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(Family Features) The allure of traveling abroad to study and experience other cultures continues to grow for teens across the country. U.S. student participation in study abroad programs has more than doubled over the last decade, according to the Institute of International Education. And since the 1960s, more than 500,000 people from around the world have traveled with People to People Ambassador Programs to help further global understanding through cross-cultural exchange.
While traveling abroad is an exciting opportunity for students, parents often have concerns over safety.
"As travel safety experts with nearly 50 years of experience, we work diligently to ensure the safety of every student and leader in every program," said Mike Bowers, Senior Health and Safety Director for People to People Ambassador Programs. "We understand the concerns and we are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable educational experience for all program participants."
Bowers has reviewed years of travel data to understand the most common safety issues as a leader in travel safety. People to People Ambassador Programs has developed the following practical safety tips for teens traveling abroad.
The U.S. Department of State says that when you leave the United States, you are subject to the laws of the country you are visiting. Therefore, before students go, they should learn as much as possible about the local laws and customs of the places they plan to visit. They can get more information at the library, from a travel agent, and the embassies, consulates or tourist bureaus of the countries being visited.
"We know how important safety is to a parent sending their child to another country," said Bowers. "That's why parents and students need to be informed. We make sure we keep open and ongoing communication with students, leaders, and family members regarding safety and any world events that may affect our programs."
Learn more about People to People's commitment to safety at www.peopletopeople.com/safety.
To help students - or anyone else - traveling to a foreign country, the Department of State has set up the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). It's a free service that lets you submit information about your trip so that the Department can assist you in an emergency. It makes it easier for U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to contact you and your loved ones during an emergency. You can also subscribe to receive updates on travel warnings, travel alerts and other information for the countries you'll be visiting. Learn more at www.studentsabroad.state.gov.
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