► Researching your destination
► Key foreign language phrases
► Laws of destination on alcohol and drugs
► Cell phone usage in foreign countries
► Safety tips for getting about
► Staying in groups
► Where to store valuable belongings
► Looking confident
► Following instincts
Each year thousands of college students flock to the beaches of the U.S. and other foreign destinations for a week of fun and sun. Unfortunately not everyone comes home with happy memories. Some trips have turned into a free-for-all of bad decisions where students sustained injuries, death, sexual assaults, and legal issues involving arrests. Even the simplest decision, like flashing the camera might have future implications. Will a prospective boss have access to those images before your first job interview? The purpose of this program is to prepare students for a safe and fun week.
Elaine advises students on how to thoroughly prepare for the trip. If one is traveling overseas, what websites are available to research your destination, what type of documentation is needed, and how do you best travel safely with those documents and your money? Once you are there, how do you remain safe? She shares tips on how to look confident and how to safely move from one locale to another.
The effects of excessive alcohol consumption on instincts, decision making skills, safety, and well-being are discussed. Elaine motivates students to drink responsibly, stay together and to look out for one another. Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, with some being life-altering. She talks to the students about hook ups, safe sex, and provides them with numerous options for protection. Elaine also warns of sexual assault and the predatory date rape drugs. She teaches students how to recognize if they have become a victim.
Elaine's goal is to encourage students to value their safety and well-being over just having fun. This is a time to develop fond and lasting memories, not nightmares. Students learn that they can successfully balance having fun while making responsible choices at the same time.