WUSC places the health and safety of its personnel, and of the communities with which it works, as its first priority. WUSC is monitoring the global outbreak of COVID-19 and is closely following advice from public health officials globally, nationally, and locally.
WUSC is currently taking the following precautions in response to the health and travel concerns related to COVID-19:
- Due to current and anticipated operational and international travel limitations, we are repatriating Canadian volunteers currently stationed overseas.
- We have postponed any new in-person volunteer training and international departures of Canadian volunteers. However, we will continue to recruit volunteers and match them to partners and placements. Their tentative departure date is now June 2020.
- We have postponed the selection process for the 2021 – 2022 cohort of the Student Refugee Program in Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Jordan and Lebanon. Shortlisted applicants in these countries will be notified as soon as the selection process is able to resume.
- We have temporarily closed our offices globally and have asked our staff to work from home to encourage social distancing and promote good community practice.
- We have temporarily closed our office in Burkina Faso, and are undertaking a thorough cleaning, due to an office visitor being in contact with individuals who have been confirmed to have COVID-19. The visitor did not have symptoms while at the office, is now in self-isolation, and is therefore not considered a risk to other personnel. These measures are strictly preventative.
At this time, we do not anticipate any significant interruptions to international student departures planned for later this year.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will update this post with new information as it emerges.
For questions about WUSC’s response to COVID-19, please email [email protected].