Winter 2013

11/14/13 Update

Orientation will be held this Sunday on 11/17 from 8-9PM EST, 7-8PM Central, and 6-7PM AZ. Your attendance is mandatory. The link is the same as below. We will discuss packing items, details about each country, and do a technical lesson on clinical skills with Dr. Patel.

 

Presentations from our first orientation can be downloaded at the following links:

Healthyouth Winter 2013

Public Health, Community, Education

Healthyouth Peru 2013

Orientation 2 – Thailand

 

11/12/13 Update

A second orientation will be offered on 11/12/2013 from 8-9PM EST, 7-8PM Central, and 6-7PM AZ. The link will be the same as before:

 

LINK FOR WEBINAR (click to join): www.anymeeting.com/healthyouthvolunteers
Your Free
Conference Call
Phone Number:
213-416-1560
Guest Access Code:
020 1633
  • $200 deposit deadline has been moved to 11/13. Please make this a priority.
  • You will receive an invitation shortly to share a google document that we are using to track your progress with donations received, waiver, traveler insurance etc. Please take a look on there and make sure you are up to speed with all the items.
  • We have found this to be very effective to use when soliciting friends, family, relatives, coworkers etc for donations on your trip. The best strategy is to create a personalized letter of your own as well and send both to a generated list of around 100-200 people who you know. As a recognized non-profit org, all donations may be tax deductible and they can easily donate using paypal through our website under http://www.healthyouth.org/donate/
  • We will post presentations following the orientation on 11/13.
  • We will continue to update the FAQs below:
Common questions/ FAQs
Q: When if I arrive outside of the dates listed here: http://www.healthyouth.org/winter-2013/?
A: It is OK if you arrive outside of the dates, but you may have to work with our coordinators to arrange a way to catch up with the group depending on when you land. We really recommend that you arrive on those dates. You can arrive ANY TIME on those dates, even in the early morning, late at night. As long as it falls within those two dates listed.
Q: Is it ok if I depart a day early from the end of the program?
A: Yes, if you have to be back at school in time for the beginning of the semester, we definitely support your early departure. Please let us know when you book your tickets!
Q: Do you recommend vaccinations? Doctor visits, etc?
A: We recommend that all volunteers have a quick check up with their primary care doctor or their on campus travel clinic — they will have info on what shots, medicines,you need before departure.
Q: What does it mean when HY says it will help us fundraise and support crowdfunding?
A: For fundraising we provide official letters for volunteers to use with family and friends. For some students this has proven to be really successful, and many have fund raised their entire trip. Usually, students will write a personalized letter to a potential donor (ie: a coworker, family friend, relative etc) talking about how this trip will benefit them personally and professionally. We supply a official letter on our letterhead discussing the types of experiences the volunteer will undertake and how important their involvement is to not only the community, but for their professional growth. Students then generate a list of 100 people to email, meet, or mail and it’s their responsibility to follow up. In addition, their school recruitment leads may plan some small percentage nights, bake sales etc. but it is not required of them.
We really encourage volunteers to use their creativity and will do whatever it takes to support any projects. For example, last year, a girl who taught English in Thailand at the refugee camp made a kickstarter page to create artwork from her travels. Donors could give as little as $5 for her to send a small piece of artwork to them to over $1000 for a large canvas painting done by her and her students, framed, and hand delivered with a Healthyouth approved certification of authenticity of the work and signed by all the students with photos and a video of them making the art work. She got about 5 donors who wanted that kind of item and raised her trip funds in less than a week. We are happy to support any of our volunteers’ efforts to find creative ways to fundraise to the best of our capacity. As with anything else in life, you get what you put into it! Close family friends, coworkers, extended family, church, local businesses that you often go to and know your family… all are wonderful places to start.
Q: Is there internet in Thailand or Peru? How can my parents/family contact me?
A: You will have wifi in Peru. It is easy to contact parents by email and skype when bandwidth is low. In Thailand we have mobile hotspot wifi at the orientation house in Singburi so you will be able to use that service there with a smartphone or laptop. At the project site, however,you may not have access. If you own a unlocked smart phone, you can easily just purchase a sim card in Thailand, plug it into the phone and use it by purchasing charge cards and adding money to the sim card account (very easy to do and readily available at any convenience store). If you don’t not have an unlocked phone, it costs about $35 for a simple phone with text messaging that you can use locally and dial home with cheaply (costs around 10 cents/ min) and cheaper to text.
Q: Where do volunteers stay in Thailand and Peru?
A: In Thailand, you will be in Bangkok and Singburi. Singburi is located about 2 hrs north of Bangkok, which is in central Thailand. Both cities are quite modern although Singburi is more rural. Accommodations will range from group housing at the orientation house in Singburi to shared homestays depending on where we do our final placements for you. All accommodations are clean, private, and comfortable by reasonable standards and you will be very easily accessible to staff. We will match almost all of you with a roommate also from the program. In Peru, accommodations are group houses and a homestay family that also lives there with you.

