Before you arrive, we want to set your expectations for what to expect when it comes to technology on your trip.
We live in a connected world. There is no way around it. We text our parents, ‘like’ a status on Facebook, Snapchat our friends, and Instagram our waffles before we ever leave the house in the morning! Even cats have their own Twitter handles!
Social media and technology can be great ways to stay in touch with people, and we realize that many of you are choosing to bring your phone on this trip.
We want to make sure to set your expectations well before you.
Phones at Training Camp
You will be asked to communicate with home when you arrive at camp and before you depart. You will be asked to abstain from using your phone as much as possible in between. That way you can be present for sessions, bonding with your team, etc. Hopefully you will be too busy to even notice you aren’t using your phone!
Phones at your destination
We realize that your phone often doubles as your alarm clock, camera, and other nifty tools. However, we want to make sure that you take full advantage of the opportunity you have to connect with your team, minister to the people with whom you are working, and most importantly, to connect with the Lord.
On your trip, your leaders may help manage wifi usage. They may ask you to go without your phone for a few hours each day. This is not to frustrate you or take away your freedom. We do want to make sure that your focus is where it needs to be.
Depending on your location, you may have access to wifi at your house, next door, at ministry, on a daily basis. Or you might be in a more rural area, and have to travel on off-days to access wifi. To prepare yourself and everyone back home, we suggest that you set up the expectation that you can communicate back home weekly on your trip.
If you have any questions about this, we are happy to answer them!