Transitioning of United Methodist Volunteers- in- Mission (UMVIM) Insurance
One of the “best practices” for all UMVIM team leaders and members, individual volunteers, Primetimers and disaster volunteers is to secure UMVIM accident insurance. Mission Volunteers/Global Ministries strongly urges that no UMVIM group of individual, regardless of the type of volunteer work they do, engage in any domestic or international mission volunteer work without securing insurance coverage. Several “hosting partners,” international and local, are being directed to require that each UMVIM team or individual obtain insurance prior to beginning a mission experience. Both receiving and sending partners are being responsible by ensuring that adequate insurance is available in case of accidents or other medical issues.
The Mission Volunteers Office has offered accident insurance for many years. It now realizes that the best insurance for the UMVIM community includes both accident and medical coverage. Therefore, effective January 2014, the Mission Volunteers Office will transition all insurance to the following jurisdictional offices:
Each of the above jurisdictional offices is ready to serve your UMVIM groups or individuals with the appropriate insurance irrespective of the region in which you are located. They are also ready to support your training and preparation as you engage in God’s mission around the world. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
Reasons for Volunteer Insurance
There are some safety precautions to consider as you plan your trip. Accidents are one of the main causes of injury and death among unprepared travelers and volunteers. Being away from family and the usual health resources inflate the seriousness of accidents away from home.
Know that Social Security and Medicare do not provide coverage outside of the US. Volunteers outside of the US must have medical evacuation insurance to provide transfer from a resource-poor area to a hospital with appropriate services. Without insurance, emergency evacuations could run as much as $100,000.
Things You Need to Know About Volunteer Insurance
Global Ministries offers accident insurance. This insurance policy is for, but not limited to, participants in UMVIM projects; or Advance projects involved in working with Global Ministries missionaries and includes travel to and from destination. It is not intended for non-work trips or for language study except when required by the Individual Volunteer program.
The cost of coverage is $0.80 per person per day ($0.55 per person per day for Individual Volunteers). Register and request insurance.
The following are some additional insurance options for volunteers:
Teams, individuals and Primetimers can apply for accident insurance through Global Ministries.