Destination Dev is an 8-week, in-person Ruby on Rails program for aspiring digital nomads located in Medellín, Colombia. We combine software development education with cultural immersion and travel excursions to allow our students to push themselves outside their comfort zones intellectually and culturally in a supportive environment.
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Our Web Development Immersive course brings 8-12 students to Medellín, Colombia for 8 weeks of intense software development education and cultural exploration. Students live and study in a converte...Read more
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|Class Size||10 students|
|Commitment||50 hours in class/wk|
Destination Dev was a great program for me. Before the program I had played around with programming on online courses such as Code Academy but had no real experience and was hard for me to take out time with other obligations such as a full time job. The program helped me go from ground zero in terms of development experience and while i know I still need to continue working to improve my skills, it got me to a point where I feel more than confident to work on my own. It would have been much harder to do this on my own without the bootcamp, as being around other people was a great motivator to put in a lot of hours and really focus. Overall it was a great experience, and can say that the instructors were very helpful and provided a lot of support throughout the course. Outside of the co...Read more
Before attending this bootcamp I had zero experience as a programmer and after 8 weeks I feel well on my way to becoming a junior developer. Just like any educational program I believe you will get out of this program what you put in. The lead instructor, Doug , is a natural teacher and our co instructor, Juanes, was incredibly well versed in front end development and always willing to sit down and work with us Juan-on-one. Although I didn't feel 100% job ready after this course, I feel confident that with another month of continued study I will be a competitive job candidate. I'm also confident that these guys will make a lot of positive changes to the program based on the feedback they received throughout our camp.
Attending Destination: Dev coding boot camp in Medellín, Colombia, has been a great way to reboot my career. I have a degree in Computer Science and years of professional experience. However, my knowledge was out-of-date. There was a prep curriculum to be completed before the start of the boot camp. Learning new languages and tools to create web applications has been a rewarding experience. I am continuing to work on my capstone project, which will be added to my professional portfolio. The Destination: Dev instructors and staff are very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.
Enjoyed the excursions, including a tour to a coffee plantation, and the graffiti tour to Comuna 13.
Destination Dev completely delivered what I was expecting from a Coding Bootcamp. I came to the Bootcamp with some experience working on IT and with a CIS Degree from the US, and I can assure you that I was able to learn more about coding and building applications in the past 10 weeks than in my entire 4 years in College. Despite the fact that it is a brand new program, the Director and the Instructors were always asking for our feedback and were willing to do anything in order to improve our experience and making sure that we were understanding the material. The instructors were very helpful and were willing to put extra work in order to prepare me for my new job as a full-time Software Developer in Los Angeles, California.
Unforgettable experience, amazing cultural immersion (I pl...Read more
I decided to be apart of destination dev because I wanted to improve my future potential and be able to explore and experience places and peoples that I would never expect to be around. I understood that this was a start-up and I was apart of the first group, trusting the people that ran and operated this experience. I had my reservations about how successful they would be, teaching uneducated people and turning them into capable coders. However my reservations were eased the first week I arrived, I was blown away with the amount of things I learned. My ability to learn new parts of coding and new languages, frameworks and terminology kept increasing every day afterwards, to the point where I was hired remotely by a serious tech firm. I am so pleased with the amount of effort Destinatio...Read more
This is a thorough and honest review of the Destination Dev programming bootcamp. Hopefully it will spare others the negative experience I encountered.
I am a good case study for the ineffectiveness of this bootcamp because I brought 3 qualities which should have made for a successful learning outcome:
a. Strong work ethic and discipline (the camp included 8-12 hour work days)
b. Logical/analytic/mathematical aptitude (I teach and tutor students in higher-level mathematics)
c. A very high level of motivation to learn: I traveled to another continent to attend this bootcamp. An unmotivated person would not spend thousands of dollars, leave the country, and put their entire life on hold for several months to do this. But I did.
I also work in education and have seen many tal...Read more
Hi All, I am one of the co-founders and the lead instructor at Destination: Dev, and given the highly negative review posted above, I feel obligated to give my take on the experience that we had with this student. First of all, I want to make it clear that any student having a bad experience in our program is not something that I take lightly, and this student has outlined several criticisms of our course that are valid and will absolutely be corrected in the future. However, education is also a two-way street and requires equal participation from both the teacher and the pupil. Our Course Outcomes: First, allow me to address the three outcomes that this student claims we did not deliver on. a. No prior programming experience is required. This was something that we stated, and this was not misleading information. We had some students who had extensive experience coding in professional and academic environments, but this was by no means a plurality of our students. Most of our students had only completed some materials online and worked hard to finish our prep material. Most of these students also had successful outcomes, evidenced by the fact that all five of the students selected as finalists for the best final project had no formal academic or professional training in programming, and the winner had only started coding a few months prior in conjunction with admission into our course. b. Our students have working, deployed projects to show off. All who attempted to complete final projects and sought the help of instructors in this endeavor did so. c. Students will be prepared for jobs as junior developers. Job placement outcomes remain to be seen as our first cohort still technically has not ended, but I project that most of our students will meet their professional goals. The Profile of a Successful Student: Now, to discuss the personal experience of the unhappy student above, I’ll submit that success in an educational undertaking is contingent upon the student bringing the following qualities to the table: 1. Effort 2. Preparation 3. Attitude 4. Aptitude Below I will outline how this student performed in each of these categories, and the impact they had to the negative outcome he described. Effort: This student is telling the truth when he says that he worked incredibly hard during his time at Destination: Dev. He put in very long hours, and I have no criticisms of his motivation or work ethic. Preparation: