By Sonia Marques
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.”
~Paul J. Meyer
By now you should be settled into your current living situation, whether you are back at home in SA or working up north. Some participants are also preparing for their winter season in Florida! Luckily, the Workaway team will be in touch with you and will provide you with all the information you need to make the process as easy and smooth as possible. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are well prepared for each step of the process, so here are a few tips to make the process easier and stress-free.
Visa Picture: Make sure that the picture fits the correct size requirements for a USA visa; be sure to specify this to the person taking your photo. Your photo cannot be the same as your previous visa as it must be a recent picture, with your ears visible.
Medicals: In addition to the medical check-ups required by Workaway International, you should also consider getting your regular check-ups before leaving the country, as medical expenses can be extremely costly while abroad. I recommend visiting the dentist before going on the programme.
Things to take with you: From my experience, I always make sure to take a few cans of deodorant from SA with me, as deodorant in the USA are very expensive. I also visit Clicks or Dischem and get any over-the-counter medicine that I may need (this is helpful if you are hesitant to take new medications that you have not tried before), such as headache, sinus, allergy or stomachache pills.
Planning is essential in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed during this process. It is very important that you manage your time wisely to ensure that you are not running around at the last minute. So, take a deep breath, get things done the right way and just remember that you are not alone.