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  • Parent Talk

    1. 1. PARENT TALK <ul><li>By Geoff & Lorelle St Clair </li></ul>HOMESICKNESS – expect it, first couple weeks, 4 months? TECHNOLOGY – cameras, MP3, power adaptors CLOTHES – Put on weight, buy OS, layers, clothes may not return FITTING IN OVERSEAS – Gifts, photos from home, recipes MONEY – YEP allowance, spare card, credit/debit cards, traveller’s cheques, cash, YEP account OS COMMUNICATIONS – Email, MSN, Phone cards, mobiles/chargers LUGGAGE – weights, photograph, wrapping service $9, instruments GET ORGANISED – Copies of everything, diaries, business Cards, warranty forms LETTERS & PARCELS – Aust Post, international parcel couriers BEFORE LEAVING – contact Federal member & local embassy, Initial contact overseas
    2. 2. BEFORE LEAVING <ul><li>Initial contact overseas </li></ul><ul><li>Federal member of parliament </li></ul><ul><li>State member / town mayor </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Embassy </li></ul>
    3. 3. GETTING ORGANISED <ul><li>Copy everything – send by Hotmail good idea </li></ul><ul><li>Folder to leave here </li></ul><ul><li>Folder to take </li></ul><ul><li>Business card folder </li></ul><ul><li>Diary – tough </li></ul><ul><li>addresses & phone numbers - email and postal </li></ul><ul><li>Leave any documentation such as warranty in easy to find place </li></ul>
    4. 4. COMMUNICATIONS <ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>MSN Messenger (Need Hotmail account) </li></ul><ul><li>Letters </li></ul><ul><li>Phone Cards </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile phone and charger </li></ul><ul><li>ICE </li></ul>
    5. 5. FITTING IN <ul><li>Gifts for host parents </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs from home </li></ul><ul><li>Recipes from home </li></ul>
    6. 6. CAMERA / MUSIC / POWER <ul><li>Digital camera & memory sticks/cards </li></ul><ul><li>MP3 player </li></ul><ul><li>Power adaptor/board </li></ul>
    7. 7. POSTAGE/PARCELS – AUST. POST - Poland $84.50 2-3 months Sea Mail 10kg $145 2-4 weeks Economy air 10kg $189 5-7 work days Air mail 10kg $28.50 2-3 months Sea Mail 2kg $41 2-4 weeks Economy air 2kg $53 5-7 work days Air mail 2kg PARCELS TO POLAND $1.80 5-7 work days Air mail To 50g COST DELIVERY TIME METHOD WEIGHT LETTERS TO POLAND
    8. 8. LUGGAGE
    9. 9. MONEY <ul><li>Australian Credit Cards & Debit cards </li></ul><ul><li>Spare Card </li></ul><ul><li>Bank account in new country </li></ul><ul><li>Currency </li></ul><ul><li>Travellers’ Cheques </li></ul><ul><li>Banking </li></ul>
    10. 10. SPECIAL OCCASIONS <ul><li>Easter, Birthday, Christmas </li></ul><ul><li>We sent gifts, cards, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Food, small items….. </li></ul>
    11. 11. CLOTHES <ul><li>Nothing too good or valuable – may not return </li></ul><ul><li>Not too tight – often put on weight </li></ul><ul><li>Coats for cold climates – buy over there </li></ul><ul><li>Need layers in cold climates </li></ul><ul><li>“ Australian” clothes </li></ul>
    12. 12. HOME SICKNESS <ul><li>Hardest in first couple of weeks and some say at 4 months (Change of 1 st host parent???) </li></ul><ul><li>Could be hard at special times of year – birthdays, holidays etc (possibly harder for parents in Oz than the YEP students!) </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas OK – would be home soon </li></ul>
    13. 13. PROBLEMS <ul><li>Guitar </li></ul><ul><li>Meningococcal vaccination for overseas (Most students have Type C at high school. There is also a multi-spectrum vaccination which lasts for 12 months.) </li></ul><ul><li>Stolen parcels (small ones) </li></ul>

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