TGP's Program Updates Regarding the Coronavirus

The GREEN Program's (TGP's) Program Updates Regarding the Coronavirus
2020 Spring & Summer Breaks & 2021 Programs

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Update 8/27/2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak and the possibility of further travel restrictions, our team will be offering continuous support and modified program schedules to help students who are attending our programs.  Please read below for our company-wide updates and policies regarding any specific program changes due to the coronavirus for our 2020 summer break programs, and plans for 2021 programs.

Continue to stay updated with the situation with advice from the CDC

With our students’ health and safety as our top priority, TGP is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in constant communication and guidance with our partners around the world.  All of TGP's updates regarding the coronavirus will continue to be shared here as well.

For questions,  feel free to contact our team at info@thegreenprogram.com at anytime or call us at +1 (215) 821-0935 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM EST).

General Programs & Locations Updates: 

There is no travel occuring summer or fall 2020 (May - November) at TGP.  All summer Iceland and Peru programs are operating on our Learn Now, Travel Later program delivery model for programs scheduled May - Aug 2020. Travel at TGP is scheduled to begin in December 2020. Learn more about our Learn Now, Travel Later programs in Iceland and Peru.

*NEW: Please see TGP's Program Operations Guidelines HERE for travel-related programs, pending start in December 2020.

TGP is now offering a 100% online, 2-week course, "Nepal (Online): Ethics of Sustainable Development". Learn more about this course HERE.

All 2021 programs are planned to operate as traditional programs; however, alternative options are in place: If a  program is affected by COVID19, students have the option to 1) Attend the Learn Now, Travel Later or online version of the program, 2) Switch to another TGP program at no additional cost, or 3) Receive a full program credit for a future program.

  • Iceland : Since June 15, 2020, Iceland is currently open to travelers from the EU/EEU. Iceland reevaulates allowing travelers from other countries in every two weeks. TGP will continue to monitor this. See official travel information from Iceland HERE. As of August 6, 2020 the U.S. Travel Advisory has been lifted from Level 4 to Level 3. See more HERE.
  • Peru:  As of July 1,  Peru entered “Phase 3” of its economic recovery in most of the country. ​ Accordingly, stores can open at up to 50% of customer capacity. ... Before reopening, businesses in many sectors, including restaurants, must present their public health plan to the Peruvian authorities and request approval. Source: U.S. Embassy in Peru
  • Japan: The Government of Japan has continued to relax restrictions related to COVID-19. As of May 25, the state of emergency was lifted for all prefectures in the country. On June 19, the government relaxed its recommendation against non-essential cross-prefectural travel. Source: U.S. Embassy in Japan
  • Nepal: The Government of Nepal has announced an easing to the nationwide lockdown. Some establishments, such as malls and cinemas, are still closed. Many restaurants are open for take out orders.  The government has suspended regularly scheduled international and domestic flights until 2359 hours on July 21, 2020. Source: U.S. Embassy in Nepal

Secure with Confidence

You can secure your spot on a TGP program with confidence knowing that if your program is affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions, we offer flexible terms for you to switch your program or receive a full-credit towards a future program.

We want you to have peace of mind when choosing The GREEN Program for your preferred experience abroad. Our priority is to ensure you have a safe and impactful experience with us.

For questions,  feel free to contact our team at info@thegreenprogram.com at anytime or call us at +1 (215) 821-0935 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM EST).

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Update: 3/12/2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak and the possibility of further travel restrictions, our team will be offering continuous support and modified program schedules to help students who are attending our programs.  Please read below for our company-wide updates and policies regarding any specific program changes due to the coronavirus for our 2020 spring and summer break programs.

As of March 12, 2020, the following CDC warnings are in effect: 
Level 3: Do not travel to: China, South Korea, Iran, and Europe

Continue to stay updated with the situation with advice from the CDC

With our students’ health and safety as our top priority, TGP is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in constant communication and guidance with our partners around the world.  All of TGP's updates regarding the coronavirus will continue to be shared here as well.

For questions,  feel free to contact our team at info@thegreenprogram.com at anytime or call us at +1 (215) 821-0935 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM EST).
 

Secure with Confidence

You can secure your spot on a TGP program with confidence knowing that if your program is affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions, we offer flexible terms for you to switch your program or receive a full-credit towards a future program.

