Greenheart closely monitors the spread of COVID-19 and follows the advice of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and government officials around the world.
As COVID-19 quickly escalated to a global pandemic in March 2020, Greenheart did everything in our power to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our participants. All participants were advised to return to their home countries. Many of our participants chose to remain in the U.S. and as their visa sponsor, we continue to monitor their health and well-being and provide them with resources and guidance on recommended safety measures for daily life and travel during a pandemic.
In the interest of health and safety, many Greenheart programs were deferred, and our 2020 Greenheart Odyssey program and Impact Grants were canceled.
In June 2020, President Trump announced the expansion of his April 22nd Proclamation 10014—suspending J-1 visas through the end of 2020. This has been devastating to our Work and Travel, Career Advancement, and Teach USA programs. For more information on the proclamation, please visit:
Today, several Greenheart programs are running (see below). We evaluate the situation daily, and we are committed to running as many cultural exchange programs as allowed. For more information specific to Greenheart programs, please click here to reach your Greenheart contact.
Greenheart is also recruiting and screening for new Local Coordinators for placing High School exchange students in 2021. If you are interested in becoming a Local Coordinator, please click here to learn more.
We are working closely with participants, host families, and host schools to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. Incoming students are asked to follow all local, state, and national policies concerning COVID-19 prevention, including social-distancing guidelines, wearing masks, and sheltering-in-place orders. They are prepared for potential disruptions in schooling that may increase the student’s time at home, for periods of e-learning, or rotating attendance schedules.
While there are additional challenges, for many students this is the only time in which they can fulfill their lifelong dream of studying in the U.S. If you are interested in helping to make that dream come true, please see our Host Family Overview page to learn more and fill out an inquiry form to be contacted by a Greenheart representative.
Greenheart Travel has been evaluating programs 3-6 weeks prior to the program start date. Decisions depend on if the border is open, if it’s safe, if consulates are issuing visas, etc. These are our current programs:
In June 2020, President Trump announced the expansion of his April 22nd Proclamation 10014—suspending J-1 visas through the end of 2020. This has been devastating to our Work and Travel, Career Advancement, and Teach USA programs.
For more information on the proclamation, please visit:
This remains an uncertain time, and there is uneasiness about the continued spread of the virus as we head into winter. Greenheart believes in the power of travel, in its ability to change lives, to transform our perspectives, and to better understand each other and the world around us. We also believe in looking out for one another during difficult times such as these.
Greenheart is looking forward to the time when the pandemic is behind us. We are preparing new programs, in exciting places, and with many opportunities to learn and to grow through the power of cultural exchange. We launched Greenheart Connects in September–an online monthly series designed to inspire the global community to make the world a better place. We hope you’ll join us there.
We look forward to life returning to normal one day soon. Until then, stay healthy, take some time for yourself, be safe, and keep in touch.