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Nov 20 Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

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Transcript of Nov 20 Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

Orientation Topics
Pre-Departure Handbook
and stereotypes
Goal: To provide a clear understanding cultural generalizations vs. cultural stereotypes and to describe some ways in which values and behavior may differ between cultures.
The Stereotyped
US American
US Americas are....
Outgoing, Friendly
Loud, Rude, Boastful, Immature
Hard Working
Judgmental, Moralistic
Extravagant, Wasteful
Confident they have all the answers
Politically naive and/or Uninformed
Ignorant of other countries
Lacking in Class Consciousness
Disrespectful of Authority
Racially Prejudiced
Impatient, always in a hurry
It’s also widely believed that-
Women are promiscuous
What is culture?
Health, Safety and Legal Issues Abroad
Remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible and evaluate its severity.
If you inform your family, be sure to follow up with them to let them know you are safe.
What should you do in a safety or medical emergency abroad?
Contact your trip leader, professor or program director as soon as possible.
Be sure you know important contact telephone numbers.
Drugs and alcohol
You still represent your
home school abroad.
Legal issues:

Are you familiar with the laws in your host country?
U.S. Embassies Abroad
The embassy can:
The embassy CANNOT:
Help you contact family, friends and employers.
Help you obtain the appropriate medical care.
Address medical needs that arise as a result of a crime.
Explain the local criminal process to you.
Obtain information about your criminal case.
Connect you to local and U.S. resources to assist you if you have been a victim of a crime.
Replace a lost or stolen passport.
Provide you with a list of English speaking lawyers.
Provide legal advice or represent you in court.
Pay your medical or legal fees.
Investigate crimes.
Serve as official interpreters or translators.
Welcome to the Pre-Departure Orientation
for travel in winter break, spring break, and spring semester!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:00-9:00 PM

Cultural Adjustment/Understanding
Culture Shock:
How you can cope.
Understand that adjustment is normal.
Expect differences.
Do research before you leave, so you can be prepared for cultural differences.
Use your sense of humor, wisdom and patience.

Be active - mentally, physically and socially.
Maintain a well-balanced diet and get sufficient rest.

Immerse yourself in the culture - speak with locals, visit local attractions, try local cuisine and experience popular culture.
Use your family, friends and classmates as an emotional support group.

Ask for help from your professor if you need it.
Be a sojourner,
not a tourist.
What are some of the most common stereotypes that people of other countries hold about people of the US?
Key lessons:

Generalizations can help you understand a culture.

Stereotypes can hinder a deeper level of understanding of a culture or person.

Check your own assumptions and initiate meaningful discussions!
This orientation will:
Help you identify where to find resources to prepare for international travel.
Help you recognize that health and safety are your responsibility.
Teach you what to do in an emergency abroad.
Teach you about culture and help you understand cultural adjustment.
What are some services offered by HTH?
Medical services coordination.
Coverage of in-patient and out-patient services.
Complete coverage of pre-existing conditions.
Online resources:
General information
Doctor search
Medication translations
And more!
For more information, visit: www.hthstudents.com
How can you prepare for a different academic culture abroad?
Ask your study abroad adviser for the names of students who have participated in your program.
Speak with your program provider for information about your university.
They will have advice and give you tips on how to prepare!
Have/ know the local police phone number
Store it as a speed dial
Remember- A night that includes alcohol and other drugs increases risk.
Know what you are putting into your body and how much!
Have fun but be safe
Personal Safety- Out Having Fun!
Go out in a group, watch out for each other
NEVER leave a drink unattended
Never let a stranger mix you a drink. YOU open your beverage
Don’t drink the “punch”
Use only authorized taxis, remember its #
Keep taxis phone number on you & $
Personal Safety- Out Having Fun!
Situational Awareness
Be prepared when going out, work, etc.
Know as much about where you are going
Different country = different rules
Have fun and STAY SAFE!!!
Travel alerts and warnings
Laws and customs listed by country
Passport and other document info
STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)
Safety tips
Helpful Info
Be aware your conversations may not be private or secure
We enjoy certain privacy in our country, many counties do not share these rights
Public networks, cell phone calls, and email may be monitored
Sanitize computers- No personal information, clear history, caches, cookies, and temp internet files
Currency, know the exchange rate
Familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs- you are expected to obey the laws in the countries you travel to
Be good Ambassadors- It may not be against the law, however its important to respect the customs
Japan, be sure to take your shoes off when entering someone’s home
Local Customs
If you are being followed, find the nearest public place
Walk along well traveled and well lit roads/ walkways
Be sure someone knows where you are, who you are with, and when you are going to be there
Personal Safety- Commuting
Ptl. Amanda Marshall
Sgt. Eric Cleverly
Safety for Students Traveling Abroad
Public Safety Emergency Line
(617) 521-1111 or x1111
U.S. Embassy (Washington D.C.) 24/7 Emergency Line
(202) 501-4444
Important Numbers
In an emergency, what are the first three things you would do?
You are in a part of town you are unfamiliar with and you lost your wallet with all your money.
You lost your cell phone, its after the busses and trains stop running. You haven’t seen a cab in forty minutes.
What would you do?!?
Obtain country specific pre-travel risk assessments
There may be specific issues you should be aware of that can ensure your safety and peace of mind
Protect your passport, theft on the rise
Make copies of all travel/ medical documents, keep a set at home
Before you Travel
Situational Awareness!!! iPod, Cell, Traffic
Plan/ know your route/ commute, alternate
Travel with friends or colleagues
Be a “Hard Target”
Wear clothing/ footwear that will allow you to run or defend yourself
Avoid shortcuts- The long way is often the safe way
Personal Safety- Commuting
Out having fun
Knowing the local laws and customs
American pride
Preparing before travel
What would you do?!?
Overview- Safety, safety, safety
Americans are perceived as wealthy and can be targets for pick pocketing and scams
We are proud to be Americans, but avoid wearing clothing that can draw unwanted attention
American, and proud!
Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
Remember: You are still a student of your home institution while abroad!
Cultural Adjustment
Student Panel
Brittany Bye - Argentina
Karissa Annichiarico- Morocco
Simon Pilecki- India
Breakout Sessions
Review of Orientation Topics
Activity - stereotypes and cultural norms
How do you adjust
to a new culture?
3:45 - Pizza and sign in, sit at tables by destination

4:00 - Welcome!

4:10 - Cultural Adjustment Presentation & Student Panel

4:40 - Breakout sessions

5:10 - Overview and Recap of Orientation Topics

5:30 - Speakers from Simmons College Public Safety, Sgt. Eric Cleverly and Ptl. Amanda Marshall

5:50 - Q & A, Thank you and Evaluations
Personal Safety- Extras
Always have a charged cell phone
Keep emergency money, keep it separate
Carry back packs with one strap
Keep wallets or valuables in front pockets
What does a “bad guy” look like?
Are you valuables worth your safety?
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