UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2020
To all Global Volunteers supporters, volunteers and donors:
We have canceled all USA service programs through September 30, 2020. Individual teams may be mobilized in certain circumstances according to the capacity for the host community to safely accommodate volunteers. Our office is open to respond to your questions.
On August 6, in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory for Americans. The Department employs a system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions.
U.S. citizens considering traveling abroad should review the entire Travel Advisory for their destination(s) on Travel.State.gov. A full list of recent updates to Travel Advisories can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/
Additional information can be found on the the U.S. State Department, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and World Health Organization (WHO). As advisories are updated, we will determine how to respond regarding service programs beyond that date, and will post updates here. Until the travel ban is lifted, suspended international service programs will be cancelled 30 days from scheduled departure. We will notify volunteers affected by our program cancellations. Anyone who registers now will not be charged a transfer fee in the event they must transfer to a later program.
Read updates from our community partners and staff worldwide:
- School Openings Begin Abroad
- Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success Saves Lives
- COVID-19 Complicates Poverty Relief in Cuba
- The Cost of COVID-19 in the Cook Islands
- COVID-19 Impacts on St. Lucian Life
- Ecuador Community Partner Struggles in Pandemic Hot Zone
- Peruvian Children Feed Others During Pandemic
- Tanzania Staff Respond Quickly With Infection Prevention
At Global Volunteers, our mission is to connect people worldwide to wage peace and promote justice through service to the world’s children and their community. Our work hasn’t ended during the pandemic. Our current priority is fundraising to sustain our programs in 14 countries. We continue to serve our partner communities through online consultations and with our U.S. and international staff – who will be in place when the pandemic recedes and our programs resume. We assess every month our capability to continue service programs in 2020 and 2021.
We received loans through the Federal CARES Act and the Small Business Association in the first disbursement period. We’re keeping our staff employed while we work with community partners to protect and provide essential services to local families while volunteers are unable to serve.
- We’re fundraising to support children worldwide
- We’re communicating with Global Volunteers alumni
- We’re updating and improving volunteer materials
- We’re expanding all RCP workshops in Tanzania
- We’re investing in staff training
Of course, our first priority is, and has always been, the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, and the people we serve worldwide. As an organization, we’re committed to doing what is necessary to help contain the spread of the virus in all parts of the world, so as to optimize the outcome for those who are affected. Most of our US staff, and many of our international staff, are working from home. We’re extremely grateful to those who have been activated during this pandemic to skillfully care for others in hospitals and special medical units throughout the world. We must continue to act responsibly – with global health in mind – to prevent COVID-19 from greater devastation.
We need your continued support so we can help those who are experiencing unprecedented stress along with rapidly diminishing resources. As always, we’re very grateful for your continued commitment to our mission and goal.
Burnham Philbrook, Global Volunteers Co-founder & CEO