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.
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.
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.