This is a
non-smoking trip. Smoking is not
permitted in hotels, hotel rooms, buses, or within 50 meters of the
hotels or buses. Because
of a serious fire hazard, no smoking is allowed in the National Parks,
on hiking trails, or in the parking lots of National Parks.
Most Americans find smoking offensive and teenage smoking is
illegal in every U.S. State for people under the age of 18.
In many states smoking is illegal for people
under the age of 19. In
some states anti-smoking laws are strictly enforced and students can
be arrested for trying to purchase or use tobacco products.
We always request non-smoking rules and if a student smokes in
a room and the tour is charged to clean the rooms it is the
responsibility of the students to pay that charge. Sometimes
in American National Memorials and Parks: Students
are to not display their flags in the national monuments, especially
War Memorials. Students are forbidden to write on the U.S.
National Flag. This is against Federal Law and can result in
arrest, fines and being expelled from the United States.
Students are expected to treat National Monuments and our National
Parks with respect. Do not place graffiti or damage parks in any
way. Also you are not permitted to take rocks, follows or
animals from national parks. You also can no interfere, feed or
harrass animals in anyway in the National Parks.
and Alcohol: Drug use or drug possession is a felony crime in all American
states, and being caught will result in long jail sentences. The
drinking age in all American states is 21 years of age and under-age
possession and consumption of all alcoholic beverages (including beer, wine, and
liquor) is considered a crime. Any
tour participant who is arrested for any reason will have to find
their own attorney and will become the responsibility of their home
and host Rotary Club. We will not delay or alter this trip for anyone
who is arrested; the tour will continue on without you. If for some
reason a chaperone must stay behind with you, the student is
responsible for reimbursing the chaperone for any exrta expense. Anyone
reported using drugs or anyone participating in illegal activities on
the tour will be sent home at their own expense, with no refund for
unused portion. Drinking
alcoholic beverages and using illegal narcotics by Rotary Exchange
students is strictly prohibited.
Any student caught using purchasing alcohol on the trip will be
sent home at their own expense.
Identifications: There is no reason to have a phony ID on
the trip. Possession of one is illegal and can get you arrested.
The rules of Rotary Exchange prohibit dating and sexual
activity while on Rotary exchange.
This trip is part of your Rotary Exchange and because of this
sex activity by the students is prohibited on this trip.
Tour leaders will define what is sexual activity.
Boys are not allowed in girls' rooms, and girls are not allowed
in boys' rooms after 10:00 pm for any reason. This may result in
expulsion from the tour.
You can be
sent home at your own expense
Any student who participates in public nudity, with by themselves or
in connection with others will be subject to being terminating
from any trip.
This especially applies to students to photograph and
published said photograph on social media.
Disruptive Behavior: You can be
sent home at your own expense if you are a major discipline
problem in the opinion of the tour leadership. Any
student who consistently disrupts the trip through behavior which is
disrespectful of tour leadership; against Rotary or Trip rules and
procedures. These include, but are not limited to; Not
speaking English. Disregarding chaperones or group leaders
instructions. Being chronically late for the bus and events
(Chronic lateness means being later than instructed to more than 3
times). Purposefully creating an atmosphere of negativity
towards any chaperone or student (for example, because you did not
like a student or chaperones you spread rumors against that person).
Racist or violent behavior towards another student or chaperone.
Consistently being out of your room after 10:00pm curfew if once
warned not to do it again.
We are traveling a great distance and seeing a great number of
places. On travel days
this requires early departures and tight schedules. Wake up will be
6:00am and you are required to be on the bus at 7:15 am.
Between those times you will be required to dress, pack your
bags and eat breakfast. Departure
will be at 7:30 a.m. sharp. Being
on time is critical. Each
night you will be given the schedule for the next day. If we leave
late we will have to delete items from the itinerary and your coach
will miss out on some tour elements.
When tour leadership instructs you to get on the bus or return
to your room do so without delay.
Rules: I will
allow the Leaders and Chaperones of this trip to enter my room without
notification and inspect my room, any of my luggage and personal
understand illegal substances like drugs will be turned over to local
law enforcement authorities. If drugs or alcohol are found in rooms, all room
occupants are liable for criminal prosecution or being sent home at
our own expense with no refund. You
must be quiet and in my room by 10:00pm.
There is no excuse for being out of your room after 10:00pm.
If I am caught out of my room after 10:00pm I understand I am
subject to punishment. Hotel
Rules: As hotels have
other guests, noise is not allowed after 10 p.m. Tour participants
MUST be out of the public areas at 10 p.m. Running or yelling in the
hotels will not be tolerated at any time of the day.
No bedding or hotel property is to be taken from the hotels. There
will be no yelling, loud talking, or congregation in the hallways
and parking lots of hotels.
Boys shall not go into girl's rooms and Girls
shall not go into boy's rooms alone. There must be at least 3
or 4 people if both sexes in room.
tour leaders reserve the right to change or delete tour elements
without notice. I
understand that delays because of student tardiness or
punishment may result in tour
itinerary elements being dropped.
Tour participants are required to act respectfully towards Tour
Leaders, Chaperones and Team Leaders and other students. Respectful behavior is interpreted as obeying the requests of
tour leadership, not saying unpleasant things to or about tour
leadership or other students on the trip, not doing anything which
makes the tour an unpleasant experience for tour leadership or other
students on the tours.
Violation of the above rules means that you should expect to be
punished. Punishment may include be expelled from the tour without
refund. It can also mean
you will be required to perform certain punishment tasks such as is
determined by tour leadership. It
may also mean that you may be excluded from tour activity.
If you are expelled from the tour you will be required to pay
for your own transportation to your host Rotary city and receive no
refund for any portion of the tour.
Tour Leadership reserves the right to determine or alter punishment.
A trip report is written at the end of each trip which will spell
out students who have violated the rules. A copy of this report will be sent to
your District Officers and may be sent the Youth Exchange committee
in your district in your home country. Students violating rules will
have their District Chairs notified right after the violation by
text or email.
Students are not allowed to stand on buses except to change seats.
Students must also keep the buses clean and be respectful of the bus
Parties: No parties, unless
authorized by tour leadership are permitted on tour.
No musical instruments and speakers can be brought on the tour. Music on
the buses is restricted to headphones (no speakers).
Room Punishment: If a
student commits a rule violation, it is his or her room mate's duty
to report that violation and or the entire room may share the
Admission: I understand that MMI and the Ohio-Erie
Rotary Multi-District trip committee reserves the right to refuse
students membership on the tour for any reason.
other Rotary Rules are in effect during this trip.
and Common Sense Rules
Two Meter From Edge : All
exchange students need to stay 2 meters (6 feet) away from the edge at
unprotected edges, cliffs, and areas on the trip such as the Rim on the Grand
Canyon. Taking dangerous chances with your own or other
student's lives can result in punishment or you not being allowed to
go to other places which have these potential problems. In extreme
cases it can mean you will be expelled from the tour..
Together During Freetime: During Free Time in major cities
it is much safer to stay in groups of 4 or more. Not being in
these groups may mean you have to stay with chaperones during free