Our Commitment to Your Safety
We strive to keep you safe and healthy on every BTC experience with us
- Staff is CPR and First Aid certified by the National Heart Assocation annually
- On site vehicle at all times
- 24/7 accompaniment by BTC bilingual staff
- Private transportation
- Vetted restaurants, hotels and resorts
- Cook staff trained in hygiene, correct food handling and common dietary restrictions
- All food prepared with purified water
- Purified water available at all times
2020 Bridges to Community Statement Regarding Coronavirus
Ensuring the health and safety of volunteers is a core value at Bridges to Community. Given the heightened coverage of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have been closely following the information related to the spread of the virus globally. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring cases and issuing advisories related to COVID-19 in the United States. As of Monday, March 2nd, there is only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the DR. This tourist arrived from Italy on February 22nd asymptomatic and then became ill after arrival. He also tested positive for Influenza B. He is on the east coast in Punta Cana and has been quarantined him in a military hospital. His condition is stable. The situation is changing rapidly and we will update this post as needed to keep you informed.
We are regularly accessing information about the spread of the virus and learning about preventative measures on the websites of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. While the progression of COVID-19 is still emerging, the CDC is reporting that for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
In the coming months we will continue to monitor scheduled trips, and provide guidance from the CDC regarding travel precautions.
On an individual level, we are all reminded to follow best practices for limiting the spread of any virus – regular handwashing, covering mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing, seeking medical attention early if symptoms develop, and staying home when sick. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.
2019 Bridges to Community Safety Statement Regarding the Dominican Republic
Bridges to Community is committed to the safety of all of our volunteers. For over thirty years our work has required us to ensure a safe environment for shared learning. To maintain safety we carefully screen and select our partner communities and our accommodation providers. We develop good relationships with the community leaders and the managers of the hotels where we stay.
During a volunteer experience in the Dominican Republic, volunteers stay at hotels Santo Domingo and Juan Dolio. We have been using these hotels in these communities for several years and have not experienced problems. They are located in known touristic locations and have additional services to ensure the safety of travelers, including additional security and a tourist police force.
We consistently monitor the US State Department website for travel advisories. The US State Department travel advisory level for the Dominican Republic is currently a 2. Guidelines for traveling to a country with a level 2 advisory can be found on their website, https://travel.state.gov. Other countries that are at level 2 include Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, and France. Recent articles dated June 24, 2019, also quoted State Department officials saying the following: “At this point, there’s no evidence that the spate of death and illness in the Dominican Republic this year is out of the ordinary for any popular tourist destination…it has seen no unusual spike in deaths reported from the country.”
We are following the news of the recent incidents in the Dominican Republic, and want to assure you that the did not happen in areas of the country that we visit with volunteers, and that the itinerary your group will follow does not put them in locations of high risk at any time. We are responsible for your safety when you sign up as a trip participant, and we assure you that in the case that we need to take action to ensure your safety, we will not hesitate to do so.
We appreciate the trust that volunteers place in Bridges to Community when they travel with us. We are diligent in our efforts to honor this trust and keep them safe. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.
The Bridges Team