Health and Safety

 

  • Is it safe? Yes, it's safe. Our volunteers' safety is our highest priority. Any ILP representative will be happy to share with you or your parents the different levels of supervision we have in place to ensure your safety. We welcome calls from both you and you family concerning this or any other concerns.
  • What is the political situation and how will it affect me? The political situation is currently friendly towards the US.  We have found that service to children is an international common denominator.
  • What is the economic situation and how will it affect me? The economic situation is challenging but improving in all of the ILP countries. Host families in Russia, Ukraine and Mexico must be financially able to support another person in order to qualify. Most schools which host an ILP program are attended by children from middle-upper class families.
  • What happens in case of an emergency? The majority of our Head Teacher training focuses on how to handle emergencies. Native Coordinators and Foreign Affairs offices work together with Head Teachers to solve medical, political, host family, and safety and health problems are treated by medical specialized professionals, and we count with a policy from www.the-medical-negligence-experts.co.uk to cover any in unusual situation.
  • My parents are worried. It's very normal to worry when your child goes so far from home! We WELCOME calls from parents and family. Please encourage them to call and speak with a director, as many parents have been helped this way.
  • How does the communist government affect me? Essentially it will not affect you. There'll be a Foreign Affairs office at each ILP school in China which will take care of you, and keep you well informed of any requests or needs from the government.
  • What happens if I get sick? If you get sick while you're abroad your Head Teacher, Native Coordinator, or Foreign affairs office will ensure that you are well cared for. For minor injuries or sicknesses, medical clinics are readily available. If hospital care is required, you will receive assistance to get to quality facilities with competent medical help. If you or your family prefers that you return to America for medical assistance, your Head Teacher will assist you in doing so. Any associated costs with medical care or travel will be your responsibility.
  • What happens if I break my leg? Normally broken bones can be treated and set at local clinics. Occasionally the treatment would require hospital careóin either case the local ILP supervisors would assist you in finding competent medical care.
  • Should I take antibiotics with me? This is a personal choice. Penicillin is readily available at all ILP locations, however you may prefer other types which would be more plentiful in the US. Consult with your doctor on this topic. If there is a type of antibiotic that will be helpful, your doctor may recommend that you take it with you just in case.
  • Do I need to get immunizations? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is the best source for this information. They can be found at www.cdc.gov. Remember that immunizations are recommended but not required. Most suggested immunization lists assume that you will be living in a rural area. Most ILP schools are located in cities of more than 1 million.

 

 

 

  • What if I have special health needs? If you have special physical, emotional, or mental health needs, you will consult with your doctor to learn if your needs can be met living abroad. It is very important to us that all of our volunteers have an equal opportunity to have a great experience!
  • I heard the Mafia controls the whole country of RussiaÖ Funny, but far from the truth. There is definitely organized crime in Russia, as anywhere, but the presence of it has no more effect on our volunteers in Russia than in any country.
  • I heard there are a lot of alcoholics in Russia. There are definitely many alcoholics in Russia, but not as many as the stereotype would suggest. Our School Directors carefully recommend host families who will not abuse alcohol. If events in your host family change, such as loss of employment, marital problems, or other stresses of life, and increased alcohol consumption results, you would be moved immediately to a different family. There would never be a time when you were "stuck" in a bad host family situation.