COVID-19 Information

Health & Safety Updates

CFHI recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing concern for students, families, and academic partners. The safety and well-being of our participants remains our top priority, and we commit to best practices in preparedness and risk management for all programs. In consultation with our Global Partners and trusted advisory organizations (US Department of State, CDC, and others), CFHI is closely monitoring COVID-19 and its impact on communities around the world, especially in our program locations. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CFHI has temporarily suspended our in-country programs through December 31, 2021, with the exception of 1-2 finite pilots run in collaboration with academic parterns. This suspension takes into account unpredictable measures to limit traveler mobility, including flight cancellations, mandatory quarantines, and border restrictions. Additionally, as a leader in ethical and responsible global health engagement, CFHI recognizes that vaccine distribution has been uneven and the US vaccination rate is substantially higher than in the countries where CFHI offers programs. Discounting the additional risk posed to these communities - particularly where there may be under-resourced health systems - is antithetical to our commitment to upholding ethical best practices in global health.   

CFHI in-country programs beginning in January 1st and onward are currently still scheduled. Please continue to refer back to this webpage for ongoing updates. If you would like to speak directly with a CFHI representative about your scheduled program or a program you are considering, please do not hesitate to contact us at or call (415) 957-9000.

Program Fees & Flights

Given fluctuating global health realities due to COVID-19, CFHI has adapted its refund policy to be maximally flexible while also honoring our Fair-Trade commitment with our global team. All fees, including a nonrefundable $350 deposit, are now due 45 days before the program start-date. A full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit, will be issued in the case that CFHI cancels a program less than 45 days before the program start-date. CFHI is also advising students to purchase refundable flights or seek trip cancellation insurance with coverage that would apply in the case that CFHI has to cancel the program due to COVID realities.

Join Our Virtual Opportunities

With global travel suspended, CFHI is now offering Virtual Opportunities so you can gain Global Health experience from home!

Support Global Health Leaders

During this critical time, Global Health Leaders are more important than ever. Please consider making a donation to CFHI and our network of Global Partners, who are on the frontlines of healthcare delivery in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.