out in the open, or even in unlocked luggage. This is very unwise, whether you are oversees or in the United States. Don’t tempt hotel personnel or others by leaving your money, your electronics, etc. out in the open unattended. Zip up your bags and keep your valuables with you, well out of site, or locked up! When we are in the village, we don’t have a safe, but if we follow a few simple guidelines, theft and/or loss will not be a problem: 1) Make sure your valuables are locked up in your tent or in your rural homestay, and all valuables are out of site. Put valuables that you don’t want to carry on your person in a locked bag inside your zipped up tent or rural homestay. 2) Help the villagers understand their boundaries. While we welcome the villagers to help us set up our tents, it is important that once personal tents are in place, we rope off our tent area and ask villagers to stay outside our tent area. If staying in rural homestays, it is important that villagers know that only an authorized cleaning person is allowed in the room. Again, as you interact with the community, it is important that you do not invite villagers into your tent or rural homestay. Otherwise, you are sending the wrong message and tempting them to take your things. 3) Keep track of your things. Put them away in your tent or rural homestay. Please don’t leave things lying around unless you don’t care whether or not you see them again. ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION When it comes to personal safety, staying healthy and being wise in your decisions, we plead with you to be cautious and very aware of potential risks. Keep your guard up even when the project experience is finished and you go on your cultural tour. Interestingly, most health and theft problems occur on the cultural tour, not during the project in the community! Please be particularly careful about water and seek good advice before you try out the local corn drink, or jump in the local swimming hole. Water can host lots of bacteria you just don’t want to deal with! Please ask, rather than assume. Err on the side of caution. MEDICATION GUIDELINES 1) Personal medications should all be in labeled, airtight plastic bottles and, if possible, with desiccants in each bottle. Such preparation will help eliminate any possible customs problems. Participants who require daily medications should make sure that they have sufficient supply for the duration of the expedition as well as a one-week emergency supply. Some medications may be available in the host country, but reliance should not be placed on this possibility. 2) Participants should take a small supply of emergency first-aid items, which should reflect the duration of time the expedition will last (see packing list). Other considerations should reflect the extremes to be encountered and the distance the participants will be from medical attention. Try to avoid a medical kit that is too bulky or heavy due to weight restrictions. Ascend Travel provides a more extensive emergency medical kit for each expedition. 3) Diarrhea is very common. The best practical treatment for diarrhea is prevention. Avoid drinking any water unless you know it is pure. Do not eat raw vegetables or salads unless you are 39
Published on Mar 27, 2012
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