Flee With Me To Safety!

Flee With Me To Safety! March 17, 2016

Having been blogging about safety and study abroad lately, I was interested to see a study by the Forum on Education Abroad which shows from insurance claim data that students are twice as likely to die on campus in the United States than while studying abroad.

I’ll need to check the details more closely to see whether the amount of time spent in the different locations has been taken into account. If not, then presumably one could still argue that one is somewhat more likely to die in one’s one semester overseas than in one’s other seven in the United States.

But even then, it is worth noting that in general the things that lead to student mortality abroad are the same things that lead to it in most cases in the United States: pre-existing medical conditions and accidents.

And so, if this study is correct, then I can use the slogan that is the title of this post to promote my future trips. Come with me to Israel and the West Bank, and be safer than you would be if you didn’t!

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  • Phil Ledgerwood

    Maybe you could tell the parents that, at the first sign of trouble, you and the students will flee to the desert.

  • Arlene Adamo

    Do you work for the Israeli government by organizing propaganda trips to Israel? If so, that’s very sad. I’ll not read any of your posts in the future.

    • No, I am a professor of religious studies whose research and teaching is closely connected with this part of the world, and so I take students on educational trips which focus primarily on historical matters, but also on the contemporary political situation because one cannot travel to Israel and the occupied territories without that being part of what one learns about.

      • Arlene Adamo

        Sorry if I got it wrong. It’s just that, from what I’ve learned, there are free propaganda trips to Israel carefully designed to garner support for the occupation.


        If you do take students there, I hope you get a chance to visit with the Christians in Palestine. They are the oldest Christian communities in the world and must be a fountain of information. What a wonderful thing it would be to be able to visit and speak with them! I wish I could. This is a lovely video they made:

        We are Palestinian Christians!