Peace of mind

Pre-Departure Orientation

After making your tour deposit, our team will be in touch with you to confirm details about you and anyone traveling with you, as well as provide some information about things you may need to take care of well in advance of your trip – visas, international flights, vaccinations, etc. As you get closer to your departure date, there will be a more in-depth orientation process for you to get to know the country you’ll be visiting and our human rights partners. You will have the opportunity to speak directly with our Country Representative and ask any questions you have. 


Staying healthy is essential to a fulfilling travel experience. Please let us know about any medical issues you have before traveling, and share any concerns you might have. If you are on a trip and feeling sick, even a little, tell us. 

Some preventative tips:

  • Know your limits! We’re not superheroes. If you’re feeling tired or dehydrated, take a rest. 
  • Bring bottled water and use sunscreen. Every day, even on cloudy days.
  • Get plenty of sleep. This will help conquer any jet lag, and keep you full of energy for our busy days.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables. Most of the countries we visit have incredible fruit and vegetables – take advantage!
  • Keep us informed. No substitute for communication.



Every aspect of our trips is planned with safety in mind. Between our tour operators and our human rights partners, we have decades of experience in each and every place we visit. 

Your pre-departure orientation will include information and tips about safety in the country, as well as a chance to ask our Country Representative any questions you have. 

Keeping in touch

You know that the trip is going well – but folks back home want to hear from you! There are a few ways to stay in touch:

  • Wifi: Almost every hotel in a major city will have decent wifi for you to use. Where not available at the hotel, we will do our best to find other options for you to connect.
  • International roaming: Check with your wireless provider, as this is often possible in most of the countries we travel to. We wouldn’t recommend using roaming for long calls, as rates are often sky-high, but good as a backup.
  • Local SIM cards: If your phone is unlocked, you can buy a SIM card in country with fairly inexpensive data plans. Check with your wireless provider to find out whether your phone is unlocked. 
  • In-country number: We will provide you with an in-country number that your family and friends can call if they need to get in touch with you during the trip.