Volunteering with NPH During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected communities around the world, and the NPH family is no exception. Nonetheless, the NPH International Volunteer Program has never ceased to operate because we know that volunteers are an indispensable part of our mission. We continue to invite those around the world who are interested in dedicating a year abroad to NPH's mission to join usâ€” we need you now more than ever.
We ask that volunteers join us in ensuring that the NPH community continues to prosper despite the pandemic. This means following bio-security rules and protocols that were not necessary prior to the pandemic. Simple rules such as requiring that all adults wear face coverings while working have allowed us to keep the NPH family safe and healthy during the pandemic.
Volunteers applying to serve during the COVID-19 Pandemic should be aware of the following information:
Traveling to the Country of Service: The governments of countries where NPH operates have opened their borders to foreigners, but have distinct rules for entry to the country. Most require all travelers to bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within days of travel. Volunteers will receive detailed information on travel requirements for the specific country where they will serve.
Quarantine: Volunteers will be required to quarantine upon arrival in the NPH home to ensure they were not exposed to COVID-19 during travel. Volunteers may be required to quarantine at other moments during their volunteer service in the event of a suspected exposure to COVID-19.
Masks: Volunteers, as well as all adults on NPH grounds, are required to wear face masks that cover both nose and mouth at all times when working or conducting any activity outside of their private living quarters.
Testing: Volunteers may be subjected to COVID-19 screening tests by NPH health teams during their volunteer service. Diverse forms of COVID-19 tests are available in the private health system in countries where NPH operates.
Mental Health: The "new normal" we are living at NPH can cause feelings of stress, isolation, anxiety, loneliness, frustration, and even boredom for volunteers. It is of utmost importance that prior to departure volunteers consider these feelings that they may face. NPH is committed to supporting the volunteers' emotional well-being as they navigate this new normal. Nonetheless, volunteers who feel that their mental health may not be able to withstand the rules and protocols we are asking them to follow should consider applying for service again in the future when the pandemic is over.
Volunteers who complete the application process will receive detailed information on the NPH homes' biosecurity protocols prior to their travel to the country of service. Furthermore, upon arrival in the NPH home all volunteers receive an in-depth orientation regarding COVID-19.