Is It Safe 

to send our students to Egypt?

 
IMG_2379.jpg

This is the first question that most parents, universities, and sending organizations ask when considering the opportunity to send students to the Middle East. We understand the concerns, and we want to help students—and those who care for them—make wise decisions about their studies and travels abroad.

Whether they are here for a quick ten days or for the entire semester, we make it our top priority to keep students safe and secure throughout their time in Egypt.

 

Safety Procedures 

  • We have security advisers letting us know of anything unusual in our country. We have contingency plans in place in case of any incident that might happen.

  • Each student will have a local phone and be able to contact us at any time.

  • We use the Life360 location-sharing app so that we can know the location of the students while they are out.

  • The local host students are screened and selected and taught about safe places to go and places and events to avoid.

  • We live there with our children. We feel safe on the streets and we send our own kids out for groceries and for social outings with our visiting students.

  • While the students are out, our team monitors social media networks and alerts them if there are areas of town they need to avoid.

  • We have hosted 52 students in the past 15 months.

  • In the past, we have cancelled trips when the conditions warranted that.

  • Egyptian people are warm and friendly and happy to have American students in their town. They want us to be safe and happy.  

  • Students are not sent out alone. They will always be in groups and often with the long-term workers.

  • Our students spend the first day or two days in country in orientation and training on how to be safe.

 
 

More helpful info

  • The program is run by American families who have lived in Cairo for many years. We feel safe on the streets and send our own children out for errands and for social outings with our visiting students.

  • Egyptian people are friendly, hospitable, and welcoming towards Americans.

  • Street-crime levels in Egypt are incredibly low. A communal culture prevents people from doing things that will make the community look bad.

  • When there are incidents of violence, they are usually isolated and targeted to very specific areas. We can easily instruct our students and hosts to avoid these areas.

IMG_0144.JPG
 
 

 From Former Participants…

 

As I was preparing to go to Egypt, I was scared because of what I saw on the news… When I arrived, my fears quickly ceased and I experienced how friendly the people are and how willing they are to help you.

Hannah, California Baptist University

Within less than 24 hours of landing in Cairo, all fear went out the window. People were super friendly, very welcoming, and the overall hospitality was beyond my expectations!

Danielle, Francis Marion University

There was never a moment of time where I felt unsafe or in danger.

Logan, Liberty University

I received excellent training and preparation for the things that I would encounter in Egypt culturally, mentally, and physically. It was an amazing learning experience. I got the opportunity to meet a people group whose openness and generosity rivaled my own idea of southern hospitality.

Savannah, Francis Marion University

By the end of the trip I entirely forgot about my safety concerns and gave in to the love the Egyptians were so ready to give us.

Naomi, Texas A & M University, Commerce

If I’m being totally honest, there were times in Cairo that I felt safer than I do in the United States. I have never felt more welcomed by a group of people.

Shelby, University of Mary-Hardin Baylor