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  • Prepare YOURSELF: Get acquainted with region-specific health/safety concernsMalaria… water… cell phone coverage… crimes… civil unrest…Prepare students pre-departureConsult health care providerRegister with State Department & International SOS
  • 2011 itr-workshop

    1. 1. UT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELSpring 2011<br />“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese<br />
    2. 2. Pre-Departure Forms<br />For Students participating in:<br />International internships<br />International practicum’s<br />International research<br />International service learning<br />International volunteer work<br />Follow this process:<br />http://www.utexas.edu/student/abroad/ITR/processa.html<br />
    3. 3. Forms in MY SAO<br />
    4. 4. Pre-Departure Forms<br />For Students participating in:<br />International travel with registered or sponsored student organizations<br />International travel to meetings and conferences that are academically related<br />Follow this process:<br />http://www.utexas.edu/student/abroad/ITR/processb.html<br />
    5. 5. STOP!<br />If you will be traveling to a country on UT’s Restricted Regions List you MUST seek approval from UT’s International Oversight Committee (IOC) prior to travel.<br />http://www.utexas.edu/student/abroad/health/suspension.html<br />
    6. 6. Health & Safety Abroad<br />Let’s Focus on:<br />Good Resources<br />Preparing for an Emergency<br />Responding to an Emergency<br />Tips for Safe Travels<br />
    7. 7. Resources<br />International SOS<br />www.internationalsos.com(Member ID: 11BSGC000037)<br /> UT’s emergency assistance provider<br />US State Department<br />www.travel.state.gov<br /> Find country-specific information<br />US Center for Disease Control (CDC)<br />www.cdc.gov/travel<br /> Advice on vaccines, medications, etc.<br />US Embassies & Consulates<br />www.usembassy.gov<br /> Connect with local Embassy <br />
    8. 8. International SOS<br />UT System provides all students and faculty with access to International SOS, an international emergency assistance service. This is not insurance. Rather, it is a global 24-hour help line that will help you: <br />locate hospitals or pharmacies<br />identify English speaking health professionals<br />request emergency medical assistance, including evacuation <br />coordinate payment of medical services (if insurance provider cannot assist)<br />Their website allows you to upload your travel itineraries and any pertinent health information so that doctors may access it internationally in the event of an emergency.<br />
    9. 9. Emergency Preparation<br />Be knowledgeable –do all your research pre-departure<br />Get acquainted with region-specific health/safety concerns<br />Diseases or parasites<br />Access to clean water<br />Cell phone coverage<br />Crime rates and trends –kidnapping, ATM scams, assaults, etc.<br />Civil unrest…<br />Distribute your emergency info to people at home<br />ALWAYS carry info that will help YOU in the event of a crisis<br />Rehearse what to do in an actual emergency situation –have an EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN<br />
    10. 10. Emergency Preparation, cont’d<br />Suggested documents to bring with you:<br />Copy of Passport and Visa<br />Emergency Contact Info<br />Copy of Insurance Card<br />International SOS Card (available on SOS website)<br />Copy of Home (and/or International) Drivers License<br />Items to have with you at all times:<br />Communication Device (mobile phone, PDA, calling card…)<br />Funds (Local, USD, credit/debit card)<br />First Aid Kit<br />
    11. 11. A Few Safety Tips<br />Make Copies(Passport, license, credit cards numbers, etc)<br />Keep a Low “American Profile”<br />Tourists are often preyed upon –adapt to the culture<br />Have Street Smarts<br />Use the same logic you would at home<br />Trust your instincts<br />Move away from uncomfortable situations<br />When in doubt, play it safe<br />Money<br />Never carry large amounts of cash on you. ATM cards are great for accessing cash abroad<br />Learn the Laws of the Land<br />You are subject to the laws and regulations of that country’s legal system<br />If you are arrested, there is very little that UT or the US Embassy can do for you<br />
    12. 12. Emergency Action Plan<br />STEP 1: Remain Calm - Remember, UT has resources to help you<br />STEP 2: Assess the Situation - Is this a true emergency?<br />STEP 3: Take Action - Assess the situation and decide whom tocontact for immediate assistance<br />STEP 4: Get in Touch<br />Update your local contacts<br />International SOS & Health Insurance<br />Can help coordinate medical response<br />SOS will make contact with the UT<br />STEP 5: Monitor Situation<br />
    13. 13. #1 Health/Safety Tip <br />Focus on what you can control & prepare for what you can’t…<br />
    14. 14. ….and safe travels!<br />Questions? <br />www.utexas.edu/student/abroad/ITR/index.html<br />Email us:<br />liah@austin.utexas.edu<br />