By: Blonde One

Last week at work I encountered the most scary paperwork that I had ever seen. It has taken me a week to be able to write about it, or talk about it without having a full blown panic attack! I have begun to tackle the risk assessment for my trip to Morocco with a group of teenagers.

This document comes in 3 parts: generic, specific and establishment.

Generic – 28 pages of all of the possible risks that may be encountered during a trip anywhere abroad. It involves all sorts of things that I don’t even want to contemplate, but includes words such as hospitalisation!

Specific – 6 pages of risks that are specific to Morocco. This one is equally as scary as the last with its talk of scorpions.

Establishment – this one is only 2 pages long and is much less intimidating than the others.

That totals 30 pages of reasons to not do a trip abroad with kids!

Of course the risk assessment is the most important document when running a trip and I don’t mean to be flippant. Its use is essential for keeping everyone as safe as possible while having an amazing adventure. Having said that, I have identified another secondary purpose of a risk assessment: to test the determination, commitment  and stamina of leader. If you still want to do the trip after 30 pages of potential problems them you really must want to do the trip!