Health & Safety

Updated: 20th March 2020

Coronavirus (CoV): Student Safety and Travel Message:

CRCC Asia continues to monitor the situation in all of our program locations and throughout the world as the COVID-19 spread and containment efforts continue to impact at a significant global level. Currently CRCC Asia is actively working to support:

  1. Current students confirmed for summer 2020, allowing any student to defer their program start to a new date within the next 18 months at no cost as well as keeping in close contact with each individual as we support changing global news. 
  2. Current University Partners, making the difficult decision to cancel or delay programs. We have attempted to remain in close communication with all partners as changes to spring and summer programming have taken effect, and are now working to cancel any programs and confirmed student placements. We are also working to source alternative programming to include Online International Internships. If interested please reach out to [email protected] for more information.
  3. Current Staff in all locations, ensuring they are following local governmental guidance. While all staff have been given the option to work remotely since the end of February, we are also requesting staff to take heed of local government measures taken to include Social Distancing and Sheltering in Place.

CRCC Asia is actively planning for summer 2020 programs and will continue to monitor real-time travel advice taking into account the Center for Disease Control and Department of State travel advisories as well as local embassies visa guidance to make the final decision to run a program. All final decisions will be completed on a country by country basis and confirmed at 6 weeks prior to the program start date. Should a program location become confirmed as cancelled we will immediately communicate this with all affected students and partners.

 

Updated: 12th March 2020

Coronavirus (CoV): Student Safety and Travel Message:

CRCC Asia continues to monitor the situation regarding COVID-19. Across our 5 program locations, the US State Department recommends: 

As per our communication on 4th February 2020, CRCC Asia programs in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen are cancelled until 28th May 2020. 

We are committed to remaining flexible and supportive of our participants and in the presence of COVID-19 remain open to:

  • Any student switching locations and paying/refunding the price difference for the same start date with no administrative fee
  • Any student accepting their program fees paid as credit to be applied on any future program and date within 18 months of the originally planned start date.

In addition to the health and safety features introduced to our programs on 24th February 2020, CRCC  Asia is overseeing the following:

  • All staff to wear face masks and undertake recommended WHO hygiene practices prior to being in contact with any participants
  • Increased health and safety visits to host companies prior and during placement  
  • Arranging remote events where feasible, such as language classes and business seminars
  • Requesting accommodation providers to conduct temperature checks upon entering the premise and ensuring regular sanitization of communal areas
  • Providing participants with face masks on arrival 
  • Our recommended travel insurance partner- Envisage Global, offers a comprehensive insurance policy that includes COVID-19 coverage
  • Offering creative remote programming where applicable and feasible

 

Updated: 24th February 2020

Coronavirus (CoV): Student Safety and Travel Message:

CRCC Asia is carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 globally and the impact that this is having on programming in 2020. 

As per our communications on 4th February 2020, CRCC Asia programs in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen are currently cancelled until 28th May 2020. We are working closely with all partners and students for China programs from 28th May onwards and will release any new information accordingly. 

All programs in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, India and the UK are currently operating as normal with preparation for summer groups already underway. We are regularly checking US State Department notices, which for Vietnam are at Level 1 and recommend “exercising normal precautions” and for South Korea, Japan, India and the UK are at Level 2, and recommend “exercising increased precautions” for travel. 

The situation is constantly evolving and we advise all current and future participants to continue to read the CRCC Asia website for health and safety updates on our Essentials pages, as well as review information from the various resources listed below:

If you have recently traveled to China or plan to transit through China in order to return to United States or other countries, this may impact your ability to board a flight, transit another country, or even delay your entry by at least fourteen days, so please do speak to your airline about what restrictions may exist regarding your return flights.  

CRCC Asia Programs:

For participants on each of our global programs, we recommend and will be implementing the following health and safety features:

  • Prior to travel, we recommend that students visit a travel medicine specialist or local department of health to obtain any necessary vaccinations and medications.
  • On the program, two meeting points will be confirmed for each program location, in case of an emergency. 
  • Two CRCC Asia phone numbers, one global (USA or UK) and one local, will be provided and can be called 24 hours a day.
  • Two global CRCC Asia email addresses will be provided that can be written to in case of an emergency, and in cases of immediate need, will be responded to within 2 hours. 
  • A recommended list of establishments, both online and offline, will be provided, where face masks can be purchased. 
  • A list of guidelines will be sent out to all participants on the program. 
  • A list of recommended hospitals will be provided to all participants upon arrival. 

