GPPD Jordan Risk Statement

Minors under age 18 must sign a downloaded hard copy with the signed permission of a legal guardian.

 

GPPD Jordan Risk Statement

This Risk Statement is to advise trip participants of potential risks of living/working in third world developing nations. Participants willingly accept responsibility for consequences of these risks. Living/working in other cultures imposes risks not found or associated with work in an industrialized nation such as the United States. These risks include, but are not limited to, hazards to a person and property through cross-cultural offenses, accidents, disease, criminal and terrorist acts, weather conditions, emotional and physical stress from culture shock and loneliness, and/or inadequate medical services and supplies. GPPD cannot predict or prepare participants for every circumstance; however, advises trip and overseas ministry participants of the assumed risks associated with work in a foreign country by relaying information of GPPD policies through this Risk Statement.

GPPD will not assign participants to a ministry or area against their will. Leadership provides direction in areas of need and availability of programs, but the participant has the final decision in program involvement and has the right to end service and return to their passport country at their own cost and risk.

Reasonable efforts will be made to provide necessary emergency medical services on the field. Specialized services requiring evacuation from field country will be coordinated with, and under the direction of, the medical/evacuation insurance provider required for participation in the GPPD trip. (Note: Travel insurance coverage is included in trip cost. Additional potential costs, including deductibles and non-covered expenses, are the responsibility of the trip participant.)

 

COVID-19:

The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020/2021 surfaced new health safety practices. GPPD is not responsible for the risk of infection, complications, medical treatments, or unforeseen consequences because of contracting the COVID-19 virus during a trip on which a participant voluntarily joins.

The Government of Jordan (https://jo.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/) requires a negative PCR type COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccination status, conducted and dated within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Jordan (at the expense of the trip participant, not included in trip cost). Rapid tests are not accepted. Trip participants with positive test results will not be permitted to join the team under any circumstance (this includes “false positive” tests). If a trip participant tests positive for COVID-19 before departure, their purchased flight is not refundable.

When arriving in Jordan, team members who are not vaccinated must have an additional PCR COVID test. This is to be paid in advance online when completing the entrance form for Jordan (at expense of the trip participant).

The CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html) requires a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccine status, conducted and dated within 72 hours of boarding a flight to the US. If a passenger cannot show proof of a negative test at time of boarding (to or from either country), airlines have been instructed to deny travel. GPPD will take trip participants to be tested before departure from Jordan to the US (test included in trip cost).

The Government of Jordan requires those with a positive COVID-19 test to quarantine for 14 days. While those needing quarantine can do so privately (as opposed to a specified building chosen by officials), the government monitors positive cases. If a person breaks quarantine, government officials will take the person to a hospital to monitor quarantine at the expense of the patient. Team members will stay in the apartments at Grace Church. Anyone in need of quarantine will also stay at Grace Church by themselves in a separate room. They will receive care from partners of GPPD living around the church at no additional charge. If hospitalization or medical care is needed and not covered through insurance, expenses are the responsibility of the trip participant.

In the event of a government lockdown in Jordan, team members will safely stay in the apartments at Grace Church. Additional room and board will not be charged. However, expenses related to additional food and flight change fees are the responsibility of the trip participant.

If a person tests positive for COVID-19 when leaving for the US, the remaining team travels home as planned as preparations are made to quarantine anyone testing positive for two additional weeks. After two weeks, the person may fly home if they have a negative test result. Additional airline costs to change a flight date due to quarantine may be required (at expense of the trip participant, not included in trip cost). GPPD representatives are not obligated to stay behind with those quarantined, but will make arrangements to ensure they are in proper care with GPPD partners.

Those willing to join a GPPD trip need to be keenly aware of the additional health, financial, and emotional risks COVID-19 adds to travel. If quarantine is required, participants need to prepare to be away from their family, jobs, and home country for an extended amount of time, some of which will be in isolation.

 

Special Note:

Since many insurgent, guerrilla, and criminal groups commit crimes of kidnapping and other forms of criminal extortion to demand ransom payment, it is important to understand that, while we are concerned for the well-being of our team and will pray and labor diligently for the release of any member taken hostage, it is GPPD policy to oppose ransom payment, including, but not limited to, cash, commodities, or services. GPPD trip participants should not assume ransom will be paid for release.

 

Liability and Waiver Release:

In consideration of me and/or my minor aged child being allowed to participate in the trip sponsored by GPPD, it’s partners and/or agents, and in consideration of the benefits to be derived there from, I and/or my minor aged child hereby release GPPD, it’s partners and/or agents, and their present and former directors, Associates and their heirs, administrators, executors, and successors from all claims and liabilities of any kind, whether known or unknown, which arise or are connected with my participation or the participation of any member of my family, on a GPPD organized trip. I and/or my minor aged child recognize personnel, property, and health risks, including, but not limited to, accidents, kidnapping, illness, weather-related injuries, and death, and I and/or my minor child willingly and voluntarily participate on this trip with knowledge of those risks. If for any reason, including COVID-19 related circumstances, I and/or my minor child am unable to complete the planned stay on the mission trip or must extend stay in the foreign country due to quarantine or other reasons, I assume full legal and financial responsibility for expenses and consequences.

In the event of an emergency, I hereby authorize a leader of this trip to act as an agent for me and/or my minor child to consent to: x-ray examinations; medical, dental, or surgical diagnosis; anesthesia; treatments; and/or hospital care advised and supervised by a physician, surgeon, or dentist. I understand this is only for emergency situations should I be incapable of making rational decisions or should my minor child have a medical emergency and I/another parent/legal guardian cannot be immediately reached. I understand efforts will be made immediately to reach my family and/or emergency contact listed on my application.

Risk Statement Submission Form

Submitting the form below will indicate the following:

• I have read and understand the hazards and risks to my person and property associated with serving overseas.

• I understand my responsibility to read the State Department Travel Advisories regarding my travel. (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html)

• I will not hold GPPD liable for injury, disease, delay of return, additional cost due to extenuating circumstances, COVID-19 related consequences, and/or further unforeseen claims while voluntarily participating with GPPD overseas.

• I have read and understand COVID-19 risks, including possible additional costs and extension of stay due to quarantine, and will abide by COVID-19 guidelines set by GPPD, the the airlines, and the Government of Jordan.

• I have read, understand, and accept GPPD policy regarding ransom payments.

• I accept responsibility for additional costs incurred on my behalf, even if I withdraw from the team.

• I understand funds donated to GPPD for my participation on the trip are tax-deductible and not refundable. I understand if I must cancel my trip, I and my donors will not receive a return of funds, unless the entire trip is cancelled due to COVID related restrictions.

• I understand if I withdraw from the team for any other reason, donated funds are non-refundable. I understand these funds are not for GPPD profit, but are used to further ministry work.

• All information I have provided in my application and all submitted paperwork is true to the best of my knowledge.

• I am over the age of 18 and am signing this electronically on my own behalf. (Minors must sign a hard copy with a parent/guardian signature.)

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