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  7 Projects in Tanzania
Working in orphanages
Handicapped children project
Teaching English in Tanzania
Working at local clinics in Tanzania
HIV or AIDS program
Masai women project
Conservation project

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Your Health Care and Safety in Abroad

The Global Volunteer Solutions’ highest priority is maintaining the good health and safety of every volunteer. Most of our past volunteers reported that major problems among volunteers abroad are rare and are often the result of a volunteer’s not taking preventive measures to stay healthy. The most common health problems abroad or in developing countries are preventable illnesses, such as colds, diarrhea, headaches, dental problems, sinus infection, skin infection, minor injuries, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), emotional problems, and alcohol abuse.

The most common health complaint in any developing nation is upset stomach/diarrhoea/vomiting.  Most of the time, these cases can be attributed to a change in diet and the stomach merely adjusting, however, food poisoning does occur, and its symptoms are quick, messy and explosive. There are seldom serious or extended illnesses, but medical treatment should be sought if it occurs. 

Please refrain from drinking tap water. Only bottled, boiled, filtered or iodine-treated water should be consumed. Once again it is worth remembering that this applies equally when drinking and brushing teeth. Safe drinking water is inexpensive, and can be found anywhere. However, please be careful as some ‘drinking water’ is only bottled and hand sealed tap water.

 You may avail of freshly boiled water from your host family, or get treated water from onsite taps in your volunteer sites. You are also encouraged to drink plenty of water as the weather can get extremely hot, and water can help your body cool down.

Maintain your health and Hygienic Precautions

As a volunteer, you must accept considerable responsibility for your own health. Global Volunteer Solutions recommends taking the proper steps to volunteers; proper precautions will significantly reduce your risk of serious illness or injury.  Hygienic conditions in Sri Lanka are not like in your country. You should therefore be aware of the following:

Don’t drink water whose source unknown like tap water, river etc
Don’t use tap water to brush your teeth.
Don’t use ice cubes made from tap water.
Only drink/use water that comes in sealed commercial bottles or that was boiled previously.
Don’t eat/drink dairy products that have not been pasteurized.
Don’t eat anything that was not cooked, fried or peeled.
Don’t eat raw meat, raw fish, or raw seafood
Don’t eat food that is not thoroughly cooked, not recently cooked, and only cooked lightly
Be careful with meat and chicken and fish, and especially potato salad at large gatherings; refrigerators are not universally used in developing countries

Even if you follow these rules you may still get diarrhea at some point. It generally lasts for 2 – 3 days and is not serious. You should, however, drink lots of water (from sealed commercial bottles) during these days and avoid spicy foods.

Vaccination requirements

Global Volunteer Solutions recommend you to ask your medical doctor for advice about vaccinations. Ideally, you should get immunizations for Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Tetanus, medication to prevent Malaria as well as yellow fever are very important when travelling to abroad. If you have any sort of allergy please let us know in the beginning of the program so that we can manage the appropriate setting according to your health condition. Always remember your health and comfort is of the utmost importance to the GVS family.

Malaria is a definite problem in some part of the abroad. You will need to take anti-malaria tablets. There are several types of medication you can carry including atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine or primaquine (in special circumstances). Please make sure that you are properly protected against malaria before visiting abroad.

You must discuss with your doctor which type of medication is suitable for you. Aside from the tablets, you should avoid being bitten as much as possible by using topical mosquito repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net. Avoiding mosquito bites will also prevent dengue fever, another mosquito-borne illness for which there is no vaccine.

We suggest you bring
• Aspirin or (for pain or fever)
• Antihistamine (for allergies and itches)
• Cold & flu tablets
• Anti diarrhea medication
• Nausea medication
• Rehydration sachets
• Insect repellant
• Antiseptic & bandages
• Sunscreen & lip balm
• Antibiotics (discuss with your doctor)