Staying Healthy While Traveling Abroad
Embarking on an educational journey with students is an exciting and rewarding adventure. As an educator you have the capacity to teach and excite students in new and profound ways. There are also additional tasks and responsibilities as a trip leader that can make travel a rigorous endeavor.
Here are a few tips to keep everyone happy, healthy, and energized throughout the journey:
- Pre-Trip Planning – Know both your students and your daily itinerary inside and out before you depart. Knowing exactly what to
expect in-country and what events or travel days may be a challenge for students will help them stay healthy and will reduce your stress levels.
- Lodging Expectations – To mitigate complaints, inform your students about the type of lodging they will be staying in before you depart. At No Barriers Youth we encourage supporting locally-owned hotels and lodges. While clean and comfortable, these types of accommodations may be less luxurious than some students are used to.
- To Plug or Unplug – It’s also wise to set expectations about wifi access and cell phone usage. In the developing world, wifi access can be sparse or nonexistent. Informing your students of this and setting limitations on when students can use their cell phones is strongly recommended.
- Listen To Your Gut – Most everybody knows to drink bottled water, stay hydrated, and avoid street food while traveling in the developing world. It’s also wise to take a probiotic before you depart and throughout your journey to help fend off any possible digestive issues.
- Stay Positive – Even if you are frustrated by travel delays or unforeseen circumstances it’s important to stay positive and project an optimistic demeanor. Nothing is more toxic to a group than a negative trip participant. If you have specific trip concerns, speak with your Global Facilitator and your fellow trip leaders away from your students to resolve the issue.
- Mind & Body – When traveling with students you don’t get a lot of personal time. Work and communicate with your fellow trip leaders and your No Barriers Youth Global Facilitator to carve out a little personal time, usually after dinner or at breakfast. Use this time to relax and refresh. Exercise, yoga, and meditation are all great ways to keep your immune system and energy levels up.
- Get Your Shut-Eye – There’s nothing more important than a good night’s sleep. It’s easy to want to absorb every minute of every day when you’re traveling to get the most out of the experience but don’t forget to get a good night’s rest. Both you and your student’s need plenty of sleep to stay happy and healthy.
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