GLA Travel Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Posted: April 20, 2020 at 2:18pm PT
Global Leadership Adventures has been diligently monitoring the circulation of – and global pandemic response to – the COVID-19 disease, commonly known as the Coronavirus. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is currently being felt in every area of our lives and affects everyone around the world.
It has become clear that GLA cannot proceed with our summer plans while living our mission for our students or for the communities we serve. It is with great sadness that we announce that GLA will be postponing all summer 2020 programs as a result of the global impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is heartbreaking for our team, for our students and families, and for the community members we work with around the world. It is clear that:
- We cannot put the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff or international community partners and their communities in jeopardy. GLA exists to build leaders in service of local communities. Many of the communities we serve have fragile health systems, and we would never want our students or staff, many of whom come from the US and other areas with high COVID caseloads, to serve as an unwitting vector of virus transmission into these communities.
- Shelter-in-place’ and lockdown restrictions across the world have made planning and preparing for this summer’s programs difficult to impossible. Many of the individuals involved in the preparation and execution of our programs have been severely impacted and are unable to operate at this time; this includes non-profit service organizations, supply providers, home bases, and adventure operators; all with unknown time frames of when operations could resume.
- Changing travel bans create massive uncertainty for planning overseas programs. It is unclear when these bans will be lifted or what new bans might come into effect.
- Perhaps most importantly, we know that GLA programs are about a kind of community that is at odds with the best practices of social distancing – practices that our mission requires us to follow at this time. It is through pats on the back, dancing with locals, and animated mealtime conversations that we discover ourselves. We are people who do things together. This is one of our greatest strengths — but it makes our coming together in person this summer unwise.
We have rescheduled dates for many of our program dates for late 2020 and spring and summer 2021. Please note that in addition to summer 2021, we have special program dates in November and December 2020 and spring 2021, in addition to new domestic USA programs. We will have exclusive offerings for students ages 18-24, as well as special GLA for Families programs.
This pandemic has shown how truly connected our world is and the need for young people to build the skills to lead with confidence through dynamic global challenges is clearer than ever. We hope that this time of fear and isolation will only strengthen our commitment to unity and connection. We are hopeful that together our global community we will not only make it through this crisis, but develop an even greater commitment to our mission to build empathy, agency and global perspective.
All 2020 enrolled students and families have been directly contacted for next steps.
For further questions or support please contact GLA by email: travel@experienceGLA.com or phone: +1.858.771.0645