Update as of March 5, 2020
We at Dream Volunteers continue to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) effects on the Bay Area, our communities abroad, and the planned student and family service trips. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), there are no travel restrictions or elevated travel advisories for any of the 5 countries we serve (Guatemala, Ghana, Costa Rica, India and Vietnam).
All of that said, we fully understand that this situation is evolving and the health and wellbeing of all our young people, families, teachers, and staff are of the utmost importance. We are implementing additional safety protocols in all our locations, just as we are here in the US, and we will continue to monitor the situation daily. We will post updates here as the situation evolves.
For the time being, no final flight purchases have been made for the summer trips. Prior to committing (mid April), we will reassess and evaluate the situation both home and abroad. We will contact you as part of that process and will not make final purchases on any flights prior to communicating with you.
Our cancellation policy states that if you cancel with more than 2 months before the start date of the trip, you are able to receive all but $200 of any amount paid. We will relax that to 1 month for our June groups so that you can rest assured that when we re-assess in mid-April, you will still have the same option you have now. That means that between now and April 15, the cancellation fee will be the exact same. That gives us all time to continue to monitor without having to rush to any decisions.
Health & Hygiene
This year more than most, we would encourage extra attention to standard precautions.
Things you can do include:
- Being sure to pack hand sanitizer.
We recommend at least 60% alcohol-based sanitizers for the greatest effectiveness
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (at least 20 seconds) with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose; or after contact with frequently-touched objects or surfaces.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Self-quarantine when you are sick.
- Minimize touching your face, particularly eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Do not plan on traveling if you have been in contact with others who may have been infected or in regions that have additional restrictions.