Food Safety

  • The change in diet and water can greatly affect students’ health while overseas. Students should be sure to find out from the local staff if they need to take any special precautions with foods. For instance, in some developing countries it is unsafe to eat raw vegetables or unpeeled fruits.
  • In Latin America, Asia, and Africa it is also not uncommon for the tap water to be unsafe as drinking water--in which case, students will need to drink bottled water, or boil water to drink.
  • When trying new foods and getting used to a new diet overseas, take it slowly and do not overindulge in new foods too quickly. This gives newcomers’ bodies some time to adjust.
  • When eating out, try to frequent establishments that serve foods fresh and piping hot.
  • Keep abreast of news reports regarding food contamination.