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Health and Safety Overview

Our Safety Philosophy

The safety of all of our students is a constant priority for The School for Field Studies (SFS), and proactive, detailed risk management is an integral part of all of our programs. While no one can guarantee safety anywhere, we have very robust safety systems in place, and SFS is known in the industry for our diligent approach to risk management.

Structured Risk Management Program

We have a structured risk management program that takes care to manage the itineraries and logistics of students’ daily activities in order to protect and enhance the student experience. Our small number of programs enables us to provide detailed attention to each one. We tailor our risk management system to the specific needs of each of our field stations enabling us to adapt to the dynamic changes of the natural and political world to both prevent and respond to risk quickly and soundly.

Outstanding Staffing Resources

SFS focuses on hiring outstanding staff members for all of our programs, and we provide extensive health and safety training as part of our hiring practices. We operate in small, rural areas in which we have operated for decades and have become an integral part of the community. Most of our staff members are in-country nationals. We employ locals who not only provide a rich abroad experience, but understand and manage the local programs from a native perspective. This helps us to better understand politics, natural disaster, community unrest, and other local threats in a timely manner.

Extensive International Resources

SFS works with a variety of external resources and continually monitors world news sources, including briefs from the U.S State Department and the Overseas Security Advisory Council.

Comprehensive Student Resources

SFS provides adventurous programs that interact with extraordinary and unfamiliar cultural and natural environments to encourage personal growth and learning. Traveling and studying abroad in these new environments offers transformative rewards through associated challenge and, to some extent, risk. To the best of our abilities, we manage these risks in order to balance the need to achieve program and educational goals while preventing injury and illness.

We give students the right tools for success by providing:

  • diligent medical screening,
  • clear expectations regarding living and health preparations,
  • education about environmental and cultural awareness,
  • expectations for personal responsibility and conduct.