We do of course expect that all of these procedures are precautionary and hope that they will allow participants to be able to enjoy their time on our programs. 

Resources:

 

Updated: 4th February 2020

Coronavirus (CoV): Student Safety and Travel Message:

CRCC Asia is carefully monitoring the spread of the Novel Coronavirus in China and its potential impact on our programs.

 

Non-China Programs

We remain confident in our programs running as normal this summer, and continuing to create a connected and dynamic labour market between Asia and the rest of the world that facilitates cultural exchange and strengthens the professional development of young global talent.

As the heart of CRCC Asia programming and expertise is in Asia, we are carefully monitoring the virus’ impact, and we recommend checking the World Health Organization (WHO), including the  Travel Advice pages, as well as international travel advice from the US Department of State, British Foreign Office Travel Advice  and Australia Smart Traveller. CRCC Asia is predominantly guided by the US Department of State recommendations for travel, which are based on a scale of 1 to 4. We have listed these below, as well as the the current recommendations for CRCC Asia program locations. 

1 – Exercise normal precautions

2 – Exercise increased caution

3- Reconsider travel

4 -Do not travel

 

  • Japan

US State Department – Japan

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions. 4th February 2020

  • South Korea: 

US State Department – South Korea

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.  4th February 2020

  • Vietnam:  

US State Department – Vietnam

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions.  4th February 2020

  • India

Us State Department – India

Level 2: Exercise increased caution.  4th February 2020

  • The United Kingdom

US State Department – UK 

Level 2: Exercise increased caution.  4th February 2020

 

To confirm, all 5 countries are judged to be either Level 1 or Level 2, according to the US State Department. This means that normal precautions should be considered or in the cases of the UK and India, increased caution should be exercised. 

For all students on our programs at this current time,  or for those participating on one of our future programs in the coming months, we suggest:

    • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
    • Frequent hand-washing with soap and running water, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
    • Avoiding unprotected contact with wild animals;
    • Wear a mask while at railway stations and airports (to reduce droplet infection)
    • Thoroughly cook eggs and meat
    • Try to cover the mouth and nose when sneezing. 
    • In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider.

Furthermore, CRCC Asia is ensuring all students, should they request it, have access to face masks or are given guidance on how to procure their own. Each public or group event is being stringently monitored for health and safety risks, and an alternative will be found if necessary.

 

China Programs

In response to the FCO and State Department travel warning and escalating news of the Coronavirus, CRCC Asia has suspended all China programs between February – April 2020. All students who were on the ground during the outbreak have safely departed their program locations following assistance and support from our program teams. During January 2020, CRCC Asia successfully:

  • Kept communication open to all university partners inquiring about on-the-ground updates, and proactively reached out with any additional or new news.
  • Provided face masks for all students on the ground
  • Limited commute through use of virtual mandarin lessons and remote internships
  • Supported all students booking new outbound flights to depart the country due to official FCO, CDC, and WHO stance including assistance with interim housing if they noted need
  • Offered all students who returned home early an opportunity to continue work virtually if feasible.

CRCC Asia remains committed to supporting all students and partners and would action all of the above and more should the virus impact any additional programs.

CRCC Asia will continue to monitor the situation in China and throughout the world, actively checking in with the WHO, as well as updating our travel warnings and advice to all students and partners. 

British FCO – Japan

Australia Smart Traveller – Japan

British FCO – South Korea

Australia Smart Traveller – South Korea

 

Updated: 29 January 2020

Coronavirus (CoV): Student Safety and Travel Message:

CRCC Asia continues to monitor the evolving situation in China with regard to the spread of the coronavirus. As of 29th January 2020, both the CDC and British Foreign Office have issued statements advising against all non-essential travel to China, while all travel to Hubei province remains strongly discouraged. As a result of this, CRCC Asia is taking the following action:
  • Speaking with all participants on the ground and offering advice or assistance, where possible, for any participants who wish to leave the program. 
  • Liaising with all students who are signed up to future programs, with the offer of postponement or alternative program options in CRCC Asia’s other program locations. 
  • Discussing with all university and government partners about flexible terms for their upcoming programs, as well as offers to support alternative program options in CRCC Asia’s other program locations. 

