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Depart Smart is a Moodle Case Study for the first consumer-driven, online travel safety certification course!

INTRODUCTION Depart Smart is a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, USA, working to reach, teach and engage travelers as active participants in their health and safety abroad. Travel and tourism is a strong and profitable industry. However, most people do not know how to Depart Smart for the world. Simple things can make lifesaving differences, [...]

By | 2017-11-20T22:18:49+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 | 2017-11-20T22:18:50+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Safeguard Your Mental Health and Manage Anxiety while Traveling with these Helpful Tips

Senior Editor at Smarter Travel, Sarah Schlichter, composed the article 'Traveling with Depression: 12 Tips for a Better Trip'. Depart Smart's Founder, Sheryl Hill is quoted in the article.  Schlichter writes, International travelers should keep in mind that certain medications—including many psychotropic drugs used to treat depression—are restricted or even banned in some parts of the [...]

By | 2017-11-20T22:18:52+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Founder Sheryl Hill and Depart Smart Featured on Mom Talk Radio

Moms, Help Your Kids Study Abroad Safely with a Travel HEROES Action Plan! Mom Talk Radio Host, Maria Bailey, has a long held passion for helping mothers find the answers they need to become better parents. On August 27, 2017, Ms. Bailey invited Mom and Depart Smart Founder, Sheryl Hill, to talk about how to [...]

By | 2017-11-20T22:18:52+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

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 | 2017-11-20T22:18:53+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Otto Warmbier’s Story

Thank you Zachary Rogers, WKRC for hosting us to speak in the wake of Otto Warmbiers return home. We are honored to be featured in your piece, Depart Smart: What you should know before traveling abroad.  Our hearts go out to Otto's family and friends. The New York post released a news article on Otto Warmbier - [...]

By | 2017-06-16T11:41:22+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments

Seven Ways to Keep Your Stuff Safe Abroad

Ever heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” It definitely applies to theft. Everyone going abroad should have a plan in place just in case their wallet, passport, backpack or suitcase is lost or stolen. Being pickpocketed or robbed abroad is a major buzz kill.  Have a plan in [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:43+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

Broken Promises: Study Abroad Gone Wrong

Study abroad programs entice students abroad with appealing marketing, however reality often bites when the student arrives and the old bait and switch practice befalls them. The FBI publishes a tool to help students avoid victimization. Safety and well-being of students abroad is often touted as the number one priority. Make your program earn your [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:48+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments