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Reopening our International Programs

Updated: November 2020

We’re pleased to announce that we have officially started the process of opening our international locations. This is in line with scenario 1 described below. 

If you’re considering joining our programs we recommend booking now to avoid disappointment as capacity is limited and demand for places is high.  

Have questions? If the information below doesn’t answer them please contact us.

REOPENING SCENARIOS

 

Below we describe three different scenarios that we have planned for over the next 12 – 18 months. The decision to move from one scenario to another is based on the criteria that can be found below.

Scenario 1: Reopening our international programs before the end of 2020

In this scenario, we’ll open:

  • a select number of our international programs in 2020
  • the majority of our international programs at the start of 2021
  • the remainder of our international programs throughout the first half of 2021. 

If we’re unable to open any international program on a specific date and location, we’ll work with participants to arrange a free transfer of date or location should capacity be available.

Scenario 2: Opening our international programs at the beginning of 2021

In scenario two, we’ll open:

  • the majority of our international programs at the start of 2021
  • the remainder our international programs throughout the first half of 2021.

If we’re unable to open any international program on a specific date and location, we’ll work with participants to arrange a free transfer of date or location should capacity be available.

Scenario 3: Opening our international programs during 2021

In scenario three, we’ll open:

  • a select number of our international programs at the start of 2021
  • the majority of our international programs in the first half of 2021
  • the remainder of our international programs throughout the second half of the year.

If we’re unable to open any international program on a specific date and location, we’ll work with participants to arrange a free transfer of date or location should capacity be available.

In all scenarios
  • If an international program is open, booked participants will be welcomed onto the program. If the international program is not open yet, booked participants will be contacted at least 6 weeks in advance and will be able to transfer their booking to an alternative date or location, free of charge, should capacity be available.
  • Participants will be entitled to a full refund (Terms and Conditions apply) if they have purchased our cancellation waiver (which can be added to their booking). This also allows them to cancel their program up to 48 hours prior to their program start date. 
  • Capacity on all programs is limited due to the need for social distancing. Priority will be given to participants who have bookings for future start dates at that location, followed by those who could not attend their programs due to COVID-19 and are needing to transfer. New enrolments will be taken thereafter.

CRITERIA FOR REOPENING

 

The following criteria need to be met before we reopen any location, hub or program. 

We’ll also be giving foremost consideration to the safety of our participants, staff, partners and community members, the wishes of our community partners and members, and the impact on the overall quality of the experience for participants. 

 We monitor and assess each criterion weekly on a location-specific basis.

  • Home country conditions: We cannot responsibly run international programs until the number of new COVID-19 cases in the home country of our participants is within a range that is acceptable for a host country. 
  • Host country conditions:  We need to consider the number of new COVID-19 cases in a host country to assess the safety of all of our stakeholders, including our participants, community members and staff.  In addition, we need to ensure that local restrictions don’t inhibit the feasibility or the quality of the program.
  • International travel: We need to consider whether travel advisories between home and host countries have been lifted, whether the host country is granting visas to participants who are citizens of a specific country, what kinds of entry and re-entry requirements are in place and whether flights are available between the home country of participants and our host countries. 
  • GVI’s Health and Hygiene Policy and Procedures: We need to ensure that our new health and hygiene standards are consistently being met. Before reopening, each location and project is audited. Any areas of non-compliance are rectified before participants are accepted onto the program. 
  • Project relevance and wishes of host communities: We need to ensure that the program is still relevant and that our community partners and members wish the collaborative project initiatives to restart.  We’re in conversation with relevant community partners and are taking care to not add pressure during this difficult time.
  • Sufficient numbers of participants: To ensure that we’re able to meet the project commitments we’ve agreed to with our community partners and the high quality of experience we offer to our participants, we need to ensure we have a sufficient number of participants on the ground before we restart a program.