Based on our experience, we have developed the following policies and guidelines to ensure that students are safe and secure throughout the tour. Upon arrival, the Tour Director will review safety precautions specific to your tour. However, it’s critical that students understand these rules in advance and behave accordingly while on tour. With cooperation and considerate behavior from each and every traveler, the tour is sure to be a safe and memorable one.
EF’s safety policies
EF does not allow travelers of any age to consume alcohol on tour. Drinking alcohol by anyone in the tour group will result in disciplinary action, including immediate dismissal from the tour at the Group Leader’s discretion.
Students’ hotel doors should remain locked at all times, both when they leave the room and when they are inside. Because the type of fire safety systems provided will vary between hotels, travelers should read the fire safety instructions in their hotel room and be sure to know where the nearest fire exits are located. Travelers should know where they can find their Group Leader and Tour Director at all times. The Tour Director will review safety policies while on tour, and it’s important that all travelers pay close attention.
Traffic and transportation safety
Travelers should pay special attention at intersections, use pedestrian crosswalks whenever possible and always wear a seat belt on tour buses if available. In many cities there are hourly bicycle rentals readily available. Travelers should not partake in these rentals since helmets are not provided and they are not part of an organized, guided bike tour.
Travelers may have the opportunity to swim in an ocean, a lake, a river or a hotel pool. In most cases, there may not be a lifeguard on duty. Swimming will only be allowed in EF-designated areas and with the permission and knowledge of the Group Leader, and an adult must accompany swimming travelers. If there is any question about the conditions or safety in the area, they should stay out of the water. If students decide to swim at any point during the tour, they should be sure to swim with a group of friends and to follow all swimming area rules.
Free time activities
Some tours may include some free time. However, this does not necessarily mean that students are free to do whatever they like without restriction. Travelers should always stay with others and not go anywhere alone. The Group Leader is responsible for supervision of the group at all times. EF only allows travelers to participate in EF-sanctioned optional excursions or other EF-approved activities suggested by the Tour Director.