A letter from Broadreach HQ on COVID-19

Dear Broadreach family,

 

As we spend time reflecting on the warmth and spirit of the season, we want to thank you for your continued support. Whether you are signed up to join us this summer, are a Broadreach alumni family, or are still thinking about your first Broadreach adventure, we wouldn’t be here without you.

The summer of 2021 remains on the horizon and, frankly, we can’t wait. In anticipation of this summer, we are regularly thinking about COVID-19 and how it will affect our programs. While we hope the impact will be minimal, we are active risk managers and are continually tweaking our policies regarding different scenarios and “what-ifs.” The what-ifs change every day (sometimes every hour) and occupy their fair share of our mental energy and conversations at HQ. We are grateful to have the gift of time until June and will continue to use that time wisely – here are a few of the variables we are actively thinking about:

 

Vaccinations

  • They’re rolling out!
  • Timeline, access and efficacy of options
  • Broadreach/airline/country-specific requirements

 

Program itinerary alterations

  • Minimize the impact on the communities we visit
  • Give our groups time to quarantine in the destination country if need be

 

Pre-trip protocols

  • Guidelines and self-assessment
  • COVID-19 PCR testing

 

On-trip protocols

  • Ongoing general health and temperature checks
  • Hygiene expectations for our staff, students, and in-country partners
  • Procedures for COVID-19 signs, symptoms, positive test results, etc.

 

Post-trip protocols

  • COVID-19 PCR testing before arrival home
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms or quarantine upon arrival home

 

We promise to have timely and appropriate guidelines addressing all of these topics as we get closer to the summer. In the meantime, we will collaborate with our peers to understand industry best practices, absorb guidance from our partners at the CDC, and continually communicate with our in-country partners. If you have any questions about our current thoughts on COVID-19, or if you just want to talk about summer adventures, we are a quick phone call away.

With warmest regards,
Broadreach HQ