Projects Abroad Safety Update - British Standard BS8848
Projects Abroad has grown to sending over 10,000 volunteers away to 29 different countries every year. We have always taken our projects seriously. The safety of our volunteers and the welfare of our partners overseas are of vital importance. We are a founding member of the Year Out Group and an active member of the IVPA in the US.
We have recently self-assessed for BS8848. BS8848 is the British Standard applicable to the Adventure Travel sector. BS8848 details good practice for trip providers to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone taking part on a placement abroad. The standard covers all aspects of a volunteer project – from planning, transport, staff and accommodation to the activities themselves.
Of course volunteering overseas is an exciting and challenging endeavour, and no trip abroad can ever be 100% risk free, however, the BS8848 standard aims to create an environment where the possibility of injuries or accidents is reduced. At Projects Abroad we make sure we follow the standards to ensure that your time overseas is planned and carried out as safely as possible.
Operations Director, Greg Thomson explained “Projects Abroad has always put the safety and welfare of our volunteers at the core of what we do. We employ over 600 trained and permanent staff members to ensure that all volunteers are fully briefed before they embark on their trips, met on arrival and are supported 24/7 throughout their stay. We put extensive measures in place to mitigate potential risks through our risk assessments and in the event that something does go wrong we have comprehensive crisis management plans prepared and in place.”
To find out more about BS8848 you can read the parents’ guide on the Year Out Group Website