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Electronic Devices Information

Personal Electronics

We know it’s tough. Smart phones, iPads, youPads, wePads—these devices have changed from communication tools into multi-tools, like electronic Swiss Army Knives. It seems almost inconceivable that twenty-four years ago, when the first Dragons program headed over to China, almost nobody had or needed a cell phone, even when traveling abroad. With that in mind, we’d like to make this trip’s electronics policy clear so that you can prepare. First, you’ll see some bullet points on our policies. After that, we’ll explain the reasons behind the policies. We welcome any questions you may have.

Please Do Not Bring

  • Computers. These will not be useful and could easily get broken during our travels.
  • Tablet devices, such as iPads and Kindle Fires.
  • iPod or other MP3 players
  • Cell phones.

Even if you use your cell phone as a camera, we ask that you please seek an alternative. If you bring any of these devices, we will hold onto them until the end of the program. We will do our best to care for phones and other items that we hold onto, but we’ll be traveling across two  countries and any loss or damage will be your responsibility.

We understand that these devices are an important part of society these days, but we’ve also seen that they can become a distraction and pull students out of the present moment while on course. This will be an incredible opportunity to experience life unplugged, and we hope you’re up for the experience! We will provide plenty of opportunities to access internet and communicate with home, and there will always be local music playing in the buses, schools and homestays… so don’t worry about that.

Totally fine to bring:

  • Cameras.
  • Kindles or other E-readers whose primary function is reading, not surfing the Internet.

Looking forward to meeting you very soon!

Camille, Alan and Erick