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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

It is important that you are absolutely happy with, and fully understand, everything written below before joining us. As a product of today’s litigious society, we have to produce a big legal document to make sure that you fully understand what you are letting yourselves in for.

All applications are made to “Around Good People” (trading as AGP)”, hereinafter referred to as “AGP, We or Us”. You are referred to as “The Participant or you”.

All persons applying are bound by the conditions of the contract. By signing the application form you are indicating your wish to join the specified project subject to the following terms and conditions.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Participant is required to complete the application form and submit it together with a deposit of USD 375 to secure your placement. This is non-refundable unless AGP is unable to offer The Participant a place or The Participant cancels within 7 days, otherwise the sum will form part payment of the full cost.

The Participant accepts that written information supplied is provided in good faith and based on the knowledge and information available prior to publication of the written material and sometimes months prior to the date of departure. AGP will confirm acceptance and confirm your booking on a project within 7 days unless there are any aspects of your application that will require further investigation (if The Participant is not accepted for your desired project then AGP will offer The Participant a possible alternative or immediately refund the deposit that The Participant has paid).

The final balance of the project is then due 3 months before the intended departure date. Should this not be received AGP reserves the right to regard the booking as canceled by The Participant.

OVERSEAS CONDITIONS

The Participant’s acceptance onto a project is on the understanding that you realize that living and working lesser economically developed countries can at times be uncomfortable. The Participant accepts that services and facilities that they are used to at home may not be available overseas. Running water, electricity and other home comforts cannot be guaranteed and where available will often fail.

AGP will endeavor to ensure that your living accommodation is of a reasonable condition by local standards, and The Participant accepts that it is impossible for AGP to guarantee this accommodation will be up to the standards you are used to at home.

AGP asks The Participant to approach their time overseas with an open mind and good humor.

THE PROJECT

Once a booking has been confirmed, AGP guarantees not to surcharge on the price of the project. However, such guarantee does not cover visa, airfare, Nepal or foreign taxes or local operating costs which are beyond the control of AGP.

AGP reserves the right to make alterations to a project without notice.

The decision of the accompanying Project Coordinator as the Project Leader will be final on all matters relating to the organization, progress, safety, and well-being of the project, and the Participant must comply with all reasonable requests of the Project Leader. On all clinical matters at the placement projects, the decision of the Clinical Supervisor is final and binding.

A booking is accepted on the strict understanding by the Participant that the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited will be fully complied with. A Participant found violating such laws and regulations or otherwise interfering with the well-being of the group or project may be required by the Expedition Leader to leave the trip without recourse.

The Participant agrees to abide by the terms and conditions of all carriers concerned with the project. All travel and other arrangements are made by AGP as agent for the Participant only and on the express condition that AGP is not liable for the default or negligence or for any loss, damage or injury, or any breach of contract caused by any person or company with whom such arrangements are made.

LIABILITY

AGP will not accept any responsibility for any illness, accident or loss, weather conditions, fire, civil or military disturbance, criminal activity, industrial action, mechanical breakdown, quarantine, border closures, government intervention or force majeure. Although such circumstances are beyond the control of AGP, We shall make every effort to provide prompt assistance if you are in difficulty. Should it become necessary to abandon a project because of such an event AGP will be entitled to retain such monies received necessary to cover costs incurred. We exclude any liability for all representations other than fraudulent.

TRAVEL

We cannot accept liability for the performance of services provided by airlines. We hold no responsibility for flights that you arrange.

PARTICIPANT HEALTH

The Participant is advised that in the countries where we operate there is no free health service. We cannot be responsible for your personal safety and health.

The Participant must ensure that you are medically fit and able to embark on their chosen project. The Participant agrees to disclose any significant previous or pre-existing medical conditions. Previous or pre-existing medications may not result in The Participant being denied a place but We reserve the right at any time to require The Participant to produce a Doctor’s certificate of fitness to participate in the project.

The Participant must consult their GP or health center when seeking up-to-date advice on vaccinations and on which course of anti-malarial tablets you should be taking.

AGP will suggest advice on health requirements for the country the Participant is traveling to, but AGP accepts no liability for any inaccuracies in the advice suggested. The Participant should seek proper and up to date advice from their GP or suitably qualified medical practitioner about the precautions and any inoculations needed for travel to your project destination.

Where necessary, The Participant is responsible for showing proof of vaccinations, for example a certificate of Vaccination against any communicable disease that the participant has received.

