Student safety is a top priority on all Broadreach adventures. We’re proud of our longstanding experience operating successful programs abroad. Our risk management approach includes a combination of year-round assessments including evaluation, communication and partnerships with in-country partners, extensive staff training, participation in industry conferences, and networking with risk management consultants. We welcome the opportunity to discuss our approach to risk management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.