When sending volunteers into developing countries, where often they are working by themselves with children, isn’t it our responsibility to do a background check first?
Even for volunteers who are building but staying in homestays – don’t those families deserve the security of knowing they are not housing a pedophile?
A background check costs about $20, i think its well worth the investment to protect the communities we want to help. Sentry Link offers a national criminal background and sex offender check for $19.95. I’m sure there are a ton of companies that run checks but here’s one site that does so affordably if you’re looking for a place to start. https://www.sentrylink.com/web/loadCriminalReport.do?WT.srch=1
More best practice thoughts coming soon from Tom Griffiths of GapYear.com, Michelle Gran of Global Volunteers, Neil Patel from Healthcare Volunteers, Sally Brown of Ambassadors for Children and Chris Hill from Hands Up Holidays. If you’d like to share please feel free to email me.