We want you to have peace of mind when choosing The GREEN Program for your preferred experience abroad. Our priority is to ensure you have a safe and impactful experience with us.

Summer Break 2020 Programs: Update

We are aware of the recent CDC level increase in Iceland. In an effort not to disrupt students’ classroom learning portion of the program, TGP is transitioning all of our Iceland May and June 2020 programs to a two-part, modified program schedule with online course delivery. TGP is currently enrolling and running the online class components for May and June 2020 programs. Participants will NOT be travelling during the May or June 2020 programs. At this time, August 2020 programs in Iceland will be running as normal if the CDC restriction decreases before the program.

TGP's Modified Program Schedule for Iceland May and June 2020 programs:

Learn more about the modified program schedule HERE.

  • Part 1: Online Course Delivery: The classroom portion will be run as remote classroom instruction provided by TGP and Reykjavik University - Iceland School of Energy. Classes will be hosted online during the same week as participants planned to travel so their class instruction will not be disrupted. TGP will issue a class schedule with the online course details. Students will NOT be travelling during this time due to CDC restrictions.
  • Part 2: Travel & Hands-on Component: Enrolled participants will be provided with a credit to travel to Iceland with TGP on a custom program in August or December 2020 (dates will be confirmed shortly) to complete the hands-on learning portion, site visits, excursions, tours, and experience to Iceland. TGP and our partners will provide a custom program for these participants and guarantees the same activities on a standard program (only without the classes since they were completed in Part 1). Details will be announced to students soon.

At present, The GREEN Program's standard program model will function as normal in Peru, Nepal, and Japan. As we progress toward summer and continue to monitor the risk in each location, we are working with our onsite partners to determine if a similar adjustment to online instruction and delayed travel component will also be needed. TGP will continue to update our students and university partners should we progress to this stage. 

Spring Break 2020 Programs: Update

Iceland March 2020 (March 8-15 ): Status:  3/12/2020 CDC Level 3: Avoid Non-Essential Travel

  • Due to the Level 3 increase and recent travel ban to Europe TGP has issued the following statement to all participants on Iceland March 8-15, 2020 program on 3/11/2020 at 11:08 PM EDT:

Dear TGP Students,
 

It has come to our attention that the United States has just issued a 30 day travel ban from Europe, effective Friday 3/13/2020. 

 

Please see U.S. Homeland Security's statement HERE, and the official proclamation from the White House HERE.

At the moment (3/11/2020), Homeland Security's statement states that "This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation." 

 

Your safety and wellbeing is our top priority and in an effort to avoid any other sudden changes that may affect your entry back home, TGP is advising that you book a flight back home at your earliest convenience. 

 

Please know that our team in Iceland is there for you, and our team  in the U.S. will continue to provide guidance and support for you when you return home. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at info@thegreenprogram.com or +1 (215) 821-0935. 

 

- The GREEN Program Team

  • Participants have all booked returning flights that will depart Iceland on Thursday, 3/11/2020 and Friday 3/12/2020. TGP guides will stay with students until they depart. Upon returning home, students will continue to have the full support of The GREEN Program team. Students will receive further instruction in the upcoming days about details to complete the course online.  
     

Iceland March 2020 (March 15-22): Status:  3/12/2020 CDC Level 3: Avoid Non-Essential Travel

  • Due to the Level 3 increase and recent travel ban to Europe, TGP has postponed the March 15 - 22 program. Students have been notified on 3/11/2020 and have the option to attend a future program in 2020.

     

Resources 

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Updated: 3/4/2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak and the possibility of further travel restrictions, our team will be offering continuous support to help students who are attending our programs. At this time, none of TGP's programs destinations are categorized under "Level 3: Do Not Travel" lists by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Please read below for our company-wide updates and policies regarding any specific program changes due to the coronavirus for our 2020 spring and summer break programs.

As of March 4, 2020, the following CDC warnings are in effect: 
Do not travel to: China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy

If you’re traveling elsewhere, the current risk is negligible and still considered safe. Continue to stay updated with the situation with advice from the CDC

With our students’ health and safety as our top priority, TGP is closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in constant communication and guidance with our partners around the world.  All of TGP's updates regarding the coronavirus will continue to be shared here as well.

