In-country support or when you will be in field
What Is In-Country Support?
While volunteering abroad you will face with various challenges of new culture and new territory. Since you are in a new country and don't know about much of the things it will be harder for you to solve these issues and challenges. You also can manage some of the small issues and challenges but, however there are bigger challenges too. And your volunteer abroad in-country coordinator comes into picture to help solve your issues and challenges. For instance, you are having trouble with your host family or you want to switch you work placement, then your in-country coordinator or in-country support staffs will be there to help you with your problems. They also help you to find places and things around the city. These staffs are there to support and advise you to make you comfortable while volunteering abroad.
Who Is My In-Country Coordinator Or Local Staff?
There are two general models of volunteer abroad organizations. One of the model is that volunteer abroad organization have their own in-country field office and staff member such as manager, coordinator, cooks and drivers. In another model, volunteer abroad organizations work through local organization and merely serves as middleman. For this model of volunteer abroad organization, the head of local organization will act as your in-country coordinator.
What Does My In-Country Support Do For Me?
In-country support staff is responsible for doing number of things for you and other volunteers abroad. There are there for you to help from the moment you arrive your host country to the moment you leave. The following are some key responsibilities of in-country staff:
- Airport pickup and transfer to host family or work site
- Management of room and food in host family /hostel
- Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
- Introduction to your host family and project staff
- Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
- Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
Do I Need To Stay In Touch With My In-Country Support?
It is very essential for you to be in touch with your in-country support since it is the source of help for any problem and issues you may face during time of your volunteer abroad program. You will require to contact your volunteer abroad in-country coordinator for multitude of reasons such as sickness, project issues, host family issues and other emergencies. It is advisable for you to have the contact number of your in-country coordinator and other support staff.
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