Program Rules and Behavioural Guidelines Program Rules and Behavioural Guidelines

Each participant is responsible for understanding, acknowledging and following the Program Rules and Behavioural Guidelines. These are in place to protect you, your group mates, and

Breach of a Program Rule is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program. Disregard for Behavioural Guidelines can result in dismissal from the program.

Program Rules

  • No drugs, no smoking

This includes marijuana, herbal highs, and misuse of over-the-counter and/or prescription medications. Participants are not permitted to purchase, use, possess, or be around others using drugs that are illegal in the host country. In the event that a participant is arrested in a foreign country for possession or use of narcotics, the participant will be under the jurisdiction of local authorities.

  • No alcohol programs are alcohol free with the exception that, on occasion, participants can drink with approval of a team member. This is to help model safe and responsible attitudes and behaviours towards alcohol and allow for cultural experience/exchange. Outside of these approved times, consumption, purchase and possession of alcohol is not permitted, and will result in immediate dismissal.

  • No bullying or exclusivity

Bullying, intimidation, harassment, physical abuse, put-downs, exclusion, or discrimination, by gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or wealth/status will not be tolerated. Exclusive relationships within the group are not supported.

  • No risk-taking, disruptive or harmful behaviour

This includes but is not limited to: Tattoos, piercings, or body modification;  Sexual relationships inside or outside the group;   Viewing pornography;  Driving a motorized vehicle or vessel, or being a passenger on a motorbike;  Possession or purchase of any weapon;  Leaving the group or group accommodation without notifying anyone of your intentions or whereabouts;  Being out at night after a set check-in time;   Staying away from the group accommodation overnight is not permitted.

Behavioural Guidelines

Nothing is more important to your overall program experience than you. Your attitude and ownership of your own experience is instrumental to your overall enjoyment of the program. If you approach the program with enthusiasm and an open mind, you will gain a lot more from the whole experience.

We expect Participant to engage in all program activities and experiences, and to be open to learning and challenging their ideas and assumptions. The program will be as much about the inner journey of personal growth and learning about yourself, as it is about what you will experience in the outer physical journey.

Our programs are a shared group experience. We expect you to join the program with an open mind, and a willingness to work together with your group mates, and support each other, to make the program an incredible experience for the whole group. We expect participants to be good ethical bystanders, attending to the well-being of all group members (E.g. Taking appropriate action when other group members put themselves at risk – including breaking program rules).

A healthy group dynamic takes some effort on your part and it is natural that you will find you get along better with some members of the group than others, because you share the same interests or outlook on life. We ask that you make a real effort to find common ground with everyone in the group.

Honest, open, and respectful communication and behaviour with your program team and group mates is essential.

Be with at least one other group member anytime you are away from the group accommodation. Notify a program instructor of your intentions when roaming any distance away from group accommodation. Participant must adhere to a curfew specified by program instructors or host community expectations.

Non-group members are not permitted in group rooms/accommodation.

Taking responsibility:

  • Be responsible for all your own possessions at all times.
  • Take responsibility for your own health and well-being. Communicate clearly and promptly with your program instructors regarding any health or medical issues that arise.
  • Take responsibility for the administration and care of any medications you need.
  • Be responsible for communicating your dietary preferences, allergies, health issues, concerns, and emotional well-being.
  • Timeliness – be ready on time when a time has been set.
  • Be proactive in helping out with group tasks and helping others.
  • Participants should abide by local customs and dress codes.
  • Participant should accord local people the same measure of respect and courtesy they would to their fellow Participants.
  • Participants should attempt to minimize their environmental impact:
  • Conserve resources – turn off lights, minimize use of AC, minimize trash.
  • Protect waterways by using biodegradable soaps and shampoos.
  • Practice leave-no-trace hiking, camping and outdoor toileting.
  • Don’t buy products made from wild animals, tropical hardwoods, shells or coral.

Dismissal process 

We work incredibly hard to help all of our participants complete their program successfully. This starts with our admissions and screening process, pre-program framing and preparation and carries through with the mentorship and guidance they receive from their program team as well as the supportive and healthy group culture we create on our programs.

It is incredibly disappointing for the participants, families, program team, and when we have to dismiss a Participant. Our aim is to have 100{0f69674eafd63029998eb2ad8c665d57669c607a3dcfdf5e9a921b44338bc57f} of our participants complete their program, however this is not always the case. On average, we dismiss 1-5 participant per season.

Participants have been dismissed for the following reasons: Drug-taking, alcohol consumption, mental health reasons, behavioural reasons, law-breaking, risk-taking behaviours, bullying, disrupting the group dynamic, lying to team members, not meeting our essential eligibility criteria, and non-disclosure of physical or mental health conditions.

In the event of a dismissal, no refund of program tuition is made, and all costs associated with the dismissal are borne by the participant and family.

Depending upon the nature of the incident, families may not receive any pre-warning that a participant is to be removed. Once the decision has been made to dismiss a participant, will inform the participant’s family then liaise with the family and Invasion (if applicable) to organize travel arrangements and logistics of the dismissal. Our general requirement is that the participant departure occurs within 48 hours of the dismissal. will help the participant(s) to get to the airport for their departure.

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