Emergency Updates

Japan nuclear facility (17 March 2011)

We are monitoring the risk to teachers in China from radiation leaks from the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan that was damaged after a power failure caused by the recent 9.0 earthquake. Plans are in place in the case that ILP participants in China should need to be moved to a safer location. The level of the radiation and the wind patterns in Japan make any threat to China or evacuation of teachers highly unlikely, with a much greater threat to people in the western United States.  The U.S. government is recommending that people stay at least 50 miles away from the nuclear facility. ILP participants in China are between 1,200 and approximately 3,000 miles away. Wind from the east coast of Japan blows east toward the Pacific Ocean rather than across Japan to the west. In the event of a highly-unlikely Chernobyl-like explosion or radiactive cloud, the threat to the United States would be greater, considering historically consistent wind patterns, than to those in China. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates here. Below are links to articles about the radiation levels and wind patterns.

Projections regarding the travel pattern of any plume of radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear facility.
Weather report video of wind pattern
Real-time wind pattern map and future forecast (video with text in Japanese)

Reuters early report on wind patterns:

Earthquake off the coast of Japan and Tsunami (11 March 2011)

ILP teachers are safe following the earthquake off the coast of Japan. No tsunami warnings for any locations in China where ILP teachers are teaching have been issued in connection with the Japan tsunami.

Moscow Airport Bombing (24 January 2011)

On Monday January 24, 2011 there was a bombing at Domodedovo airport in Moscow.  The bombing appears to be a terrorist attack.  No ILP teachers are currently in Russia.  The Russian government has increased security measures at all airports and transportation hubs.  ILP teachers with flights departing later this week should check back here regularly for any updates or possible changes to flight plans.  Some flights have been rerouted to other Moscow airports and we do not know, as of yet, if these changes will affect flights ILP teachers will be taking later this week.  More information will be posted here as it is received.

Russian Heat Wave and Wildfires (11 August 2010)

Russia and Ukraine have experienced an abnormally hot summer with temperatures in the upper nineties for several weeks.  In addition to the heat wave, many wildfires have started throughout Western Russia.  These fires have burnt many thousands of acres of farm land and forest and have destroyed several thousand homes in outlying villages.  Teachers are not at risk of coming into contact with any of the wildfires, but smoke from the fires has sharply increased pollution levels in Moscow and Voronezh.  Smoke from the fires is currently affecting air travel to/from Russia.  The ILP office is following the situation closely and will promptly inform any teachers who are affected by the fires, smoke or travel restrictions.

As of August 11, 2010 all ILP groups are scheduled to depart as planned. If conditions require a delay in departure the ILP office will inform affected teachers as soon as the information is available.  Please check back regularly to get the latest updates and contact the office if you have questions regarding your upcoming departure.

China Linchuan Flooding (22 June 2010)

There has been flooding in Linchuan China, a city where some of our teachers are currently located. We have heard from our teachers and they are all fine. They have a supply of clean drinking water. We will be receiving and posting daily updates.

China Qinghai Earthquake (14 April 2010)

A 6.9 earthquake struck Yushu County in Qinghai Province. The epicenter is more than a thousand miles away from our closest school. None of our teachers were effected by the earthquake or its aftershocks. Most of the teachers are just now finding out about the earthquake via the local media as well.

Moscow Metro Bombings (29 March 2010)

On March 29, 2010, two bombings occurred in Moscow metro stations. The bombings appear to be terrorist attacks. Most ILP teachers living in Moscow were travelling out of the country when the bombings occurred. Those who were still in Moscow are safe and were not in the region where the bombings occurred. They live and teach many miles away from the area. More information will be posted here as it is received.


Swine Flu (April 27, 2009)
Updated April 28, 2009
Updated May 5, 2009

Although there have been many positive
reports coming from Mexico
and around the world about the decline in infection rates and severity of the
H1N1 virus (Swine Flu), we continue to monitor the situation closely.  At the
time of this posting, most organizations that have people in Mexico for study
abroad, religious missions, or similar programs have not canceled programs or
brought the participants home, but have limited public exposure by such means
as avoiding transportation or delaying departure for those in the U.S.  ILP
will continue to monitor the situation and make changes as necessitated by the
conditions in Mexico.

The Mexican government reported that the
virus seems to have peaked on April 24th.  Mexican schools, governmental
agencies and business are scheduled to open for "business as usual"on May 6th (the two LDS boarding schools will open as scheduled on May 11).
While the World Health Organization "advises no restriction on travel or
closure of borders" ILP will delay the group's departure until the last
two weeks of May.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely to
see if there is further guidance from our three "Watchtowers" (governmental
agencies, local coordinators and other organizations with participants in Mexico).

As long as the situation continues to improve
at its current rate and the situation does not dramatically change in the next
12 days we expect to provide everyone with a final date for departure on May
18th.  The target date for departure is between May 21 and May 28.
Thank you for your patience as this is a rapidly developing situation.  We
know you're all anxious to get to Mexico as soon as possible and the
schools are naturally excited to have you arrive as soon as possible as well.  ILP is anxious to make sure we're taking proper
precautions to limit the possibility of infection while still providing a rewarding experience for each of you.

Please contact our office if you have any
specific questions about the group's departure.

Updates will be posted at this page so check
back regularly.

Earthquake in Mexico (April 27, 2009)

6.0 magnitude earthquake centered in the State of Guerro was reported
today.  Puebla is about 240km from the epicenter, but several people
reported feeling the quake in the province.  There are no reports of
damage or injury in the State of Puebla at the current time.  To see a
map of the center and it's relation to Puebla and Tehuacan please visit


Violence in Mexico (March 12, 2009)

The state department issued a travel alert on February 20, 2009 regarding increased violence in Mexico, particularly in relation to drug cartels. The travel alerts advise caution for travelers throughout Mexico but are more specifically focused on border towns and resort areas (during holidays) where the drug cartel activity is much higher. ILP does not currently work with any schools in or near border towns or resort areas. (For comparative purposes, the border towns where the violence is worst are closer to Salt Lake City, Utah than they are to cities where ILP teachers teach.) We will continue to watch the situation as always to see if the risks or dangers increase, but at the current time, we will continue to look to our three watchtowers: the state department, our native coordinators, and other organizations with American citizens in the country. At this time, none of these have given indication that justify canceling or curtailing programs in areas where ILP volunteers serve, despite the heightened media attention that the conditions have drawn.

Russia-Georgia War (August 8, 2008)

Russia started attacking military and civilian targets in Georgia on August 8th. We continue to look to our 3 watchtowers to determine the safety of continuing the program in Russia and Ukraine. We will continue to watch state department travel advisories, look to our native coordinators, and consult with other organizations to determine the safety of the volunteers in Russia and Ukraine. Although we will continue to monitor the situation and it may change any time, as of 14 August 2008, we have not received any information from any of the watchtowers that would lead us to cancel or change the fall 08 or future programs from travelling to Russia or Ukraine. Although there is no way to predict all the risks or possible dangers of any such conflict and we will continue to monitor the situation closely, ILP had teachers safely in Russia for several years during the 90s throughout the duration of a previous military conflict between Russia and the Russian republic of Chechnya.

China Earthquake (May 12, 2008)

As of May 12, 2008 all ILP groups in China were contacted and safely accounted for following the reported 7.8 magnitude earthquake centering near Chengdu. No injuries or damage has been reported. Some teachers felt the quake and others did not know about it until they read about it on the news. The school nearest the reported epicenter of the quake was more than several hundred miles away. One group had traveled through Chengdu during a vacation last week, but had returned safely to the school before the earthquake(s) occurred.