Accident do happen and mostly a times, they are unplanned. Your safety in a foreign nation might be a thing of concern more especially to your guidance. But knowing what to do and what not to do in the face of danger will no doubt be a rewarding experience.
The conventional step of staying safe is first getting familiar with your new environment yet, many students prefer staying indoors and whenever they come out, see themselves in a forbidden strange land.
This is where eighty percent of the world crimes takes place and you, should be weary of it. Asking other students, campus security, your program director, or the international student officer for local safety information is something you must do. It helps to prepare you ahead whenever an ugly situation springs itself.
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Avoid traveling alone at night especially on a lonely lane, it could be dangerous and finding out
which area of your town is safe and unsafe is also a measure you must take.
Pickpockets are on the street looking for potential victims. Places like a crowded elevator, market place, festival etc. Are usually their operative domain. Be careful. In other to avoid encountering these jobless individuals, try and appear purposeful even when you are lost and whenever you feel the need to use the map, do that discreetly.
Safety on public transport
You might not have access to your personal car as an international student but depend on your two legs or public transport to get to places you want. In that case, you need to watch your belongings while on a public transport. Making sure your compartment is well locked while in a train is a must do to avoid tales of moonlight.
Avoid accepting things from a stranger no matter what. Once heard a story about a tourist who got robbed and ransacked after accepting a drugged drink from a stranger in a train.
In some scenarios, you might encounter them alone of a lane, or perhaps in your own apartment. When that happens, don’t ever try to fight back rather give them everything they want. Your life worth more. Even if your passport got lost or stolen, it can always be replaced.
Another thing that attracts unlawful citizens towards you is your dressing. Try to dress like a citizen of your host country and you will forever be disguised as a foreigner. Foreigners usually make the mistake of appearing different from the crowd, making it obvious for pickpockets and robbers to kick in. Try and adapt by wearing the usual cloths in your host country and avoid looking flashy or using an expensive phone. Learning to speak a few phrases in the local language so that you can signal for help is also an added advantage.
Not every student should travel and not every country is a good destination to study. Before boarding the flight, why not evaluate the instabilities your host country is current experiencing? Countries that usually get hit by natural disasters should be tagged a ‘no no zone.’ Always have in mind that you’re not alone in this battle. Your institution and region where you resides are always on the lookout for your safety.