While participating in a PACE International activity, what safety issues are involved? Will I be in any danger?

Question:

While participating in a PACE International activity, what safety issues are involved? Will I be in any danger?

Answer:

The safety of participants in-country is the first priority of PACE International.

All activity sites have been visited by our in-country providers  (our partner organisation) to scope in-country logistics and to provide direct input into both activity and risk management structures. PACE International staff continuously monitor information provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, diplomatic channels, media outlets and various third party providers both prior to, during and after your activity.

PACE International also partners with International SOS who provide very accurate, up-to date information and advice on a range of areas including social, political, environmental and health concerns. In the event that safety conditions change there will be an immediate response from International SOS and PACE International staff and you will be given all relevant information.

Further to this, all participants have 24/7 access to counselling services for the full duration of your activity. This is a free, confidential service that Macquarie provides to participants in PACE International activities. Participants are also covered by Macquarie University's comprehensive Travel Insurance.

As a participant, before even leaving Australia you will also receive comprehensive pre-departure training, covering safety issues and how to stay safe in a new environment. This training is continued when you return from your international activity with a comprehensive debriefing to understand and contextualise your experiences and to re-adjust to life back home.