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HOW WILL AROUND GOOD PEOPLE DECIDE WHICH PROJECT TO RUN?

HOW WILL AROUND GOOD PEOPLE DECIDE WHICH PROJECT TO RUN?

 

Over the coming weeks and months, we are actively assessing programming feasibility on three primary fronts, in all of which we need to see significant improvements before running a AROUND GOOD PEOPLE program:

 

  1. International TravelCurrent global and country specific travel restrictions need to be lifted. This includes things like travel advisories, country entry requirements, flight availability, etc.

 

  1. Host Country ConditionsWe cannot offer dental volunteering projects if social distancing and shelter in-place type policies remain in effect in the areas in which we travel. While we could operate with enhanced health & safety precautions, we need to have general freedom of movement & association in order to facilitate an interactive and engaging experience, as well as minimize the risks to host communities and our students. Host country conditions will be assessed on a place-by-place (of different dental village communities) basis.

 

  1. Home Country ConditionsFor AROUND GOOD PEOPLE, and most of our participants, this means Australia/U.K/USA. We cannot responsibly run international programming until conditions at home improve, particularly with regards to international re-entry requirements and freedom of movement domestically.

 

The above is a simplified summary of some of the key global and regional switches that need to turn from red to green over the coming months in order for us to resume our flagship dental volunteering projects. In each of these areas, we will be giving foremost consideration to the safety of our students and in-country partners, as well as the impacts on the overall quality of the experience. In addition, we may need to consider other program modifications and alternatives to adhere to public health best practices in the places we travel which are in line with the recommendations of CDC  & FDI.

Student safety is always our top priority, and we would not hesitate to modify or cancel upcoming programs should it ever appear that student health and well-being could not adequately be ensured, or if travel restrictions inhibited us from delivering a high-quality program experience.

 

WHAT IS AROUND GOOD PEOPLE REFUND POLICY FOR UPCOMING PROGRAMS?

We have updated our Refund Policies to give you additional flexibility in making plans in these uncertain times. We will continue to proactively update our refund policy to provide you with added flexibility as new information comes to light. Our intention is to minimize financial commitments and risk so that you can stay with us as we wait for the global situation to improve.

 

SHOULD WE CONSIDER TRAVELING IN THIS NEW REALITY?

AROUND GOOD PEOPLE core mission is to foster face-to-face human connection, which feels more necessary now than ever once public health allows. Currently, global and domestic travel is not advised for public health as well as personal safety reasons, nor is it possible in most cases. As restrictions begin to relax in the future, we want to acknowledge that travel will continue to have inherent risks and the decision whether to travel is a very personal one. In a world increasingly eager to shut itself off from one another we fear that the current outbreak may be another catalyst for increasing divisions and fear of difference. We hope that this trend will lessen as the disease is brought under control and that we can continue to build bridges and greater understanding between cultures even as this emerging public health concern threatens to re-enforce borders and cultural divides. Ultimately, it’s not a question of if this global health crisis will pass, but rather when. And once it does, the need for an immersive and empathetic global experiential learning in community dentistry will be greater than ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AROUND GOOD PEOPLE AND COVID-19?

We are here to support you during this difficult and uncertain time. If you would like more information related to COVID-19, some of the best online resources can be found on the websites of the US. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

 

For more information about AROUND GOOD PEOPLE and our approach to COVID-19 (or anything else for that matter) please do not hesitate to send us an email. We’re always happy to help in any way we can.

 

In addition, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE is in touch with peer organizations in order to share information and work collaboratively in the interest of our participants and partner communities. We have developed an in-field management and response plan and trained our staff to risk factors, prevention measures, and response protocols in preparation for a  time when programming can resume. We are hopeful that once travel restrictions are lifted, and greater understanding of the disease emerges, we will continue to run our flagship projects of dental outreach volunteering that take into account new COVID-19 considerations.

 

 

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY OF CONTACTING AROUND GOOD PEOPLE?

 

AROUND GOOD PEOPLE’s Volunteer Travel Specialists are available to answer any of your queries related to existing registrations or help with your planning for the future. You can get in touch with us by email info@aroundgoodpeople.com, direct to your Program Manager by email, or through our online enquiry form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILL I BE SAFE IF I CONTINUE WITH MY PLANS TO VOLUNTEER?

 

From the very start of the outbreak, our local teams implemented procedures across all our programs to ensure early detection of any cases, in accordance with the advice from local and international authorities. There were no reported cases of Covid-19 among any volunteer or staff member on any AROUND GOOD PEOPLE volunteer program before they closed. We will only reopen programs when we believe the local conditions provide a safe environment for our volunteers and we will implement enhanced procedures for monitoring the health of our volunteers and isolating, caring for, and reporting any cases, should they arise, will remain in place.

