Ecuador we arrive July 22, 2020 in Guayaquil at about 5 pm and are sleeping over then heading to Cuenca where we are being hosted by the Rotary Club. We have been there 5 times already, they bring in the people from surrounding villages. We return Aug 1st to Guayaquil to head home however many are staying on to visit. In terms of cost it is 900$ Canadian (hotel, meals, transportation etc) plus airfare. Contact Pierre Labine mailto:pierre.labine@sympatico.ca

Mexico we arrive Nov 21, 2020 in Puerto Vallarta and sleep over then have bus transportation to mission site near Ciudad Guzman . We are hosted by the DIF and the mayor. We return to Puerto Vallarta Nov 30th . IN terms of cost it is 850$ Canadian ( hotel, meals, transportation etc) plus airfare. We have been working in different surrounding villages for 20 years now

We would have room for around 6 students. In case of Canadian student, we can issue them tax receipts and the donor can claim the cost when they do their income tax in Canada since we are registered with Revenu Canada Contact Pierre Labine mailto:pierre.labine@sympatico.ca

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Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

Due to an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 infections, a new variant that is more contagious, and these being early days in the vaccination distribution, VOSH/International DOES NOT recommend that chapters participate in domestic or international eye and vision clinics at this time.

We reiterate that at a time when the coronavirus continues to spread quickly in many parts of the world and vaccinations are not yet available to local populations, the risk of close contact with patients in a crowded outpatient environment remains high.

If a VOSH Chapter or VOSH volunteer chooses to hold a clinic against our best guidance, this is done at your own risk, by your own decision and should be in line with current local/national government rules.  VOSH/International would like to reiterate that safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process.

We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context.  You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times, hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

January 2021