No Drugs No Alcohol
Through the duration of the program, the consumption of alcohol and drugs is prohibited regardless of your age. This policy applies when you are at IICD, traveling, volunteering at a project in the US, and working at your project abroad.
You need to be serious if you commit to the program as it is demanding and requires your full attention.
We encourage you not to apply if you feel you can not agree or adhere to this policy.
Why this policy? Alcohol, is it a universal culture that we should follow?
Keep healthy and awakened
Drinking alcohol at the project can cause problems to your health and safety. Drinking also effects productivity and efficiency of any work. If you drink alcohol you loose coordination and focus. Scientific studies also show that when you drink you; lose vitamin C, cause imbalance to blood sugar, and can feel depressed or drained of energy the following day. You need to make a special effort to stay healthy, energetic, and enthusiastic.
Developing vs. Destroying
Alcohol destroys development!
People spend money on alcohol – money which should be spent on food, clothes, shelter, education and health.
People who escape their reality of poverty by drinking do not have the power to become active in their community to change the situation. Moving out of poverty is not an easy task, and it takes a united effort and determination. This does not go together with alcohol.
The places where the projects are located are very poor and don’t have enough access to education. Some people there choose not to spend their money on necessary things for making a better life, but on alcohol, coca-cola, and so on. Even though some people cannot afford to buy essential things, they buy alcohol. We are going to those places to show another way and to be a positive example. If you drink alcohol, how can you tell them not to drink? Honestly, how can you help them to change if you do not? We need to be a complete role model by doing the right things in our daily life.
Action will change the world
All who choose the programs at IICD have moved themselves out from their comfort zone and decided to create change. The core of this policy isn’t that alcohol is 'against the rules ' at IICD and with Humana People to People, it is for us to take a stand on how we can optimize your involvement and effort.
We advise you to take the “no drugs and no alcohol” policy as a gift and a challenge to develop a new culture where people can get together, have fun, relax and socialize, without being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Enjoy the company of your fellow human beings purley heart-to-heart, mind-to-mind, and without the influence of drugs or alcohol.
About alcohol and development
No matter what country we look at, no matter how rich they are, we cannot deny the fact that alcohol is a beloved beverage of most people all over the world. Every year, more money is spent promoting the use of alcohol than any other product. At the same time, perhaps through its elaborate and creative marketing, the most basic yet important fact about alcohol is often overlooked — alcohol is a drug — the most commonly used and widely abused psychoactive drug in the world.
Alcohol abuse causes enormous social problems and deaths throughout the world. Although alcohol is used to strengthen relationships in social situations, drinking alcohol constantly causes many negative effects to families and societies. Alcohol harms not only the individuals who drink, but also the people around them. It brings destruction of social relationships, lost productivity, crime, injury, mental and physical disease, and destruction of families, as well as the monetary costs, especially in poor countries. Alcohol combines with poverty so easily blinding people with the ‘impossibility’ of overcoming their situation.
The World Health Organization estimates that about 76 million people throughout the world suffer from alcohol-related disorders.
Overall, there is a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and more than 60 types of disease and injury. Alcohol is estimated to cause about 20-30% of esophageal cancer, liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, homicide, epilepsy, and motor vehicle accidents, worldwide.
Alcohol causes 1.8 million deaths (3.2% of total) and 58.3 million (4% of total) of all disabilities daily. Unintentional injuries alone account for about one third of the 1.8 million deaths, while neuro-psychiatric conditions account for close to 40% of the 58.3 million disabilities.
Approximately 40% of traffic-related deaths are related to alcohol. That translates into approximately 16,000 deaths in the United States per year.
Ironically, in spite of the facts from basic alcohol statistics, and the fact that the negative consequences of abusing alcohol have been known for centuries, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency continue to damage and devastate human lives in our "aware" and "enlightened" world.