FAQs about Gap Programs & COVID-19
Global Works is moving forward with 2021 Summer Service Adventure programming. We are pleased to say that 2021 summer programs are currently open for registration.
We have spent past few months developing protocols and best practices related to COVID-19 alongside some of our industry peers and leaders. As a community of staff, participants, and partners, we will work together to promote responsible travel and positive outcomes for our community. We continue to monitor various resources such as the World Health Organization, CDC, and our local contacts around the world.
There is little question we will collectively need to be flexible as we navigate the evolving global environment. The development of multiple vaccines means we have an end in sight. Questions remain as to the timeline of vaccine roll out, not only here in the USA, but in the locations we visit. New entry requirements and certain itinerary changes will come to light as we transition into the Spring.
We are confident that many of our destinations, if not all, will be available for programming come summer. To ensure all of our students have a meaningful summer opportunity, we have expanded offerings into domestic locations like American South, Southwest USA, and Pacific Northwest USA.
Below are a few of our protocols and expectations participants should anticipate. We are in close communication with our friends and partners in around the world to collaborate and emphasize our shared priority in everyone’s well being.
- Please expect that a negative COVID-19 test or vaccine may be required prior to program.
- Masks will be required and social distancing emphasized with any activities in public and with any partners.
- Daily temperature checks and tracking.
- Testing while on the program and the possibility of isolation and or quarantine.
- Disinfecting procedures for private lodging and transportation.
- No homestays this summer.
- Behavioral expectations and guidelines that participants will be expected to adhere to.
We are optimistic that most, if not all, of our destinations will be available for travel by summer. Locations like Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Peru, and our domestic options are already available for travel. Other countries are battling the virus and we will continue to monitor the changing conditions, border restrictions, and entry requirements. If your trip is cancelled due to COVID-19, you may switch to another program, or all tuition is fully refundable. Deposits will be granted as fully transferable credits to a future trip.
The highly probable programs currently include Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Pacific Northwest USA, and American South USA. A few programs are pending a relaxation of entry requirements/restrictions and they include Spain, France, New Zealand, Fiji, and Peru. Though we are optimistic about many of our destinations moving forward this summer, we encourage families to consider and choose and Option B to help ensure an awesome experience this summer. Our application for enrollment allows families to select a second choice.
Some destinations like Peru and Puerto Rico are requiring negative test results to enter. Other destination have not yet opened borders and released this information. Costa Rica requires an additional insurance coverage. Please anticipate at least a negative test result for your program whether or not your destination requires it. Vaccine requirements have not yet been determined by Global Works or any destinations.
If you test positive for COVID-19 right before departing for your trip, you would not be able to leave with the group. Since this would be considered cancellation for a medical reason, it would fall under our Program Interruption and Cancellation Plan (PIP). If you purchased PIP, you would be entitled to a tuition refund less the deposit if this situation occurred.
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 on the trip, we will be subject to the health requirements of the destination we are in. Generally speaking, this means a quarantine for a pre determined period of time until a negative test result clears you to return to the group or travel home. Typically, this means staying in a hotel room. Global Works would provide support in this process. It may be necessary for a parent or guardian to travel to the destination to provide support during this period of time. The remaining group members would need to be tested and cleared prior to resuming the program.
We understand that these are unprecedented times for travel, and want to make sure that communication is transparent and open. We will continuously update you about your program, as situations involving COVID-19 evolve. If any questions ever come up, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 303-545-2202 or email@example.com. We will also have a 24/7 emergency line available when participants are in the field.