Update May 11, 2020: Greenheart has been closely monitoring the spread of Coronavirus and the advice and actions taken by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and government officials around the world. Many countries have begun strict quarantines, and are suspending schools and work forces, limiting travel, and closing borders. On March 19, 2020 the U.S. Department of State issued a Health Advisory – Level 4 Do Not Travel warning.
Anticipating these developments, on March 16, 2020, Greenheart asked our cultural exchange participants currently on Greenheart programs within the USA, as well as those who are traveling abroad with Greenheart Travel, to return to their home countries immediately. We are currently working with our participants, host families, host organizations and schools, and partners to help make arrangements for safe and immediate travel home.
This is an uncertain time, and there is much uneasiness about the spread of the virus over the coming months. After much consideration and feedback, and in the interest of everyone’s health and safety, all Greenheart programs will be deferred until at least June 15, 2020. For programs that start between June 15 – July 31, 2020, we are offering options. We have also cancelled our 2020 Greenheart Odyssey program and Impact Grants this summer. For more information specific to your program, please click here to reach out to your Greenheart contact.
These decisions weigh heavily. We believe 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. To limit potential spread of Coronavirus, Greenheart asks that participants comply with all health screenings, recommendations, and mandates enforced by local governments—including self-quarantine when advised. For questions, please click here to get in touch with your Greenheart contact.
Greenheart is looking forward to the time when the Coronavirus 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.
Until then, stay healthy, be safe, and take the time to read some good travel books. We will see you soon!