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Trainees – Trainee & Travel

Connect with likeminded prehospital professionals

Join our network and get access to thousands of international paramedics. Participating in an exchange will open unknown doors and create memorable experiences.

Being a Trainee…

Gain new skills and get in touch with cultures you’ve never met before. Make new friends, travel the world and improve your patient care skills.

Join Trainee & Travel

Requirements for Trainees

What does the process look like?

Our Plans

For more information click on your favorite box!

Trainee - Basic

  • Access to the Paramedic Network

Trainee - Verified

49,00/12 months
  • Access to the Paramedic Network
  • Verification by our Trainee & Travel Staff
  • Multiple Online Training Courses
  • Exclusive online live events
  • Travel Journal

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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Contacting hosts: Avoid bulk emails! Show yourself at your best and introduce yourself kindly.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  1. Trainees not following these guidelines and/or host/family host rules may be asked to leave.
  2. 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.

First: Be prepared

Prepare yourself with all the information you need to go abroad. We’re developing a checklist for this. To be safe ask your host what they think you will need extra.

Second: Come open minded
  • Humour is a prerequisite for paramedics!
  • Sometimes tasks can be different, but take it easy and with fun.
  • Adapt. Overcome. Difficulties are meant to be solved. That’s where growth comes from.
Third: Be honest
  • Avoid misunderstandings by proper communication.
  • Talk things through and find solutions.
  • Be honest with your teammates, particularly if something is bothering you
Fourth: Be tidy and respectful
  • Clean up yourself and keep the living areas tidy.
  • Do not raid refrigerator/pantry, use telephone/internet without asking.
  • Different country means different culture means different behaviors. Respect these and learn from each different cultural experience.
  • 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.

Unfortunately we cannot assist volunteers with individual visa requirements, because each country has different visa requirements. Please note, that neither Trainee & Travel staff nor hosts can help you with that.

As a volunteer you are solely responsible to determine the correct visa for your  country you wish to visit.

We’re doing our best to provide you in future with that service.

What does my Membership include?2021-12-27T09:17:36+01:00
  • Support from our staff by phone during office hours or by email.
  • Full access to the website and to EMS Hosts worldwide
  • Message Hosts or Trainees from the website
  • You will have the opportunity to live with a local in exchange for your help on their departments. Accommodation will be provided by your host, sometimes even food.
  • Opportunities to learn new practical skills
  • Meet real locals, spend time being part of their lives.
  • Cultural exchange experience
Why should I spent my holidays working?2020-08-13T13:45:18+02:00

Let’s take this point from another view. When you would have holidays in your home country you wouldn’t want to work at your own rescue service right? That’s going to be provocative but for a reason you NEED holidays. You want to get out of there right?

Or do you like to travel, because you love other cultures, the people, the food, maybe even the fresh warm air blowing in your face and the sun’s burning on your face, that’s already sweating?

It doesn’t matter why you need or want the holidays. With Trainee & Travel you will get both you need, all the benefits of traveling and fulfilling your personal purpose.

Long story short: You’re not working, you’re pushing yourself and others in the direction you really want to, while doing what you love.

How can I travel when I’m working?2020-08-13T13:45:27+02:00

First you should know, that you are not working everyday. That means you’ll get days off, like in your home country.  In general you will plan your stay with the host of your selected rescue service a few weeks before your arrival. If you want to do some bigger trips for example about 4-5 days you should inform your host. In case you’re a spontaneous one it shouldn’t be a problem for your host if he’s/she’s a bit flexible, but we cannot give you a guarantee. Let’s show you an example:

Week 1: Dayshifts (12h) on Monday Wednesday Friday. Off on Tuesday Thursday Saturday and Sunday. On the Weekend you can do easily a 2 day trip alone or with some friends.

Week2: Nightshifts (12h) on Monday Tuesday Wednesday. Off Thursday until Monday.

You have 5 days off for a bigger trip! Let’s have some fun on maybe Las Vegas?

A host asked me for money. What shall I do?2020-08-13T13:45:38+02:00

There is no monetary exchange between Trainees and Hosts! Sometimes it happens that hosts in poorer countries still ask for money to cover expenses related to the exchange.

