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									 Getting Prepared to go on
an International Experience
        Pre-arrival Information

  Destination: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
                South Africa
    3 Months Before Leaving
• Apply for passport (No study permit
  required for short programmes)
• Plan itinerary
• Attend team preparation meetings
• Study the host country’s history and
• Develop knowledge of the cultural diversity
  of the country you intend visiting
     1 Month Before Leaving
• Make arrangements to maintain your home life
  - Pet care, bill payments, house sitting, etc
• Purchase trip specific items
  - Luggage, locks, fasteners, etc.
• Anticipate fatigue and culture shock on entry
  - Keep an open mind to all new experiences
  - Avoid judgements
• Confirm what you are expected to bring
    Items to include when packing
• Sunscreen
• Sun Hat
• Comfortable walking shoes (trainers)
• Insect Repellent
• Towels: Beach & Bath towel
• Anti-diarrhea tablets
• Pain Medication tablets
• Motion Sickness medication (if applicable)
• Pack a few warm items of clothing including
  warm sleeping clothes
• Do bring a warm jacket - weather can get cold
  and rooms do not have central heating
       Night Before Leaving

• Try to get a good night’s rest
  – Finish packing early
  – Avoid alcohol and stimulants
• Confirm flight times
• Have travel clothes, tickets, and passport
  laid out
• Allow ample time to reach airport
 Communication Stresses During
• Know how to communicate with home and
  destination people
  – To notify about schedule changes
  – To announce safe arrival
• Have phone numbers of alternate contacts
  – Carry info on how to use local phone system
• Know location of destination and home
  addresses of contacts
• When dialling Port Elizabeth, South Africa:
  +27 41(telephone number)
  e.g. +27 41 5042161
  (International Office Reception number)
                Contact person:
                 Nuala Jansen
        Co-ordinator: Short programmes
             Tel.: +27 41 5044313

• Public telephones operate on either a coin
  or phone card system. These phones are
  fully automatic with direct dialling to most
  parts of the world.
• Telkom Phone Cards and World Call
  Cards are available from convenience
  shops, supermarkets and post offices.
• Internet access is very limited in comparison
  to home and not cheap. Internet may be
  limited initially, however it is available at a
  cost. This may take a day or two to arrange
  after your arrival.
• Should you be bringing a laptop from your
  Institution, please ensure you have all the
  necessary passwords for administrative
• The Office for International Education can
  assist with the above arrangements
            Financial issues
• Learn beforehand the best methods to get
  local cash at a good rate
  – Most international credit cards are accepted as well
    as travellers cheques
• Carry financial items in 2 or 3 places
  wallet (petty cash)
  money belt (large bills)
  neck and/or belt pouch (passport, exit fees, tickets,
  bank and credit cards)
• Banks and ATM’s in South Africa:
  Bank Operating hours are Monday-Friday,
  08:30-15:30 and Saturday 08:30-11:00
• Foreign money may be converted into
  local currency at most Banks, Bureaus de
  Change, American Express and Thomas
  Cook/Rennies Travel Agencies.
• There are ATM’s on all NMMU campuses
        Personal safety tips
• Stay alert for dangers
• Never leave your luggage unattended
• Know the rules to avoid danger
  – Use the buddy system
  – Avoid walking alone and be extra careful at
  – Don’t flaunt money or valuables
• Always be aware of your surroundings
• Be especially careful at Bank ATM’s
              General tips

• Have a copy of your passport, insurance
  info, credentials and itinerary in separate
  locations from originals
• Don’t pack valuables in check-in luggage
• Do not openly display valuables such as
  cell phones and cameras.
• Tap water is safe to drink. Bottled water is
  readily available at all convenience
         After You Return

• Expect reverse culture shock
• Take advantage of debriefing opportunities
• Plan enough time for rest and reflection
• Have a get-together with those who’ve had
  similar experiences
• Give constructive feedback to advisors
           BON VOYGE

Wishing you a safe trip to South Africa
 and looking forward to ensuring that
you have a truly memorable experience
             in our country

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