CISV International and COVID-19

CISV International and COVID-19: Latest updates

30 March 2020

After careful consideration and in consultation with all of our National Associations, CISV International has taken the decision to cancel all June-August programmes and events. 

We know how disappointed many of you will be, whether this was to be your first CISV experience, or one of many.   

This is an unprecedented situation – globally and for CISV - and we took this decision with extremely heavy hearts, but felt that this is the right way forward for CISV.  

We are incredibly proud of everyone in the CISV family, who has shown, once again, how seriously they take their responsibilities as active global citizens. They remind us that we are all interconnected and are stronger when we act together to respond to common problems. 

We know that many of you will have questions either about your specific circumstances or about future programmes. We would encourage you to reach out to CISV in your country. 

We are grateful for the trust, patience and support you have shown us over the last few weeks. 

Over the coming weeks, we will need to plan for the future. We know that we can rely on everyone in the CISV family to help us overcome one of the greatest challenges our organization has ever faced. Together we are CISV, together we can and must make sure the legacy that Doris Allen left us will last at least another 70 years. 


19 March 2020

We are continuing to work with all of our National Associations and Chapters to understand if the ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 situation may lead to the cancellation or postponement of any June-August programmes. With over 200 Chapters and nearly 70 National Associations worldwide, we are working as quickly as we can to co-ordinate this information.

We know these are tough and uncertain times for all, but we are confident that together we will pull through.

In the meantime, we thank you for your support and are here to help where we can.


16 March 2020

Since our last update, we know that many of you have questions about what the decision about our March – April programmes and events means practically, and are already looking ahead to the June – August ones. We are busy working on the finer details of all of this and will be providing further updates later this week.

We know this means there is a degree of uncertainty for all of us, and would ask everyone to be as patient as you can. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.


14 March 2020 – further update

In consultation with CISV New Zealand and in light of even more recent developments, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel APRW and RTF, in line with what has been decided in other regions.

The team in CISV New Zealand did everything possible to make sure that every participant would have a safe and positive experience. We have nothing but praise for how they have been planning and preparing for APRW, especially in these times of uncertainty.

Despite all their efforts and hard work, however, world-wide events have over taken us, making it harder for people to plan travel in the coming month. Many governments, organizations and employers are imposing restrictions to limit travel and reduce the spread of the virus, and in the last few hours, the New Zealand government has added new restrictions on incoming travellers, making us more confident this is the only way forward, at this time.

We know that you will share our disappointment and will want to join us in thanking CISV New Zealand for their dedication and professionalism throughout. We look forward to joining you at an APRW there in the future.

 

14 March 2020 

The safety of our participants and the CISV family is always our primary concern. After careful consideration, CISV International has taken the difficult decision to cancel all March-April programmes, as well as the regional events and RTFs in EMEA and in the Americas.

Regarding the regional meeting and RTF (APRW) in New Zealand, we are in contact with the host and will let people know shortly.

In recent days, the global situation has been changing rapidly as more countries have been adding restrictions and more organizations are cancelling events. Considering this rapid pace of escalation, together with World Health Organization (WHO) officially announcing a pandemic, we felt this would be the safer way forward for our March-April programmes and events.

We know that this will be disappointing for many people who have been looking forward to attending one of our programmes or events, and we hope people understand that we did not take the decision lightly.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the amazing volunteers in our national and regional teams, who have been working tirelessly on their programmes and events. We are busy working with them on what happens next and how we can help people take part in future opportunities.

In terms of our June – August programmes, we are still cautiously optimistic that they will be able to go ahead. We understand that in these uncertain times, participants may want to consider booking refundable travel tickets. We are constantly monitoring the situation and assessing any impact to those programmes.

 

Where to go for more information:

Chapters, parents or participants: Over the coming days, your country’s National Association should be getting in touch with you about what this means for you.

National Associations: Please get in touch with your national risk managers who are liaising with both their regional risk managers and our international risk manager. Our programmes administration team are also on hand to answer specific hosting and sending queries you may have.

Health advice: We encourage people to get their information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other official and trustworthy sources, such as official government advisories.

We know that this is a challenging time for everyone. We would like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding at this time.


 

06 March, 2020

As COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to unfold across the world, we understand that people have concerns about this year’s programmes and events, especially about those due to run between April and August 

CISV International takes the health and safety of everyone who takes part in CISV programmes and events seriously. 

Given the rapidly changing circumstances, we are monitoring the ongoing situation and working with our National Associations on what this means for our international programmes and events. 

Based on World Health Organization and official government advice for both hosting and sending countries, CISV International or our National Associations may make the difficult decision to suspend or cancel programmes and events. 

CISV China has already confirmed that they will not be hosting their July Village programme. 

At this time, we are still hopeful that programmes and events in all of our other National Associations will go ahead as planned.  

 

Where to go for up to date information 

Chapters, parents or participants: Please get in touch with your country’s National Association if you have immediate concerns. 

National Associations: Please get in touch with your national risk managers who are liaising with both their regional risk managers and our international risk manager. Please continue to work with our programme administration team on your programmes preparation. 

Health advice: We encourage people to get their information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other official and trustworthy sources, such as official government advisories.  

We know that this is a challenging time for everyone. We would like to thank everyone for your patience and understanding at this time.  

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