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Program Rules

  • We expect students to be punctual and to be aware of meeting times and to make an effort to never be late for group outings or activities. 

  • We expect students to treat each other with kindness and patience as it may be the first time living in a group for many. We admit students from many backgrounds and expect each student to model inclusivity and respect.

  • Occasionally we will participate in wine tastings or sampling local specialties that contain alcohol. It's expected that each student professionally and responsibly manages their own health and mindfulness and notifies the group leaders if they have consumed too much. We expect that all participants and leaders behave in a respectful manner and are in control of their minds and bodies at all times. 

  • Students are required to stay in group accommodations and to notify and gain approval from trip leaders if they plan to venture away from the group. We require all students travel in at least pairs to stay safe and aware of risks and to hold each other accountable. 

  • Students must be present and engaged during classes and activities with contracted local parties and model maturity, respect, and gratitude. 

  • We expect students to be educated on local customs and ethics and to abide by the host country’s laws, even if they may not align with our personal values. Students are also required to respect foreign property, including our accommodation, art museums, restaurants, etc.

  • Students are often required to share bedrooms with one of more fellow students. They may sometimes not be as comfortable as our homes, and many of us are not used to sharing a bedroom so we expect students to approach their roommates with patience and respect. 

  • Students are required to monitor their mental and physical well-being and to notify trip leaders of any issues that may arise. Students are also responsible for protecting their personal belongings at all times. 

  • Students who break these rules will be given a warning dependent on seriousness, then subsequent dismissal from the program may occur if their behavior continues. 

  • Students will be asked to leave the program if they engage in bullying, harassment, or violence of any kind. Acting out comes with increased risks in foreign countries and students who break local laws may be prosecuted by local governments. 

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