A lot of the life-changing volunteer gigs people find themselves most passionately pursuing are in some places that are quite a bit different from home. Sure, like all rewarding travel, there is different culture and food and music and maybe language…and sometimes a different sense of personal safety and security. I tend to decide from trip to trip whether I will invest in travel insurance–that’s just me, and I’m not here to make a case either way for or against it–but I do know for some of the tougher regions I’ve gone to, with developing emergency services, spotty law enforcement or medical structure, I’m making sure I can get out if absolutely necessary for my survival or recovery.
Of course, plenty of voluntourism organizations and travel providers (as well as plenty of general group travel providers) require travel insurance as a condition of participation in the trip. Not all travel insurance providers, however, are created equally. It can be daunting to try and surf around from website to website to find the best package, components of coverage that equal what you need, and price. It’s nice to have a service like Squaremouth.com, which analyzes and compares your travel insurance options to find you the best deal. You put in your trip details and get instant quotes chosen from over 250 travel insurance providers, based on your excursion parameters. Do you just want flight insurance? Cancel for any cause? Trip cancellation? Medical evacuation? International medical insurance? All these variables come into play when they search for your best options from which to choose. They’ve been doing this for some time, are covered and recommended in most major press and travel press, and if there is any kind of complaint, they are YOUR advocate, and not working for the insurance companies. They are pretty much (to my knowledge) the most comprehensive search option out there that specializes in travel insurance comparisons.
So tuck that into your travel planning tool chest, and when it is time to book your next trip, as you do with every other detail–make the most informed choice.