Safer Travels

Safer Travels is a campaign and curriculum developed between Cal Poly Safer and the International Center.

Studying abroad can be a liberating, life-changing experience. However, we are aware that being in a new environment, unaccustomed to cultural norms and expectations, students can become more vulnerable to acts of violence.

Safer Travels seeks to educate students about these risk factors so that all Cal Poly students know how to keep each other safe and take care of each other in their host country. We present materials about how to prevent, intervene, and respond to these types of violence, as well as resources for survivors. We are grateful for our partnership together and look forward to engaging with you all as you embark on your adventures!

“The more you know, the more protected you are. Awareness is your greatest ally.”


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Safer Travels Handout

Students traveling and studying abroad are at higher risk of sexual assault.

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Safer Travels Handbook

Learn about Safer Travels and make a Safer Travels Plan

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Safer Travels Workshop

A presentation on Safer Travels: Healthy Dating and Sex Abroad

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  • Increased awareness of gender- & power-based violence abroad
  • Confidence in preventing and responding to such dangers
  • Increased comfortability in having conversations around this topic with others
  • Take a moment to record your personal goals

SAFER General Tips

Always Know Your Surroundings

Acknowledge how locals are behaving and be aware. Also discover where your nearest medical resources are.

Develop a Student Network

Maintain communication with a cohort, faculty advisor, and support back home. Record contact information with the American Embassies.

Reflect Your Expectations

Acknowledge your wants, needs, and goals of a trip/outing. Share these expectations with someone in your support network and check in regularly.

Develop a Safety Plan

Arrange for transportation to and from outings, have contact information written down for local authorities, medical services, and someone in your support network at all times.