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Safe Travel Abroad Course Offered at Montana Tech this Fall


This fall, Montana Tech and The Peak, Inc. are teaming up to offer a new course titled Safe Travel Abroad (MT391). Montana Tech graduates and community travelers, whether they are vacationing, completing an internship, or working in their chosen profession, have the potential to travel to some of the world’s most dangerous places. This course provides the traveler with the essential skills to safely travel abroad while mitigating the risks to their safety. Learn what to pack, where to stay, and how to secure your possessions. Recognize health issues, disease prevention, and safe food and water sources. Identify safe modes of travel and recognize the various traveler scams, criminal activities, and kidnapping risks. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the course objectives during an all-encompassing final field exercise.

By the end of this course, students will:
• Prepare and utilize pre-departure vulnerability assessments and risk management programs. 
• Identify and familiarize themselves with the customs, laws, and cultural standards that may impact their travel.
• Plan what to pack, where to stay, and how to secure your possessions.   Recognize health issues, disease prevention, and safe food and water sources.
• Identify safe modes of travel and the appropriate precautions while traveling in taxis, buses, trains, etc. Utilize survival navigation.
• Recognize the various traveler scams, criminal activities, and potential trouble spots.  Develop a personal security posture.
• Discuss the types of kidnapping, recognize the process, develop a personal vulnerability assessment, and mitigate their risk of being kidnapped.
• Demonstrate the techniques to defeat common personal restraints such as rope, duct tape, zip ties, wire, etc.
• Recognize and describe the various medical issues a traveler may face to include climatic injuries, bugs, bites, and bowels. Identify where to get help.
• Recognize and utilize personal safety protocols (Female Specific)
• Demonstrate understanding of all course learning outcomes/objectives during a final field exercise.

The course will be a combination of lecture, homework assignments, final field exercise, and intensive class participation/discussions. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the HPER.

The course is capped at 15 so registering early is recommended.  For information, call Mark Gollinger at The Peak Inc. at 406-494-7999.