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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

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 | 2017-09-06T17:49:45+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Featured|Comments Off on Founder Sheryl Hill and Depart Smart Featured on Mom Talk Radio

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

Depart Smart advocate and supporter – Carol Giuliani

My husband and I decided to attend a Depart Smart fundraiser because it was at a brewery and looked like fun!  Not only did we thoroughly enjoy the people and food, we learned what a valuable service Sheryl Hill and Depart Smart provides to families who are sending their kids abroad.  Since our son was [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:50+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

14 Ways to Prepare Emergency Contacts for Your Trip Abroad

Everyone going abroad should have an emergency contact or two, but who wants to think about bad stuff happening?  Getting caught in another country without help is a scary reality for many travelers and their emergency contacts.  It’s not often we plan for what emergency contacts NEED if called upon. Your emergency contact should be [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:07:51+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

Thank you Senator Bonoff and Representative Selcer

Thank you Senator Bonoff and Representative Selcer for making study abroad safer. February 18, 2016 Congressman Steve Pearce Co-Chair, Caucus on International Exchange & Study Members 2432 Rayburn House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Congressman Pearce: Thank you for your leadership in the Congressional Caucus on International Exchange and Study. We applaud your efforts [...]

By | 2016-09-01T08:50:22+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

Hurt Studying Abroad is a World of Hurt

Beau Solomon’s death a few weeks ago opened the floodgates of a wave of reactions, most of them outrage and empathy. A Newsweek article recorded a different kind of reaction from Brian Whalen, the president and CEO of the Forum on Education Abroad. His point: Solomon’s death was truly unfortunate, but these things don’t happen [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:44+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

Study Abroad Smarter – Think About the Unthinkable

Every student going abroad anticipates having an enriching experience in another country. They should also have a plan in place if suddenly their lives are at risk. On the evening of Nov. 13, the world was horrified when shootings and bombings terrorized Paris, France resulting in the deaths of at least 129 people and the [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:45+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments

ClearCause is Now Depart Smart

ClearCause announces it will be named Depart Smart, effective immediately. The name Depart Smart is strategically aligned with this nonprofit’s charitable work. Depart Smart is the trusted third-party, nonprofit resource for tools and information to help students identify and mitigate risks so they can advocate for themselves in foreign countries.   No other nonprofit works [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:46+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Featured, News|0 Comments

Making Student Safety the Gold Standard

Student safety should be a priority for schools and countries all over the world. University of Salford, United Kingdom is stepping it up. Salford just announced the launch of their new “gold standard - ProtectED” a university accreditation for student safety and wellbeing. Their announcement states, “ProtectED doesn’t just look at security on campus – [...]

By | 2017-02-17T13:08:47+00:00 April 10th, 2016|Featured|0 Comments