INSURANCE

The Participant accepts it is compulsory to obtain travel insurance to cover personal accident, medical and hospital expenses and repatriation. This must cover cancellation, curtailment, repatriation, legal expenses, medical and emergency travel, personal accident, personal liability, rescue and assistance, hijack and travel delay. The suggested minimum cover is USD2,000,000 which should extend the planned length of your stay with AGP by two weeks. The Participant acknowledges that although AGP has said this is the minimal level, it still may not be adequate.

AGP accepts no responsibility for the loss of personal property, and insurance to cover loss of personal property by theft or accident is also recommended. The Participant is informed that full vehicle insurance is not necessarily available for all countries enroute of projects, and that local vehicle insurance is of limited value.

The Participant agrees to indemnify AGP in respect of any accident, personal injury, loss of life or damage to property sustained by the Participant during the course of the project.

The Participant accepts that all projects involve an element of personal risk and are of a potentially hazardous nature and that neither AGP nor its agents can be held liable for any inconvenience, injury, damage to property or the loss of life caused. The Participant accepts responsibility for all risks involved. The Participant is also advised to keep themselves informed of current Foreign Office travel advice in respect of countries to which they are traveling. If the Participant is married or has dependents, insurance to cover these responsibilities is strongly advised.

PASSPORT, VISAS AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Each participant must have an international passport, valid for at least six months after the end of the programme. Where a visa is necessary, AGP will provide the visa application forms, where necessary, a letter of invitation and advice on filling the forms in. Please note that all visas are entirely at the discretion of the embassy. For example, delays may be caused if you have not provided enough information. We are not responsible for the issue of visas. The Participant is responsible for ensuring that their passports, visas and any other travel documents are valid for the duration of the project.

However, we strongly recommend the participants to go for on arrival visa, which is hassle free and easily available at the international airport or certain land customs border points between India and Nepal.

CANCELLATIONS, AMENDMENTS AND REFUND POLICY

The Participant’s contract with AGP will begin from the date that your Approval Letter is issued and sent electronically accompanied by the invoice for the signed up placement. The applicant is liable to pay the registration fee just in case the processes are abandoned after the issuance of the Approval Letter and the invoice for the placement fee.

The Participant acknowledges that payment for the project is an intrinsic part of the project’s income and contributes to the overall costs of equipment, donation to project costs, staff administration etc. and that AGP will have incurred the largest part of its costs before the actual date of departure.

Therefore, if the Participant cancels:

3 months or more before the departure date the deposit will be forfeit
2-3 months before the departure date 25% of project cost will be forfeit
1-2 months before the departure date 75% of project cost will be forfeit
Less than one month before the departure date (or a no show) 100% of the project cost will be forfeit.

A full refund of the deposit will be made if the Participant cancels up to 7 days from receipt of the deposit.

Any amendment of a booking must be put in writing and sent to the office. Alteration of a booking may incur a nominal transfer fee of no more than USD50.

AGP requires the Participant to put a cancellation in writing. The client can then transfer the deposit to any other project pending availability within 12 months of the original booked tour departure date minus the £50 transfer fee.

In the unlikely event of AGP cancelling a project, all monies paid out will be refunded in full. This will be the full extent of AGP’s liability.

If the Participant joins after the designated arrival date or leaves before the specified departure date, no refund will be made. No refund will be made in respect of any part of the project that is not used or undertaken. Participants are advised to arrange travel insurance on booking in order to provide cover for these charges in the event of cancellation or delay.

When cancellations occur as a result of circumstances which are beyond the reasonable control of either party then the loss lies where it falls.

PARTICIPANTS BEHAVIOUR

Acceptance of a place by the participant binds the participant to the rules and procedures which AGP operates on its programmes, and the participant agrees to abide by the instructions of the country director/project staff representing AGP. Any illegal act or inappropriate behaviour by an individual, that in the opinion of the programme staff is detrimental to the safety and welfare of the programme, may result in the participant being asked to withdraw from the programme, without the right to a refund.

AGP operates a strictly no drugs policy on overseas programmes. AGP retains the right to remove any participant from a programme if it deems that there is ‘sufficient suspicion’ that a participant has been involved with drugs during the programme. AGP does not have to prove such an act has occurred.

