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AGE NEWS Participating in mobility programs, such as studying, working, or cultural exchange abroad, is exciting and full of new experiences. However, amidst all the excitement, we also need to take care of our health and safety.

So, how do you stay healthy and safe during a mobility program? Check out these tips that will definitely help you.

Prepare Yourself Before Departure

Before leaving, make sure you’ve had a thorough health check-up. Consult with your doctor for necessary vaccinations according to your destination country. Don’t forget to bring personal medications you might need, such as allergy medicine or other medications. Make copies of prescriptions and important medical records just in case of emergencies.

Familiarize Yourself with the New Environment

Upon arrival, take some time to get to know your surroundings. Find out the locations of nearby health facilities, such as hospitals or clinics. Save local emergency numbers in your phone contacts. This is crucial so you know where to go in case of an emergency.

Maintain a Healthy Diet and Lifestyle

A healthy diet and an active lifestyle are key to maintaining health during a mobility program. Strive to consume balanced meals and avoid unhygienic food. Additionally, stay active with light exercises, such as walking or cycling, to keep your body fit.

Stay Connected with Family and Friends

Always keep in touch with your family and friends back home. Update them on your whereabouts and health condition regularly. This not only gives them peace of mind but also ensures someone knows your situation in case something happens.

Follow Local Health Protocols

Each country may have different health protocols, especially related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Make sure you always follow these rules, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and washing your hands regularly. Adhering to health protocols helps protect yourself and those around you.

Pay Attention to Mental Health

Besides physical health, mental health is also very important. Participating in a mobility program can be a challenging and sometimes stressful experience. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you find it difficult to cope with changes or feel overwhelmed. Many universities and organizations provide counselling services for their participants.

Health Insurance

Make sure you have health insurance that is valid in your destination country. This insurance will be very useful if you need unexpected medical care. Review the insurance policy carefully so you understand what is covered and how to use it.

Stay Alert and Be Cautious

Always be aware of your surroundings and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Don’t trust strangers too easily, and avoid walking alone in unfamiliar or isolated places, especially at night. Keep valuable items and important documents in a safe place.

Participating in a mobility program is a valuable experience and can be one of the best moments in your life. By maintaining health and safety, you can enjoy every moment without worry. I hope these tips are helpful and enjoy your new adventure!


Author: Arninda Oktaviani – English Diploma – GLUCONS Participant

Editor: Zahra Hanifa Ramadhani – Digital Engagement Staff Intern