Who are Objective?
Objective Travel Safety specialises in training a wide range of professionals & individuals prior to their travels. Since 2002, we have been running Hostile Environment Safety Courses for journalists deploying to conflict zones, we currently have a contract with the European Broadcast Union http://www.ebu.ch/en/hr_training/training/index_new.php and have run courses for most of the UK's print and TV media. We also run courses for NGOs and multi national companies sending employees to post conflict countries. In addition, courses are also available to expeditions and Objective trained Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman before both the Long Way Round & Long Way Down motor bike expeditions.
The increasing need for safety awareness for young travellers led to the creation of the Gap Safety course. In one day, students are given advice, warnings and responses to various situations they may face while travelling. The course is designed to teach the individual how to evaluate situations so they can avoid trouble and to give them the confidence to get off the beaten track and explore; i.e make the most of their gap year. The course had been running now for 7 years.
Charlie McGrath MBE
A wonderful paradox of a safety specialist and highly entertaining teacher. He spent his two gap years in South America & Asia; then 15 years in the Army serving in Northern Ireland, Africa, Middle East and Central America . He has travelled extensively as a civilian on every continent (including Antarctica ). His never- exhausting repartee of travelling experiences adds humour and first hand experience to the courses..
Claire spent a large proportion of her early years running around barefoot in Uganda where her father lived. Escorted soley by her 18 year old sister she embarked on a month long back packing adventure around Uganda, Kenya, and Congo aged 10! On leaving school she took off to South and Central America and has since travelled around SE Asia, parts of India and Europe.
Marina spent her childhood living in South Africa and then went back to Southern Africa on her Gap Year before going onto to work in Australia and New Zealand. Further trips have taken her to North and East Africa and also to the Far East, North and South America. In addition, she has worked as a travel consultant for the last 20 years.
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton MVO MBE
20 years service with the Irish Guards and SAS; specialist knowledge of South America, the Middle and Far East . Jamie established the course with Charlie in 2002 and now acts as a consultant.
27 Nov, 2015
Chile - increase tension on border areas with Peru and Bolivia, India - Dengue Fever outbreak in Delhi, Burma - NLD party to win election, Kenya - continued threat of further terrrorism, India - heightened security threat in Kashmir & jammu, Argentina - Macri wins election...
26 Nov, 2015
High crime levels in many cities & some civil unrest. The best bits of Latin America are the rural areas. South and Central America offers so many opportinites to travellers, perhaps more than any other continent. The topography and environment is diverse, there are many cultural and historical differences and most gappers have a superb time. However crime levels are high in some cities, so concentrate on the best bits, the rural area; the Pantanal, Andes, Amazon, Atacama Desert, Patagonia, Chilean and Argentinian Lake District.......
Tensions between Chile and Peru and Bolivia over northern borders areaa. Expect increase in patrols, checkpints etc
Experts concerned that thie 2015-2016 El Nino weather pattern will be severe - Peru and Ecudaor most at risk...