While we do everything we can to prevent and avoid emergencies or issues that would negatively influence your trip, inherent in travel are unpreventable circumstances and surprises. When situations outside of our control arise, we have several layers in place to ensure that recovery, wellbeing, and safety are quickly restored.
Robust Insurance: In the case of an emergency abroad, each participant is covered with extensive travel, medical, and evacuation insurance. You can learn more about that here.
Registration with the United States Embassy: Each person who travels with us will be registered with the local United States embassy. This notifies them of who is in the country and for how long. In the case of a natural disaster or state emergency, the embassy is aware of who they need to contact in order to provide safety and evacuation.
Vetted Health Clinics and Hospitals: In every single area we are in, our Trip Leaders are made aware of the very best hospitals and health clinics nearby. In the event that your teen experiences an illness, injury, or other health emergency that requires medical attention, they will be accompanied straightaway to those clinics to receive the care that they need. Parents will ALWAYS be notified in such cases.
Trained Medical Counselors: Every trip will have a designated medical counselor who has been trained to handle a variety of minor medical concerns. They act in the role of a volunteer, but they are a big help for all of the small stuff. They also carry with them a robust first aid kit for the group 24/7.
On-call Medical Doctor: In addition to vetted and highly skilled medical care providers within the destination country, Travel For Youth also has an on-call doctor in the United States available to consult and instruct when needed.
24/7 Emergency Line: While a trip is running, trip leaders and parents have 24/7 access to an emergency line. In the six years that we have been running our program, there has never been a time when parents or trip leaders have been unable to contact us in case of an emergency.