For questions,  feel free to contact our team at info@thegreenprogram.com at anytime or call us at +1 (215) 821-0935 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM EST).
 

All TGP Programs:

Resources: 

TGP will postpone any travel components of the Spring 2020 program if the country’s CDC advisory reaches Level 3: Do not travel or if TGP can no longer run the course due to precautionary facilities closing in-country.  In this case students will have the following options:

  • Option 1) Students may change their enrollment into another program of their choice with no additional fees

  • Option 2) Students may receive a refund. TGP will refund all program fees that have not been incurred from our suppliers for any programs 14 days or less from departure. We will do whatever we can to minimize those.

TGP will operate programs as normal if the country’’s CDC advisory is at Level 1: Practice Usual Precautions or Level 2: Practice Enhanced Precautions. The CDC advises that at Level 2, older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel; therefore, TGP will follow the following protocol for those affected by Level 2 advisories:

Chronic Illnesses: Level 2: TGP will notify students who have reported chronic medical conditions for summer programs by April 1, 2020, if the CDC advisories are at Level 2 at that point.

A chronic illness is generally considered to be a health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects. The term being often applied when the course of a disease is longer than 3 months. TGP team will contact these travellers chronic conditions to confirm how they would like to proceed.

TGP has put in place some more flexibility for bookings with any customer with a chronic illness. For these cases, we will offer the following options:

  • Option 1) Students may change their enrollment into another program of their choice with no additional fees

  • Option 2) Students may receive a full refund. TGP will refund all program fees that have not been incurred from our suppliers for any programs 14 days or less from departure. We will do whatever we can to minimize those.

 

Spring Break 2020 Programs:

Japan March 7-15, 2020: Status: CDC Level 2: Practice enhanced precautions - Program cancelled, (TEPCO and course facilities are closed for precautions)

Update 3/3/2020 from CDC: Japan is experiencing sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus. Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.

  • Option 1) Students may change their enrollment into another program of their choice with no additional fees

  • Option 2) Students may receive a full refund

*Students on this program were notified of the program cancellation by our team on 3/2/2020. By 3/4/2020, students have notified our team of their decision to change programs or receive a refund.

Iceland March 2020 (March 8-15 and March 15-22): Status: CDC Level 1: Practice usual precautions - Programs running as normal

Update 3/4/2020 from CDC: There are no notices currently in effect for Iceland

  • Students who would like to switch or cancel their program are subject to our standard refund policies and Terms and Conditions
  • Please contact our team at info@thegreenprogram.com or +1 (215) 821-0935 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM EST) for questions or if you would like to change your program.

     

Summer Break Programs:

Japan May 2020: Status: CDC Level 2: Practice enhanced precautions: Enrolling, program running as usual. Exceptions: Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions. See below.

Our team is currently enrolling and planning to run our May 2020 program in Japan. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and update our participants as needed.  The CDC advises that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel. See above, under “All Programs”, for more information.
 

Iceland Summer 2020: Status: CDC Level 1: Practice usual precautions - Enrolling, programs running as normal

Update 3/4/2020 from CDC: There are no notices currently in effect for Iceland

  • Students who would like to switch or cancel their program are subject to our standard refund policies and Terms and Conditions

  • Please contact our team at info@thegreenprogram.com or +1 (215) 821-0935 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM EST) for questions or if you would like to change your program.
     

Peru Summer 2020: Status: CDC Level 1: Practice usual precautions - Enrolling, programs running as normal

Update 3/4/2020 - The CDC does not list any notices for Peru regarding the coronavirus

  • Students who would like to switch or cancel their program are subject to our standard refund policies and Terms and Conditions

  • Please contact our team at info@thegreenprogram.com or +1 (215) 821-0935 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM EST) for questions or if you would like to change your program.
     

Nepal Summer 2020: Status: CDC Level 1: Practice usual precautions - Enrolling, program running as normal

Update 3/4/2020 - The CDC does not list any notices for Nepal regarding the coronavirus

  • Students who would like to switch or cancel their program are subject to our standard refund policies and Terms and Conditions

  • Please contact our team at info@thegreenprogram.com or +1 (215) 821-0935 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM - 5 PM EST) for questions or if you would like to change your program.

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