Unfortunately, this student entered class on Day 1 woefully unprepared, and I believe that the lack of proper preparation and communication regarding his struggles prior to the start of class had a massive impact on his ability to succeed. All Destination: Dev students were expected to complete a significant amount of preparatory coursework before the start of class. This coursework consists of 10 sections covering basic programming in Ruby, introduction to object-oriented programming, command-line fundamentals, and basic HTML/CSS. It was communicated to all students that this prep work would take a significant amount of time, and that for anyone coming in with zero prior experience, it would take 80 hours or more to complete the work. I heard from this student via email exactly three weeks before the start of the program indicating that he was making progress, but that it was going slowly. He asked me to give him a benchmark of bare-minimum ability for him to be at on day 1, and I told him that if he could get through the easy to intermediate problems presented in the first 6 sections he’d be okay. I didn’t hear from him again, so I figured he was on track to meet that goal. Fast-forward to the first couple days of class, and it became clear to me that not only had this student not gotten through the sixth section of prep work, but he could not completed even the most basic problems independently. I figured I could give him individualized attention, and even if he didn’t get through all of the course material he’d still be able to learn something, improve his programming skills, and experience a different culture. In retrospect, the student should have been removed, and the decision not to remove him was a mistake. However, I think that this gives some context to his complaints about unintelligible, disorganized lectures. If you attend a Calculus class when you haven’t completed Algebra, it’s likely that the material will look like confusing gibberish. This doesn’t mean that the other students in the course who have completed Algebra are having the same experience. Attitude: Another important factor in learning something new, especially something as rigorous as programming, is a positive attitude and a growth mindset. The most successful students view challenges as obstacles to overcome that can make them stronger. Maintaining a positive outlook in the face of adversity was not easy for this student. I personally spent countless hours working with him 1-1 to deliver the individualized attention he needed. Although his progress was slow, it was decidedly positive. However, by the last few weeks of the course he began coming to class for lectures and then leaving during the time when I could help him 1-1. I saw this as rather bizarre, as I couldn’t imagine he was getting much from the lectures (which he confirmed in his review above), and I was available to help him personally. After we made the decision to change instructors, which was unanimously viewed as a positive step by everyone in our program, he didn’t meet with the new instructor even once. Finally, prior to the last week of course when students were working individually on final projects, I outlined a few potential projects he could work on to meet his goals or get as close as possible. Instead of taking advantage of the extra 1-1 instructor time available at the end of the course, he did not to show up the entire week. Aptitude: Programming is a skill that I believe most people can acquire given the right desire and time-commitment, but it is not easy for many people. This student is a very intelligent and motivated person, but for whatever reason programming does not seem to come naturally to him. Given that his growth curve was a lot shallower than average, the combination of incomplete preparation and a negative attitude made it very difficult for us to deliver him an outcome that he deemed to be satisfactory. Our Price Point and Offerings: One final point I’d like to make here concerns the cost and stage of our program. We offered our inaugural course for $4000 USD including housing and some excursions and activities around Medellín. We settled on this price point so that our students were compensated for the inevitable experimentation and kinks that we had to work out with a model that has never been tried out before bringing a large group to a foreign country and simultaneously delivering them a quality education. Now that all costs are accounted for, this $4000 tuition was basically at-cost as both myself and my co-founder took no salary and we have very little left in the bank. This student is absolutely right that despite our price being significantly lower than comparable courses in the US, our students have a right to expect us to have delivered on our promise of a quality educational and cultural-immersion experience. This is not at all unreasonable, and based on the progress and positive experiences of a vast majority of our students, I think we delivered on our promise. What is unreasonable, however, is the expectation that we would have separate sets of lectures and multiple curriculum tracks for students who came ill-prepared and for dispositional reasons did not take well to the 1-1 help that we were willing and able to provide. If you made it this far, I apologize for the verbosity of this comment but the review above is unfair, biased, and insulting and I felt it necessary to deliver our side of the story in as much detail as possible. We are committed to screening our candidates better in the future to ensure that this never happens again. The legitimate, constructive feedback we’ve received from all of our students is something that we take very seriously and will do our best to implement fully in future Destination: Dev cohorts.
I was roommates with Mike (who wrote this) so I was there every step of the way with him. I can verify this experience as far as the learning portion goes. I can admit I was wary of the whole situation but temptation to live in another country for a bit while doing something youre passionate about was to great to ignore. Doug & Will are great host and and orchestrate not good but GREAT parties/trips. I had a great time there as far as that aspect goes. Although willing Doug just isnt a teacher (like Mike...who literally is a math teacher). After a month at my current bootcamp I realize looking back that the two 30 minute lectures per day(morning/lunch) with absolutely zero context and hearing 'You dont need to know about that now a 50 times' while consistently moving off topic wasnt normal. It was more like study hall. Credit to Mike for establishing a routine/lesson plan while there. We werent going to waste our time and proceeded to teach ourself with materials online (we bought and started https://www.udemy.com/the-web-developer-bootcamp/learn/v4/overview while there. Colt Steele is a phenomenal teacher). Anyone would be peeved knowing that they literally couldve stayed at home to do that vs travel to another hemisphere. When I got home I signed up for another bootcamp (General Assembly). Because this is something Im passionate about and you get what you pay for. In hindsight we were the first class though so it was expected to have bumps in the road. While there I really taught myself a lot that has helped me greatly because most of web dev is learning how to learn since youll literally be doing that the rest of your career. So go for the experience. Also do all the prework a couple of times so that you go there above novice. The people youll meet who were crazy enough to travel across the Earth just to learn will be great life long friends too. Coffee and trips they will organize are amazing in Columbia.
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