Rule one for travelers – keep safe. That doesn't mean don't take any risks. Keep safe means thinking about what you are going to be doing, having the appropriate clothes or tools, weighing the possibilities for injury or getting lost, exploring ways to mitigate risk, planning ahead, going in groups, being fully engaged in the present, following the laws of the land, sharing information with fellow travelers, thinking twice when your gut tells you something might be risky, and saying no to some opportunities. In short, it means being thoughtful about what you are considering doing and being mindful while you are doing it.
Smart travelers do lots of research about where they are travelling to insure they are aware of the potential risks they might encounter. You are advised to considerwhere you are planning to travel and read about the potential risks involved. Here are some key resources to review.
The Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism page provides country information for Canadians travelling abroad. This site contains information on each country’s culture, history, geography, economy, government, and current political situation.
Check travel warnings which recommend Canadian citizens defer travel to a country because of dangerous conditions. The public announcements section of this page provides fast-breaking information about relatively short-term conditions that may pose risks to the security of travelers. North Island College considers any travel at risk if the coding on the Travel and Tourism website is posted at Avoid non-essential travel and Avoid all travel. The category Exercise a high degree of caution causes the College to ensure the supervising department has taken all appropriate measure to ensure your safety.
Other useful sites to explore for travel safety information include the following.
As you prepare for your travels outside of Canada you should think about your personal safety. As you would in many areas here in Canada, you should continue to use care and caution while travelling abroad.
Remember, ignorance is not an excuse! Students participating in a study abroad program are expected to be familiar with and follow the laws of the host country as well as any other countries the student may be visiting. Failure to do so could have very serious legal implications including possible prison sentences. Students being charged with an offence should contact the Canadian Embassy immediately; however, they should not expect any benefits from the Canadian government if they have broken a local national law.
You may want to explore the types of consular services available from the Canadian government.
While NIC attempts to ensure its students are not placed or travelling where racism and homophobia are evident or rife, we do recognize that in some cultures and some countries one or all of the above may be an issue. Prepare for your travels by thoroughly researching your host country and region. Once away, if you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation involving some form of harassment, please contact the international office of your host institution and/or contact OGE for possible guidance and assistance If you feel unsafe and can’t find help, contacting the Canadian Embassy or consulate is also a consideration.