Health & Safety
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
Travel Advisory for China
In the USA, the Travel Advisory Level for China has been at Level 2 (Exercise Increased Caution) since January 2018. This is level 2 out of 4 in the following order;
1 – Exercise normal precautions
2 – Exercise increased caution
3- Reconsider travel
4 -Do not travel
There are a number of other countries that are also listed as Level 2, including Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom, all of which are seen to carry the same level of threat, although for different purposes and in different ways.
At CRCC Asia, we have been running 2018 and 2019 programs in China at this level, and all of our participants have returned home safely. CRCC Asia is a registered company in China with full time staff in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. This ensures that we able to have a continuous presence throughout the year, including 24 hour support from our Program Teams on the ground. We have established relations with the Public Security Bureau in each of our three locations and all of our interns are given a dedicated City Guide, which includes phone numbers and directions of foreign consulates, in the case of any problems. Upon arrival, all interns are given a comprehensive orientation, in which we talk to them about emergency procedures and risk mitigation in the case of any incidents. Next of kin, as listed by the student in their pre-departure forms, are given information about the student’s accommodation and the CRCC Asia office numbers in advance of the program. Our teams comprise of foreign and local staff, allowing smooth communication and understanding of local customs.
We do acknowledge that China’s relations with the West have been in the news more frequently recently and we monitor this closely and continue to heed the US Travel Advisory guidelines to exercise caution and act respectfully in China. That said, all of our current and recent students have been safe and unaffected by the situation and with over 9,000 alumni of the program, we have never had students who have spoken of interference with any apps or technology that they are using.
For any students, parents or universities who want to discuss this in further detail, we are more than happy to do so, and we have dedicated offices in the USA, UK and Australia to assist with this.