RESERVATIONS AND FINANCES
Reservation of space on a Dragons program requires an $850 deposit, payable by check only. Mailing instructions will display immediately following the transmission of your application material. Once an applicant has been approved, we will send out health forms, equipment lists, air travel instructions and further information about the trip. The application must be signed by the applicant and his/her parent or guardian. We will invoice you for the balance, which is due 80 days prior to departure. Applications filed within 80 days of departure must be accompanied by full payment. There is no final deadline for submitting applications.
All applicants must engage in a personal or over-the-phone interview before being accepted, and all students must provide at least one teacher reference.
Our intention is to create a course that addresses the goals and program elements as listed in each program description. All participants and families are advised to note that course itineraries will change. When changes are made to incorporate student goals and interests, adjust to the health of the group, or made necessary because of foul weather, problems with transportation, political unrest or any other unforeseen problem, we will work to structure the course so that it stays true to its original intent.
COURSE TUITION INCLUDES
NOT INCLUDED are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visa fees, laundry, medical fees, cost of evacuation, airport taxes, e-mail, health and travel insurance, extra baggage fees, phone calls, etc. The cost of international air fare is not included in the tuition price.
Participants are asked to travel with their group from the U.S. on seats reserved by Dragons. Dragons blocks group space on top-rated carriers, providing the most economical routing available on quality flights. Along with the final program invoice, we will invoice families for the cost of tickets. Participants and their families are responsible for any increase in air fares levied by the airlines. All participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the port of departure. After we have received your application, Dragons will send you information regarding connecting travel. For the latest available flight costs, please feel free to call Dragons.
There is a $200 non-refundable application processing fee. Once a participant is accepted, there is no refund of deposit. If notice of cancellation is received within 80 days of departure, and if the spot cannot be filled, the participant will forfeit the entire tuition. Any participant who returns home early will not receive a refund. Because Dragons makes over-seas commitments that require non-refundable deposits, the participant deposit of $850 is non-refundable in the event that acts beyond our control intercede with our ability to travel safely overseas.
MEDICAL AND EVACUATION EXPENSES
It is the responsibility of the student and the students' family to understand the limits of any medical and evacuation policy, and to provide up-front payment of emergency services when required.
DRAGONS RULES AND REGULATIONS
If a participant acts in a way that is injurious to himself or herself, people of the host country, other participants on the trip, or generally conducts himself or herself in a way that is disruptive to the trip, we reserve the right to send the participant home without refund. Underage use of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs are cause for dismissal. Participants sent home early or who choose to return for any reason, including sickness, personal emergencies or injury, will be responsible for all medical costs, and will absorb travel and related costs associated with an unscheduled departure.
Dragons reserves the right to cancel any trip if there are insufficient registrations and the trip is not economically feasible. A full refund will be granted for canceled trips that arise out of insufficient registration, though Dragons is not responsible for other costs incurred by clients preparing for the trip. For trips that are canceled due to any other event that is beyond our control, Dragons will refund all tuition less the original deposit of $850.
Applicant must be in possession of a valid passport for international travel, complete with usable visa pages. The date of expiry must be beyond 6 months from the date of course departure. Upon admission to the program, detailed instructions for acquiring appropriate visas will be mailed to the applicant.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS AND SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS
All trips are rugged, and all require good physical conditioning. If you have any questions regarding the physical demands of a program, please call. All participants will be responsible for submitting to us a completed health form that is signed by a physician, and that completely and accurately represents the current mental and physical well-being of the participant. Dragons instructors have the right to disqualify any member from the group if considered medically necessary, and will do so if a participant or family member falsely represents the student in interviews, the application, the participant's health form, or any other required paperwork. In the event of a medical emergency, Dragons will attempt to procure medical treatment; however, we assume no liability regarding provision of medical care. Applicants are urged to check their insurance coverage for its adequacy when outside of their own country, or to purchase travel health insurance. A pro-rated medical and evacuation policy will be offered through Dragons to all participants.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
Participants and their parents will be required to read and sign an "Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risk and Release and Indemnity Agreement" prior to participating in our program.