Health and Safety
Student health and safety is one of our top priorities. The following are some important steps that we have taken towards meeting this priority:
1) Transcending Borders purchases health insurance on the student’s behalf. The cost is included in the program fees, which includes comprehensive international health insurance, administered by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). The CISI policy is designed to supplement private insurance by providing additional coverage for the cost of accidents and routine sicknesses while abroad.
A complete description of the benefits and provisions of the CISI insurance policy, including dates of coverage, benefits, the claim process and contact information is included with the participant acceptance materials.
2) Upon arriving to the Dominican Republic, all students will receive a comprehensive, mandatory on-site orientation. This orientation provides students with a general introduction to the country, city, and program as well as important health and safety information, ranging from ranging from emergency contact numbers, insurance, course schedule, cultural information, and much more. This on-site information builds upon the pre-departure resources students receive, including the Student Handbook (sent to all students and parents before the program) that details health and safety recommendations, pre-departure tips, and general travel advice.
3) Before departure, all students need to obtain the appropriate immunizations and medications as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and/or your physician. If you or your student has any questions regarding medical matters, you should consult your doctor.
If taking any prescription medication, you need to bring a sufficient supply to last through the duration of the program. Medicine that is mailed may be stopped and searched or seized by customs officials. Always carry prescription drugs in the original container with a prescription label showing the student’s name, the instructions for use, and the name and dosage of the medication.
If you wear disposable contact lenses, bring enough to last the entire stay. If you wear glasses, consider bringing an extra pair or carrying the prescription for your contact lenses and/or glasses.
4) Transcending Borders has on-site support for all aspects of the program. The Country Director has enthusiasm for working with students and a vast knowledge of the local culture. In addition the Director, together with local staff make the housing arrangements for students, oversees the academic aspect of the program, and student involvement in community projects. In addition, on-site staff will provide general 24-hour support (for emergencies).
5) All students are provided with on-site emergency contact information prior to their departure and are encouraged to share this information with their family members. Please limit the use of the on-site contact numbers to emergency situations. Students should ensure Transcending Borders has their emergency contact email address and phone numbers on file.
6) In the end, students are ultimately responsible for their own behavior and adhering to the Transcending Borders Code of Conduct will help ensure their health and safety. All students are provided a Student Handbook that outlines the Code.