Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Gearing up to take flight to Florida

By Claire Smith

The countdown to our recruits meeting at the pre-departure orientation for visa interviews, medical checks and other formalities has begun!  I am excited to return to the beach, soak up the sun and see my friends and the members at the Mirasol Country Club in Florida. I cannot wait for our recruits to start their journey – like I did 5 years ago.

It can be overwhelming and intimidating to travel to America, especially if it is your first time flying. 

Here are a few tips that will help when preparing for your new adventure:

When packing, roll your clothing instead of folding it so that there is more space;  
Do not over pack because you will definitely be doing a lot of shopping;
Carry a pen along with you as you will be required to complete custom and immigration forms on the airplane before you land;
If you need to take along any prescribed medication, make sure that you have a doctor’s note for the medication so that airport officials can identify why you are carrying the medication; 
Another helpful tip is to take chewing gum along with you as it helps prevent your ears from blocking as your flight ascends;
You are also more than welcome to take along your favorite snacks.

Do not be overwhelmed when arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the staff is friendly and willing to help where needed. Just sit back and as you take your next flight to Miami, take a look out of the window and you will see hundreds of yellow taxis - just like in the movies!

It has been such an amazing few months, meeting and getting to know all our recruits. I hope you are all as excited as I am to jet off to the USA. I think the 2017/2018 Workaway International season is going to be the best one yet!

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