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About Julie Jo Severson

Julie Jo Severson is freelance writer, journalist, editor and co-author of Here In The Middle: Stories of Love, Loss and Connection from the Ones Sandwiched in Between. Her interest in Depart Smart's mission stems from her experiences studying abroad in high school and college and is now propelled by global concerns and hopes as a mother of two teens and a tween.

5 Ways to Tackle Language Barriers and Safeguard Your Health Abroad

Imagine getting a phone call informing you that your son or daughter studying abroad has fallen dangerously ill. You frantically try to obtain and fax over their medical records, but it takes 1-2 hours. When the records finally arrive, they’re useless. Medical personnel can’t read them because they’re not in their language. Sheryl Hill, the [...]

By | 2017-09-28T15:35:22+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Tackle Language Barriers and Safeguard Your Health Abroad

Boston Herald Highlights Depart Smart After France Acid Attack on U.S. Students

It’s common for parents to worry about their kids’ safety while studying abroad. Most likely the experience will be as amazing as you hope. But recent headlines of natural disasters, political unrest, and random acts of violence can elevate concerns to a whole other level. While it’s impossible to protect kids from every situation, creating [...]

By | 2017-09-21T23:04:40+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Boston Herald Highlights Depart Smart After France Acid Attack on U.S. Students

Mexico Travel Warning – How to Depart Smart

In the face of recent events around the world and expanded warnings for tourists, we have all been witness to the fact that anything can happen while traveling abroad. Unfortunately, consumer protection is poor in the $7+ trillion travel and tourism industry. No one warns anyone before they buy a trip or board a plane [...]

By | 2017-09-07T01:30:48+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Featured|0 Comments