The safety concept is continuously adapted and updated.

Last Update: 18.01.2022

General remark: most Corona-measures and recommendations by the Swiss and/or Cantonal Government are solidarity-based. One of AFS’s key values is solidarity; as a consequence, all our activities will have to reflect that we are protecting the person we are talking to. This is why we as AFS have to adhere to a role model function to these recommendations.

If there is a person that shows signs of a cold or flu, or any of the symptoms associated with a SARS-CoV-2 infection, this person has to be tested in one of the official Test Centers as fast as possible (cost covered by the Swiss government). If the person is tested positive, he/she will have to inform the contact tracing team where he/she lives immediately and give the contact of the person that organized the event, so that the contact tracers can reach all other participants; to speed things up, the event organizers try to reach all participants. If you have to be in quarantaine/isolation more information can be found out here.

We strongly encourage the installation and activation of the Swiss Covid App.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

 

General rules & recommendations:

  • AFS Switzerland recommends that gatherings should be held outdoors or online whenever possible
  • Access to indoor events for people aged 16 and over is basically restricted to people who are vaccinated or recovered (2G), masks have to be worn at all times and people have to be seated.
  • Keep an attendance list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iu_X93TBh94SveMVc9OpHmw_3CLn8WxQEhOfd5jWWa0/edit?usp=sharing and please send it to the AFS office ([email protected]) after each event
  • Stay home if experiencing any signs of sickness and please inform the organizators 
  • If possible use your own drinking bottle  
  • If possible bring your own food otherwise guarantee that food is not shared between participants
  • Observe and follow BAG guidelines and the afs.ch/corona Website
  • Observe and follow the official guidelines of the respective canton
  • If organizing an event at the AFS office you’re responsible for cleaning/disinfecting the premises (before and after use)
  • AFS Office provides them if events take place in the office => contact Customer Service to buy enough masks and disinfectants

 

Local Chapter Events

AFS Switzerland is strongly recommending Outdoor or Online formats for all upcoming events and meetings organized by Volunteers.

Indoor Events & Meeting

The new rules regarding COVID protection measures of the BAG (see Events) also affect chapter meetings and events, especially indoors. Therefore:

  • Access to indoor events for people aged 16 and over is basically restricted to people who are vaccinated or recovered (2G), masks have to be worn at all times and people have to be seated.
  • Once everyone arrives at the location, all will take a rapid self-test. AFS will provide the rapid self-test
  • Keep an attendance list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iu_X93TBh94SveMVc9OpHmw_3CLn8WxQEhOfd5jWWa0/edit?usp=sharing and please send it to the AFS office ([email protected]) after each event
  • At the meetings: Clean + disinfect tables, chairs, door knobs and toilets before and after

Outdoor Events & Meetings

At outdoor events, access for people aged 16 and over is also restricted to people who are vaccinated or recovered or tested (3G). Precise details as recommended by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) Precautionary measures page.

PCP/FCP Meeting (Monthly Contact)

  • We strongly recommend Online or Outdoor Meetings, in-person meetings must be discussed and agreed with the Host Family & Student beforehand
  • If in-person meeting agreed: No need to keep an attendance list but the meeting must be recorded in Monthly Contact (this is our way to „Contact Trace“)

Home Interviews (Hosting & Sending)

  • Clarify with family whether visiting is okay, if not: online video call
  • In-person: Keep your distance (1.5m) and wear a mask at all times

 

National AFS Events & Meetings

Camps 

  • We run hybrid Camps (in-person and online) without overnight stay
  • The in-person day of the Camps will require a valid Covid Certificate (2G / 2G+ / 3G will be defined prior to each Camp) from all present, exchange students and volunteers
  • Once everyone arrives at the location, all will take a rapid self-test. AFS will provide the rapid self-test
  • Masks will be required at all times
  • Keep to hygiene measures
  • Keep an attendance list https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iu_X93TBh94SveMVc9OpHmw_3CLn8WxQEhOfd5jWWa0/edit?usp=sharing and please send it to the AFS office ([email protected]) after each event

Info events (Hosting & Sending)

  • All Info Events will be held Online until further notice

Selection Interview (+ Consulting) 

  • All Selection Interviews will be held Online until further notice

Trainings and National Events (Volunteer Trainings, Community Events)

  • For the time being, all our Trainings and National Events will be held online. Update to be expected by March 2022.

A-Team (Hosting & Sending)

  • Keep your distance and wear a mask at all times