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As a help to our clients and friends, we created a free travel guide to help you and your friends avoid the most common travel risks you’ll face when traveling overseas. Often travelers are concerned about, “What if the plane goes down?” or “What are the risks of me catching an infectious disease?” but really, the most common travel risks are things like getting hit by a car and getting sick (anything from a serious case of diarrhea to more serious infections). Our free travel guide, “The Top Three Risks When Traveling Overseas: How to Avoid them and Have the Best Trip Possible,“ features 20 pages of helpful advice to keep you safe based on the latest statistics and expert travel advice.
Often, on short-term missions trips, you don’t have a lot of “downtime.” Even a few days of being ill and feeling crummy can cause you to miss important events or be left behind to heal up while everyone else is experiencing the culture and making memories.
Missions organizations don’t always offer a lot of advice on how to stay healthy and how to keep safe. we encourage you to read the guide and follow at least a few of the recommendations as well as share the guide with friends and teammates so that no one gets left behind and no one gets seriously injured.
We encourage missions organizations to share this free travel guide with their short-term missionaries as part of your training/orientation materials. This will help ensure that your team experiences the least amount of problems.
Do you know how to walk down the street?
You might be surprised that one of the top travel risks is getting hit by a car or motorcycle. In many countries, drivers do not follow the same rules of the road as in your home country. Sometimes a two-lane road came become four lanes of traffic even interleaved in different directions! In Indonesia, the government was actually encouraging motorcycles to drive up on the sidewalks to ease congestion! If you are walking down the road unaware or looking at your cellphone not paying attention you could be in real trouble! We spend a lot of time talking about road safety overseas in the free travel guide because statistics show that if your team is aware of the risks, by knowing what to look out for, their chances of having an accident-free trip are greatly enhanced. And we are not even talming about getting behind a wheel or driving! Simply staying alive walking down the street and/or riding public transport! Get the facts. Share the tips. Because “avoiding an accident” is even better than having a good emergency medical policy to treat a team member after an accident.
The stupid risks some short-termers take
If you have ever taken younger missionaries overseas, you quickly realize that they will take risks that cause missions organizations and their home staff heart failure/mass anxiety. You need to speak to your short-termers about AVOIDING risks rather than taking risks. They are a long way from home and their families are usually not too pleased “when we return them broken.” Your team leaders need help with this. Every short-term missions orientation training needs to address the issue of risk, how to avoid common risks, what insurance coverage they have and how to use it.
Remember that up until the present, most students have been on their parent’s insurance and may not know what to do in an emergency abroad.
Do not expect that their team leader will always be with them to make that call. (Article continues after image.)
Get the free travel guide today
These are just a few of the helpful subjects we address in our travel guide, “The Top Three Risks When Traveling Overseas” available at www.dontgetstuckoverseas.com. Along with a good travel insurance policy from www.GoodMissionaryInsurance.com or Good Neighbor Insurance, and an orientation program that includes what to do in an emergency and how to stay safe overseas, your short-term and long-term missionaries will be better equipped to face the challenges of overseas missionary service.
Watch a short video about the free travel guide here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1O45MhcJbwU