Code of Conduct

Humanity in Action is committed to providing an open, respectful, and safe environment for its Fellows, staff, and other program participants to share and exchange ideas and perspectives as well as collaborate on meaningful and impactful action projects.  

To this end, Humanity in Action has implemented a Code of Conduct setting forth the expectations of Fellows and their responsibilities and obligations to participate Humanity in Action programs. Given the challenging and often highly sensitive themes presented during the programs, the Code of Conduct is vitally important to promote constructive and respectful dialogue.  

Each Fellow receives the Code of Conduct and is asked to review and agree to it before participating in one of Humanity in Action's fellowship programs. Among other things, the Code of Conduct requires respect for peers, speakers, and other program participants, timeliness, and cultural sensitivity and adaptability. If a Fellow does not fulfill any of these obligations, the Code of Conduct permits Humanity in Action to remediate the issue. 

Humanity in Action takes these decisions seriously and makes them with the best interests of the Fellows and the program in mind. 


Code of Conduct for Program Participants

Humanity in Action is committed to providing an environment that is respectful to all those involved in its programming.  This Code of Conduct describes Humanity in Action’s expectations for Fellows’ behavior throughout their time in the programs.

Respect for Peers

Humanity in Action expects Fellows to approach each other with respect. The themes presented during Humanity in Action programs are challenging and often highly sensitive. Fellows must approach discussions with maturity, honesty and an openness to explore their own perspectives and those of others. Humanity in Action expects Fellows to engage in these highly sensitive discussions in ways that are constructive for the entire group.

Respect for Speakers

Humanity in Action expects Fellows to approach speakers with respect and with a desire to learn – even from speakers with whom they strongly disagree. Humanity in Action does not assume that Fellows will agree with the viewpoints presented by all speakers. In these cases, Humanity in Action encourages Fellows to vocalize their disagreements but to do so in a respectful manner.

Respect for Host Families and Other Accommodations

Humanity in Action expects Fellows to approach their hosts with respect. Host families participate on a voluntary basis. Host families can be a single person, a couple or a large family. Some host families will spend a great deal of time with their guest(s) and will seek to include them in family activities; others will expect Fellows to be more independent. Fellows should be sensitive to their hosts’ expectations and show an openness and eagerness to get to know the person or family.

Fellows should inform their host family on a daily basis of their plans so that host families are aware of a Fellows’ participation in events such as a family dinner. In particular, Fellows should inform their hosts if they will be returning home late. Fellows must ask host families before inviting guests into the hosts’ home.

Non-Fellows cannot stay overnight in any Humanity in Action-sponsored accommodations (including homestays, hotels and hostels) without pre-approval from program staff.

Fellows staying in hostels or hotels are expected to comply with the rules of such establishments. 

Cultural Sensitivity and Adaptability

Fellows must be sensitive to cultural differences and recognize that some of the behaviors that they may find uncomfortable pertain to a different cultural context. Although cultural misunderstandings may occur – during and outside the program – Fellows should always show respect and a willingness to understand these cultural differences.


Fellows are expected to attend each scheduled session at the designated time. Should a Fellow need to be late, the Fellow should contact program staff in advance. Program staff may excuse absences on a case-by-case basis. Persistent lateness or absences will not be tolerated and could result in dismissal from the program.

National Law

All Fellows are subject to the laws governing the countries where their programs take place and are susceptible to the associated penalties should those laws be broken.

Alcohol and Drug Usage

Fellows must follow the laws governing alcohol and drug usage in the country of their program. Fellows found breaking a host country’s laws may face local legal consequences and/or dismissal from the program. Humanity in Action strongly discourages the use of drugs and irresponsible and excessive alcohol consumption during the program. Fellows are ambassadors of Humanity in Action and should demonstrate appropriate behavior. 


Humanity in Action is committed to providing an environment where people can interact comfortably and free from any form of harassment, sexual or otherwise. Such offensive behavior may relate to race, gender, religion, national origin or other protected statuses. Humanity in Action prohibits offensive behavior and remarks in the program involving Humanity in Action Fellows, staff, interns, visitors, speakers and/or third parties. Reported cases of harassment will be promptly investigated by Humanity in Action. Fellows who are found to have engaged in acts of harassment are subject to penalty including dismissal from the program and legal action.


Humanity in Action prohibits Fellows from engaging in romantic or intimate relationships, suggestive or otherwise, with program staff (directors, coordinators and interns) during the program. 


Fellows are encouraged to report immediately any issue or concern to program staff or Humanity in Action staff. Humanity in Action will investigate each reported case and will take appropriate actions. 

Fellows who fail to comply with Humanity in Action’s Code of Conduct will be subject to penalties that will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the program staff and Humanity in Action staff including the Executive Director. Penalties can include immediate dismissal from the program. Program staff will adjudicate minor behavioral issues on a case-by-case basis. For exceptional violations of the Code of Conduct, the Executive Director will immediately be called upon to intervene, which could lead to a Fellow’s immediate dismissal from the program. 

Fellows found breaking a host country’s laws may face local legal consequences and/or dismissal from the program.