Code Of Conduct

This code of conduct sets out our expectations of volunteers while they are at the Idex camp and at work. It is a shorter
version of a detailed ‘Code of Conduct’ which participants will receive once they become part of our volunteering projects.

Drugs, Tobacco & Alcohol

  • 1. At work - Consumption of alcohol and smoking are prohibited in the project area. Volunteers are perceived as role models for children and smoking and drinking are viewed unfavourably in these communities.
  • 2. At the camp – Drugs are strictly prohibited at an Idex camp
  • 3. Alcohol: If you drink alcohol, you must do so responsibly. The camp allows alcohol consumption but only in moderation.
  • 4. Smoking is permitted at the camps but only in designated areas. Camps do not allow participants to smoke inside the buildings.

Sexual Behaviour

  • 1. As in your normal work place, any kind of physical intimacy or sexual contact is strictly prohibited in the Idex camp and at work.
  • 2. Do not flirt or involve yourself in any physical relationship with the project staff or camp staff, as this could lead to termination of their employment with Idex.
  • 3. Do not engage in any physical relationship with your fellow volunteers unless you have joined the program as a couple.

Dressing

  • 1. Do not wear clothes that do not fit with the local culture or those that highlight your western descent or higher status inappropriately.
  • 2. We recommend that women wear decent and fully covered clothing in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment to our male staff who come from various parts of India and may not be accustomed to seeing women dressed in skimpy or low-cut tops, etc. Do not bare your shoulders or belly unless you are wearing an Indian saree. Your clothes must not be too short, too tight or figure-hugging.

Professional Conduct

  • 1. Working in tandem with your fellow volunteers, abiding by work place regulations and listening to the Project Executive are the minimum expectations.
  • 2. As a responsible volunteer and a role-model for the community, you are expected to be present for work on time. Please note that it is not so much the responsibility of the Project Executive to follow the timings as much as it is yours.
  • 3. You are expected to comply with the attendance policies of Idex projects.

Use of Recording Devices

  • Using photo or video cameras in the project area are not allowed. Even if you have a journalist visa, video filming or still photography could lead to complications with local authorities if the subject and purpose are not tourism-related. If you really need to record at work, seek permission from the Project Executive before bringing cameras to work or using it in the community.

Group Communication

  • 1. Respectful Communication: Participants should be courteous when communicating to Idex or work place staff.
  • 2. Anger Management: There will be several occasions where you might find it challenging to control your dissatisfaction or emotions. However, as a responsible volunteer, you should not take that out on others or shout at people around you.
  • 3. Interaction with different nationalities: You are likely to be with people from a variety of other countries, but English is the recommended language at Idex among colleagues or staff members unless one is in a group where another foreign language is understood and spoken by all.