We do not allow for money to change hands!

If you get such a request please inform us.

You can search for another host or reject the request. If you want to do this trip so badly ask for another way to compensate.

For example you could donate some clothes or agree to go to the local market to buy some food or useful items.

Are there any security checks done on hosts?2020-09-11T16:30:51+02:00

We do perform background checks!

A Host will be verified by one of our Staff. The verification includes:

  • Videochat with the division chief & with one worker
  • Department Tour on videochat
  • Passport/ID-Check of the Host
  • Saving the Rescue Department verification if available in that country.


Do I need to speak the local language?2020-08-13T13:46:34+02:00

Generally we say yes for one reason. We want to help each other, communicate together and treat the patients as good as we can. Therefore it is useful to speak the local language.

Anyways there are some countries you may speak not the local language, but the majority of the local residents speaks an international language like English, France or Spanish.

If you don’t speak the local language of a country but want to visit it so badly, try your best and ask a host.

There’s no harm in asking!

In most cases a host will list all the languages they speak.

Do I need insurance?2020-08-13T13:47:35+02:00

We recommend you 2 kinds of insurance, while you’re on your adventure.

First a travel health/medical insurance.

Second a private liability insurance.

Obviously you need to pay a little amount for them, but do yourself a favor and don’t let any incident ruin your trip!

(Make sure your insurer knows that you will be a volunteer in a rescue service)

How much will it cost to do the program?2021-12-27T09:18:21+01:00

Some costs vary from country to country so we cannot tell you an exact budget you need. However, ensure budget for the following:

  • Travel expenses to the country (flights,etc.) and in the country (Taxi, Uber, etc.)
  • Visa
  • Food (if not offered by host)
  • Accommodation en route if needed
  • Insurance
  • Toiletries, medicine, vaccines,
  • Mobile phone and internet access
  • Day trips and leisure time activities
Do I have to pay for a volunteering program?2021-12-27T09:26:05+01:00

You can choose between the Basic Membership, that is free of charge or to subscribe to one of our plans, that covers you with extra content and gives you access to exclusive content.

Guided programs through Trainee & Travel include way more services that need to be covered by the participants.

Is there any sponsoring?2020-09-11T16:37:49+02:00

The German would say: JEIN. That means yes and no.

In particular we cannot sponsor all of your trips. Travel costs are your responsibility. BUT:

Time and time again we’re planning a few sponsored trips as little giveaways. Sign up for our newsletter here to stay up2date.

How old do I have to be for the program?2020-08-13T13:48:41+02:00

We recommend you to be at least 18 years old. Because in most countries people below the age of 18 are considered by law to be children. But there are good news folks! Some countries and some hosts apply different rules and so some do take younger people, especially paramedics who are still in training.

Sometimes a letter of consent from your parents/guardians is required!

Can you help me to get a job?2020-08-13T13:49:12+02:00

First of all please keep in mind that there are so many volunteers and it would be impossible for us to generate adequate contact between hosts and trainees.

While thinking about your cultural and educational exchange, your journey already began and you’re likely to get this on your own!

Is it possible to volunteer in several different countries?2020-08-13T13:50:22+02:00

Of course! Why not combine a few destinations and meet as much new people as possible?!

What about 3 Weeks Sydney, 2 Weeks Christchurch and 3 weeks Hawaii?

How do I start with the program?2020-08-13T13:50:43+02:00

Firstly you need to choose a membership and sign up. Secondly you decide at which country you want to change your life. For instance you search for keywords like USA, New Zealand or Ireland. You will get a few results and inform yourself  about the different hosts and their offers.

Simply visit their profile and send them a private message, where you introduce yourself shortly and apply for an internship at their rescue service.


Notice: Give information about your name, age, qualification and years of experience. Also remember to send them directly your certificates, e.g. EMT-P, ITLS, TCCC certification.

Are Trainees paid?2020-09-11T16:50:25+02:00

Would you take money to help a friend?

For sure you wouldn’t. Trainees and hosts support each other as families and friends do.

Trainee & Travel is a network with a big variety of rescue service hosts all around the world and qualified volunteers.

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