Pre-Departure Checklist

Pre-Departure Checklist
Pre-Departure Checklist
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Before you leave for the U.S.:

  • Maintain regular communication with our International Cooperator in your home country regarding:
    • Your camp placement
    • Your visa documentation
    • Your insurance
    • Your flight information
    • Any changes in your health between time of application and departure to the U.S.
  • Contact your camp:
    • Send them a copy of your signed placement letter.
    • Send a personal letter.
    • Send any additional information the camp may request.
  • Prepare for traveling:
    • Make two photocopies of all your documents. Pack them in two separate bags, just in case one gets lost.
    • If you have a bank card, make sure it works in the United States. You should check with your bank before you leave home to find out about any international fees or service charges that might apply if you use your card in the U.S.
    • Pack according to the list contained in this book or the list provided by your camp.
    • Say goodbye to your friends and family and tell them to stay in touch.
    • Practice speaking English every day!

Sample Packing List

  • Passport with J-1 Visa
  • DS-2019 Form
  • SEVIS Receipt
  • Camp Contract
  • International Driver’s License
  • Pair of Boots
  • $250 for travel
  • Photocopies of All Documents
  • Medications, including your doctor’s letter indicating type of medicine
  • 2 Pairs of Shorts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Jeans
  • Pair of Athletic Pants
  • 7 Pairs of Underwear
  • Light Jacket
  • 2 Sweatshirts
  • 2 Swimsuits
  • Nice Outfit for Social Events
  • 6 T-Shirts
  • Pair of Sneakers
  • Shower Shoes/Flip-Flops
  • 7 Pairs of Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Raincoat
  • Sleeping Bag (optional)
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Travel Book
  • Alarm Clock
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight (Torch)
  • Money Pouch
  • Batteries for Electronic Devices

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U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation