Health & Safety Abroad Category

Blog posts that deal with all matters of health and safety for international travelers and students.

What to Know About Monkeypox (like…it doesn’t come from monkeys)

September 7th, 2022 by Leslie Reynolds

A hot topic in the news around the world right now is monkeypox. Despite its name, monkeypox does not come from monkeys (there is even a campaign to rename the virus). However, it is in the poxvirus family, meaning it’s related to other pox diseases such as smallpox, cowpox, and horsepox–but NOT the common chickenpox. […]

A New Suicide and Crisis Line: Call or Text 988

August 30th, 2022 by Jennifer Frankel

The levels of stress, anxiety and depression have risen over recent years, and many people don’t have the support and care that they need. Suicide is the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10-34. Now, there is a new free hotline in the US to help. The 988 Suicide and Crises […]

Essential Services Abroad

May 11th, 2022 by Melissa Madrigal

You’ve taken the first vital step towards being in a different country– this may be as a traveler, a scholar, or even a student. Congratulations! However, now that you are outside of your home and your health insurance is taken care of, there are still many resources that perhaps you have not thought about but […]

How to deal with stress and anxiety when studying abroad

April 20th, 2022 by Alexis Ponce

Being an international student can certainly be an exciting experience. Getting to travel to a different country, experiencing a different culture while studying your dream career is definitely a big achievement.  However, with great achievements, sometimes comes a lot of responsibility that can generate unusually high stress levels, also combined with the anxiety that might […]

Vaccinations for International Students in the US

January 31st, 2022 by Yessica Prato

Vaccinations or immunizations for international students in the US

How to deal with homesickness as an international student

November 10th, 2021 by Alexis Ponce

Homesickness can be defined as the feelings of sadness, anxiety or stress you may feel when you’re away from the people and places that are familiar to you. After spending months surrounded by family and indoors, for the new international students that may be traveling for the first time to study abroad, homesickness is going […]

Insurance Coverage for Organized, Adventure, and Recreational Sports

October 11th, 2021 by Leah Hammond

For the past two weeks, I’ve been visiting my sister, helping to take care of her after she suffered a season ending knee injury while playing in a high-level club ultimate frisbee tournament. This has been a challenging time for her – she can’t walk on her own and is having to take time off […]

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 13th, 2021 by Yessica Prato

Every year between September 15 and October 15, Hispanic Heritage month is observed in the United States. The Hispanic Heritage month celebrates traditions, cultures, and contributions from Hispanic and Latin American countries. Let’s dive into a bit of a history lesson as to the origins of this month and the importance of the celebration.  The […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Explained

September 13th, 2021 by Eric Bloodworth

The COVID-19 vaccine is a stepping stone which could be an instrumental step in bringing the Coronavirus pandemic to an end. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have come a long way since 2020 in developing a vaccine that can effectively combat COVID-19 in the United States. Recently, Pfizer has been granted full FDA approval […]

Staying Well-Fed while Studying Abroad

August 11th, 2021 by Melissa Madrigal

I was born in Mexico City and I was an international student in the United States for several years. I received my bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and it was a time of my life I will never forget. I know firsthand all of the amazing experiences that studying abroad […]

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