Language & Friendship is committed to providing a safe, educational experience for each participant. Extensive preparation materials are provided to help ensure safety, inspire self-confidence, and facilitate communication. We believe that creating international friendships and increasing our understanding of other cultures is an invaluable contribution to world peace.
Language & Friendship registers all group leaders in the STEP Program (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) with the U.S. Department of State. This allows leaders to be informed of any important safety and security information.
Sharing the belief that it is essential to proceed thoughtfully as we organize our programs, we regularly monitor the website of the U.S. Department of State, which issues information regarding travel abroad. We are in frequent communication with our extensive network of teachers overseas who inform us of each regions political climate firsthand.
Types of notices issued by the U.S. Department of State:
Worldwide Alert is a general issuance that advises travelers to exercise caution and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. Cancellations in this case follow our regular cancellation policy.
Travel Alert is issued to give information about short-term conditions in a particular country or region. Examples of these conditions could be election-related demonstrations or other high-profile events such as international conferences, natural disasters, anniversaries or threats of terrorist events, or health alerts. Note: Our programs continue to operate successfully in these circumstances. Cancellations in this case follow our regular cancellation policy.
Travel Warning is issued to advise travelers to strongly consider not going to a certain country due to unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks.
Note: Such a warning has not been issued for any of our destination countries during past years. However, our Travel Warning Protection provides coverage for this issuance.
Travel Warning Protection
Language & Friendship provides the following limited protection for all L&F travelers: If an official U.S. Department of State Travel Warning for the destination country is issued or in effect within 90 days of departure, L&F participants will receive a full refund less $400-$600 (depending on the length of the program) to cover deposits and administrative costs.