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Safety Abroad

Alamo Community Colleges District International Programs trained staff are committed to guide students through pre-departure health and safety best practices. 
Students will be provided an emergency plan and emergency contact information during the Mandatory Risk Management Orientation. They will have access to an Alamo Community Colleges District staff 24/7 during the duration of their program. 

In the event of an emergency, Alamo Community Colleges District has established detailed health and safety policies, orientation guidelines, and emergency response protocols for all study abroad programs.   We request that all students collaborate in keeping themselves safe by
  • Avoiding risky behaviors
  • Maintain a working cell phone
  • Keeping in touch with faculty and staff of their location  We advise students during the Mandatory Risk Management Orientation, should they find themselves in an emergency such as a violent protest, natural disaster or terrorist attack to find a safe place to stay and notify a faculty or staff of your location immediately.   
  • In case of a travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State, Alamo Community Colleges District International Programs staff will contact faculty leaders, students abroad immediately.   They will call and email the Alamo Community Colleges District Risk Management Team to develop a plan for safety of all faculty and students immediately.  
Below are some safety tips and recommendations while traveling abroad:    
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid walking alone especially at night.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATM's
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry
  • Exercise caution using cell phones in public, including inside of cars while stopped in traffic.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.

U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency.