Understanding the Risks

Several risk factors are at play that can decrease overall safety while traveling abroad. Although monitoring engagement with these risks does not completely prevent a dangerous encounter, it does allow students to have more control over their experience and be more prepared for any dangerous circumstances that may arise. 

Risk Factors include
  • Consumption of alcohol or other psychoactive substances 
  • Language and Cultural barriers
  • Isolation from a support network 
  • Increased stress and anxiety common to travelers 
  • Pre-existing mental health conditions and coping mechanisms
  • Presence in unfamiliar territory 
Set up a Safer Travels Plan to mitigate risks. 

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