We are so, so excited to begin our adventure with all of you. One of the things we want to offer you is a fully present and meaningful experience. For four weeks, we’re going to unplug to plug in; the world will be our entertainment, our group our community, the people we meet along the way our source of energy. While in Peru, we are going to minimize the distractions created by electronics. Essentially, we ask that you leave your electronics at home. We are so use to screens and devices, it might be hard to imagine going so long without your phone or music player, but we promise it’s worth it!
In acknowledgement, Dragons has a no cell phones policy on all of our trips. We know that this might be difficult for some, but we ask that you keep your cellphones at home. In Peru, you will find internet cafes and pay phones to contact home about once a week. We will give you all time to get in touch with loved ones. We will also be posting on the Yak board about flight arrivals and departures. It will be an important goal for all of us to keep friends and families close to our travels and reflections.
If you think you need your phone to arrive to Miami you can bring it, but we will collect them later on. We advise against this if at all possible.
But my phone is my camera! My phone is my music player! My phone connects me to Instagram!
We know! For us as well! You are welcome and encouraged to bring a regular digital or film camera instead of your phone. If your phone is your camera and you don’t want to invest in buying or borrowing a regular camera, we encourage photo sharing. We will make sure that at the end of the course, we create an online file sharing forum for everyone to share photos.
Music is a wonderful thing, and you will be exposed to some incredible music while in Peru. But a portable music player and headphones too easily pull you out of the present moment and distract from the travel experience, so we have a policy of no portable music devices. Instead, you will get to experience local music, hear the sounds of Peru, or converse with the person sitting next to you on a long bus ride.
And my kindle/tablet?
We ask that you leave at home any type of electronic reader or any device that can connect to wifi. Again, these will be waiting for you upon your return. Walking in the Andes, we will listen to the sound of our breath and the wind; in the Amazon we will listen to the lapping of waves and the birds chirping in the morning.
If you are used to reading books on your kindle or tablet, we understand, but we ask that you to bring an actual book with you – you can trade books with each other as you finish reading them.
If you all arrive with any of the non-permitted items they will be held by the instructors for the remainder of the course. Instructors are not responsible for items that are lost, stolen or damaged.
Thank you for understanding this policy! If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact a member of the instructor team! We will gladly speak about how this policy functions and why we think it adds depth to our experience together.
Ben, Colleen and Paola