• ACTUALIZACIÓN DE VIAJES: ¡Estamos abiertos! Programa reapertura de actualizaciones y respuestas a sus preguntas sobre COVID-19 y nuestra política de reserva flexible.

A medida que el mundo se está abriendo y dando pequeños pasos hacia la 'nueva normalidad', Volunteering Solutions está listo para reiniciar los programas, cumpliendo con todas las medidas y precauciones de seguridad. Los últimos meses han sido un tiempo desafiante y de prueba para todos en todo el mundo, ya que hemos sido golpeados por el COVID-19 de las formas más inesperadas posibles. En general, millones de personas se han infectado en todo el mundo debido al virus, aunque la tasa de recuperación ha sido impresionante.

Volunteering Solutions recomendará encarecidamente a todos los participantes que busquen asesoramiento sobre viajes internacionales de sus respectivos gobiernos y tomen una decisión personal si desean viajar durante este período.Si ya ha sido vacunado, puede informarnos sobre lo mismo y lo ayudaremos a averiguar cómo y dónde puede viajar y ser voluntario.

Los CDC (Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades) han publicado una lista detallada de países que mencionan los factores de riesgo asociados con los viajes. Aparte de eso, el gobierno del Reino Unido también ha estado brindando regularmente orientación detallada sobre países de todo el mundo, actualizando las restricciones actuales, los requisitos de entrada, los consejos de salud pública, etc. Actualmente, Estados Unidos se está enfocando principalmente en las campañas de vacunación con la esperanza de reanudar viajes de placer internacionales pronto, para el verano de 2021. No importa a dónde planeemos viajar, es extremadamente importante comprender que las comunidades de acogida podrían verse afectadas debido a su negligencia. Todo lo que podemos hacer es mantener las precauciones adecuadas, tener cuidado con nuestras acciones y asegurarnos de que estemos todos juntos en esta guerra contra el Coronavirus.

Volunteering Solutions se centra incansablemente en el bienestar de los voluntarios y de las comunidades de acogida en todo el mundo.

Estamos haciendo nuestro mejor esfuerzo para apoyar a las comunidades anfitrionas y planeamos reabrir nuestros programas gradualmente en los próximos meses, dependiendo de las últimas advertencias de viaje en cada país y las restricciones del gobierno local vigentes.

Es esencialmente imposible predecir cómo seguirá evolucionando esta situación global en los próximos meses. Los avances en la vacunación seguramente nos están dando la esperanza de que algún tipo de normalidad regrese más temprano que tarde. Sin embargo, la situación es algo con lo que debemos ser pacientes y, independientemente de los destinos que vuelvan a abrir, los voluntarios deberán seguir las precauciones locales en consecuencia.

Which programs are currently open for volunteers?

It is important to note that we are currently reopening our volunteer programs in those countries where the local government and public health guidelines deem it safe. As per the new travel guidelines, most of these countries will require a proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test, taken 72 hrs prior to travel.

Given below is a list of tentative opening times for each destination which will be opening soon and of those destinations where programs are open currently. We're offering flexible booking policy for all our volunteers who are keen to join us and make a difference in the post pandemic world.

Asia

For other locations and programs, we are accepting bookings for 2021 - 2022 and we'll update you soon about further reopenings.

Our Flexible Booking Policy

We’re offering the best we can! Participants can avail the flexible booking policy to change travel dates and program destination during this period of uncertainty. All volunteers can change their travel destination, volunteer project or trip dates free of cost as long as you contact us more than 14 days before your start date. If you don’t know when you will be able to travel, we can hold any program fee you’ve paid as a credit on your 'My Account', until you decide when to travel. Our flexible booking policy means that once you’ve paid your registration fee, your money is protected. Any program fee paid by the participants can be used as a credit towards a future trip.

Covid-19 & Travel Insurance

Volunteering Solutions in partnership with Seven Corners Insurance is offering comprehensive travel and medical insurance that covers any expenses related to Covid-19 as well. These benefits include emergency medical and trip interruption coverage for you personally or a travel companion who contracts Covid-19 or goes under quarantine when traveling. In case you unexpectedly catch Covid-19 at home before you leave for your trip, you may also be eligible for trip cancellation coverage, which represents compensation for any pre-paid non-refundable travel expenses such as flights, hotels, and excursions. We are hopeful that this catastrophe will soon be a talk of the past, and we'll all be able to join hands to volunteer abroad, spreading happiness & make a difference.

Covid-19 & Volunteer Travel - FAQs

How can I change my travel dates and still go volunteering abroad in 2021-2022 (or maybe later)?

We know that your wanderlustful soul is keeping you on your toes - and we’re offering greater flexibility for changes to travel dates and destinations during this period of uncertainty when the world is still coping up from the pandemic woes. You can reschedule your volunteering trip abroad anytime in 2021 (or later) and we'll be glad to offer you the dates of your choice.

In case you don’t know when you will be able to travel, we shall be happy to hold your registration and any program fee you’ve paid as a credit on your ‘My Account’ until you decide when & where you'd want to travel to.

Since our programs have already started to resume and you are planning to make your bookings now, make sure to keep the following in mind:

  • Get a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy and make sure it covers you for the eventualities that you are most concerned about.
  • Book refundable flight tickets or wait until the situation gets better. Since we're flexible with changing your program dates & destination, we'd ask you to wait for some time now, and book your flights only when you're closer to your departure date.
  • Do take care of yourself in the best possible manner, try to avoid going out if it's not extremely necessary, and follow the precautionary measures that have been rolled out by the international health organizations.

As they say, ‘Precaution is better than cure’ and we are strictly enforcing the following, across all our volunteering destinations, in order to minimize the risks associated with Covid-19. It's our first priority to ensure the well-being of the volunteers as well as the host communities.

  1. Volunteers will have to get tested before 72 hours of joining the program.
  2. Volunteers will have to abide by the health and safety guidelines provided during the orientation.
  3. Volunteers will have to maintain proper social distancing while working on the project.
  4. Volunteers will have to cooperate with the in-country staff, for disinfecting and sanitizing the accommodation & project site.
  1. Wear a mask whenever you step out.
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after eating, after you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose.
  3. If you do not have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  5. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care at the earliest.
  6. Maintain distance from anyone who seems to be sick or is coughing and sneezing.
  7. Make sure you cover your nose and mouth while sneezing using a disposable tissue and dispose of it immediately.
Volunteering Solutions’ Operations Team will be active - so in case you have any travel query or wish to discuss plans regarding volunteering abroad in future, just drop us a mail at [email protected] and we shall get back to you ASAP :)

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