VACorps Statement on the COVID-19 Virus

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VACorps Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Last Updated: June 1st, 2020)

VACorps is committed to ensuring that its participants have safe and enjoyable experiences in South Africa. We proudly maintain a 14-year track record of helping our participants safely navigate both domestic and international health and safety concerns, including most recently, the Cape Town water crisis of 2018; the Ebola outbreak of 2016; and the xenophobia riots of 2008. Accordingly, we are actively monitoring developments surrounding the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic as it relates to your future participation in the VACorps program.

As of June 1st, 2020, the country is now at Level 3 and many restrictions have been eased as the economy slowly reopens its doors again. South Africa previously completed “hard lockdowns” on Level 5 (5 weeks) and Level 4 (4.5 weeks). The 5-stage lockdown levels are as follows:

  • Level 5: Drastic measures are required to contain the spread of disease.
  • Level 4: Some activity will be allowed, subject to extreme precautions (what is currently in place).
  • Level 3: Easing of restrictions, including work and social activities.
  • Level 2: Further easing of restrictions, with some form of social distancing still in place.
  • Level 1: Most normal activity can resume, including travel, providing we follow health guidelines (when we suspect international flights will resume).

Due to decisive action on part of our government, South Africa has significantly flattened its rate of daily infections since entering a national lockdown, which as it stands today, is hope for a promising outcome in the coming weeks and months. Should the situation change, we will communicate with our future participants and partners accordingly with complete transparency and provisional contingency plans.

With South Africans still being under varying degrees of lockdown in the coming weeks, VACorps staff will continue to safely work from home and will be providing assistance to future program participants with trip planning, internship placements, and are available to answer any additional questions or concerns they may have. Please feel free to reach out to your program advisor at any stage or contact us today for further assistance.

In saying so, once the South African government lifts its travel ban and allows visitors to safely enter South Africa again, the VACorps program will resume its full operations and internship programming. While we wait to see what the future holds, we do ask for your patience, flexibility, and empathy during these turbulent and uncertain times as we concede to the experts and our government for guidance moving forward in this crisis.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns prior to your anticipated arrival to Cape Town. We will keep you updated through this dynamic situation and we can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful city soon.

Sincerely,

The VACorps Team

 

Resources:

South Africa’s New Risk-Adjusted Strategy

COVID-19 Press Releases and Statements in South Africa

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