COVID-19 Risk Management Framework

Learn more about Global Leadership Adventures' COVID-19 Risk Management Operating Framework.

LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 08, 2021

After months of intentional and meticulous planning, GLA successfully resumed international and domestic programs during the summer of 2021.

GLA has developed the following risk management response framework to ensure we are taking every precaution to actively manage this evolving situation. The safety of students, staff, and local communities remains our highest priority.

Our risk management strategies will be in fluctuation as new information and treatments become available. We closely follow the CDC guidelines for guidance and authority, and these requirements by GLA may change closer to departure based on current CDC guidelines and destination requirements.

Therefore, this is a living framework that will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.


Pre-Program

  • Consult guidelines in accordance with the official Travel Health Notices as provided by the Department of State, Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.
  • All students traveling to our in-person programs must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their departure.
    • Students who have an exemption from this requirement for medical or religious reasons are welcome to apply to join us on the last session of either our Alaska or Hawaii programs.
  • We ask all families and staff to limit exposure and avoid non-essential contact outside of their immediate pod or family unit as best as possible 10 days prior to their program departure, in preparation for their COVID-19 test.
  • All families and staff obtain and submit a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to program.
    • This currently includes anyone who is vaccinated. See our FAQ page for details.
    • If you have had Covid-19 within 90 days of the program, you may be eligible to travel on a Documentation of Recovery.
  • All staff trained on preventative measures and student group management.
  • All programs undergo a thorough program risk assessment.
  • Program itinerary and Home Base reviewed to ensure Covid-19 GLA Operating Guidelines can be met.

During Program

  • All students will be broken into smaller group pods for the first 3-5 days on the program. Each pod will wear masks when around each other when physical distancing measures cannot be maintained. Between days 3-5, the whole group will take an onsite test, once it returns negative the larger travel pod group may be around each other mask free.
  • After the first on-site COVID-19 test, all students and staff included in the Travel Pod will wear masks anytime they are interacting with anyone outside of the Travel Pod and physical distancing measures cannot be maintained.
  • Staff to provide a thorough student orientation that covers additional COVID-19 precautions and guidelines.
  • All staff and students undergo a daily health and temperature check.
  • Enhanced cleaning, hygiene and sanitation measures will be implemented.
  • If illness is contracted, follow the guidance of instruction by the highest trained individuals (students follow guidance from staff, staff follow guidance from GLA, medical consultant, insurance support and medical facilities).
  • Obtain a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to departure from the program.*
    • This currently includes anyone who is vaccinated. See our FAQ page for details.
    • If you have had COVID-19 within 90 days of the program, you may be eligible to travel on a Documentation of Recovery.

Post-Program

  • Monitor symptoms and inform GLA if you develop COVID-19-related symptoms or have a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Commit to isolating from vulnerable individuals for 2 weeks upon return home.