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Safety in a City

Just as in any city, it is important for participants to take precautions, be mindful of their surroundings, and follow basic safety principles.

  • Walk along well-lit areas and avoid alleys or poorly-lit areas.
  • Use the buddy system and do not travel alone at night.
  • Avoid public demonstrations, riots, and other civil disturbances.
  • Keep a low profile, and avoid loud conversations  or arguments.
  • Do not discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers.
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest.
  • Try to seem purposeful when moving about. Even if lost, act as if you know where you are going. 
  • Try to ask for directions only from individuals in authority (police officer, train operator, etc.).
  • Make a note of emergency telephone numbers: the staff, Metrogate reception, police, fire, hotel (if traveling), and the nearest US embassy or consulate. 

Travel tips are courtesy of the US State Department.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program 
US citizens can register their travel plans with the US Embassy through the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  If students have not already done so, we strongly encourage them to register, as this is a free service that will allow the US State Department to better assist citizens abroad in the event of an emergency.

A Safe Trip Abroad 
We recommend that students review the US State Department’s website, which provides information on safety for travelers abroad.  They provide tips on how to handle money, traveling on public transportation, safety in a hotel, and other items that students will find relevant.

Considerations for Female Travelers 
It is a good idea for women to develop some awareness about issues that may arise when they travel.  Please see below for a list of resources and travel guides for women.

Her Own Way – A Woman’s Safe Travel Guide 
The department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade-Canada has crafted a website that includes information on packing, “crime-proofing” oneself, preventing sexual assault and harassment, and intercultural issues related to women, etc.  While not all of the information will be relevant to US citizens, it is a helpful resource for tips.

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