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Depart Smart inspires, develops and transforms world travelers into safety heroes with travel safety education so they make informed decisions abroad to avoid risks, get help, return safely and report to protect others

Remembering Tamar Hanna Kaplan

Tamar Hanna Kaplan Bolivia - Claremont McKenna College/IES program June 25, 1992 – January 7, 2013 Tamar was seriously injured in a car crash of a tour vehicle she was in. She died on Jan. 7, 2013, three days before she was due to get back home. Tamar lived beyond her years, absorbing wisdom, acquiring [...]

By | November 20th, 2015|Memorial, News|0 Comments

Remembering My Son Damion Deshawn Wilkins

My son Damion Deshawn Wilkins died while studying abroad in Peru, on July 15, 2014. Damion, was only 19 years of age.  He was a student at Old Dominion University. Dr. Rollins, Tropical Pathology and Infectious Disease Association, came to Old Dominion University for a lecture, inviting and selecting students to go to Peru. They spoke of “Humanitarian Service [...]

By | November 20th, 2015|Memorial, News|0 Comments

Are you really ready to travel abroad?

Each year, more than half a million American students travel outside of the U.S. They are our future leaders and entrepreneurs, and yet they leave the safety of their hometowns unprepared to manage risks they may encounter. They have even less knowledge of what to do if/when they find themselves in harm’s way. This month, [...]

By | November 3rd, 2015|Featured, News|0 Comments

Five Ways to Stay Safe on Campus

United States colleges and universities are equipped with services and technology to keep students safe on campus. Cameras, campus police and other security monitors work around the clock. Emergency phones and bright lights illuminate paths across campus. Yet because college students are frequently targeted by thieves and other criminals, these safety measures are not enough. [...]

By | September 23rd, 2015|Featured|0 Comments

Robin Kocina Elected to ClearCause Board of Directors

We are proud to welcome Media Relations Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer Robin Kocina to the Board of Directors for ClearCause Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization founded to advance global safety for students traveling abroad. Robin will serve as Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for maximizing the impact of the publicity arranged for the Foundation’s services and initiatives. Media [...]

By | September 23rd, 2015|News|0 Comments

ClearCause Welcomes Cara Luebke!

Cara Luebke is a recent graduate of Winona State University in Psychology and Child Advocacy Studies. She is continuing her education at Bemidji State University while serving as the Statewide Chair of the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA). More than most things, Cara believes in the power of student voices and student activism. During [...]

By | September 23rd, 2015|News|0 Comments

Protect Our Students Abroad

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."  — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa. For parents, the safety and well-being of their children is of the utmost [...]

By | September 23rd, 2015|News|0 Comments

Welcome Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Award winning, successful entrepreneur, and founder of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN), Amalia Moreno-Damgaard joins ClearCause Board of Directors during July, 2015. Meet Amalia on her website: Amalia brings business finance savvy and business strategy along with a passion to serve our small world her time and talent and delicious recipes. “I met Sheryl [...]

By | September 22nd, 2015|News|0 Comments


UPDATE: Crowdfunding efforts raised nearly $20,000 for Luke's medical expenses! Thank you to all who donated! Luke is out of the hospital and still working towards a full recovery. ClearCause is Raising Money to Support  Luke Adams, a St. Thomas University Senior Critically Injured Studying Abroad in Japan Sheryl Hill, founder of ClearCause says, “Luke [...]

By | May 12th, 2015|News|0 Comments