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[Safety and Security
Ultimately, you are responsible
for your own safety. By practicing simple, common sense
behaviours, you increase your likelihood of having a safe and
- 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.