Friday, February 19, 2010

Video of the Week - Know Before You Go: Preparing for Safe Study Abroad

Know Before You Go is the title of a new study abroad safety video prepared by Sara’s Wish Foundation. I have watched the video several times and think it is excellent. Find the time to watch this 7:14 minute video and then share with others you know who will be studying and travelling abroad.


In 1996, Sara Schewe, a student at Georgetown University, was killed, along with 3 other students from her program, while taking a bus in India to see the Taj Mahal. Since that time, Charles and Anne Schewe have dedicated themselves to bringing awareness on how to minimize safety issues while traveling abroad.

Since 1996, there have been a number of advances in the materials and information available from the U.S. government, colleges, universities and study abroad programs, other organizations, as well as support available through insurance and emergency assistance providers. There have also been domestic and international meetings and workshops supporting improved health and safety policies and procedures to support U.S. college and university students.

Sara's Wish Foundation has collaborated with some of these organizations to develop the video "Know Before You Go", and to put together the information you will find on their website. The information and links are intended to help inform students, parents, and friends who may go abroad or support others who do, that knowing more about good study abroad program practices and health and safety challenges in countries around the world can help students have a healthy and safe time abroad.

Foreign travel and study abroad remains an invaluable learning experience, broadening a student's world view and enhancing the college experience. While there have been advancements in the field since this incident to ensure student safety, precautions must still be taken, students and families need to research about benefits and risks associated with a particular location and/or program, and understand that the quality of support does vary from institution to institution and from program to program. It is Sara's Wish Foundation's hope that together we can avoid tragedies and difficulties as students begin that wondrous adventure to broaden their lives.

You can learn more about Sara’s Wish Foundation and all the good work they are doing at

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