Let’s journey forward, where safety comes first
WorldStrides has built a 50-year-old reputation for industry-leading commitment to health and safety. Our experienced team is leading the way now in innovating and evolving to make sure your next travel experience is safe, and full of all the fun we are missing right now. We’re committed to your health, safety, and WorldClass Flexibility—for you, for your group, and for these unprecedented times. The following COVID-19 safety protocols are reviewed regularly in conjunction with our Medical Director are adjusted as needed. Current protocols apply to 2021 programs and will be evaluated for extension to 2022 programs and beyond, with our commitment to keep them in place for as long as they are helpful in mitigating the risk of contracting COVID-19 while participating on a WorldStrides program.
A team approach to our new normal
WorldStrides’ Back to Travel Task Force leverages decades of experience across our company to assess the safety of the destinations we travel, stay abreast of openings/closings, understand new protocols and regulations from our partners, and create trainings and detailed safety plans to manage the risk associated with COVID-19. The Back to Travel group, led by Chief Academic, Health and Safety Officer Terri Morgoglione, is also informed by the CDC and WHO guidelines, as well as the guidance of the team at The George Washington Department of Emergency Medicine who staff our Doctors on Call program. We are also closely monitoring the evolving standards of the education community and the travel industry, and will continue to update our plans as new information on COVID-19 comes to light.
WorldStrides’ promise to you
WorldStrides will be there for your group every step of the way, from pre-tour, on-tour, and post-tour to ensure the safest experience possible for all travelers.
- Pre-Tour: We encourage all travelers to limit contact with non-household individuals and exposure to public places for 14 days prior to departure. If a student is symptomatic or tests positive within 14 days of travel, they should not travel with the group and should immediately contact their Program Leader or WorldStrides Customer Service.
- On-Tour: If a student exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 while participating on a program, we will help them get tested and safely separate them from the rest of the group while awaiting the results. If the test result is positive, we will be there every step of the way, from helping to secure the necessary care to arranging medically-required isolation.
- Post-Trip Assistance: In addition to advising all participants to monitor their health for 14 days after returning home and let their Program Leader know if they become ill, WorldStrides will work with the Program Leader or appropriate parties to carry out contact tracing and notifications as needed.
Meet WorldStrides Medical Director Dr. Neal Sikka
WorldStrides has been proudly partnering with the George Washington University Department of Emergency Medicine for more than a decade. Since the start of the pandemic, the WorldStrides Health & Safety team has worked closely with Dr. Neal Sikka and his team for continued guidance on a quickly changing landscape. Dr. Sikka serves as WorldStrides Medical Director, and he and his team provide our Doctors on Call program which supports our travelers around the world.
Watch now! Head of Health and Safety Robin Reliford catches up with Dr. Sikka in April to discuss best practices for staying healthy during COVID-19, vaccines, and more!