As ever, our teams around the world remain willing to help and support any questions or enquiries that participants, parents or partners may have. We are planning and preparing for Summer programs in China as normal, but we are able to be flexible and provide alternate options should this become preferable. For any further enquiries, please reach out to our local offices here to contact us.

 

Updated: 27 January 2020

Coronavirus (CoV): Student Safety and Travel Message:

CRCC Asia wants every participant to feel safe and secure throughout their program. We are currently in daily correspondence with participants and we remain available in China and in our regional offices for any participants, parents or universities who wish to speak with our teams. . Participants wanting to further discuss the implication of the virus and the control measures in their city can reach out to their local program manager.

Current updates from our programs:

  • Provision of face masks for all participants on our programs in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

  • Temperature checks upon entering the accommodation in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

  • Language courses being moved online to limit commutes and public gatherings in all locations.

  • Companies in Shanghai will remain closed beyond Chinese New Year, up until 9th February. 

  • Options for remote internships for participants who wish to continue their work with their host companies online.

We continue to encourage everyone to review the key points below as well as the travel health notices issued by the U.S. Department of State, Public Health England, Government of Canada, Australian Dept of Foriegn Affairs and Trade and New Zealand Ministry of Health.

  • All travelers should:

    • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;

    • Frequent hand-washing with soap and running water, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;

    • Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals;

    • Wear a mask while at railway stations and airports (to reduce droplet infection)

    • Thoroughly cook eggs and meat

    • Try to cover the mouth and nose when sneezing.

    • In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider.

CRCC Asia will continue to monitor the situation in China and throughout the world, actively checking in with WHO and the CDC, as well as updating our travel warnings and advice to all students and partners. CRCC Asia remains excited about welcoming participants to all 9 of our program locations this summer and throughout the year, and again requests that any participants, parents or university partners reach out directly to our local offices with any further questions.

 

 

Updated: 21 January 2020

Coronavirus (CoV): Student Safety and Travel Message:

CRCC Asia carefully monitors health and safety risks throughout all countries in which we operate international internship programs and we would like to share information regarding the on-going outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (CoV). Our management team is currently monitoring this evolving situation and our program teams in our 9 program locations are in constant contact with students on the ground to support any concerns. 

We encourage everyone to review the key points below as well as the travel health notices issued by the U.S. Department of State, Public Health England, Government of Canada, Australian Dept of Foriegn Affairs and Trade and New Zealand Ministry of Health.

CRCC Asia is following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) advice, which based on currently available information:

  • The WHO is not recommending any restrictions on travel
  • The CDC has issued a Watch Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) and is not advising against travel to China unless the traveler has pre-existing conditions which could lead to a higher susceptibility. 
  • Person-to-person transmission is occurring although it is unclear how easily the virus spreads between people.
  • All travelers should:
    • Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
    • Frequent hand-washing with soap and running water, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
    • Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals;
    • Wear a mask while at railway stations and airports (to reduce droplet infection)
    • Thoroughly cook eggs and meat
    • Try to cover the mouth and nose when sneezing. 
    • In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness either during or after travel, travelers are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with their health care provider.

All students who are currently participating in our programs in China and throughout Asia have received an official email stating the above recommendations as well as linking them to their respective travel insurance provider should they have additional questions. All students currently on the ground are in contact with our program teams to ensure that they are safe and comfortable, and we are recommending the purchase of face masks as a precaution. Finally, all partner universities with students currently on our China programs have received a direct email with the messaging and support that we have provided our students. 

CRCC Asia will continue to monitor the situation in China and throughout the world, actively checking in with WHO and the CDC, as well as updating our travel warnings and advice to all students and partners. CRCC Asia remains excited about welcoming students to all 9 of our program locations this summer and throughout the year, and requests that any students, parents or university partners reach out directly to our local offices with any further questions.

CRCC Asia is dedicated to the health and safety of all our program participants.

We aim to best prepare and serve our students prior to departure, while they are abroad, as well as upon returning to their home country.

Ensuring the safety of our participants is done through a variety of ways including our well-trained staff on the ground in each of our program locations and our regional office staff. Students receive a Pre-Departure Packet with additional resources for health and safety as well as an on-site cultural and safety orientation.

