Remote Year's Response
to COVID-19

Updated August 22, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has caused a sudden and drastic increase in travel restrictions, causing extreme shock to the entire travel and tourism industry. Around the middle of March, we made the extremely difficult decision to pause and postpone current programs.  In working with our safety & security partner, International SOS, we determined that this course of action was the safest option for our customers and staff as well as the communities that we live alongside.

Our plan is to resume operations as soon as the international travel climate is hospitable and we believe we can do so safely and responsibly. At this time do not have a clear timeline on when that will be. As the situation continues to evolve, we’ll do our best to provide updates in a timely fashion. Here is how we’re handling the pandemic right now regarding our community.

Current Programs

All programs that were active as the COVID19 outbreak started during March, have been paused & postponed. We have worked with all the participants and staff on these programs to navigate the quickly changing travel climate to either get back to their home country or find a comfortable place to shelter in place in their current location. We will be resuming these programs as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so.

Future Programs

We are committed to delivering great work and travel experiences in the future but do not have a clear timeline yet. Programs set to launch in May through December 2020 have been postponed.  For all programs beyond that, we will be monitoring the situation over the coming weeks and months to assess the viability of running these programs. For all participants committed to any future programs, we will be waiving all change fees to make sure they’re able to pick a timeline that they’re comfortable with.

Currently, we are not accepting new participants for our programs as we continue to monitor the global travel environment and prepare to launch programs once again. If you’re interested in joining us on a Remote Year program in the future, please leave us your contact information here and we’ll get back to you as soon as as possible.

While our heart breaks for all of the communities around the world who are affected by this pandemic, we hope that everyone is taking the additional measures to stay healthy at this time and also doing what’s best for their own local community to keep the situation from getting worse.

We believe our mission to build empathy across borders is more important than ever, and we are doing everything we can to continue to deliver on that mission in the future. We will be updating this page to communicate any major changes that happen with our company or community.

For additional questions, please contact us here.