We want to give you a full picture of what you'll be experiencing on your trip with us. Here are some common topics with answers and explanations.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Insight’s experiential learning objectives could not be accomplished without responsible health and safety measures in place. That’s why comprehensive risk assessments are compiled on a regular basis and crisis communication strategies are in place. Health and safety measures include educating and training program facilitators in first aid as well as screening program participants.
Each of Insight’s program facilitators has completed a vetting process that includes background and reference checks and is First Aid and CPR certified. Many have backgrounds in dialogue facilitation, teaching, or experiential education, or international development. They have also completed specialized training and in-country orientations prior to facilitating a program, and take part in program evaluations and debrief sessions to develop the highest standards of program facilitation.
Each of Insight’s partners abroad has completed a vetting process that includes staff interviews, office tours, and audits of annual reports to assess whether they are reputable and safe. Insight partners with organizations that are socially-focused and locally-led. Partners regularly take part in program evaluations and debrief sessions to ensure they meet Insight’s standards.
Food and water
Country-specific risk assessments are provided to program participants with information pertaining to food and water safety. Insight staff has experience accommodating specific dietary needs.
Medications & Immunizations
It is the responsibility of program participants to ensure their supply of prescription medications is sufficient for the length of the program. Finding or shipping prescription medications abroad should not be considered viable plans. If the dosage is routinely given in smaller amounts, program participants should advise their doctor of their travel plans in order to increase their dosage allotment.
The Government of Canada’s Travel Health and Safety page is a great resource for up-to-date information on suggested vaccinations. Prior to travel, program participants should review this website, consult with their local travel clinic, and discuss travel plans with their doctor. Since some vaccinations require a series of shots or medications, program participants are encouraged to start this process three to four weeks prior to departure.
In case of emergencies, phone and internet services are readily available to program participants the majority of the time. When access to these is limited, facilitators rely on local guides for emergency communications. Should family need to contact the program participant abroad, Insight staff can facilitate communications 24 hours a day through their emergency line at 604 260 6257.
Program participants are invited to purchase their own trip cancellation and health insurance as the insurance provided only covers trip cancellations due to particular emergencies.
Preparing for your trip
In case of emergencies, phone and internet services are readily available to program participants the majority of the time. When access to these is limited, facilitators rely on local guides for emergency communications. Should family need to contact the program participant abroad, Insight staff can facilitate communications 24 hours a day through their emergency line at #.
During your trip
Program participants are greeted by program facilitators when they arrive in-country where they will receive a basic orientation. Program facilitators have been briefed by program advisors on need-to-know information for each of the participants and will remain available to assist 24 hours per day throughout the duration of the program. The participant to facilitator ratio never exceeds ten to one.