Safety and Supervision
Evening supervision will be provided by program staff residing in the residence hall. Staff is available for support and assistance 24 hours a day. Quiet hours are from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Curfew is at 10 p.m., at which point students are expected to be in their rooms and keep noise to a minimum.
Communication During the Program
To contact us in an emergency, parents may call the On-Site Director at 401-749-3761. Note: this number will not be active until a few days before the program starts.
Cell Phone Policy
As a general rule, we try to stay tuned in to each other and to our natural surroundings throughout the program, so we ask that use of mobile devices (for phone calls, texting, social media etc.) be limited to free time in the evening. Letting go of the frequent connection to our phones helps us form a community and adjust to a new environment more quickly.
Students are encouraged to come with an open mind to meeting new people with diverse and varied perspectives. Each student brings with them their own experiences and the cohort comes together to create a cohesive community. There will be approximately 24 students from all over the United States and the world in the program. Usually, there are slightly more females than males ranging from grades 10 to 12.
Housing and Meals
Shared hall bathrooms in the residence hall are separated by gender identity. You can expect three healthy meals served each day, with a few meals to be organized at local restaurants.
Itineraries are reviewed at the pre-departure orientation session and you will also receive the most updated itinerary upon arrival at their program site. All schedules are subject to change.
Personal Health and Medical Emergencies
The program is experiential in nature so students spend minimal time in a traditional classroom setting. The program can be physically challenging as students walk several miles each day. Students should monitor their water intake to avoid dehydration due to warm and humid temperatures.
For your safety and comfort during the program, we expect participants to fully disclose any and all pre-existing medical conditions on the required medical forms. Program staff maintains a list of local medical facilities and providers. In the event of a medical emergency, students will be transported to a local hospital.
You are responsible for safely storing and taking their own prescription medication. Students who are not accustomed to managing their own medication should work with their families to determine the best approach to do so during the program. All students who are taking prescription medications should bring prescribed medication in its original container and a copy of their prescription (which can be an electronic copy). Having a copy of the original prescription will enable us to replace medication if needed. Students with life-saving asthma and anaphylaxis medications (e.g., inhalers and epi-pens) must keep them on their person at all times.
Each student participating in the program is automatically enrolled in insurance coverage for accident and sickness and emergency assistance services during the length of the program.
Coin-operated washing machines and dryers are available in the residence hall.
Students are encouraged to upload photos to a shared Google folder once the program begins. Students will gain access to this folder closer to the program start date.
Students are required to attend class. Absence or inactivity within your course may result in a dismissal from the program. Students dismissed for reasons of absence or inactivity will not be refunded.