Our Trainee Guidelines
Trainees are responsible for their own travel insurance.
A trainee is happy and full of enthusiasm to volunteer 24-48 hours a week and must treat hosts and colleagues with consideration. Of course they are eager to learn and do prepare for their stay, like studying the local guidelines.
The times on duty can be organized around any days of the week, but should be no more than 48 hours (or the legal maximum of workinghours/week). Please note that it is important to discuss this with the host prior to your arrival. To gain the best insights we recommend Trainees to work sometimes weekends too.
It is important to discuss with the hosts you whether need to bring your own clothing and footwear or not. Generally hosts will provide clothing but not footwear.
On arrival at a host:
- Provide proof of membership – Trainee profile in the website is proof of membership. Trainee & Travel shirts, caps, wristbands can help identify each other.
- Record details in host-guestbooks and sign the Trainee agreement.
- Memberships are not transferable. One person per membership only.
- Trainees are responsible for their own travel, accident, medical and private liability insurance.
- Trainees have access to all EMS Hosts and other Member through website/network. Host contact details are only to be used for arranging Trainee & Travel visits. We reserve the right to cancel Trainees’ memberships in case of any misuse.
- There is no minimum stay but we recommend 2 weeks for an intense and appropriate exchange. If conditions are unacceptable and Trainees want to leave, they must advise host prior to leaving.
- Trainee & Travel is a voluntary, non-monetary exchange. Volunteering and working in a foreign rescue service in exchange for living with your host family and learning about new systems, guidelines, skills, and more. Check with hosts about volunteering patterns before visiting.
- Generally Trainees help out with and learn about whatever their co-workers are doing.
Above all, your task will be to accompany your international colleagues to the emergency calls. Depends on the country and your abilities but you are meant to assist the care or even to treat patients by yourself while getting assisted. It can include all aspects of keeping medicines ready, intubating, assisting in transport preparation and more.
You may get also some basic tasks that just have to be done like bringing out the garbage.
Note: You will also get different tasks at your accommodation, e.g. cleaning up your room.
Your accommodation is no hotel, so it’s natural keeping your living area tidy or helping with the meals.
- Trainees require, as in most of the countries, high physical and mental fitness. If in doubt of your physical, psychiatric/psychological medical condition please contact our office and your medical practitioner.
- Contacting hosts: Avoid bulk emails! Show yourself at your best and introduce yourself kindly.
- Always book ahead. Be sure to inform hosts immediately if plans change, or you are late. Also exchange mobile phone numbers to arrange a pick-up or in case of problems.
- Trainee etiquette: House rules may vary through the hosts.
- Show respect and consideration to hosts, families and other Trainees.
- Keep your living area tidy and clean . Help with meals or washing up (at the department and your family host)
- Water and electricity are precious! Some countries do not have running hot and cold water or you may experience power cuts. With this in mind you should use these commodities with consideration.
- “If it’s not labeled by somebody, it’s for everybody.” For Trainees that’s not correct! Ask for permission first, even when you want to use telephone or internet.
- Tell hosts about your special diets. If hosts cannot cater for this, you may bring your special food by yourself.
- Turn the tables and share with your new friends some traditional, authentic food or activities.
- Alcohol and drug legalization vary from each country. Nevertheless the consummation of alcohol/drugs are strictly prohibited while on duty! In any use in breach of the national laws will lead to immediate cancellation of membership and stay.
- Trainees not following these guidelines and/or host/family host rules may be asked to leave.
- We do not tolerate: Abusive language, inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment of any kind against Hosts or Trainees.
If we receive complaints about something like that, your membership may be cancelled.
If you like for example hugging or yelling for fun at somebody, be in note that maybe not everyone is comfortable with that. Do us all a favor and show consideration.
Trainee & Travel will persistently and by chance look after some Host/Trainee profiles to ensure compliance with our guidelines. If the Trainee Guidelines are not followed we may cancel your membership.