Student Exchange Program – How to stay Healthy?
There are many good reasons to participate in a student exchange program during senior school or college days.
- Serving as an ambassador for their country and community
- Benefiting from immersion in another culture while adapting to a new way of life
- Making lifelong friends, not only within the host country but also with other students from around the world
- Learning about the practices and accomplishments of people in other countries
- Returning home with a greater sense of the world and a deeper understanding of themselves and their culture
- Assuming leadership roles shaped by lessons from the experience
- Building memories that will be with them forever
To make sure that students remain healthy during these programs here are a few things that should be done by parents and students.
- Contact a travel health expert if possible. Each country has its own set of recommended vaccines, and some vaccines like Yellow Fever may even be compulsory for travelers to Africa & South America. Make sure that your kid’s immunization schedule is available and up to date.
- Get Health Insurance – there are many International Health Insurance plans in India and around the world, and it is recommended that you have an Insurance plan for any emergencies.
- Carry a first aid kit
- Carry prescription of any medicines that the child is taking or may need in an Emergency, like inhalers for Asthma.
- Carry extra pair of glasses / contact lens.
- Emergency contact number of Local guardians, and also of own family numbers (more than one family member details)
- Sufficient toiletries, especially if traveling to remote locations
- First Aid kit – ask your Travel Health Specialist to help you out with this, as per the individual country risks.
- Avoid RASH behavior like drinking and driving, staying out late without host knowledge, being alone in lonely areas at night or any unsupervised activity that can cause adverse health consequences.
All students are encouraged to bring the following documents and health related items in addition to clothing and other personal effects:
- Passport and several photocopies
- Visa and other documentation for immigration, and copies of the visa
- Health insurance card or policy number, with contact information
- Plane tickets and flight information
- Emergency contact information
- Immunization records (if needed)
- Copies of prescriptions for medications, eyeglasses, and contact lenses (if needed)
- Rotarians’contact information and the name and address of the first host family
- An extra pair of glasses and extra contact lens solution (if needed)
- Sufficient toiletries for at least one month (It may be difficult to locate some items in the host country.)
- First-aid kit
Feel free to contact our Travel Health Experts who have assisted many students traveling in exchange programs from & to India, for any vaccination and health related advice.