Dietary Restrictions Abroad

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"Special dietary needs abroad can be difficult because you may be in an environment where people are not accustomed to hearing about certain food allergies, eating choices, or religious restrictions. When I was abroad in Morocco, I had many conversations with my host family about kosher and what I could and could not eat with them in their home. It was a process, but getting my program involved early on really helped the communication and transition. My host mom was very concerned about making sure that I had enough to eat, so she was more than accommodating!" - Katherine Vargas ’17

Traveling abroad with special dietary needs can be a very daunting task, especially in a country where certain foods are expected to be eaten regularly. Contact your program to see if there are any options available for your special needs including special markets, special goods, or even local festivals celebrating certain dietary habits (such as vegetarianism). Learn how to say words and phrases such as "vegetarian," "kosher," "I don't eat meat (cheese, wheat, etc)", or "I'm allergic to (nuts, dairy, etc)” in the local language so as to not cause confusion or disappointment in public restaurants.

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Additional Resources

Traveling as a Vegetarian

Kosher Resources

Traveling with Chronic Conditions

Other Dietary Restrictions