Join Depart Smart at the Student Youth Travel Association (SYTA) Annual Conference August 9-13, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. SYTA Annual Conference offers a relaxed yet business focused setting for tour operators, group travel planners and business partners to meet, learn and connect with each other.

Transforming Students into Global Citizens with Super Travel Safety Skills: An Introduction to Travel Heroes Safety Training by Depart Smart

In this presentation, Depart Smart founder and travel safety expert Sheryl Hill teaches you how to improve travel safety for yourself, your students, and your program. Most students and faculty don’t know what to do when travel goes wrong. In the event of civil unrest, accidents or a natural disaster, do you and your students have an evacuation plan to get to safety? If they experience assault, serious injury, illness, arrests, or theft while abroad, will they know where to go and how to get help on their own? Make sure trips overseas are ones they’ll want to remember and grow the reputation and experience of your study abroad program.

When: 10:00am – 11:00am Sunday August 11, 2019

Where: Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in the East Meeting Rooms D-M

“This information is eye-opening!” – C. R.


“Such excellent information we should all teach our students.” – M. R.

Depart Smart is an award-winning, online travel safety platform designed to teach travelers how to advocate for themselves to avoid risks and get home safely. The program contains practical skill building and tools to help travelers of all ages prepare for global travels. This program is used by schools, universities and travel companies to prepare educators, group leaders, students and parents for an upcoming trip. Depart Smart is endorsed by safety and risk managers as essential to their Duty of Care responsibilities.

About the Presenter

Sheryl Hill is recognized as a travel safety expert by major news, as seen on CNN, Inside Edition, NBC, CBS, ABC, US News and more. She is the host mother to eight international youth for more than 12 years and tragically a bereaved mother. Her 16-year-old son, Tyler, died a preventable death on a student trip to Japan in 2007. Since then, she has applied decades of outcomes based tele-health expertise to prepare students for safe rewarding journeys. Depart Smart is a Moodle Case Study, 2018 Minnesota Cup Finalist, Twin Cities Indie Finalist, and Omni and Telly award winner.