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Personal Safety

A little caution, common sense, and some basic street smarts will go a long way in preventing any problems. Here are some tips for playing it safe:

  • You may be approached by people asking for money. You are entitled to refuse—but please be polite.
  • Avoid deserted streets, subway stops, and bus stops—always travel where other people are close by and make sure you know where you’re going. It is always best to not travel alone at night.
  • Do not show large amounts of cash in public.
  • Be especially careful in railway and bus stations. These are often crowded and attract thieves.
  • Do not leave any luggage or valuables that might be attractive to thieves in an unattended car.
  • Finally, trust your instincts, and always remain cautious.

If you are interested in learning more about how to be safe while in the U.S., check out the National Crime Prevention Council.

CIEE Announces Winner of the 2011 Internship USA Contest! Click Here to Read More!

Did you have medical attention while in the U.S.? Notify CIEE!

Did you have medical attention while in the U.S.? Notify CIEE!

If you require medical attention while on the program, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your bills are resolved. If you have any problems or questions regarding insurance coverage or bills received after you have returned home, please contact CIEE by email at

Enter the WYSE Work Abroad Video Contest and you could win US$2,000!

As a member of WYSE Work Abroad, CIEE encourages you to showcase your creative talents by joining WYSE Work Abroad’s “Expand Your Horizons” Video Contest. Submit a 2-3 minute video about your work abroad, volunteer, work and travel, or internship experience, and you could win US $2,000!

Find out more about this exciting contest by visiting the contest microblog site:

The 2011 contest is now closed. Check back in April 2012 for details of the 2012 contest!

Be sure to notify WYSE Work Abroad that you’ve entered the contest by emailing them your name and the title of your video. You must also indicate that you are a CIEE Work & Travel USA participant.

If you have questions, please visit the WYSE Work Abroad website or email them at