We’ve spent the last few months reviewing our safety protocols and have implemented a number of new procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members of a WildChina journey.
When the COVID-19 outbreak started in China a few months ago, none of us were prepared for it to turn into a global pandemic. While the world faces the trials of COVID-19, one thing we must remember is that there is always an opportunity for growth and change in any challenge. Indeed, the WHO’s guidelines to schools and educational institutions during this time asks us to look to educating ourselves and our youth through this current pandemic:
Today, children and young people are global citizens, powerful agents of change and the next generation of caregivers, scientists, and doctors. Any crisis presents the opportunity to help them learn, cultivate compassion and increase resilience while building a safer and more caring community. Having information and facts about COVID-19 will help diminish students’ fears and anxieties around the disease and support their ability to cope with any secondary impacts in their lives.
● Comply with all local government recommendations and requirements for any program that we operate
● Complete full risk assessments prior-to, during, and after a program
● All staff and crisis management teams undergo training in Covid-19 awareness and management
● Ensure that our programs take place within a reasonable distance from medical facilities and maintain our emergency response protocols
● Continue to ensure that all of our staff has up-to-date first-aid training and that digital thermometers are carried in every first aid kit
● On-program staff have had health checks before the trip and are fever-free prior to the start of the program
● All accommodations and transportation undergo thorough cleaning and disinfection and are well ventilated prior to use
● Ensure that running water and soap is accessible during programs
● Continue to provide meals and snacks on-trip that are hygienic, safe, and cooked thoroughly
● Continue to provide masks and disposable gloves for students/staff on our programs as needed
● Avoid crowded areas which are enclosed and poorly ventilated
● Offer pre-trip health and hygiene guidance sessions to schools, either in person or online
● Brief students not to touch any wildlife or domestic animals
● Brief students not to touch their face prior to washing their hands
● Reinforce hand washing procedures (at least 20 seconds with soap) with students throughout a program
● Provide hand sanitizer for students as needed
● Emphasize that an adequate amount of tissues should be carried by students in case they need to sneeze, cough, or blow their nose. Our staff will always carry extra tissues to provide to students as needed.
We’re not the only ones talking about China getting back to normal – check out these resources for more stories from around the Middle Kingdom.
If you are considering traveling to China in the near future or have a booking with us and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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