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Covid-19 Policy Statement for Volunteers

Covid-19 Policy Statement for EDGE of AFRICA Volunteers

EDGE of AFRICA provides opportunities for both local and international volunteers to assist with our community empowerment and environmental restoration projects while enjoying a life-changing experience in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

We are based in Knysna in the Garden Route of South Africa.  Our immediate community is not currently affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak and the level in South Africa as a whole is currently at a very low level. However, we are well aware of the potential rate of spread if or when the virus arrives in our area, and we understand that both our volunteers and their families will have concerns about the current global situation and that it is extremely important for us to have practices in place to prevent the further spread of this virus. We also view this as a positive opportunity to encourage good hygiene practices which will effectively reduce the spread of other viruses and bacteria.

We are keeping apprised of all new developments with regards to COVID-19 and are following the advice of reliable sources such as the World Health Organisation.

  • We have displayed visible posters around our accommodation describing effective hand hygiene practices and respiratory hygiene practices.
  • We have hand soap and/or hand sanitiser available throughout our accommodation including at the main entrance.
  • We have excellent cleaning standards in our accommodation and vehicles and our cleaning team have been briefed on how to prevent the spread of viruses/bacteria such as regular disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces like door handles, toilet flushes and taps etc.
  • We have adapted our project work to avoid crowds and working in close proximity with other people. We have also postponed work with our local home for the elderly as they are most at risk
  • We are advising all our staff, guests and volunteers about adopting a minimum separation distance of 1 metre from other people.
  • In the event of a suspected COVID-19 infection we have an emergency action plan that includes involving relevant authorities and an allocated isolation room.

We understand that particularly for our international volunteers the COVID-19 outbreak could affect travel plans and we will keep an open line of communication with our volunteers and their families in this regard. We will always do our utmost to ensure that volunteer placements continue as planned, whilst keeping in line with government mandates and the latest health advice.

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