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Electronics Policy Reminder

Dear students,

Hope this note finds you well. We are looking forward to meeting you in a few days! We will continue to update this board regularly, leading up to the course start date.

As our time together in India approaches, we wanted to post a note about electronics to help you prepare. We know that electronic devices are part of everyday life and help us in many ways. However, one of the most precious experiences you can have on a Dragons course is the opportunity to ‘unplug’ and remain present where you are. We hope you fully embrace this unique opportunity and understand our reasoning behind the electronics policy.

In order to get the most out of this experience, we’ll need your full participation and presence. The use of technology can unintentionally create distance between us and the Dragon’s group, or between us and local communities. It can hinder our ability to integrate into the local culture, remain present within communities, and promote a culture of inclusion and equality.

Because of this, we ask that you please leave your cellphones and other multi-functional devices (iphones, ipads) at home. We understand that many devices have multiple functions (a phone doubles as a camera for example). We would like you to bring cameras! Pictures are a wonderful way to record memories and share experiences. So, bring your cameras, but leave your multi-functional devices behind. Feel free to bring a MP3 player to listen to music when the timing is right.

We discourage bringing a laptop  when traveling abroad due to the risks involved (loss, damage, or theft). From our experience, traveling with less can give you more piece of mind. If you do decide to bring a laptop please keep in mind you will be responsible for it during our treks and travels.

We will have opportunities to access the internet at cyber cafes, where students can use Skype and email periodically with loved ones. Students will have access to the group iPad to post Yaks and connect with family and friends at home.

We frequently have students come on course with specific communication needs and we accommodate as best we can. We hope that you understand our reasoning behind the electronics policy. It is our experience that this policy will enhance your time in India by allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the culture and take advantage of all it has to offer.

If you still have questions or comments, then please feel free to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Your Instructor Team