Philosophy of Risk
Chimpay understands that danger and risk are an inherent part of our programs. We will visit remote destinations, expose our groups to unfamiliar environments and encourage personal growth and development through new experiences. We also understand that each traveler is an individual with their own distinctive perspectives and limitations.
We must understand that in every action we do there is danger not only in our programs, but in our daily
life. One has to identify this danger and takes measures to reduce the risk or the possibility of something bad happening and that is exactly what we do in Chimpay. We identify the dangers in the different places we will visit and we take measures to reduce or annul the possibility that this danger may occur. All this information will be sent to you before the program begins and we will read and understand it together before each activity begins.
It is important for us that you understand how we assess the danger and how we classify the risk. For most outdoor adventure activities a simple method involving a degree of subjectivity is sufficient. However, it would be convenient to document and record the bases for your risk assessment. For that reason, risk judgments are generated by identifying the hazard, taking into account existing controls and determining an assessment of the likelihood and severity of injuries resulting from the hazard. From the tables I and II (adapted from Kazer, 1993, Cornwall-Smith,1996) it is possible to establish a probability classification and a severity classification. From this, a risk factor can be calculated by multiplying the
probability rating by the severity classification, which would result in a number between 1 and 25. The larger the number, the greater the risk and if the product is greater than 5, the existing control measures are not sufficient to control the risk and they need to be improved or the activity will have to be cancel.
Responsibilities of Students and Parents
Our students and parents also have a role in maintaining the safety ofour programs. We trust that our will students understand and comply with the rules of our programs and follow the instructions of the leaders. We hope and trust that parents and students will fully and accurately complete our forms prior to the particular program, as well as any medical or mental health information that may influence the experience of the participant or their fellow students. The information in our medical forms is kept private
and used to properly evaluate students to ensure that they are included in an appropriate program.
As a CHIMPAY volunteer you take on part of the responsibility for ensuring that your volunteering time is safe, fun, and meaningful. You will be representing our organization during this time and working with kids and families. You will have to be extremely careful so no one sees you in an inappropriate situation. For that reason we ask you to always follow the rules below.
Do not consume or possess alcohol.
Do not use or possess illegal drugs, including prescription medication not prescribed to you, marihuana is an illegal drug in Peru.
Do not use tobacco.
No sex or any act that is of a sexual nature.
No tattoos or piercings.
Follow all the directions given to you by CHIMPAY staff.
Remain respectful and sensitive to local culture.
Represent yourself and CHIMPAY in an appropriate manner.
Breaking any of the rules listed above during your volunteering time will result in immediate removal from your program. You are responsible for any additional costs associated with being removed from a program.