You should choose a Program Timezone that allows you to take the breaks during scheduled Lunch Breaks or Collaborative Learning times, not during Standup Team Meetings. If it’s during Collaborative Learning Time you will be able to take this time needed easily, as long as you clearly communicate and coordinate this with your coding partner.
⌛How often and how long can my breaks be?
We recommend taking two breaks, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. They will help you re-charge, rest your eyes, get some food or just move a bit after sitting down for a few hours. These 15-minute breaks can be arranged between you and your team for other activities (a snack, phone call, etc.), as long as it doesn't impact negatively on your work and the collaboration with the rest of the students. For longer breaks, you might need to submit an absence request.
Please note that you will also have a longer break for lunch already scheduled:
Daily program schedule in your assigned timezone:
Required meetings are indicated with the numbers 1️⃣ to 4️⃣.
1️⃣ 8:00 am - 8:30 am: Morning session with your morning session team
2️⃣ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm: Program time*
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch break
3️⃣ 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm: Program time*
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm: Prep for your standup call
4️⃣ 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm: Evening standup team meeting
* Program time is spent learning individually, building projects, and working with your partner(s). You must join a call for at least 10 minutes with your partner(s) during both program time sessions.
🙏 What about prayer breaks?
We have many students who stop 2 to 3 times during the day to take prayer breaks and know how important this moment is to those that wish to practice it. Depending on the chosen schedule and time zone of our Muslim students, they are also able to join Friday prayer in part or in full every week. As long as you communicate accordingly with your coding partner, taking prayer breaks should be absolutely fine.
🚫 When should I avoid taking breaks?
Besides the initial and final meetings of the day, we also want to encourage you to not interrupt an important learning moment, especially when you and the other students are breaking ground during the work. Aside from that, please listen to your body and mind when you feel it's necessary to take a break!