Join us for a 1-day Risk Management Training for Travel Program Leaders in the GEBG South Atlantic Region on Saturday, May 11th at Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, VA. This risk management workshop is a great chance for anyone leading or responsible for students overseas this summer or next, including trip leaders, divisional leaders, and global directors. Led by Where There be Dragons, a long-time expert in the field of global education, the training will run from 9-4pm and will cover field practices, mental health concerns and scenario based exercises.

Experts in the field of risk management charge thousands of dollars to do trainings at schools, so we connect GEBG schools to make access to this expertise more affordable for travel program leaders and administrators. The cost to attend for member schools is $225 per person and includes lunch.  To stay the night before or after the training, we recommend the Oceanfront Hilton in Virginia Beach where Cape Henry Collegiate School has offered their discount of 10% off lowest room rate at – use discount code 2739776



Topics to be Addressed:

Learning shared vocabulary and models helps organizations to more effectively work together in risk management and to be more precise in their risk assessment and mitigation. This session introduces tools, models, and theory to build a foundation of skills, including hazard identification, risk assessment matrix, risk tolerance, and perceived vs. actual risk. While some risks are to be avoided altogether, Dragons advocates for healthy risk taking as an essential component of meaningful learning and growth. We find that certain types of risk taking are essential to student growth and learning, and that intentional calibration of appropriate risks is critical in our course-design process. We also work to ensure that whatever organizational risk tolerance is identified, that this is communicated effectively and aligned through all aspects of program design and delivery. This session offers both the theory and practice to help organizations, teachers, and program leaders “lean in” to risk in service of student growth and learning.

In this workshop we deconstruct common emotional and psychological mental health situations that students may struggle with on course such as anxiety, self-harm, previous and/or present trauma and learn how to attend to students in short and medium-long term. We will reflect upon our own comfort level when working with distressed students and explore possible biases and judgments we may have towards certain behavior and emotional expressions. We will briefly review most common diagnoses, learn and practice basic techniques in supporting students, and familiarize ourselves with risk management guidelines.

From managing student behavior, to specific activities, this session will look at some of our best practices in managing student behavior, documenting incidents, and maintaining students as their own risk managers when engaging in high risk activities.
+ Honing in on the big risks for student travel: interpersonal misconduct, water safety, transportation safety, unsupervised time, homestay, health and hygiene.
+ Managing student medical issues: meds in the field, medical log, communication, field clinics.
+ Incident reporting
+ Field communication: Call guides, regular and emergency communication, communicating with parents, technology in the field.

Judgment allows for safe decision-making and is both a skill that requires training. The only way to develop judgment and thus to develop skills for risk identification and management is to gain experience and then reflect critically on that experience. Scenarios, case studies and simulations are effective tools to help educators develop judgment before actually being required to use it in a real event.