August 29, 2014

Ebola virus: Update on CWY exchanges with an overseas phase planned in West Africa

In the light of the fact that there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Ghana or in Benin and no travel advisory has been issued for these countries, the Ghana-Canada and Bénin-Canada exchanges that have been scheduled to start between September 1st and 19th, 2014 will begin their Canadian phases as planned. CWY is continuously monitoring the situation and has taken necessary steps to ensure that travel of youth volunteers to Atlantic Canada and Quebec does not represent a risk for their health and safety or that of those communities.

Furthermore, for youth planning to begin their overseas phase in the next few months, CWY is working on several scenarios that will reflect a proactive response to potential or actual risks. Should health conditions in West Africa change, CWY will not hesitate to implement any necessary measures, including delaying departure dates or even suspending some or all exchanges to that region.  If any changes are made to the overseas phase, CWY will advise youth volunteers on alternative programming options available to them at that time.

We will continue to monitor the World Health Organization’s assessment of the situation, as well as the Government of Canada’s travel advisories and health notices and the American Centre for Disease Control and Prevention website, and we will provide updates as decisions are taken regarding all CWY upcoming projects.

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Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

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Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336,

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