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PREPARE FOR YOUR TRIP

PREPARE FOR YOUR TRIP

 

- Visas and other procedures

While organising your exchange, we recommend that you visit the embassy or consulate of the country you wish to go to.

They will explain everything you need to do before you visit their country.

For countries in the Schengen Area, take a look at this look:

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/

The Schengen Area allows citizens of all its member countries to move freely between them as though it were one country. It is comprised of 22 EU countries and 4 members of the EFTA (European Free Trade Association).

Click here for a list of countries in the Schengen Area:

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/schengen-visa-countries-list/

 

We would advise you first check the following pages for any query you may have (Health risks, visas, administrative procedures etc)

  • European Commission

  • Ministry of foreign affairs

  • Government of Mexico

  • Government of Argentina

  • Government of Chile

 

- Travel safely, booking your ticket and travel insurance

Make sure to read the conditions carefully when booking a train ticket or flight.

Know what the restrictions are for your journey:

  • Size of luggage

  • Number of free bags

  • Weight limit

  • What happens if baggage gets lost

  • Look up your travel company’s security policy

For underage travellers, you should also investigate whether the airline offers a chaperone service. It makes travelling much less stressful and guarantees your child will get there in time.

 

- Insurance

It is important to check your cover with your insurance provider before you set off, as many companies have exceptions in the small print.

Pay special attention to the following:

  • Medical emergency cover

  • Hospitalisation

  • Transfers to family

  • Transfers to hospital

  • Lost baggage

 

It is in your interest to know your insurance’s small print, some providers require you to inform them straight after an accident, as if another provider acts, they won’t be able to return the expenses derived from the illness, accident or loss. In other cases, the policy does not cover a whole month, meaning you could find yourself without insurance and not know.

Make sure to research everything with plenty of time before you leave so that you can travel in peace.

If your insurance cover does not extend to the country you wish to visit, then you should get temporary cover from a reputable travel insurer.

 

- Courses

Many students like to take advantage of their stay in a host country by taking part in academic, university, language or sports courses.

By visiting the website of MCM Educational Consultants (www.mcm.info) you will be able to find a guide and support regarding what courses and programmes are available to make the most of your time abroad.

 

- Tips for guests

Talking about money is never a pleasant experience, this is why you must decide on this this together and have it clear. Make sure you speak about costs with your host before leaving on your exchange.

You are a guest and as such all your costs should be covered as though you were a family member, unless an alternative agreement has been reached. However it is normal to talk about other potential activities, so that you can plan for these costs accordingly.

  • Prepare a gift for the host family (A book about your country would be a nice detail).

  • Be generous with your time, spend it with your hosts.

  • Treat your host as you would like to be treated.

  • Discuss household tasks such as cleaning, tidying, meals and timings. Offer to help with whatever you can.

  • Find out whether the hosts will be with the guest during the day, and if not, what alternatives they recommend. A language school or sports camp would be a good solution.

  • The guest should join in with the family and make the effort to integrate.

  • Don’t isolate yourself with mobile phones, ipads or laptops. This can come off as rude or ungrateful behaviour to your hosts and doesn’t help integration.