1) CODE OF CONDUCT

 

Our service trips require all members to represent themselves, their group, Padma Tours, and their country in appropriate ways. Doing otherwise will not only degrade reputations but can become dangerous and increase the risk of unfortunate incidents. Padma service trips are not extended parties and raucous behavior is not tolerated. Anytime you travel to new cultures there are particular cultural mores and obligations regarding conduct. Some of these are common sense and others are unique to particular locations. The below list is designed to help trip members avoid potential problems and conflicts from arising during our trip, and to support constructive and positive group cohesion.  All participants are required to abide by these guidelines for the duration of the trip. 

 

 

  1. Although in Asia alcohol consumption is not nearly as regulated as it is in the United States, students are expected to conduct themselves responsibly with no tolerance of any alcohol related incidents.

  2. All local laws are to be observed. If you are not clear of the appropriateness of an action, avoid it. If you commit a crime while on a trip, there is no guarantee the Padma leadership staff can or will protect you from prosecution, fine, arrest, or incarceration by the local authorities. (Jails and prisons in the countries we travel to are not fun and the US Embassy can/will help very little if at all once you are there.)

  3. No purchasing drugs. No illicit drug use is allowed on the trip under any circumstances.

  4. Any prescription medications are to be brought from the US or purchased with the assistance of trip medical staff.

  5. Participants are not to go into the homes of locals alone unless express permission is granted by trip leaders.

  6. While visiting religious or cultural heritage sites, local customs such as the removal of shoes, and stopping idle conversation are to be observed. Also, be aware that inside some temples photos are not allowed. Whenever there is a question of appropriate conduct, ask a trip leader for advice. 

  7. The location of any evening or nighttime plans are to be known and approved by trip leaders, as some areas near trip sites may not be safe after dark.

  8. All tools used during project work are to be used as instructed.

  9. Your attendance at all group meetings is required unless previous permission tobe absent is granted by a trip leader.

  10. Group members must inform trip leaders of any activities that include departing the project site and do not involve all group members, such as hiking in the mountains, ocean swims, village shopping etc.

 

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in disciplinary actions and possible dismissal from the service trip at the discretion of the leadership staff, and the expense of group members, or their parent/guardian. 

 

Parent/Guardian of trip members under the age 18:

By checking the box below, and dating and typing your name, you acknowledge and accept the above code of conduct. 

 

Trip Members:

By checking the box below, and dating and typing your name, you acknowledge and accept the above code of conduct. 

2) RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM 

I am aware of the inherent risks and dangers to myself/my child in joining a service trip in south or southeast Asia. I understand that despite any and all efforts to mitigate dangers, a number of known and unknown risks still exist that may lead to the loss or destruction of personal property, and the injury to, or even death of myself/my child. I accept these potentials as unavoidable factors in joining this trip. I fully assume these risks, understanding that Padma Tours cannot be held responsible for any personal loss or disaster that I/my child may experience in connection with their participation in this service trip. 

I hereby agree to waive and release any and all claims and causes of action for damages or other relief that I may seek from Padma Tours, and against any of their affiliated or member entities, respective officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys, or representatives, based on my/my child’s participation on a Padma Tours service trip. I acknowledge even if I/my child is a minor that I/they may be regarded as an adult under the laws of countries travelled to. I accept responsibility for my actions under those laws. I accept personal responsibility for my/my child’s actions outside the direction of Padma Tours personnel. I release Padma Organization of any responsibility for any actions in opposition of, or outside the guidance of Padma Tours staff. 


 

Parent/Guardian of trip members under the age 18:

By dating and typing your name, you acknowledge and accept the above liability waiver agreement. 

 

 

 

Trip Members:

By dating and typing your name, you acknowledge and accept the above liability waiver agreement. 

Please click “submit” once you have completed this form.

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