Staying Safe

Do not agree to carry, look after or store a package, parcel or suitcase for anyone. Do not leave your bags unattended at anytime and be sure no one puts anything in your luggage. In all public places, remain alert; get away from any package or bag that appears to be unattended and mention it to employees or the police.  

Don't stand out as a target. Do your best to blend in with your environment. Be aware of where you are going. If you look like you know what you are doing, you are less likely to stand out as a target. Try to fall in with your surroundings. Dress appropriately.

Have your cell phone charged and ready to use. Program it with emergency phone numbers, including the number of the local police, a hospital/ambulance service, your resident director, the number of the American Embassy, your home phone number, etc.  

If you travel on the weekends or during breaks, you are required to leave information with your director so that they know where you are and how to reach you.

Be cautious when you meet new people. Don't be careless when giving your your phone number or address. Don't leave or give away your orientation materials, address book or schedules that may describe your personal activities or the activities of your program.

Be mindful of safety precautions your program director and leaders may give you (safe areas/neighborhoods, restaurants and shopping for foreigners and those areas that are considered unsafe). You are ultimately responsible for your own safety, so when in doubt, ASK your program staff!