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:
Level 1 – Exercise Normal Precautions: This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel.
Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.
Level 3 – Reconsider Travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. Levels of advisory may vary for specific locations or areas within a country.
Level 4 – Do Not Travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so.
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 Advisory Level 4 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.
Note: If a Level 4 Advisory has not been issued, our programs continue to operate as planned. Cancellations follow our regular cancellation policy.