COMMON CONCERNS AMONG PARENTS … AND SOLUTIONS
Whether it’s a violent protest on CNN or an action-thriller movie about kidnapped students, the media certainly doesn’t help parents’ fears over sending their children overseas. However, the vast majority of student travel experiences are incident-free. If you’re in the US, it’s even possible that your hometown has a higher crime rate than your child’s desired study tour destination. But no matter the statistics, make sure to talk to your child about health and safety issues.
SOME POINTERS FOR YOUR CHILD TO STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY
- They should learn about the travel destination
- Stay in touch when they are away; purchase a roaming plan for their international cell phones
- Advise them to be smart with valuables and money
- Make back-up copies of important documents; upload them to a Google Drive account where they are always available
- Purchase a health insurance plan that covers your child abroad, and that includes evacuation coverage. These can be surprisingly cheap: As little as $40 a month for full coverage outside of the US.
- Work with a dependable, experienced and fully insured destination management company or local tour operator. They have the experience and resources necessary to deal with any situation that might rarely come up, and they put safety and security as a top priority.
Here at GROUND, we have the experience, resources, and local connections necessary to both help prevent any safety or health issues, as well as deal with them should they arise. GROUND partners with experts that can help address health and safety concerns for students who travel abroad and we are committed to the operation of safe and secure study experiences:
- Our partner hotels have passed safety and fire inspections
- Our transport companies are fully licensed and insured
- We have a 24-hour emergency line available to students, parents, and faculty members
- We provide localized safety and health briefings to all students when they visit a new city
- We have contingency plans in place to deal with any scenario such as natural disasters
- We have a network of reliable hospitals and 24-hour medical care in all of our study tour destinations
- We provide the students with a checklists covering safety, security, and health before they depart their home country
As you balance your natural parental concerns against the rewards of a study tour abroad, you will hopefully begin to be more comfortable with your child’s plans to study abroad. When they return, they will have many great memories and rich lessons from their amazing study tour!