Dear IYC participant,
First of all we would like to share that we hope that everyone is healthy and in good support.
Today is the 1st of June and as previously communicated, we have news for you regarding IYC 2020. Sadly, and it is with a lot of pain in our hearts, we are informing you today that IYC 2020 will not be happening.
One of our strengths and core qualities, the international exchange, is in these days the main reason for the cancellation. We can’t be sure to know if and what borders will be open by the 3rd of August. Besides the fact that everybody has to travel twice, being with a group of 11 nationalities also brings a big risk with people potentially carrying the virus. The risk of having an outbreak during camp, or when everybody gets back to their homecountry, is just too large for us to be taking. Also, we realized we can’t organise and host a social-distancing proof IYC, a measurement that doesn’t seem to be eased in most European countries.
We, the IYC 2020 staff, have worked hard and explored many possible ways for IYC 2020 to take place within the restrictions of the current COVID-19 crisis we are facing. We looked at measures from different (for us relevant) governments and even explored the possibility of changing the country. This was an exciting and challenging adventure.
We are choosing the safest option for you, and your families and communities. We hope you can understand this decision.
And please know that for us too, this is very sad news. We were very much looking forward to creating another great IYC summer together!
Information about a refund is sent to all the participants via email.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Dorothee Nys on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see all of you in the summer of 2021!
Much love from the IYC 2020 staff,
Abel, Adéla, Tijmen, Nadia, Iris, Anne, Tijmen, Bram, Daniël, Rachael, Lorcan, Yecu, Dorothee