Covid-19 Risk Management & FAQs

We’ve updated our current industry-leading approach to safety and risk management with additional pre-trip preparation requirements, in-field management, detailed response plans, and train our staff on risk factors, prevention measures, and response protocols to minimize risks associated with COVID-19.

Global Glimpse’s COVID-19 recommendations and policies are developed and consistently reviewed in partnership with our Medical Director, our in-country program partners, and in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and government officials. The entire Health & Safety Team at Global Glimpse is fully committed to monitoring the global situation and making changes as necessary to keep our students, staff, and community partners as safe as possible.

ENHANCED RISK MANAGEMENT

The safety of Global Glimpse participants is a top priority, and we have developed additional procedures to assess and minimize the risks associated with COVID-19.

Our practices address risk management in three critical phases:

#1. Minimize the risk of COVID before the program begins:

  • Establish clear criteria for program cancellation due to elevated COVID-19 outbreaks
  • Request all participants abide by precautionary measures such as physical distancing and use of face coverings during the 14 days prior to travel
  • Require all students & chaperones to provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination series at time of trip departure
  • Require all students, staff & chaperones to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of trip departure.
  • Prohibit participants with COVID-19 symptoms, a positive COVID-19 test, or those who have been in close contact with someone experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms from participating in the program

#2. Reduce the risk of COVID-19 during the program:

  • Conduct health screenings
  • Require physical distancing and the use of face coverings as necessary
  • Conduct the majority of the program in outdoor settings

#3. Respond diligently to any COVID-19 incidents:

  • Follow strict Personal Protection Equipment protocols during first aid and care
  • Isolate the participant from the rest of the group
  • Activate our COVID-19 Response Plan and secure testing following the directions of local health services and our global Health & Safety Team
  • Create quarantine conditions as necessary

For more details, please see Additional COVID-19 Policies & Logistics FAQs below.

 

GENERAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS & PROTOCOLS

Requirements for international travel are still in flux. Global Glimpse will monitor and update country-specific travel requirements below and notify participants of major changes that could impact their travel plans or preparations.

To further minimize the risk of exposure to COVID prior to the program, Global Glimpse requires all participants must wear masks while en route to their program including when using public transportation, in airports, and on airplanes. This requirement is in addition to Global Glimpse’s requirement that participants wear masks on the trip as outlined in our COVID pre-trip orientations. Please see Additional COVID Policies & Logistics FAQs below for more details.

Participants are expected to take precautionary measures to avoid exposure to COVID before and during travel. Global Glimpse Leaders will be traveling with students on group flights and GG Leaders and students will be expected to wear masks, practice social distancing, and regularly sanitize their hands throughout the duration of the flight and to and from the airport.

Due to the ongoing changes in country-specific entry requirements and the potential for further evolution of the Covid pandemic, Global Glimpse requires all students and staff to be up-to-date with a full vaccination series for COVID-19 at the time of departure and provide documentation prior to traveling with Global Glimpse in 2022. Please see COVID-FAQs for additional vaccine considerations.

Return Travel to the U.S.

Testing & Re-Entry

COVID-19 Testing No Longer Required for U.S. Entry as of June 12, 2022

The CDC order requiring persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded, effective on June 12, 2022, at 12:01AM ET.  This means that starting at 12:01AM ET on June 12, 2022, air passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result, nor show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.

Costa Rica Travel Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Starting April 1, the temporary immigration measures for entering Costa Rica put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic – are repealed. This eliminates the requirement to complete the epidemiological form known as the Health Pass and the requirement of medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners.

Ecuador Travel Requirements

Testing & Entry

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than three (3) days before entering Ecuador is required for entry OR;
  • A COVID-19 vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Ecuador; AND;
  • A declaration of traveler health (the declaration is available on the Ministry of Public Health website or on the airplane).

Dominican Republic Travel Requirements

Testing & Entry

  • All visitors must also fill out a Health Declaration prior to traveling to the Dominican Republic. The Health Pass can be found at: https://eticket.migracion.gob.do/. For minor participants, this should be filled out by parents / legal guardian
  • As of April 23, 2022, all passengers and crew members do not need to present a COVID-19 Vaccination Card, PCR, or antigen test to enter the Dominican Republic or to enter tourist centers, any establishments, or to receive services such as excursions. Random COVID-19 testing for passengers and crew upon arrival in the Dominican Republic will no longer be performed. However, when required, random testing operations may be performed. Passengers who present their Vaccination Card will be exempted from random testing.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of COVID-19 vaccination are NOT needed to enter the country

 Additional COVID-19 Policies & Logistics FAQs

How is Global Glimpse designing Summer 2022 programs in response to COVID-19?

  • Global Glimpse will work on all measures possible to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 but cannot guarantee it. We have developed a thorough response plan in the event of a positive case and will work tirelessly to minimize the spread and ensure access to health care if needed.
  • The Global Glimpse Health & Safety team has developed COVID-19 recommendations and policies in partnership with our Medical Director, in-country program partners, and in accordance with the CDC and our trusted global agency network. Due to the fluctuating COVID-19 situation, policies may be adapted in accordance with the most current safety standards and best practices and families will be notified of any updates.
    • Once on the trip, we’ll monitor participant and instructor health and well-being daily.
    • We’ll increase cleaning and sanitization of shared surfaces and spaces including vehicles, dining facilities, eating utensils/cookware, bathrooms, lodging facilities, and group equipment.
    • We’ll take advantage of our outdoor classrooms and open spaces when possible. Participants will also wear face coverings in accordance with current safety best practices.
    • We’ll work with food providers to practice excellent hygiene including but not limited to wearing masks and gloves while preparing food.

