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Travel Health Resources

By  June 17, 2009

Are headlines in the news giving you cold feet about the big trip you've been planning for months? 

The invasion of Iraq, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), conflict in many countries—you could always travel by remote-control from the comfort of your big-screen TV.

Clearly, it would be unwise to venture into the Persian Gulf at the moment, or to some parts of Asia if you are concerned about contracting SARS (you may want to consider staying out of certain Toronto hospitals too if that is a worry). But there are still relatively safe places to travel, work or volunteer abroad. Don't pull the plug on your plans just yet, but make sure you do a little looking into what's happening where.


Here's a short list of resources that can help you to make your travel decisions:

Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Information and Advisory Reports

Travel reports, updates, heads-ups.

Health Canada, Travel Medicine


International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)

Advises travellers of health risks, geographical distribution of diseases, immunization requirements for all countries, and makes competent medical care available to travellers around the world.

The Centre for Disease Control


World Health Organization

Tons of up-to-date information, including health conditions, crime rates and the availability of medical services.

US Department of State Travel Warnings

Info about travel requirements, safety considerations, medical facilities... you name it.

Malaria Foundation

Complicated language, but up to date info on something you don't want.

Also, check out www.crazydogtravel.com for loads of information about what to take, where to take it, and how to take it there. A great resource!


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Jeff Minthorn

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A co-founder of Verge Magazine and the Go Global Expo, Jeff is a well-known voice in the area of international working, studying and volunteering and was writing about gap years before the term even appeared the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Having worked, studied and travelled on six continents, Jeff is passionate about the important role international experience plays in developing responsible, caring global citizens. He has spoken to audiences across Canada and the United States on subjects ranging from how to plan an international volunteer experience, to developing effective media skills and literacy.
Jeff holds two degrees from the University of Waterloo. Before co-founding Verge, he spent 10 years in the field of experiential education, including several years training experiential educators. Through Verge and the Go Global Expos, Jeff has been helping to connect international organizations and global citizens for nearly two decades.

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