Bring U​.​S. Students Studying Abroad Home

Bring U​.​S. Students Studying Abroad Home

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Raphaella Mascia started this petition to President of the United States and

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are rapidly closing their borders with little notice. Many people, especially students studying abroad, did not have the time or the money to book flights back to the United States. Currently the United States has many American students studying abroad seeking to get home. Some students are stuck in their host countries with no assistance or reassurance from the government when they will be repatriated. We call upon the United States government to organize an effort to repatriate U.S. students stranded in their host countries back to the United States as soon as possible. We can not leave U.S. students studying abroad behind in these trying times. Numerous students have been left in Morocco and Peru, and the situation is rapidly evolving around the world with flight cancellations and plane ticket prices increasing every day. We must act together to ensure that students studying abroad get home safely to their families and friends. 

To help, please share this petition, call your representatives and senators, use the #getstudentshome hashtag on social media posts, and create GoFundMe pages for the students who cannot afford flights home. Also, join the Facebook Group "Bring U.S. Students Studying Abroad Home" @getstudentshomehttps://www.facebook.com/getstudentshome/ If you want to support a specific study abroad program, please use the #getstudentshome hashtag along with a program-specific hashtag, such as the name of the study abroad program or the city they are studying in. Additionally, support program-specific or people-specific GoFundMe pages so that people unable to get home until borders open achieve the funds to do so as the costs of flights have been rapidly increasing. 

I myself was a student studying abroad in Peru for the spring semester with a flight to leave the country a day after the borders closed. While I was luckily able to book a flight for the day before the ban was instituted, 18 of my fellow students were unable to leave Peru before the borders closed and are currently stuck in Cusco, Peru. They fear that the 15-day mandated isolation in Peru will be extended indefinitely, and no one, including their families and friends back in the U.S., knows when they will be able to reach the States once again. 

Please sign this petition to call upon the U.S. government to ensure that U.S. citizens studying abroad can get home safely to their friends and family as soon as possible as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic.

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