CRCC Asia has thorough emergency procedures and site assessments in order to ensure high standards of safety. Both our regional offices and local staff monitor world news through sources like US Department of State Travel Advisories, World Health Organization, and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Our local staff have established strong relationships with local government and police officials providing our program with accurate and up-to-date information.

For more information about Health and Safety with CRCC Asia please visit the tab below:

Our Health & Safety Policies

CRCC Asia has the following policies that have been developed with legal expertise in study abroad programs, and ensures the most appropriate and transparent protection for our participants and staff.

Culture Shock

Culture shock is the feeling of confusion or discomfort caused by experiencing a new or surprising way of life, culture, or world view.

Culture shock is a common experience of living abroad. Participants experiencing culture shock are encouraged to seek support.

After arrival, many program participants will undergo an initial ‘honeymoon stage’ of euphoria, adventurousness, and curiosity. As weeks go by, living abroad can become more difficult, and it is in this phase that culture shock can commonly set in. This may be caused by homesickness and surprising cultural differences encountered at work and in daily life.

This stage of living abroad can be difficult, at times frustrating, and uncomfortable.  Our staff on the ground are on hand to support you through these issues.

Here is some an advice from our previous interns:

“My advice to anyone thinking of going to China is to be open-minded – you know things are going to be different so embrace it and most of all enjoy it!”

Doyin Sogbesan, Finance Internship, Shanghai

 

“Challenge yourself and test how far out of your comfort zone you can go…enjoy the  amazing places China has to offer, try the strange food, talk to the locals in an unfamiliar language…”

David Buchanan, Business Internship, Beijing

 

My advice to future interns would be to give it a try.  If you show you are prepared to try, people will help you. Embrace it – the food, the people, the new experiences and make the most of all opportunities.” 

Ellie Gomery, Media Internship, Shanghai

 

…and from our Director, and East-Asia veteran, Edward Holroyd-Pearce:

“It’s important to realise that you are shocked. Norms in the East are often different than from the West. Take a step back, think about why you are shocked and then think about how it is culturally appropriate to react in that situation.  Talk to your Program Manager if you are having trouble adjusting.”

Coping with cultural shock

Know that cultural shock is common, and a normal reaction to living abroad. We invite program participants to discuss their thoughts and experience with their Resident Advisors and Program Managers, available through both formal and informal events and check-ins. Engaging with CRCC Asia staff members, trained in navigating intercultural issues such as culture shock, can provide professional guidance and support while experiencing common issues such as culture shock.

In addition to working through issues with CRCC Asia program staff, we recommend the following:

It is important to remain in contact with friends and family at home, though always keeping mindful of a balance of place; remaining present in the program while drawing on support from home.

Make use of the support network you have in place in China. We encourage program participants to engage with their fellow program participants, so as to trade thoughts on a shared experience and build relationships in the process. Fellow program participants will likely be experiencing similar ups and downs to life abroad, and provide fascinating insight specific to their various international backgrounds.

Get some physical exercise – sport, walking, biking, all are excellent ways to explore your host city and distract your mind in a healthy manner.

Get out of your accommodation and do something active. Ask your Resident Advisor and Program Manager for recommendations on what to do and how to explore.

Exploring a foreign city is a privilege, although sometimes a challenging one. Don’t be afraid to reach out to CRCC Asia staff and your peers on the program, and remember to enjoy your time abroad!

Essential Information

Before your departure onto our program, you will be required to complete our electronic Essential Information Form which includes:

 

Next of Kin Details

Please fill out your Emergency Contact Details on the Essential Information form to ensure that our Teams are able to reach your Next of Kin in case of emergency. We do not expect our interns to ever be in such a situation, but we do require the information as a matter of preparation.

Medical History

For purposes of Health and Safety it is important that we are made aware of any pre-existing medical conditions, and/or medication you are currently prescribed/taking. This allows our Teams to best assist you throughout your time on our programs.

Travel Insurance

We require that all interns take out travel insurance for the duration of their program. For more information about this policy please visit our Travel Insurance page for details about recommended insurance providers for your region.

 

If you have any questions about our Terms and Conditions, or our Health and Safety protocols then please get in contact with your nearest regional office for more information.


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