Health and Safety
The following is provided as a list of advice and resources regarding health and safety while living, studying or interning abroad. IE3 Global Internships monitors the situation in countries where interns are located and provides information in the pre-departure orientation, but it is the responsibility of each intern to prepare adequately for the conditions of the internship. More information on health and safety abroad is available in the IE3 handbook.
General Health and Safety Guidelines
- Be aware of the political situation in the host country, including sensitive political issues.
- Carry money, traveler's checks, passport, plane tickets, and other vital documents in a money belt or passport pouch while traveling.
- Register with the closest US Embassy or Consulate. You can now register online at http://travelregistration.state.gov.
- Photocopy all documents such as your passport (front page, amendments and visas), traveler's check record sheets and airline tickets.
- Keep a low profile and try not to dress conspicuously.
- Be sure to familiarize yourself with the insurance policy! Don't wait until you are faced with an emergency to understand the details.
- If it does not feel safe, do not do it. Your best companion is your intuition. Listen to it!
- Check with your student health service for vaccinations and medical precautions specific to your destination.
- Check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel website for vaccination and health information.
Consular Information Sheets
- Check the Department of State website for Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets to find information on health conditions, address(es) of US Consulate(s), available health facilities, required and recommended vaccinations, and political issues.
- In addition, you may want to cross check any travel warnings with the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Resources for Additional Information on Health and Safety
- US Department of State's Students Abroad site
- Her Own Way: A Woman's Guide to Safe and Successful Travel from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
- SAFETI adaptation of Peace Corps resources
- Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT)