Nothing in life is 100% guaranteed free of all risk. Even staying at home brings its own set of risks- from car accidents to broken bones on the football field. Risk is a part of life.
That being said, we believe that with a little preparedness and some basic common sense, travel and exploration can be realized safely. We take basic precautions when traveling with youth (and when we are on our own!) Some of these basic precautions include awareness of social and cultural customs for the areas to be visited; adherence to basic hygiene requirements including safe food and water practices; staying informed of potential political or other unrest in the area to be visited; and requiring our youth travelers to fill out simple medical forms and carry basic travel insurance while with us.
Travel does bring its own set of risks… every experience worth having brings risks. Heck, even some experiences that are NOT worth having bring risks! But the rewards gained from time spent abroad far outweigh the risks in our opinion. There really is nothing quite like walking the halls of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, learning to surf in Costa Rica, snorkeling with sea turtles in Mexico, or floating in the Dead Sea in Jordan. The experience is worth the risk.