The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Police in Argentina have gone on strike demanding higher pay to compensate for rising inflation. These strikes have triggered outbreaks of looting throughout Argentina, most notably in select provinces including Córdoba and Entre Rios. The Argentine government has dispatched federal police to areas of concern, and the Buenos Aires metropolitan area has remained unaffected by the looting. There are no students currently abroad on ISA programs in Buenos Aires; however, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and inform future participants of any updates as they arise.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Security measures have been heightened in Northern Ireland as the Irish Republic Army (IRA) has displayed a recent increase in activity. There have been several instances of attempted bombings as well as political protests. The related violence that occurs in Belfast is generally located in very specific areas of the city, far from where ISA students live and attend classes. ISA students have been advised that they should use extra caution and be especially vigilant during this time. We will continue to monitor these events and make recommendations to our students as needed.
Friday, December 6, 2013
The Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela passed away at his home in Johannesburg late night on December 5th, 2013. With his passing, it is expected that there will be large impromptu gatherings throughout the country during the 10 day mourning period.
A few roads have been closed in preparation of his state funeral, which will take place at his rural village home in Qunu on the 15th of December, 2013. South Africa is currently anticipating a large disruption in transportation and business during this period.
There have been no reports of violence at the moment, and we will continue to monitor this situation.
Although most ISA students have left the country, those remaining over the break have been notified and have been asked to take extra precautions throughout the coming days.
Friday, October 11, 2013
In Chile there has been an on-going student movement, which began in 2011. The center of these protests has historically been in Santiago, with smaller protests taking place in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar and other cities throughout the country. The protests are peaceful and have not posed a threat to the health and safety of participants. There has been varying degrees of disruption to courses taken with local students at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso. Given the upcoming presidential elections, it is likely that there will be demonstrations in the coming months. Students are reminded of ISA's safety protocol and that it is against ISA policy to participate in strikes or demonstrations. We will continue to monitor these events, and make recommendations to our students as needed.
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