DREAM VOLUNTEERS COVID-19 UPDATE

January 22, 2021

Travel Policies & Protocols

In order to be prepared, should the circumstances allow for it, we are scheduling tentative dates for summer trips to Costa Rica and Guatemala. The trips will only take place if we determine, within two months of the trip date, that the risk is relatively low for both our travelers and our hosts. The three main factors in that determination will be: 

  1. progress with the vaccine distribution
  2. caseload in the destination region
  3. caseload in the participants’ home region


Pre-trip Protocols

Should the trips take place, all participants will:

  • quarantine for 5 days prior to departure
  • show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of departure
  • notify a Dream Volunteers representative should any COVID-19 symptoms appear within 72 hours of departure (participant will not be permitted to travel in this case)
  • notify a Dream Volunteers representative should there be exposure to anyone testing positive for COVID-19 within 7 days of departure (participant will not be permitted to travel in this case)

Protocols During Trip 
While in transit and in the host country, participants will:

  • wear an approved mask* at all times, except during approved mask-less activities such as sleeping and eating
  • maintain at least 6 feet of distance from anyone not affiliated with your Dream Volunteers group (except when on the plane)

*an approved mask will have at least two layers of fabric and fit snugly with no gaps on the sides

Refund Policy
Should Dream Volunteers determine that the risk is too high to travel resulting in a canceled trip prior to the departure date, all money paid up to that point, except airfare, will be automatically refunded without question. Airfare refunds will be based on the policies of the particular airline.

Should Dream Volunteers be forced to end the trip early due to an outbreak while already in the host country, we will work with the airline to safely bring the group home as quickly as possible. Any unspent funds that we are able to retrieve will be refunded less any expenses for changing the return flight.

Entry Requirements in Host Countries
It’s possible that these requirements will change prior to the summer. We will update them as necessary.

Currently, Costa Rica has the following entry requirements:

  • complete the online form for Costa Rica called Health Pass
  • proof of travel insurance with a minimum coverage of $2,000 for extended lodging expenses due to illness, which can be purchased inexpensively from Seven Corners

Currently, Guatemala has the following entry requirements: 

  • complete the online form for Guatemala called Health Pass
  • must present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result taken within 96 hours of flight departure

Re-entry Requirements in the US
Currently, the CDC is requiring all passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure. If this rule is still in place in when our group is traveling, then we will ensure that each participant takes a test. We have already identified clinics, with which we have worked in the past in both Costa Rica and Guatemala, where our groups can get tested should it be necessary.

Local Alternatives

For those who would rather consider local programs this year, please click here to learn more!

 

We will get through this together. We hope everyone stays safe and well.
Please contact us if you have questions or want to help.