An educational tour abroad is the experience of a lifetime, and in all likelihood will be completely hassle free. However, it’s important to take some simple precautions to reduce the risk of issues arising whilst overseas. Here are a few safety tips for students and teachers going on an educational tour abroad.
Study the language and culture
You don’t have to become fluent in the language of the country you’re visiting, but learning some key phrases before you go can really help. Understanding a few basic words can help with getting around and make the overall experience more educational and enriching. Locals will appreciate you making an effort to speak to them in their own language, even if you make some mistakes!
Learning about the culture can be equally important. Some things that are acceptable in your home country may be rude or offensive in the country you are visiting. Familiarise yourself with local etiquette to ensure you aren’t unintentionally offending anyone.
Ensure you have all the required documents and identification
Different countries have different requirements for tourists; from visas to vaccinations or even limits as to what you can take in or bring out of the country. At the very least you will need to take your passport, travel insurance information and a student card if you have one. Be sure to photocopy all documents and leave a copy with someone back home.
Check what documents are required for the country you are visiting at www.smarttraveller.gov.au
Handle money safely
Many students opt for carrying around huge wads of cash when they travel, because it is seen as the easiest option. There are a number of safer alternatives for taking money overseas. All of the major banks in Australia now offer prepaid traveller cards. These cards allow you to prepay foreign currencies at a fixed exchange rate, and use them like a debit card when overseas.
Debit cards and credit cards are also a good way to avoid carrying around large amounts of cash, although they often attract higher fees.
If you do intend on taking cash, split it up and put it in different bags or parts of your luggage. Also avoid pulling out wads of cash in public.
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