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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 Ravi Thackurdeen

Meet Ravi Thackurdeen: leader, scholar, role model, dedicated friend, loving son and brother. Ravi was keenly interested in public health, preventative medicine, and ethno medicine. Ravi joined Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association within weeks of starting college. In the summer of his first year, he earned his EMT state certifications. In spring 2012, Ravi explored [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:50+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Memorial, News|0 Comments

Remembering Erik Downes

Oglethorpe University Costa Rica January 4, 2011 20-year-old Erik Downes was a friend to everyone he met. A pre-medical student at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, Erik served as the Student Senate’s Vice President and participated in mock trial, track and community service projects, according to an article in the Tico Times. He was a [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:50+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Memorial, News|0 Comments

Remembering Jenna Druck

Semester at Sea India March 27, 1996 Jenna Druck embraced life with every fiber of her being. She was filled with endless love, energy and enthusiasm, and it showed in her accomplishments, relationships, vision, values, competitive spirit, courage and compassion. Selected “San Diego’s Young Woman Entrepreneur” at age 9, speaking publicly for the Young Presidents [...]

By | 2015-12-06T18:21:12+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Memorial, News|0 Comments

Remembering Morgan Boisson

Born in Montpellier, France, Morgan had been on three continents before he was three weeks old: North America where his maternal grandparents lived, Africa where his paternal grandparents lived and Europe where his immediate family lived. At seven, Morgan moved to the U.S. with his parents and two younger sisters. Morgan had an unrivaled love [...]

By | 2015-12-10T17:13:56+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Memorial, News|0 Comments

Remembering Andrew Pochter

Kenyon College Travel Program: AMIDEAST Alexandria, Egypt June 28, 2013 Andrew Pochter, a 21-year-old American student from Kenyon College in Gamier, Ohio, was killed during a street protest in Alexandria, Egypt on June 28, 2013. Andrew was stabbed in the chest in a political protest over the country’s president, Mohamed Morsi. He was pronounced dead [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:50+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Memorial, News|0 Comments

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 | 2017-02-17T13:08:51+00:00 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 | 2017-02-17T13:08:51+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Memorial, News|0 Comments

Remembering Connor Redd

Twenty year old Connor Redd was a sophomore at Saint Mary's College of CA.  He was participating in their study abroad program in Rome in conjunction with Study Abroad Italy (SAI) and John Cabot University (JCU).  His tragic death resulted from a fall off his seventh floor balcony on April 1, 2010.   Connor was [...]

By | 2015-12-10T17:16:58+00:00 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 | 2017-02-17T13:08:51+00:00 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 | 2017-02-17T13:08:51+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Featured|0 Comments