Flights booked, introduction to the local team completed, placement outlines finalised, not long to go……..this was the situation for a number of volunteers when restrictions started to be put in place as the coronavirus pandemic rapidly escalated. In countries around the world school and businesses started to close down as did hotels and guesthouses, borders started to close and airlines started to cancel flights. For the safety of all concerned, volunteers and local people, it started to look increasingly unlikely, and then rapidly impossible, that these placements could take place. We were so disappointed, so were our local partners and so were the volunteers – we are so grateful that all of them are talking of taking up their placements at a later date rather than cancelling altogether. Here is what some of them have to say.