Travel Safely

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​As a mission, keeping kids safe is our foremost priority. All trip leaders have been trained in travel safety and cultural intelligence as well as undergone a background check.  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. One of our Expeditions staff, or one of the aforementioned supervisors, will make a site visit to the host country and service location(s).
  • We carefully review and monitor the U.S. State Department Travel Alerts and Warnings posted on their main website,
  • Young Life International contracts with an international travel organization called International SOS,​, which monitors current affairs in each country around the world. Young Life strictly adheres to ISOS’s safety rating protocol and recommendations. ISOS provides information on varying travel safety factors in each country including political and medical risk ratings. Also, our staff always remain in close contact with the national staff and senior leadership of the various countries where Young Life sends teams.
  • Expeditions serving in international locations will always be accompanied and chaperoned by our local staff who know the country best; the roads, places to avoid (if any), best times to travel, safest lodging facilities, etc.
  • Expeditions will always use private or pre-arranged trusted transportation while within their host country. Expedition participants will not travel alone while abroad, 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 and will always be with our local Young Life staff or volunteers.
  • Expeditions will only lodge at facilities well-known and trusted by our U.S. and national staff.
  • The Expeditions staff will always provide trip leaders contact information for the local hosting staff well 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. 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 a tr​avel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plans

​​​​If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF
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