COMPLAINTS

With regard to any complaint or claim the Participant agrees

  1.  To ensure that at the earliest possible opportunity any perceived failure in the performance or improper performance of the contract whether by AGP or its suppliers is communicated to the project leader or supplier so that the concerns can be addressed
  2.  With regard to any perceived unresolved serious complaint to provide written details to the project leader
  3. In the event of a claim for compensation the Participant agrees that any such claim must be detailed in writing and be received by AGP at its Head Office within 90 days of the project completion date, or within 30 days of the clients return to their home country, whichever is soonest.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

AGP does not accept credit and debit card payments due to the safety and security issues with the banks based in Nepal. Also, since our prices are very reasonable and no hidden costs are levied, due to the large fees charged by the credit card companies, we recommend that the Participant pays their final balance by bank transfer, online banking or debit card where no fees shall be levied by AGP.

DATA PROTECTION

The participant agrees that AGP may hold and use personal data about the participant including

sensitive personal data relating to the participant’s physical and mental health and that AGP may when appropriate share this information with medical advisers, insurers and persons involved in the operation of programmes. AGP will use such information in accordance with data protection law.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Nothing in these terms and conditions shall limit or exclude liability for death or personal injury as a result of AGP’s negligence or any other liability which cannot be lawfully limited or excluded.

Subject to the above clause, the participant agrees that AGP shall have no liability to you, other than expressly set out in these terms and conditions, for any loss or damage suffered or costs incurred, including travel or accommodation costs, and any indirect or consequential loss, arising under or in connection with your booking and participation in AGP ’s activities. You understand that your statutory rights shall not be affected.

ACCEPTANCE

The participant understands and accepts these terms and conditions and understands that they cannot be changed.

This agreement is governed by the law of England and any dispute relating to it will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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WEBSITE GENERAL TERMS OF USE

Around Good People trading as AGP, hereinafter referred to as “AGP”, is the owner of this website and all contents contained herein. By accessing and using this site, you agree to the terms and conditions shown here. If any of these terms are found to be invalid or void, the validity and the enforceability of the remaining terms shall in no way be affected or impaired thereby. If you do not agree with the conditions in this legal notice, do not use this website.

General: This site’s content is controlled by Around Good People as AGP (AGP) from its

office(s) within Nepal. AGP makes no representation that information or materials available on this site, or on other sites linked to this site are appropriate or available for use in other locations, and access to them from locations where their contents are illegal is prohibited. If you choose to access this site from other locations you do so of your own initiative and you are solely responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. Information on this site may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors, and AGP may at any time revise its contents. Furthermore, AGP may revise the terms and conditions contained on this page, and therefore you should periodically visit this page to determine the then-current terms governing the use of the site and of the information and materials presented there.

Other sites This site may contain links to sites owned by third parties. However, such linking is for the convenience of the visitors and AGP assumes no responsibility for the contents, information accuracy or privacy compliance of the sites concerned. The fact that AGP has provided a link to such sites is not to be interpreted as an endorsement of, or acceptance of responsibility for, their contents. The content of the third party websites has been supplied by, and is the sole responsibility of, those third parties. You shall remain solely responsible for protecting yourself from viruses and other destructive elements that may be present on those sites.

Trademarks and Copyright Product names and company names referenced may be either trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. You may not copy, modify, republish or distribute these materials or post them on any network computer or broadcast them in any media without the express written permission of AGP. For materials bearing the copyright notice of a party other than AGP, you are responsible for obtaining the permission of the copyright owner before making any use of such materials. Unauthorised use or distribution of any material from this site may be subject to civil as well as criminal sanctions under the applicable laws.

Restrictions on use You may not post to or from this site any illegal, threatening, obscene, pornographic, harassing, defamatory, libelous or scandalous materials, or any other materials that could result in civil or criminal liability.

Limitation of liability In no event shall AGP or its partners or suppliers be liable for any damages whatsoever including but not limited to direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, or damages for business interruption or loss of business profits or data, resulting from access to this site or any sites linked to this site, or from use of information or materials presented on such sites.

Disclaimer of warranty Information or materials on this site, or on any sites linked to this site, are provided “as is”. AGP does not warrant or make any representations regarding the validity, accuracy, completeness or reliability of such information or materials, or of the results of using the same. To the fullest extent possible under applicable law, AGP disclaims all warranties of any kind either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title or non-infringement. If any provision of this disclaimer is held to be invalid under applicable law, the remaining provisions shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect.

Privacy policy AGP respects the privacy of individuals and does not collect or manage any personal data unless the individual concerned has provided it voluntarily to AGP. AGP complies with national data protection laws that control the use and the collection of data.

