COVID – Potential Effects on Routes
In the midst of uncertainty about travel restrictions, we are building contingency plans that would provide the opportunity for us to effectively mobilize students while staying compliant with the recommendations of experts such as the CDC and any local, federal, and proper international mandates.
2020 Global U Students have been notified of the plan for September, including any impact on fundraising and deadlines.
We will launch in September and have developed contingency plans if we are not able to travel overseas at that point.
Location decision process
Our original routes were to include Guatemala, Israel, Greece, and Spain. However with the COVID-19 virus has complicated our ability to commit to a plan. Guatemala has been shut to non-citizens. Accordingly, we will launch from our base in Gainesville, GA. We will purchase our tickets when we are cleared to do so. We will follow this protocol:
1. We will monitor the protocols established by our destination country governments.
2. We will monitor the public health as represented by credible authorities.
3. We will communicate with our insurance company and the AIM risk management team to get their counsel.
4. We will monitor airline websites to ensure availability of flights.
5. We will confirm the feasibility of our plans with our leaders on the ground in our destination countries.
6. When each of these five authorities indicate that it is safe and feasible to travel, we will communicate with participants.
7. We will then purchase tickets for students and confirm our logistical arrangements.
8. We will follow airline health protocols while traveling, social distancing along the way.
9. We will seek to test students for the virus if they are placed in situations where we feel standards have been compromised.
10. We will monitor health conditions in the host country.
11. We will repeat this process for each of the countries we travel to.
Changes in health conditions
We will continue to monitor the health standards in our host country as long as we stay there. Should significant changes occur, we will follow the protocol we used in pulling 570 young adults back to the U.S. from around the world in March.