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Final Briefing Presentation2011

  1. 1. Burnside High School History Trip to Vietnam
  2. 2. Packing for the trip <ul><li>You should bring two items of luggage – the backpack/carry-on case and one other easily identifiable suitcase or cargo bag. </li></ul><ul><li>The weight of the checked luggage should not exceed 15kg. </li></ul><ul><li>In the carry-on bag should be nightwear for the Singapore stop, the tour polo shirt, underwear for the next day and other personal requisites for the plane trips. </li></ul><ul><li>Use your list of recommendations to help you pack. Avoid unnecessary amounts of clothing or other items. </li></ul><ul><li>Name everything. Make sure you have your passport and a pen to take on the plane. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Liquids Aerosols and Gels <ul><li>All liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on baggage must be in containers of 100ml or less, and carried in a re-sealable transparent 1 litre plastic bag.  All passengers, including children, are allowed to carry on one, 1 litre transparent plastic bag and the bag must be re-sealable and presented separately from all other carry-on baggage at the security screening point.  There are exceptions for personal medications, baby products and dietary supplements in liquid, aerosol or gel form.   For more information, visit .   </li></ul>
  4. 4. Thursday 14 April <ul><li>Travelling with a group often has an element of “hurry up and wait.” Be patient with others and with airport and airline systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Check-in time is 7.50 a.m. Please be punctual. </li></ul><ul><li>There will be plenty of opportunity for duty-free shopping if you wish. </li></ul><ul><li>You may need to sit where the airline places you in the aircraft. </li></ul><ul><li>Be considerate towards other passengers. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Singapore Airport <ul><li>We arrive in Singapore Airport late afternoon their time. We will remain within the airport until we leave for Vietnam the next morning. </li></ul><ul><li>On arrival we will check in to the airport hotel. After that you are free to explore the shops and food areas. You will need to buy your own food – there are ATMs in the airport. </li></ul><ul><li>There will be a curfew by which everyone must be in their rooms to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>In the morning buy your own breakfast. Be ready to check out by 8.00am. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Arriving in Vietnam <ul><li>Once we disembark from the plane, proceed to the immigration queues with your passport and completed entry card. </li></ul><ul><li>Collect your checked luggage and wait for one of the staff to escort you through to the arrivals area. We will be met by our tour guide. </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to change some currency into Vietnamese dong. It may be useful to have some US dollars for this purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase two bottles of water for the next day or two. </li></ul><ul><li>When everyone has completed entry formalities, changed currency and purchased water, we will board the bus for our hotel in Siagon. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Keeping healthy <ul><li>Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Have a bottle of water with you every time you leave the hotel. You’ll need at least one bottle each day. </li></ul><ul><li>Clean your teeth with bottled water, not tap water. </li></ul><ul><li>Each morning, put on plenty of insect-repellent and sun tan lotion before you leave the hotel. Take a sun hat. </li></ul><ul><li>Wash your hands regularly and/or use hand sanitiser. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure any ice in drinks comes from bottled water. Cans of drink are safer. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s safer to eat peeled fruit. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Security in Vietnam <ul><li>Stay with the group at all times when the group is on the move. Do not suddenly duck away to look at something that may interest you. </li></ul><ul><li>Do NOT leave the hotel by yourself. If you have free time and want to explore an area, go with at least two others, and tell one of the school staff where you are going and when you expect to return. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a card from the hotel with you so that if you do get separated you can make your way back to the hotel. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a close eye on your possessions. Do not flash large amounts of banknotes around. </li></ul><ul><li>If you feel uncomfortable at any time, head back to the hotel. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Bargaining <ul><li>In most stores, bargaining is expected. A few stores are fixed price, as in New Zealand, and there will be a sign telling you this. You don’t bargain in restaurants. </li></ul><ul><li>As a general rule, the first price of an item is a lot more than the shopkeeper may eventually sell it for. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that bargaining is a social custom, not a life or death contest. If both sides are happy with the agreed price then that is as it should be. Vietnamese people are much poorer than you and quibbling over a dollar or two is unseemly. </li></ul><ul><li>If you aren’t really happy with the final price, walk away. You may well find a similar item in another market stall. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Expectations <ul><li>You have been informed and have signed off on the school’s policy on overseas trips. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow staff instructions without dissent. Unlike you, it is not a holiday for them - they have a 24/7 responsibility during this trip. </li></ul><ul><li>Dress appropriately for different occasions. When visiting places such as Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and other places, a modest form of dress (e.g. shoulders and knees covered by clothing) is required. </li></ul><ul><li>Be punctual. When you are given a time to assemble for a trip or a meeting, be there by that time. </li></ul><ul><li>Be courteous at all times. Vietnamese people are generally polite and cheerful, as you should be. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Expectations <ul><li>If you are not well, inform one of the staff on the trip. </li></ul><ul><li>Look after each other, be tolerant and learn to live with other people’s peculiar habits. No one’s perfect - it’s good training for the rest of your life. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have any concerns, speak confidentially to one of the staff. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Finally <ul><li>This is a learning experience for you – not just history, but other things as well. Keep an open mind. Take plenty of photos. </li></ul><ul><li>Broaden your horizons - get to know other people on the trip with whom you would not normally associate at school. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect curfew times. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow people (especially staff) to have some quiet down time if they seem to need it. Travel can be tiring. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Questions?