3) safety is a priority
Trust me I have had situations where I have been unaccounted for, or an incident like natural disaster or a bombing close by has occurred, and my family was worried. By registering with smart traveller the Department of Foreign Affairs can keep a track o f where you are supposed to be, and intervene if required.
9) Is the organisation that I am looking at joining registered or well known? has there been any bad press?
Preparation is key:
Have I learnt about the culture of the country i am going to?
International Red Cross: https://www.icrc.org/en/who-we-are/jobs/health-profiles