In Merida there is always something fun to do around town, and all the great Mexican food you can eat! And the excursions were not only educational, but fun since we got a lot of down time to either explore the sites we were at or just relax with the people in our program.
Assessing the Risk
Central College Abroad uses a number of sources to assess the safety and security risks for participants. We use data provided by the U.S. Department of State, and gather data provided by our resident directors regarding their local situation. Other sources include consultation with other study abroad program providers and recommendations made by NAFSA. We encourage individual participants and their family to remain in close contact with each other and to regularly check travel advisories at www.travel.state.gov.
Everyone has a role in when it comes to maintaining the safety and security of Central College Abroad students. Please read below to determine what you can do for yourself, your child or your student in the case of an emergency.
Role of On-site Resident Director
Our resident directors are continually monitoring safety and security in their respective countries.
In the event of a local emergency or worldwide crisis, resident directors will:
Role of Participants
We encourage our participants to be in routine contact with their family and to advise them of their travel plans during their time outside of the United States. Our resident directors also request travel plans from each of their participants as a precautionary measure. In addition, Central College Abroad advises participants to:
As part of Central College Abroad’s commitment to your safety abroad, we require all students to have a cellular phone with you at all times while enrolled in our programs so that you can be reached quickly in the event of an emergency. Please check your online acceptance packet for program specific information.
Role of Emergency Response Team
Central College Abroad’s Emergency Response Team consists of senior staff members, including the President of Central College and Central College Abroad’s Manager of On-Campus Operations and Student Services. Members of the team have access to all critical contact data regarding participants, worldwide staff, sending schools, and other safety and crisis information.
To contact the Emergency Response Team please call our toll-free number at 1-800-831-3629. After hours instructions will re-direct callers to the main campus switchboard where the call can be re-directed. In the event of a local emergency or worldwide crisis, the Emergency Response Team will:
Role of Parents
We continually monitor the travel advisories in the countries in which our programs operate. Travel advisories for specific countries can be viewed at www.travel.state.gov. The U.S. State Department also provides a service to families of U.S. citizens living abroad and directly affected by a crisis. Families can communicate with the Department of State through the Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (202) 647-5225. The U.S. Department of State Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management will generally not release individual information to Central College Abroad or to other third parties.
Central College Abroad has contingency plans in place for each country in which we operate. Contingency plans will be put into effect in case there is a known local condition that requires (1) extra caution (2) removal of the program to a different site in the same city or country or a nearby country or (3) suspension of a program and evacuation of participants. For security reasons, these contingency plans are made known only to Central College Abroad staff.
The Central College Abroad Emergency Plan enhances the safety of our participants and guides their response to emergencies. The plan is not a guarantee that a specific action will take place in a specific situation, nor is this document a contract between Central College Abroad and any other party. Health, safety and recovery from emergency situations are the sole responsibility of each participant as outlined in the Conditions of Participation form signed by each participant.