Frequently Asked Questions
What is OffWeGo?
OffWeGo is a mobile-first, traveler-centric risk management solution equally valuable and appealing to university risk managers and student travelers. We streamline the data collection of student travel by bundling key safety features from our travel assistance partners, with social and in-destination incentives that keep students engaged and an active participant in the reporting process. We send this data to the student's university to help ensure the university's duty of care, so they can properly advise and assist the travelers once they've departed.
One of the biggest issues in higher education travel is making sure the duty of care to the student traveler is effective. Even more challenging, ensuring the
duty of loyalty of the student traveler.
Duty of Loyalty infers that students should refrain from behaving in a manner that would be contrary to their employer’s best interests on a school-related trip. In short, duty of loyalty is the responsibility a student has to his or her organization to
actively participate in trip planning, follow the emergency procedures outlined in the institutions’ policies and to use general common sense in avoiding unnecessary risks when traveling on behalf of their employers.
OffWeGo engages students in the best ways possible, according to that indivudal student, so we’re able to gain better and more data points. We then provide this information to their university/sponsoring organization in a streamlined manor so that their school can provide the best services and make the best policies possible, to ensure the safety of their students.
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Universities have a duty of care to their off-campus students?
Yes! In fact, a lawsuit against Earlham College in 1995 (Earlham College v. Eisenberg) for the first time questioned whether American-sponsored study abroad programs should be held to the same Title IX standard as their domestic equivalents. Increasingly, US courts are expecting a proper duty of care for students participating in off-campus programs, and scrutinizing whether specific precautions have been put in place [i]
Similarly, in 2000, the case of Nova Southeastern University v. Gross, the Florida Supreme Court found that, “Universities are not exempt from liability just because a crime against a student took place off-campus with a university-sponsored program” [ii].
[i] Malveaux, Gregory F. Look Before Leaping: Risks, Liabilities, and Repair of Study Abroad in Higher Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
[ii] Ibid, 63.
I'm a student. How does this benefit me?
You are the reason for OffWeGo! We are building a platform around what you care about most when you travel. We want to create a platform that draws you in, not pushes you away. For this reason, we’ve listened to thousands of your opinions on what you want and are creating a unique way for you to see and collaborate with other US students abroad while being more situationally aware and safe.
I'm an institution or organization. How does this benefit me?
You are also other reason for OffWeGo!
We’ve talked to hundreds of schools and program providers and heard similar concerns: How can we increase engagement with safety policies and procedures, how do we get them to care… The student traveler is hypocritical: the rate safety an 8/10 on a scale of least important to most important travel factors, but lack the execution of policies to help maintain that safety.
This is where OffWeGo comes in. We engage students where and how they want to be engaged so we can capture as many details about their travels as possible, to send to the appropriate administrator to keep them safe. By helping solve the students’ first two travel anxieties (Social & Financial), we’re able to address key safety policies, by automatically capturing location, trip planning, and social habits.
We view this as the “pulse” of the student traveler. As we grow, we aim to collect not only quantitative data useful for your offices of where students are traveling, but how they’re feeling, and the mental state of that particular student throughout their time abroad.
I'm a parent. How does this benefit me?
Most parents say two things to their kids when traveling: “Have Fun and Be Safe!” We aim to do both at OffWeGo by bundling our social network with our safety & security features. As a parent you’re able to request to follow your child’s travels so you know when they travel and where they’re traveling to.
Socially, over 90% of students said they like to travel in groups, which is often times a safer and a more cost effective way to travel. Additionally, over two thirds of students said the best aspect of their time abroad was making new friends, traveling, and experiencing new cultures.
We're planning on releasing a B2C version for families, so stay tuned!
If I'm not a student, can I still join?
Unfortunately, no. For safety and other reasons, we restrict users to those enrolled in accredited, higher education institutions.
Do you have any jobs or internships available?
Yes! OffWeGo is always looking for talented students to help make travel safer... After all... we are built for students by students. Check out our Careers page for active postings.
How are you different than other Travel Management Companies?
Great question! At OffWeGo, we understand that although necessary, none of the key travel data needed to ensure the safety of the student and Duty of Care of the institution exists unless the student provides such information willingly swiftly, and accurately. As such, at OffWeGo we pride ourselves in capturing and engaging the traveler through every part of their travel journey through social connection, comparison, and gamification.
Whereas our competitors focus on the travel manager, OffWeGo focuses on the individual traveler in the goal in of engaging more types of people and inevitably providing higher quality information to their travel managers. We prioritize the individual's wants and needs, knowing that if they're engaged throughout all parts of their travel journey they will be more likely to report critical safety information.