Q: When is the final fee due?

A: December 13th. This is different than the deposit due on November 12th! The final amount will be the cost of the program minus deposit, so 1480.
Q: How much extra money should I bring?
A: This will depend on your spending habits, purchases on souvenirs, and extra travel outside of the program, on weekends, for example. This is just a rough estimate, but we would just plan conservatively for around $500. Bring a ATM card to withdraw money (easiest method, but call your bank to let them know you are traveling abroad).
Q: What if I can’t scan and email the waiver?
A: Feel free to use a smart phone, take a clear picture with form signed and email us the picture!

11/1/13

Dear volunteers, once again congratulations and welcome to the Healthyouth community. Please review the to do list below and accomplish the tasks listed. Please also begin booking and searching for flights that land in the country as follows:

  • Winter A – December 19th or 20th
  • Winter B – December 26th or 27th

When you book your flights, please provide the information using the link below. This year, we have volunteers from many regions of the country and will facilitate a professional webinar based format to conduct our subject matter review and orientation. This process will begin on November 11th from 3-6PM AZ time, 5-8PM Illinois time, and 6-9PM Maryland time. Your attendance is mandatory. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@healthyouth.org

To do list:

Flight information form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dE1lbmthemRrWVVEdTUxaDZ3MVNWZnc6MQ

Sign, scan and email us the waiver form (PDF below, deadline 11/08)

You may access the waiver form here Sign Agreement 2013

Make a deposit of $200 to secure your spot this summer. (deadline 11/12)

How to pay:

The easiest way is to send us money through your Paypal account (free to set up at paypal.com). Click send money to family and friends and send to our email info@healthyouth.org. Or go to our donation page select or type the donation amount, and checkout using Paypal. MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON THE MEMO/COMMENTS

Healthyouth

333 N Pennington Dr #72

Chandler AZ 85224

See bottom for common questions about the deposit.

Passports, Visas, Flights (do not worry about deadline for these)

  • Get a passport ASAP if you don’t have one already! Check your local post office for details.
  • No visa necessary for Thailand
  • No visa necessary for Peru unless staying over 90 days
  • Start looking for your flights now!
    • For Peru, you will fly into Lima Jorge Chavez.
    • For Thailand, you will fly into Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
  • Book your fly-in Dates for Pick-up by staff from airport – (check ARRIVAL dates)
  • Winter A – December 19th or 20th
  • Winter B – December 26th or 27th

Safety

  • All volunteers are registered with US Embassy and we practice prevention
  • If parents have concerns, have them email us at info@healthyouth.org

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – mandatory WEB-BASED orientation on Monday 11/11/13 from 6PM – 9PM for UMD, 5-8PM Chicago/UofI, and 3-6PM Arizona. We understand that this is Veterans day, but because it is on the tail end of Monday, please do your best to join. It is EXTREMELY important.

Common questions about deposit:

  • Why do we require the initial deposit? We require this because it costs significant resources for us to train our volunteers and ensure that they are adequately prepared for the work ahead. We need to know right away if you are serious about attending and if we can offer an alternate a spot instead.
  • If I fund raise the $200 will I get it back later? Yes, we will refund you the $200.
  • The deposit counts towards the required donations. For example, instead of the $1680 required donation, you will be asked to provide $1480 by the deadline (announced later).
  • If you prefer, you may directly paypal the deposit using our email: info@healthyouth.org
  • We are a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations may be tax deductible. Please consult with your accountant or a tax expert. Tax receipts will be emailed to you and donors if email addresses are provided. Otherwise, we will email the receipt to you and ask that you deliver them to the donor.