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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

Re: Technology Policy Questions

Hola Estudiantes,

We have received a few questions regarding the specifics of our technology policy and so therefore would like to take a moment to clarify what items are allowed on course and what items should be left at home.

Just to clarify:

Devices permitted on course

Only cameras and electronic books that do not have the ability to connect to the internet or act in a similar manner to that of a tablet (such as the Kindle Fire).

*Note on electronic books: Books have an incredible ability to teach us about the world around us and open our minds in ways we may never have imagined possible. They can also take us out of the environments we’re in and transport us to alternative realities. One of the core goals of any Dragons program is to teach us to be truly present in the moment. Without the tempting distraction of a cell phone resting in our pocket we are forced to be fully present in joyful moments and also challenging moments. It’s in those challenging moments that we often learn and grow as individuals and as a community of travelers.  So if books/electronic books are important to you please feel free to bring them but know that if we notice that you’re consistently using these items to disconnect from the experience we’ll sit and chat with you about it. If the action continues we will hold onto the items for the remainder of the course.

Devices NOT permitted on course

Phones, music players, tablets (iPads, etc), computers nor any other electronic device.

*As mentioned in our tech yak, if you need to have a phone while traveling before and after the course to communicate with your family that’s fine. Just remember that we will collect it when we meet you in Santa Cruz and you will not have access to it until after the course finishes.


We understand and respect how important access to technology may be for you. However, we ask that you trust the process. At the end of courses students always mention how thankful they were to be disconnected from technology.

Gracias! If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to send us an email or post questions here on our yak board.

-Lxs Instructorxs