Hello Him B Team!
We wanted to post a message to give clarity around our Electronics Policy so you can better prepare for your time away.
Cell Phones – As a reminder, cell phones are not allowed on course. Please keep your phones at home. If for whatever reason you need your phone for travel after or before the course, the instructor team will hold onto it for the duration of our semester. If you have questions about this, please ask!
Cameras – Please bring them! Small point and shoots are nice because of size and durability, but if you have a larger camera, you are also welcome to bring that. Keep in mind that if an item is lost, stolen, or broken, it can be rather difficult to replace or repair. If you do bring a camera, don’t forget your chargers! (Or, if you have a film camera, make sure to bring extra film.)
Music Playing Devices (iPods/MP3 players, etc)- You are able to bring music playing devices such as IPods and MP3 players on course as long as they do NOT have wifi connection capabilities (so no IPod touches or old smart phones). Once we come together as a group we will go over this more thoroughly, but you can expect to keep your devices away during times when we are in public settings or engaging with our home-stay families. We encourage listening to music as a form of self-care, enjoyment, and cultural exchange, but if it becomes a habit that diminishes our experience on course, then the instructors will hold onto these devices.
Electronic Readers- Kindles and Nooks are useful while on course because you can pre-load them with lots of readings and do not need to carry around heavy texts. Please no IPads. We ask you to download the books on the kindle before you leave because once you get here it is pretty difficult to get the better internet connection especially the first half of the course.
As always, if you have any questions or clarifications about this policy, please let us know!