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[Safety and Security page 8/10]

Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety. By practicing simple, common sense behaviours, you increase your likelihood of having a safe and enjoyable time.

  • The Buddy system - travel with friends, colleagues, classmates that you trust.
  • Courtesy = safety - let the program facilitator, administrative staff at your host institution know your travel itinerary if you plan to travel independently. Send an email, leave a note or tell them in person.
  • Be specific - if you are going to meet people, have precise times and locations in mind - if unfamiliar with the person, let them know what you will be wearing, etc so they can spot you in a crowd.
  • avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs - international laws can be vastly different than Canadian laws on the matter.
  • Practice all due caution and concern with interpersonal sexual contact, and realize that the norms and behaviours can be quite different internationally. Thinking back to our assessment of risk, we are most vulnerable when we put ourselves in the trust of someone else, and this is never more true than in an intimate relationship.
  • Regarding personal property: "don't take anything with you that you are not prepared to lose" - in the end, they are only things, and your personal safety is priority #1.

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