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Attention: Students from Australia & New Zealand

For the students intending to join the Nepal Dental Volunteering Project scheduled for the year end 2021, through the dental school in a group sign up, please contact our Global Dental Alliance representative Shreejal Poudel for further details; email: shreejal.poudel@jcu.edu.au 

COVID-19 UPDATES

KEEPING YOU SAFE AS OUR PROGRAMS RE-OPEN

Last updated: 4th April, 2021                                                                                         Contact Us 

KEEP CALM and CARRY ON –

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

WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER

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, and currently it looks like we will be able to resume our flagship dental outreach volunteering projects by the 2nd half of November, 2021. Through these marquee community dentistry outreach AROUND GOOD PEOPLE’s volunteers provide invaluable support to our local communities around the underprivileged communities in Nepal. Now more than ever, our volunteers’ contributions 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 for everyone concerned.

 

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 there’s 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, you’ll 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. You’ve 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 wouldn’t be able to fight this deadly virus. Without teachers and childcare workers, we couldn’t support our youth. You all are the everyday heroes.

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

  

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 second half of November 2021. See what projects catch your eye, bookmark them, and apply to one.

With these volunteer programs, we used a wait-and-see approach these past one and a half years. Due to the roll out of the vaccines in various parts of the world we can now anticipate the slowing down of the pandemic although some pockets are getting resurgent. The new normal is – just in case the situation becomes stable, and the international travels are eased, we are preparing for the year-end dental outreach projects in Nepal. 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 go to Nepal for a life changing volunteering experience. To make things simpler for the student communities who still want to make it to Nepal projects, money matters have become the most vexed of the issues; despite of the vicissitudes of the Covid19, AGP will make full refund of the Placement Fees if any of the signed projects are cancelled due to covid exigencies. Our commitment and solidarity with the volunteering students and the host community in these difficult times are honest -to-goodness.

A RESPONSIBLE AND INTENTIONAL RETURN TO TRAVEL

After months of planning and preparation, Around Good People successfully ran two Nepal dental hospital based placements this Spring 2021. Although there has been heavy demand for in-person programming, we have followed our travel mantra to go slow and mindfully as we navigate the many considerations of programming amidst a public health crisis. This intentional approach has allowed us to develop, hone, and implement our COVID safe travel practices with the best interests of our staff, participants, and communities at center. Over the past year, Around Good People has been a leader in developing industry wide pandemic best practices, advised schools on COVID mitigation strategies, and collaborated with partner organizations to offer modified programming. With a strong and tested risk management foundation, we will be able to gradually return to international dental programs in the Winters 2021-22.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING OUTLOOK

We have been heartened by the recent trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the US and Australia, we’ve seen a steady decline in numbers likely due to a combination of preventative measures, vaccination, and broader immunity in the population. Globally, travel restrictions have started to soften and countries are reopening their borders to travelers once again. We are not out of the woods yet, but we are headed in the right direction: we believe international programming will be possible by the year end 2021.

TO OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY RELIEF FUND

Many of the global communities and nonprofits that have made Around Good People programs possible over the past 10 years have been hit especially hard by COVID-19. In response, the Around Good People Fund —a nonprofit 501c3 and our nonprofit partner organization Mt. Everest Forest Botanicals Alliance—created the Community Relief Fund.

The Community Relief Fund provides direct support to our in-country partners who are particularly vulnerable. The fund has raised more than $6,000 which has been distributed through small grants, mostly aimed at providing food and essential supplies (like PPE) to households and rural community health outposts in our partner community. 

FAQS: AROUND GOOD PEOPLE AND COVID-19

HOW IS AROUND GOOD PEOPLE RESPONDING TO COVID-19?

We are consulting regularly with our risk management team, regional staff, and a variety of global health experts and organizations including the WHOCDC, and our partner in managing student health and safety, International SOS. 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. As travel restrictions lift and conditions improve, we will engage international programming that take into account COVID-19 considerations.

WHEN WILL AROUND GOOD PEOPLE RESUME INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING?

