Forensic Anthropology Field School
Albania, Greece, and Romania
May 19 - June 13, 2015
You will need a valid passport to travel abroad. For information on applying for a new passport or renewing one that has expired, go to the State Department’s Web site:
You will need to apply in person if you are applying for a U.S. passport for the first time; if your currently valid U.S. passport has been lost of stolen; if your expired U.S. passport is not in your possession; if your previous U.S. passport has expired and was issued more than 15 years ago; or if your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under 16.
If you need to obtain a passport for the first time, you must go in person to one of 6,000 passport acceptance facilities located throughout the United States with:
- two photographs of yourself;
- proof of U.S. citizenship (e.g., an original birth certificate); and
- a valid form of photo identification such as a driver’s license.
Acceptance facilities include many Federal, state, and probate courts; post offices; some public libraries; and a number of county and municipal offices.
The Centers for Disease Control (http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/regionEasternEuropeNorthernAsia.aspx) recommend that travelers to Albania and Romania obtain the following vaccinations at least 4-6 weeks before the trip to allow time for the shots to take effect:
- Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG);
- Hepatitis B, if you might be exposed to blood (e.g., health-care workers), have intimate contact with the local population, stay longer than six months, or be exposed through medical treatment;
- Rabies, if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation;
- Typhoid, for travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels; and
- As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, varicella, and a one-time dose of
polio vaccine for adults.
Travelers’ diarrhea is the most common travel-related ailment. All travelers should bring along an antibiotic and an antidiarrheal drug to be started promptly if significant diarrhea occurs. A quinolone antibiotic is usually prescribed: either ciprofloxacin (Cipro) (PDF) 500 mg twice daily or levofloxacin (Levaquin) (PDF) 500 mg once daily for a total of three days. An antidiarrheal drug such as diphenoxylate (Lomotil) (PDF) or loperamide (Imodium) should be taken as needed.
Important: You must provide your own health insurance. Make sure that it includes overseas coverage or sign up for a one-month rider to cover you while we travel (which is typically inexpensive). You will need to provide us with a copy of a valid insurance card before we leave. We will enroll all participants in the MEDEX emergency flight insurance program as part of your program fee.
Essential Physical Abilities for Participants
Participants on this trip need to be in good overall physical health. Unassisted, you must be able to:
- carry your luggage for distances up to several hundred yards;
- walk moderate distances on flat to moderately steep, uneven surfaces;
- climb stairs;
- take the two-hour ferry trip from Saranda to Corfu; and
- sit for several hours on the airplanes and in the chartered bus that we use to travel in Albania.
All participants should be aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act is not applicable outside the United States and that facilities for disabled individuals are very limited in Albania and Greece.
Traveling and living in a group for almost one month without the amenities most Americans take for granted is stressful and occasionally difficult. Participants must be prepared to be flexible, cooperative, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of fellow travelers and the cultural differences in the countries we visit. All members of the group must be able to deal calmly and effectively with stressful situations, maintain their composure at all times, and avoid aggressive behavior.
Any emotional or psychological conditions that may affect a participant’s ability to meet these behavioral expectations must be identified and discussed with the program directors before you sign up for the trip.
Utica College works diligently to ensure the safety, security, and health of all faculty, staff, and students, whether on campus or traveling as part of the college’s international education experiences. Utica College, however, will not be liable for sickness, psychological disorders, or injuries that participants may sustain during the course. If required, the course directors will make every reasonable effort to assist in securing appropriate medical care for all participants but each participant must be responsible for their own health and safety.
Neither Utica College nor the course directors will be liable for items, money, or documents that may be lost by or stolen from participants during the trip.