to obey and sustain the law of the United States throughout the local and international portion of the service year.
I agree to obey and sustain the laws of my International destination associated with Youthlinc, throughout the local and international portion of Service Year
I will respect the property rights of others. This includes refraining from stealing, concealment, damage, or misuse of the property of others.
I am not involved, nor will become involved in Drug Use. This includes possession, personal use, or distribution of any narcotic, dangerous or illegal drug (as defined by both U.S., Utah, and applicable International Law), except as prescribe by a licensed medical practitioner.
I understand that underage drinking is prohibited. The legal drinking age for all participants is defined by U.S. Law (regardless of international laws) as the age of 21+.
I will respect the rights of others during the entire Youthlinc experience, in Utah, while traveling, and internationally. This includes not physically or verbally abusing any person, sexually harassing any person, or engaging in behaviors that endanger the health or safety of myself or others.
I will respect the rules and directions of Youthlinc Team Leadership and Staff. I will stay with the team and participate in all activities unless otherwise directed by the Team Leadership.
No participant will go out alone. While traveling or during any activity, including scheduled or spontaneous activities, participants will be in a group of minimally 5 people, including at least 1 adult mentor or leader.
Team leaders will oversee rooming assignments. Co-ed rooming, unless adult individuals are married or in a domestic partnership are not allowed.
All Rooming assignments must be followed as directed by Team Leaders.
Any public displays of intimate affection (kissing, hand, holding, any sexual activity) are NOT allowed on Youthlinc Service Year trips.
Additionally, any intimate relationships (regardless of sexual orientation) are strictly prohibited between team members and/or community members, as it puts into peril participant safety and international partnerships.
LGBTQIA+ participants and travelers(state department): Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Youthlinc and all of our International Partners take your safety seriously. We do not have concerns about working with our partners and local communities in any of our current international sites while traveling with our groups. However, that does not change the fact that Laws and attitudes in some countries. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment. Please take every precaution, if you would like additional support while traveling please contact your Team Leader or our International Service Director Jordan@youthlinc.org.
I will not engage in ANY activities relating to body modification. This includes but is not limited to: Tattoos or body piercings.
I will be respectful in items of dress code requirements as is culturally appropriate for my local and international service site.
International Dress codes are provided by our In-country coordinators, our International Service Director, and Team Leadership. ALL participants are expected to respect these request.
I will make this opportunity to serve a chance to be present among the people I am serving and create meaningful connections at home and abroad. As such, I will respect the expectations set forth by Team Leader regarding cell phone use.
Cell phones and additional cameras will NOT be allowed at my international worksite unless otherwise permitted or assigned by my Team Leader.
I understand that each participant in Youthlinc is a representative of the Youthlinc Organization, Our International Partner Organization, and the United States. As such, I will not attempt to further any cause, Religious, political, or otherwise which is outside the stated or understood purposes of Youthlinc.
Behaviors that further a cause include holding a meeting or distribution materials relating to a religious, political, or other cause.
SECTION 3: Packing and Travel
Before you Depart
- Make sure you have uploaded a copy of your passport. It is important that Youthlinc have access to a copy of your passport in case of an emergency, or a lost/stolen passport.
- Set up Travel Notice for any Debit or Credit cards you intend to use while traveling. We recommend traveling with a debit card and making an ATM withdrawal once at your final destination to receive local currency. You may need additional money for meals while traveling, beverages (other than water, such as soda or smoothies), souvenirs, laundry, and optional excursion opportunities.
- Make sure your Team Leader and ISD know about any Allergies or dietary restrictions
- Complete your Medical Questionnaire and discuss any concerns with your Teams Medical professional and/or Team Leaders
- Treat your clothing with permethrin
- If applicable, Start your Malaria Prophylaxis as directed
While Traveling with your Group
- Check-in: Youthlinc makes flight bookings in groups. This means you will need to meet your team at the airport and check in All together, 3 hours prior to your departure time. Your team leader will confirm the time and location.
- Stay with your group at all times. You must be in a group of 5+ with at least one adult mentor at all times
- Keep your Passport and other important travel documents in a designated location on your person. Every time you pull out your documents return them to that location before moving on.
- Food, Drinks, and Snacks: While you are traveling you are responsible for all meals, snacks, or drinks. You will receive a meal on your international flight. Please plan to have access to money for meals along the way.
- Wash your hands and use sanitizer regularly, it is always flu season at the airport.
- Travel with all Prescription Medications on your person. Your teams’ flights may take longer than 24 hours and include time changes. Set alarms to remind yourself to take Prescriptions while traveling.
- Drink plenty of water, and Stay Hydrated! Avoid caffeinated drinks.
Remember, you are going to be working hard, and in most cases, your environment will be hot and Humid, this is NOT a fashion show. Dress for protection, and comfort, that matches the projects you will be participating in. We recommend lightweight clothing that will dry quickly. We also recommend treating your clothing with Permetherin- a long-lasting insecticide that repels insects for up to 6 washes.
Pack light, and only take the essentials. There are opportunities to do laundry at each of our sites. Your Team leader can help answer any questions about your packing list.