• Volunteering Abroad: Before You Travel

    Before You Travel Abroad

    Note: Use the following information at your own discretion. The AAFP provides this list for information only, not as an endorsement.

    Collect country-specific information about the following before your trip:

    • Travel alerts, warnings or notices
    • International travel safety information
    • International financial scams
    • How to register at the U.S. embassy or consulate
    • How to find emergency assistance for American citizens abroad
    • Applicable family and children’s issues
    • Applicable international travel health issues:
    • Vaccinations you need to have
    • Regional disease information
    • How to ensure safe food and water
    • Tips for planning a healthy trip in that area
    • How to seek health care abroad

    Where to look

    The following agencies and organizations may be able to help you prepare for your trip:

    Medical Evacuation and Travel Insurance Services

    Crisis Management and Non-medical Evacuation

    Gallagher Charitable International Insurance Services provides crisis management and evacuation for non-medical events such as natural disasters, political upheaval and terrorist activity for persons traveling abroad.

    Contact Information:

    • Telephone: (803) 758-1400
    • Toll-free: (800) 922-8438
    • Fax: (803) 252-1988