How does The Experiment decide when it is safe for a program to take place during a period where there might be heightened risk of COVID-19?

By February 5, 2021 No Comments

The Experiment and World Learning use a variety of monitoring sources and rely on a risk committee, chaired by the director of security, to comprehensively evaluate risk. Key resources for monitoring risk include daily Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) news summaries, International SOS risk alerts, global and local news sources, local health ministries and other government agencies, and the U.S. Department of State travel warnings.

During a public health emergency such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, The Experiment also relies on guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition, during periods of heightened health risks, The Experiment closely monitors actions taken by the governments in the countries where our programs operate, such as movement restrictions or quarantine requirements that would potentially impact the program.

Finally, The Experiment leverages the expertise and knowledge of our international partners, who provide us with updates about issues of concern and potential impact to our participants and program locations. Our international partners have extensive networks that include local authorities, U.S. embassy services, and informal sources—all of which help to inform our decisions about programs.