COVID-19 Health and Safety

COVID-19 has significantly altered and continues to alter, the risk landscape all over the world. From the beginning of the pandemic, World Learning has adapted its approach to monitoring and managing risk to meet the dynamic challenges that have emerged. This new approach has meant looking beyond traditional risk indicators and factoring into our risk mitigation protocols new developments such as the vaccine and updated guidance from the scientific and health community. For the Alumni TIES seminar in Denver, World Learning and the Office of Alumni Affairs will continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases, percent positivity rate, and vaccination rates in Denver County. If the Office of Alumni Affairs decides to cancel or postpone the program, World Learning will notify seminar participants as soon as possible.


A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to be infected without showing symptoms and potentially less likely to spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Seminar participants will be asked to volunteer vaccination status. If participants are unvaccinated or unwilling to share their status, they will be required to take a PCR test before attending the seminar. If a participant’s health insurance does not cover the test and/or charges a fee, World Learning will reimburse the participant for that expense. World Learning will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and will reassess should federal regulations change or should Colorado or Denver impose stricter requirements.


In accordance with the Participation Guidelines, all participants will be required to wear a mask while taking part in any indoor seminar activities or outdoor activities when social distancing is not possible. World Learning will provide disposable masks to each participant upon check-in. World Learning staff will also have extra masks in case a participant forgets to bring a mask to an activity or session. For additional mask guidance, please review the CDC mask guidelines here: https://bit.ly/GuidanceforMasks.

All participants will be required to socially distance when possible while taking part in indoor seminar activities and outdoor activities. We strongly encourage participants to meet people outside whenever possible. World Learning will provide hand sanitizers for every seminar activity. World Learning staff will conduct temperature checks at registration on February 7 and review the COVID-19 symptoms and safety precautions.

If a participant tests positive for COVID-19 prior to their arrival for the seminar, they must notify World Learning staff immediately and will be unable to take part in the seminar until testing negative for COVID-19. If a participant is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, dry cough, loss of taste and smell, and difficulty breathing) or tests positive for COVID-19 during the seminar, the participant must self-isolate in their room in accordance with CDC guidelines and notify World Learning staff immediately. World Learning staff will then contact a local physician for additional observation. All other participants and team staff, even if vaccinated, must also immediately return to their hotel rooms and quarantine until further notice, following the most stringent guidelines available. World Learning and the Office of Alumni Affairs will then change the seminar format from in-person to virtual.

For further information, please consult the Pre-Departure Orientation Manual and the U.S. Alumni TIES Acknowledgement of Risk Agreement.