COVID-19

Updated: February 15th 2021

As the world deals with COVID-19 we are cautiously re-opening select programs with precautions in place to protect volunteers and local communities.  

The following countries are now OPEN and accepting volunteers:

United States:  Community Development and Environmental programs in various locations through the US are open and in need of volunteers. Health measures including a negative test, social distancing, masks and private accommodation are in place for the safety of our volunteers and locals alike.

Costa Rica: Programs now open in all interest areas. Measures are in place to protect the well-being of participants and locals alike. Arrivals must have a medical insurance that covers COVID-19 and complete an online 'Health Pass'.  

Honduras: Borders and programs are now open with the exception of medical. Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. 

Guatemala: Borders are open to all international arrivals.  Programs in Environmental, Turtle Conservation and limited Medical Internships are available.  Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. 

Ecuador: Programs working with animals are now open. Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 10 days of arrival and have no COVID symptoms.  

Colombia: Programs across interest areas are open. Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 96 hours of departure.  Mandatory 7 day quarantine is also in place. 

South Africa: Programs across all interest fields are open for placements from January 24th 2021. Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. 

Tanzania:  Programs across all interest areas are open.  COVID-19 tests may be required by the airline.  A Health Surveillance Form will be provided on the plane. Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival. 

Ghana:  Programs open across all areas. Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival and take a test on arrival a their own expense.  

Rwanda:  Agricultural Community Development and Teaching programs open now with Childcare expected to open by the end of the year.  Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 120 hours of arrival. Further, all arrivals must take a further test, at their own expense, on arrival and quarantine for 24hours in a designated quarantine hotel until a negative test result is obtained.

Kenya: Programs are available in the following fields: Childcare & Development, Women's Empowerment, Education Support, Medical Internship, Drug Rehabilitation.  Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 96 hours of arrival and not be showing symptoms. 

Zimbabwe:  Programs in Teaching, Childcare and Medical are now open.  Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of arrival.    

Uganda: Programs open across all areas. Arrivals must present a medical certificate showing a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 120 hours of arrival and take a test on arrival a their own expense.  

We will continue to update this list and our website as other locations become available and safe to volunteer in. Bookings remain open for all locations for 2021.

We are using the excellent resources listed below to keep up to date with the current restrictions in place with regards to COVID-19 and its impact on our programs and volunteers.  

IATA Travel Centre COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map
U.S. Department of State 
Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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