Around Good People has cancelled all spring 2021 scheduled international programs, although we are operating domestically for the dental hospital placements. While there have been a few positive developments at home and abroad, the persistent global uncertainty, risk of contagion to host communities, and unprecedented travel restrictions still make it difficult for us to offer international programming. This said, we are optimistic that we will be able to resume international programming in the near future; additional time, downward trends, interventions, & understanding will greatly increase the chances of programs running as soon as the year-end 2021. Once the global travel conditions improve, it will still be likely that certain restrictions and social distancing measures will remain in place and ultimately, that travel may look different until we have a widely distributed vaccine. We anticipate that the coming months will be a very telling time in determining the short-term trajectory of the response to COVID-19 as vaccine distribution, social distancing policies, and travel restrictions shift. We know that our participants, instructors, and in-country partners are eagerly awaiting definitive updates, and we are grateful for your patience and understanding as we collectively hope for the global situation to improve.

HOW WILL AROUND GOOD PEOPLE DECIDE WHICH PROGRAMS TO RUN?

We have been actively assessing programming feasibility on two primary areas in which we need to feel high confidence before committing to an international program:

  1. International TravelGlobal and country specific travel restrictions need to be relaxed. This includes things like travel advisories, country entry requirements, flight availability, quarantine upon arrival, etc.
  2. Host Country ConditionsWe cannot offer programs if mandatory shelter in-place type policies are in effect in the specific 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 are being assessed on a place-by-place basis.

The above is a very simplified summary of some of the key global switches that need to turn from red to green over the coming months in order for us to resume programming in the year end of 2021and early 2022. 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.

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. This said, we are increasingly confident that we will be able to offer international programs in the year end 2021 and early 2022. 

WHAT IS AROUND GOOD PEOPLE REFUND POLICY FOR UPCOMING PROGRAMS?

We have updated our Refund Policy 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. There will be full refund of the Placement Fees if the outreach project is cancelled by Around Good People pursuant to a travel ban or official lock down by either the governments of the host country or the country of residence.

SHOULD WE CONSIDER TRAVELING IN THIS NEW REALITY?

Around Good People core mission is to foster face-to-face human connection through experiential learning and sharing of skills, which feels more necessary now than ever. As restrictions begin to relax, 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 pandemic may be another catalyst for increasing divisions and fear of difference. We hope that this trend will lessen as COVID is brought under control and that we can continue to build bridges and greater understanding between cultures. 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 education of experiential learning 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 drop us an email: info@aroundgoodpeople.com We’re always happy to help in any way we can.

Tentative Nepal Dental Outreach Schedule:

 

  • Nov 10 – 19, 2021
  • Nov 20 – 29, 2021
  • Dec 01 – 10, 2021
  • Dec 11- 20, 2021
  • Dec 21 – 30, 2021
  • Jan 02 – 11, 2022

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FAQS: AROUND GOOD PEOPLE & COVID – 19

FOR THE UPDATED INFORMATION ON ARRIVAL VISA REGULATIONS AND COVID-19 QUARANTINE REQUIMENTS, PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING NEPALESE GOVERNMENT IMMIGRATION LINK:

https://www.immigration.gov.np/post/updated-notice-regarding-arrival-in-nepal

 

HOW IS AROUND GOOD PEOPLE RESPONDING TO COVID-19?

 We are consulting regularly with our risk management team, regional staff, and a variety of global health experts and organizations including the WHOCDC, and our partner in managing student health and safety. 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 programs that take into account new COVID-19 considerations.

WILL AROUND GOOD PEOPLE RUN DENTAL VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS IN 2021-22?

 We are optimistic that we can resume international programming once the global situation improves, yet we acknowledge that certain restrictions and social distancing will likely exist for the near and medium term. We anticipate that the coming months will be a very telling time in determining the near-term trajectory of the global response to COVID-19 as social distancing policies and restrictions begin to shift. The reality is that we still need to wait for conditions to improve before reaching any conclusions about planned programs in 2021-22. We know that our participants, instructors, and in-country partners are eagerly awaiting definitive updates, and we are grateful for your patience and understanding as we collectively hope for the global situation to improve. For more information on likely travel scenarios, review our Fall 2021/Winter 2021-22 Programming Outlook page.

 

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 Travel Current 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 Conditions We 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 Conditions For 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 in the light of various mandatory requirements for the quarantine.

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. There will be full refund of the Placement Fees if the outreach project is cancelled by Around Good People pursuant to a covid-19 travel ban or official lock down by either the governments of the host country or the country of residence (where the dental/oral hygiene school is located).

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

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.

For the students intending to join the Nepal Dental Volunteering Project scheduled for the year end 2021, through the dental school in a group sign up, please contact our Global Dental Alliance representative Shreejal Poudel for further details; email: shreejal.poudel@jcu.edu.au