From a Parent's Point of View

CONTACT INFORMATION IS IMPORTANT

  • Make sure your student has provided you with several different contact methods, including ResearchWild! personnel in the U.S. and on-site, your student’s home and cell phone numbers, and an e-mail address.

  • Having a local phone contact is vital in case of an emergency. For that reason ResearchWild! requires that our students secure a locally serviced phone number and ensure that they carry their properly charged phone at all times. Relying on Wi-Fi spots for communication is not dependable and will not ensure that ResearchWild! staff can reach students in the case of an emergency.

  • Encourage your student to provide ResearchWild! with your contact information as well.

  • Many countries have hundreds of years of culture that may affect how men and other women treat your student.

  • Encourage your student to leave immediately if they find themselves in a dangerous situation.

 

COMMUNICATING ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • Discuss with your student any travel plans and activities that may be independent of the study abroad program.

  • Engage your student in a thorough discussion of safety and behavior issues, insurance needs, and emergency procedures related to living abroad.

  • Be responsive to requests from ResearchWild! for information regarding your student.

  • Keep in touch with your student.

  • Contact us about any questions you have regarding ResearchWild! insurance, safety measures, and other issues.

  • Be aware that your student, rather than someone from ResearchWild!, may be the most appropriate person to provide you with certain information.

 

KNOW YOUR STUDENT’S PROGRAM

  • Be informed and involved in your student’s decision to enroll in a particular program.

  • Obtain and carefully evaluate ResearchWild!’s, as well as related health, safety and security measures.

  • Have ResearchWild! contact information easily accessible in case of emergency. ResearchWild! has 24-hour contact information available by calling the main number +1 (254) 431-9200.

 

BE INFORMED

  • Keep informed about what is happening in your student’s country.

  • Check out the State Department website for specific information pertaining to an individual country and general information about travel and safety.

  • Read the foreign press. Many foreign press websites now host an English- language version.

 

BE PREPARED

  • Have a valid passport.

  • Make sure you have a copy of your student’s passport.

  • Purchase flexible tickets for your student.

  • Have your student leave a flight itinerary with you.

  • Remember that your student is responsible for his/her own safety and well being.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your ResearchWild! representative at +1 (254) 431-9200.

 

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