1. Are there specific risk assessments for the projects?
A: The operation of the Rescue Center and the projects on nesting beaches were constantly evaluated on the basis of the state of risk and measures taken for the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 and 2021. We implemented measures to minimize the likelihood of cases between staff and volunteers and continuous monitoring as well as addressed the issues based on guidance and measures taken by the health authorities. These will continue to be implemented in 2022 with some improvements. See in detail all the measures related to COVID-19.
Q2. Are volunteers required to have a certificate of vaccination or recovery from the virus?
A: Yes, in 2022 every participant in the ARCHELON projects must have a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, which must cover the whole period of their participation. Citizens of the EU are invited to present the European Certificate of Vaccination.
Q3. Are volunteers required to present negative results of a PCR test done within 72 hours before their arrival?
A: Yes, according to the present knowledge and state of the pandemic, presenting negative results of a PCR test done within 72 hours before their arrival is essential for minimizing the risks in the projects. The test results must be forwarded by e-mail to the Volunteer Officer, before the volunteer arrives. No one will be able to participate in the projects in 2022, if the above are not observed.
Q4. What if a volunteer is unable to travel because of a COVID-19 infection?
A: The Volunteer Officer must be notified by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately. The volunteer will be invited to reschedule as soon as possible after their recovery. A renewed medical opinion on their health condition will be required before being re-admitted to the project.
Q5. Will there be a self-isolation period upon arrival to the projects?
A: Yes, once the volunteers arrive at the camp or Rescue Center, they should remain in self-isolation for 3 days, wearing a face mask and using the designated areas carefully.
Q6. What happens if a volunteer gets COVID-19 during the project?
A: In case of a positive test result, medical advice and guidance from the public health authorities will be sought. If even one person in each team gets sick, with or without symptoms, the success of the whole project is at risk. Therefore, the whole team will be asked to be extremely careful to avoid the spread of the virus. Space for self-isolation for a positive case will be sought at first in the camp site or the Rescue Centre and, if deemed necessary, in other premises. It is reminded that volunteers must have their own health insurance.
Q7. Will there be extra charges if a volunteer participation is rescheduled due to COVID-19?
A. In case rescheduling is possible for the same type of project (e.g. nesting beaches, Rescue Center) and the same participation period as originally agreed, there will be no additional charges or refunds due to changes in high / low period.
Q8. What if, due to COVID-19, the duration of the final participation is different from the originally agreed?
A: In such cases, the volunteer participation fees will be recalculated according to the final dates and will be balanced with an additional payment or partial refund.
Q9. What happens if a volunteer cancels his / her participation due to COVID-19?
A: The cancellation policy is applied and includes a special provision for COVID related cancellation requests sent by email in less than 8 weeks before the participation date. See the cancellation policy.
Q10. What if COVID-19-related measures affect the date a volunteer leaves a project?
A: In such a case, we will discuss with them the possibility of extending the participation period.
Q11. How will internships be affected in relation to the coronavirus COVID-19?
A: All the above that concern volunteers in ARCHELON’s projects also apply to internships.
9. Will the measures taken by ARCHELON in the projects be applied also to people vaccinated against COVID-19?
A: Yes, the measures are applied regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated, or their country of origin. Although those who have a vaccination certificate are not expected to get sick themselves, it is known that they can be carriers of the virus and pass it on to others. If even one person in each team gets sick, with or without symptoms, the success of the whole project is at risk.