As a parent, one is always concerned at where one’s children are traveling to – whatever age they may be.
It is a sad reflection of society today that not a day goes by without an “incident” hitting the news – be that San Bernadino, Miami, Boston, New York, Paris, Brussels, Manchester or London.
As a parent with a child traveling with us you rightly want to know more about our safety procedures and the organization you entrust your child to.
ECE and ECE International Group have been working with People to People International both directly and indirectly for over 30 years. During that time we have traveled many thousands of students to all corners of the world. In that time we have faced problems periodically and have built a safety plan from the experience gained directly and also indirectly through the appointment of specialist safety advisors. Safety is and always will be our Number One priority and this is something that we will not compromise on.
We are proud members of STF – The School Travel Forum in the UK which sets the standards for education outside the classroom auditing our suppliers and risk assessing the activities that your child will experience whilst traveling with us. We have taken this safety benchmark and are now looking to emulate these standards with all of our worldwide partners across the globe.
As a 28 year plus travel veteran, I have worked with organizations and trade associations internationally aiming to spread best safety practice and have also seen the consequences of IRA and 7/7 bombings in my great capital city. Our team has refined our safety policies as a result of these events and trained our great team in how they should react in such circumstances – indeed our Operations and Safety Training Course for Delegation Managers (who will chaperone each travel program from start to finish) was impacted by the events in London Bridge at the weekend. We have contingency plans that if after reviewing the advice of government agencies in the USA, Europe and internationally we can divert our travelers and staff on our programs to safer places at a moment’s notice.
I’m a proud Londoner surrounded by a team of people here in London and Vienna who are committed to providing you and your family with the safest travel program that we can. London is open and it is business as usual despite the tragic events of recent days. We will not be cowered by terrorists but neither will we be cavalier in protecting the interests of our student travelers.
I very much look forward to welcoming your family to all of our global destinations this summer and trust that the above will give you some more information about us and our procedures giving you confidence in our travel programs.
Co – Founder and Chairman