 

We have calibrated our Dental Outreach Volunteering Project Clinic Manual for post COVID-19 situation following the safety protocol recommendations of FDI & CDC, USA

 

CAN I CHANGE MY TRAVELS PLAN FREE OF CHARGE?

We’re offering greater flexibility for changes to travel dates during this period of uncertainty. We are allowing all volunteers with program start dates prior to December 01, 2020 to change their volunteer project or start date free of charge. When you are ready to register, we offer options that provide a refund should you need to cancel your trip closer to your departure date.

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COVID-19 UPDATES

KEEPING YOU SAFE AS OUR PROGRAMS RE-OPEN

Last updated: June 16th, 2020

KEEP CALM and CARRY ON –

The Enlightenment that speak to this time of coronavirus shutdowns and of health and economic fears.

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Travel in response to COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. AROUND GOOD PEOPLE is closely monitoring the situation, following the advice of public health experts, and making decisions with our participants, staff, and global community partners at the forefront of every conversation. 

 

As the world begins to re-open, your wellbeing is our highest priority.

Thanks to the incredible team effort of millions around the world, many countries are beginning to exit their COVID-19 lockdowns and re-open their countries for visitors. While some regions may remain restricted for some months more, we plan to restart our Dental Placement volunteer programs where the local health situation and government advice allows this. AROUND GOOD PEOPLEs volunteers provide invaluable support to our local communities around the underprivileged communities in Nepal. Now more than ever, our volunteerscontributions of time, expertise and local spending money are critically needed to help these communities to get back on their feet.

Since long before COVID-19 began to spread, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE has followed industry-leading procedures to ensure the safety of our volunteers. As our programs start to re-open to volunteers, we will maintain our pledge to keep you safe. In addition to our standard volunteer safety processes, all of our local program teams will be following enhanced procedures we have developed to minimize risks from COVID-19.

 

Our volunteers should also take personal responsibility for their own health and the safety of others. Please do not travel if you are feeling ill or if there is a risk you may be an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19 for example, if you have been exposed to an infected individual within the 14 days before you start your AROUND GOOD PEOPLE program.

Most of our volunteers book their trips months in advance, so please take this time to plan for the future. With AROUND GOOD PEOPLE you can register for trips up to three years ahead.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of AROUND GOOD PEOPLE and the communities we work within. If theres anything we can do to help you with your travel plans during this time, please get in touch with us for further information, support and guidance.

 

If you continue scrolling down this page, youll find answers to some of the most common questions the AROUND GOOD PEOPLE team are being asked, including details on which programs will open in the near future under different emerging scenarios.

 

Please stay safe, be kind, and protect the health of yourself and others, wherever you are in the world.

 

Rij Baskar

Co-Founder & Chief Executive, AROUND GOOD PEOPLE

 

Before we continue, let us say:

 

Thank you to all those on the front lines, the doctors, the nurses, the pharmacists, the first responders, and other medical staff. Youve risked your health to save us. You are the true heroes.

Thank you to everyone working to get us what we need. Without the grocery store employees, the delivery drivers, the warehouse staff, the manufacturing workers, and others who are supporting the relief operation, we wouldnt be able to fight this deadly virus. Without teachers and childcare workers, we couldnt support our youth. You all are the everyday heroes.

 

Thank you to everyone practicing social distancing and staying at home. Youve done your part to prevent the spread.

 

For most volunteers, its legally not possible or at least not advisable to go on medical/dental volunteer abroad at this time.

 

So, in this note, we have highlighted dental volunteer projects in Nepal that you can join after the Coronavirus pandemic has passed and life returns to some sort of normalcy, which we are hoping by the end of September, 2020. See what projects catch your eye, bookmark them, and apply to one later.

 

With these volunteer programs, use a wait-and-see approach. Because we don’t know when the Coronavirus outbreak will slow. The situation changes rapidly, so it’s hard to plan a Nepal Dental volunteer trip now. If you’re interested in a specific program, stay in touch with us. That way, once things do settle down, you’ll be ready to apply and go to Nepal for a life changing volunteering experience.

 

Note: Hopefully, the rate of new coronavirus cases slows and effective treatments and a vaccine are developed. There has been much progress already and the way countries and international health organizations have been working together bodes well for all of us. In the meantime, we’ll continually update this guide and our list of Nepal Dental Volunteering Projects as the situation evolves.

Covid Map

Also, regularly check this live map from Johns Hopkins University that tracks the Coronavirus outbreak around the world. This way, you can stay updated on when it’s safe to join   a Nepal Dental Volunteering Project.