STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
Elebaires Spanish School would like to assure students and parents that we take our students’ health and safety very seriously while they study abroad. International concerns are at the forefront of our safety policies throughout the length of the program. Our local staff members prioritize our student’s welfare and we take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
The Elebaires School staff is prepared to support students whenever needed, whether that is accompanying them to a safe place or hospital or informing them of how to avoid petty theft on buses. Our staff receives regular updates and advisories from embassies and responds accordingly.
In Case of an Emergency Elebaires relies heavily on embassy recommendations. If at any time embassy advisories recommend or mandate that students return to their country of origin, Elebaires would support students in departing. Elebaires also has a comprehensive Emergency Evacuation Plan to bring students to safety if needed during emergencies. Elebaires is dedicated to providing safe study abroad experiences for all students and does everything possible to keep the students out of harm’s way.
Cell Phone and Emergency Numbers
All Elebaires students are given the option of renting a cell phone. Maria Laura, the Elebaires School Director, always provides students with her personal cell phone number, and serves as the 24-hour emergency contact number available.
Elebaires highly recommends that all students have health insurance that adequately covers them while abroad. If a student cannot get in touch with his/her family during an emergency, we will notify their parents or guardian. Students will automatically be sent to the hospital closest to them in case of an emergency unless students provide Elebaires with the information for their preferred provider ahead of time. Students should address any health concerns well before arrival abroad.
U.S. State Department Contact Information
Direct access to the State Department advisories is available by contacting their hotline (202-647-5225). You can also visit the State Department’s web site and access its Travel Warnings and Advisories at http://travel.state.gov. You may also visit the Center for Disease Control’s travel website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel Elebaires Health and Safety Committee The Elebaires Health and Safety Committee members subscribe to the State Department’s travel advisories, receiving current information about Travel Warnings and Advisories. In addition to U.S. notices, Elebaires also monitors all embassy advisories from every country of origin of Elebaires students. During a Travel Warning or emergency, Elebaires will email all participants’ emergency contacts and home institution advisors.
Power of Attorney
If an Elebaires student has his/her own financial accounts, we highly recommend that the student signs a Power of Attorney form giving his/her parent or guardian the legal standing to administer his/her finances during their time abroad.
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