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While most countries in the world have less street crime and personal violence than is potentially present inurban and suburban America, public political demonstrations are not uncommon in some cities and countries abroad. Do NOT participate orgo to observe these demonstrations as your hosts may not appreciate that you, a foreign visitor, are publicly opposing their politicalor social system.

Violence and terrorism are now clear realities of the twenty-first century, and are not likely to diminishsignificantly. Nevertheless, there are certain rather obvious precautions that students abroad can take:

  • Do your homework, listen and heed the counsel you are given.
  • Keep a low profile and try not to make yourself conspicuous by dress, speech, or behavior, in ways that might identify you as atarget or uniquely foreign. This includes: wearing college or university insignia clothing or heavily patriotic Americanclothing, wearing baseball caps or U.S. sports teams’shirts or jackets.
  • Do not draw attention to yourself either through expensive dress, personal accessories (cameras, radios, sunglasses, etc.) orcareless behavior.
  • Avoid crowds, protest groups, or other potentially volatile situations. Keep abreast of local news. Read local newspapers,magazines, etc. and speak with local officials to learn about any potential civil unrest. If there should be any political unrest, do not get involved .
  • When in large cities and other popular tourist destinations, avoid or spend as little time as possible in potential target areasfor terrorist activities, especially places frequented by Americans: bars, discos, and U.S. fast food restaurants; branchesof American banks; American churches; and American consulates or embassies.
  • Try not to engage in conversations about contentious political issues with host nationals.
  • Be wary of unexpected packages and stay clear of unattended luggage or parcels in airports, train stations, or other areas ofuncontrolled public access.
  • Report to the responsible authority any suspicious persons loitering around residence or instructional facilities, orfollowing you; keep your residence area locked; use common sense in divulging information to strangers about your study program andyour fellow students.
  • If you haven’t already done so, please register with the nearest Embassy or Consulate of your home country.Additionally, if you travel to countries beyond your internship siteand expect to be there for more than a week, register upon arrival at a consulate or embassy of your home country havingjurisdiction over the location.
  • Make sure that IAESTE or your host employer always knows where and how to contact you in an emergency (make sure thatsomeone always knows where you are!).
  • Develop a plan with your family for regular telephone or e-mail contact, so that in times of heightened political tension,you will be able to communicate with your parents directly about your safety.

Cultural sensitivity

We all want to be culturally sensitive, to get along, to be respectful, to fit in, to not offend. In training,cultural sensitivity is emphasized and highly valued. It can be the doorway through which a college student studying or working abroadgains entry to and acceptance with the community abroad.

It is very important that the cultural sensitivity training provided never requires that you submit tobehaviors that invade your personal boundaries and that feel unsafe or even uncomfortable to you. If it feels inappropriate or makesyou uneasy, get yourself out of the situation. Never sacrifice yourself or your sense of safety for the sake of culturalsensitivity.

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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