Health and Safety
However, the underlying truth is that God is sovereign over all and while we use common sense to avoid danger, we also know things sometimes happen outside of our control.
Rome is one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the world. Like any city of almost three million people, it has its share of crime. While in Rome, you must exercise caution just as you would in any city in the U.S. or around the globe: watch your valuables; pay attention to who is around you and what they are doing; keep an eye on the people you are traveling with; avoid allowing people to distract you; if you feel unsafe, remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible and head toward the police (who tend to have a significant presence in Italy) or other officials, such as a conductor on a train; avoid getting yourself in a situation where you could be cheated.
Rome with Purpose makes every effort to provide a safe environment.
- The convent where we stay is gated and locked.
- We are registered with the U.S. embassy in case of terrorist threats.
- Each participant will be asked to give us contact information for someone in the U.S. to contact in case of emergency.
- We will explain our Emergency Evacuation Plan during orientation.
- Each Rome with Purpose participant will have an Italian cell phone to use in case of emergency.
- Since Rome is in Western Europe, the medical facilities are very adequate for most medical situations.
Each participant in our programs will have international travel/medical insurance, which will be purchased before students leave for Rome. Click here to see details about the policy.
If you are on any prescription medication, be sure to bring along enough medication to last you through the duration of your stay in Europe. Note that it is not possible to mail any medications through the Italian mail system.