February 3, 2016

We are aware of the Travel Notice recently issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control regarding the Zika virus.

The safety of our volunteers is our number one priority. We are closely monitoring the situation and at this time we have not altered any of our program itineraries.

Zika is a virus spread by mosquitos and the CDC recommends travelers to Central and South America and the Caribbean to protect themselves from mosquito bites. As a safety precaution, and as ISL always recommends, be sure to bring and use insect repellant throughout the duration of your program. For descriptions of the best types of repellant to use in preventing mosquito-borne illnesses, please see the CDC website at:

Though there can be symptoms of minor illness experienced by anyone infected with Zika, the only at-risk population for serious complications are pregnant women.

ISL is taking Enhanced Precautions as recommended by the CDC.

In making the decision to proceed with any program, our management team relies on the advice of a number of organizations including the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as an international safety and security organization. If conditions exist that may hinder our ability to provide a safe program, we will alter the itinerary and redirect the program to safer regions or provide other alternatives.