World Endeavors is committed to providing safe, healthy, and meaningful experiences abroad for all of our participants. Safety is our guiding consideration as we develop new programs, as the best way to keep our participants safe is to design programs that are safe. We look very closely at our relationships with organizations and schools abroad to make sure that we are providing the safest programs possible. This is an ongoing process that requires constant monitoring from our staff and frequent check-ins with each of our participants.
World Endeavors’ team of US-based administrative staff work in close collaboration with our local onsite staff in each program country. This regular communication allows us to ensure that not only are our general health and safety policies implemented at each site, but that we are also able to respond and adapt to current conditions on the ground at each of our sites. Our US-based administrative staff are experienced travelers, and our onsite staff are local people who are often native to the city where the program is based.
In addition to relying on our onsite staff to provide up to date evaluations of health and safety issues, World Endeavors also regularly reviews health and safety information from the US Department of State, NAFSA Association of International Educators, the World Health Organization, and the US Centers for Disease Control, as well as various online news sources.
While there are risks inherent in anything one does – both at home and abroad – we strongly believe that a combination of advance preparation and common sense can help to ensure that our participants have a safe, healthy, and meaningful experience abroad.
Health and Safety while Abroad
In addition to selecting program sites with safety as the primary consideration and working closely with our local staff, World Endeavors advisors also work hard to prepare our participants to ensure their own health and safety while abroad. Some crucial steps in our process are:
Communication with Participants and Staff
Other than the numerous steps listed above, the best way we can help keep participants safe is by checking in often. Nothing beats first-hand knowledge of an individual’s experience and challenges. While our participants are abroad, we continue to reach out to them and make ourselves available to participants’ family members and universities. Our staff has lived, worked, studied, interned and traveled in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and they can draw from their own experiences to help prepare our participants to make good choices. In the end, we encourage our participants to use common sense and follow the advice and guidelines given by our professional US-based and onsite staff. By doing this, participants can maximize the benefits of their international experience and have a successful program abroad.