Travel Safely

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​As a mission, keeping kids safe is important to us. Trip leaders are trained in travel safety and cultural intelligence.  Young Life takes great care in monitoring our international ministry fields, to support our missionary and national staff and to assess the risks assumed by any of our Expeditions. 

The following is a list of policy points that we take into consideration when determining the safety of our foreign fields as they pertain to US based travelers and our willingness as a mission to sponsor official travel to these countries through Young Life.  

  • Prior to approving travel to a particular Young Life international field, we will consult with the respective Young Life vice president, regional director, national director and national staff, as well as other consultants knowledgeable about that destination regarding safety and risk issues. 
  • We review and monitor the U.S. State Department and Center For Disease Control Travel Alerts and Warnings posted on their websites.
  • We encourage participants and their parents to review travel information on the destination countries in advance using the above resources.
  • Young Life International also contracts with an international travel organization called Healix​, which monitors current affairs in each country around the world. Young Life adheres to Healix's safety rating protocol and recommendations. Healix provides information on varying travel safety factors in each country including political and medical risk ratings. 
  • Young Life staff remain in close contact with the national host staff and senior leadership of the various countries where Young Life sends teams.
  • Expeditions serving in international locations will be hosted by our local Young Life staff or volunteers who know the area; the roads, places to avoid (if any), times to travel, and recommended lodging.
  • Expeditions uses trusted transportation while within their host country. Expedition participants who are under 18 will not travel alone while abroad (except with prior parental approval), but will be escorted by staff or trusted volunteers. All Expeditions will be picked up and returned to airports by private and/or trusted transportation.
  • Expeditions selects lodging at facilities recommended by our hosting and/or U.S. staff.
  • The Expeditions staff provides trip leaders with contact information for the local hosting staff ahead of the team’s trip. The trip leader can then pass this information on to parents, friends, church or Young Life staff who might like to monitor and track the team while they are serving overseas. We do recommend that families and travelers limit or curtail their social media posts while traveling as a security precaution.  Additionally, our Expeditions coordinating staff can always be reached via email or phone throughout the duration of a team’s travel. 
  • Young Life Expeditions recommends the purchase of an international tr​avel protection and medical plan to help cover the costs of unexpected travel and or medical emergencies. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. ​            ​​​​

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