About Us

Safety

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Student safety is our number one priority on all Broadreach adventures. The combination of our year-round attention to risk management, long-term in-country partners, extensive staff training and longstanding experience operating successful programs abroad facilitates a fun and safe summer experience for every student.

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Emergency Action Plans

Every Broadreach program has a detailed emergency action plan specific to the location and its activities. Plans include the identification of suitable hospitals and any other resources to assist with medical care, evacuations or emergencies. Preparation is critical and all Broadreach staff are trained extensively before programs begin. We also have a dedicated 24-hour emergency hotline monitored by the Broadreach HQ team.

Intensive Staff Training

Before our summer instructors leave for their respective programs, they participate in a comprehensive staff training and development program. In addition to individual program components and group management, this training focuses on decision making, judgment and our approach to risk management.

Medically Trained Responders

At least one instructor on every program has their Wilderness First Aid (WFA), is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or equivalent certification. These instructors can treat minor wounds, manage potential infections, realign fractures and dislocations, administer CPR and make sound medical decisions in time-sensitive situations.

Managing Risk Through Student Engagement

We believe that learning to evaluate, respect and manage risks is both critical to a successful experience and a valuable life skill. On all programs, we teach students to share in the responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. You can learn more about our approach to risk management directly from one of our directors here.

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Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Reviews

For every program, activity and location, we conduct an annual risk analysis to stay informed and monitor possible situations that might necessitate a change in itinerary. The in-country partners we choose to work with are local experts who share our approach to rigorous safety standards.