What happens if I or someone else tests positive for COVID-19 while on a trip?

  • If any participant produces a positive COVID-19 test, whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms, we will activate our monitoring and quarantine response protocol. Any student with a positive test will be immediately isolated, a detailed record of their symptoms will begin to be recorded, and the Global Glimpse Medical Director will be notified. The student will be given their own room away from other students and a trained staff member will bring them all meals and attend to any needs they may have. If safe, they will also be offered the opportunity to get outside and spend time in nature recovering away from other students. At this time, all other students and staff in close contact will also receive a COVID-19 test if they have not already. We will be in close communication with families and our Global Glimpse Medical Director to determine the best course of treatment and clinical environment for each student.
  • COVID-19-positive students will be required to complete an individual isolation according to best practices from health officials and the Global Glimpse Medical Director at the time of the program.
  • In the case of known exposure, families will be notified immediately and be kept up to date with any developments or changes.
  • In the event the symptoms become severe or require medical treatment, the participant will be taken to a vetted private hospital and/or clinic for treatment.
  • In this case, that a participant is not able to return home with the group due to a positive test result, Global Glimpse will support the student to complete the duration of their isolation in a private room with the full support of a Global Glimpse staff member for the time required by local health guidelines. Costs associated with extended quarantine stay are eligible to be covered up to $285 per day up to 14 days through the travel insurance they are enrolled in through Global Glimpse. Any additional cost of extended stay will be passed on to participants, which is why we recommend and enroll all families in travel insurance that covers the costs of extended trip quarantine and medical care from COVID-19 exposure.

Should I consider traveling this summer if I have a pre-existing health condition?

According to the CDC, COVID-19 can result in a more significant illness in certain populations, especially those with underlying health conditions or who are immunocompromised. If you have a chronic medical condition, we require that you consult with your doctor about the risks associated with your participation and that you submit a supplemental health form with your doctor’s signature. Our medical team will work with such participants to ensure that they are matched to an appropriate experience. Some trips may not be appropriate for all participants.

What preventative measures will Global Glimpse follow?

  • All Global Glimpse staff and instructors will complete rigorous COVID-19 prevention and management training.
  • The following practices will also be established to maximize the prevention of COVID-19 exposure:
    • Participants will have hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies available for use at all times
    • Partners and vendors will be informed of the necessary steps to meet additional cleanliness and hygiene expectations
    • We’ll ask partners and vendors to wear face masks and practice physical distancing when interacting with the group
    • We will not be doing activities where exposure to the public or physical distancing with the public cannot be adequately managed. This may include eating in restaurants, certain service-learning and community engagement activities, and recreational activities.
  • All participants will be required to provide documentation of their completed series of COVID-19 vaccination prior to traveling as well as a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of departure.
  • Participants with COVID-19 symptoms, positive COVID PCR test, or those with close contact with those experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms, will not be able to participate in the program.
  • We will ask all participants to practice physical distancing and use of face coverings during the 14 days prior to their trip departure

What happens if I am on a Global Glimpse program and the situation becomes unsafe due to the spread of COVID-19?

In the unfortunate situation that Global Glimpse must suspend programs and relocation is not possible, participants will return home early. In this case, refunds will be available according to our refund policy.

What if someone develops COVID-19-like symptoms on course?

  • By monitoring the health of all participants daily, we aim to catch any potential communicable disease quickly.
  • Once detected, we will take the following steps:
    • Immediately isolate the participant from the rest of the group
    • Activate our COVID Response Plan and initiate a plan to get the participant tested for COVID-19 following the directions of the local health services and our health & safety team
    • Maintain the isolation of the participant until test results are received
  • If positive, we will activate our monitoring and quarantine response protocol and we’ll follow the directions of the local health services and our Medical Director and continue to provide support for the participant and the group as needed. In the case of known exposure, families will be notified immediately and be kept up to date with any developments or changes.
  • If negative, the participant will be allowed to rejoin the group
    • Continue to closely monitor the rest of the group for symptoms
    • Ensure that all hygiene and cleaning protocols are being followed closely and that social distancing practices are being implemented as advised

What is Global Glimpse's COVID-19 vaccination policy?

Due to the ongoing changes in country-specific entry requirements and the potential of further evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve made the decision to require all students and staff to be fully vaccinated and provide documentation prior to traveling with Global Glimpse in 2022. Given our focus on protecting the health and safety of our students, staff, and community partners, this decision was not easy but necessary. 

Important Vaccine Considerations:

  • At this point, full up-to-date vaccination includes two doses of Moderna/Pfizer vaccines or one of Johnson & Johnson’s. 
  • Although COVID-19 vaccines remain effective in preventing severe disease, recent data suggest their effectiveness at preventing infection or severe illness diminishes over time, and the need for a booster shot is becoming highly recommended. Read here for CDC guidelines. At this point, we are not requiring booster vaccines but will continue to monitor the guidelines of medical experts and make adjustments as necessary. 
  • Given the potential impact on student safety, our local communities, and programming logistics, Global Glimpse is not accepting any religious or medical exemptions to our vaccination requirements.

If I am vaccinated do I need to adhere to COVID-19 protocols?

Participants who are vaccinated will still be required to comply with all COVID-19 risk management practices including submitting a negative test prior to travel,  mask use, hygiene, and physical distancing as directed by Global Glimpse Leaders and applicable program policies and protocols.