Health & Safety
Should you have specific health related needs during your time abroad, inform the appropriate persons (Study Abroad Coordinator, WLC faculty member if trip is faculty-led, and applicable contact oversees if participating in a host program) before your departure. International health insurance is required by each event organizer and more information about travel insurance can be found through them. Care services vary from country to country so it is extremely important to prepare yourself before you leave.
Health Resource Links:
Any student, staff or faculty member who travels outside the United States and returns to campus during their enrollment or tenure at WLC will need to report to the Health Services Office upon their return for a Tuberculosis screening. This screening will consist of a series of questions about their travels and overall health, and may be followed by a skin test.
Follow this link to the US Department of State's site to view the recommended International Traveler's Checklist.
Also remember to:
- Be a gracious guest. Don't complain about things because they aren't done in the "American Way."
- Be aware of your surroundings, the people around you, and know your personal boundaries.
- Protect your money and documents. Be discrete with your passport, and keep your cash spread around various places in the event you are pick-pocketed or mugged.
- Be discrete with your citizenship. You may become a target because of the passport you hold and the manner in which you speak and dress. Do your best to blend in with the locals.
- Avoid places that are normally associated with foreigner travelers, or places where tourists may be tempted to congregate and would be easily targeted, i.e.: public festivals, nightclubs, and political demonstrations.