Before you leave, consider how you will communicate with people in your host country and outside of your host country. Communication strategies will look different depending on your unique situation (i.e. program, location, funding, available technology).
Evergreen highly encourages all students to carry a phone that can make local and international calls without using WiFi.
Tools to Explore:
Messaging Apps | such as Whatsapp/WeChat/Viber/KaKao, allow the user to message within the app using their phone. A phone plan is not required, but these apps do require Wi-Fi or data access. Many are free or low-cost.
Computer-to-computer calling | such as Skype or Google Hangouts, offer free calls and messaging between computers/devices. You will need to be connected to Wi-Fi. If you want to call a phone, there is generally a low-cost fee.
Social Media | can be a great way to stay connected with friends and family back home, as well as keeping in touch with new friends after your program ends.
Before you depart, think through your arrival plan.
- When will you arrive?
- What phone numbers should you have access to upon arrival? (Tip: don't relay solely on your phone, it could die and you may not have immediate access to a charger)
- How will you get to the program site?
- How will you contact a taxi or locate the bus system?
- Do you need some currency for the first few days?
- What should you have in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is lost?
Also, make a back-up arrival plan!
What will you do if your arrival doesn’t go as initially planned? Review the following questions before you leave.
- Who should I contact to let them know I am delayed?
- Where will you stay once you’ve landed if you arrive outside the designated pick-up time?
- How will you contact and get to your lodging for the evening?
- How will you contact the transportation services?
- How will you pay for your lodging?