We take active preventative measures to ensure the safety and security of our participants while traveling overseas during our programs.
- We are constantly monitoring the political and environmental situations in Jamaica and Nepal, and remain in communication with our local partners.
- The head instructors are trained and certified in Wilderness Advanced First Aid through the Wilderness Medical Association International and are equipped and prepared to handle emergency and medical situations.
- ZOLCY staff and community partners work together to assess the environmental and political hazards of each country. Transportation, food, water, crime, and security hazards are taken into consideration before departure to ensure that ZOLCY participants are informed and aware of potential risks. Precautions are taken into account so that the team can adequately prepare for, and avoid or minimize, any unnecessary risks.
- Hospitals and emergency contacts in Jamaica and Nepal have been established.
- Each participant is required to register their travel plans with their government’s Department of Foreign Affairs, in the event of an emergency. The Canadian link can be found below:
- ZOLCY requires each participant to be certified in basic first aid and CPR.
- ZOLCY expects participants to meet with a travel doctor before leaving their country. Everyone must provide documents that prove that all necessary vaccinations are up-to-date and that any and all necessary medications required during travel have been prescribed and issued in advance.
Participants (Nepal) are trained and educated by knowledgeable staff. Pre-event planning, hazards and defenses, team building, environmental responsibilities, group management, situational awareness, and accident and emergency response are the major foci before departing on the expedition. The learning material is drawn from the Outdoor Council of Canada’s Field Leader course and Jackie WL Chan’s extensive background and knowledge in outdoor education and leadership.