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au pairing in germany.. Nov. 23rd, 2006 @ 02:21 am
intheheat
so i got offered this awesome job au pairing in germany.
i have some questions..
they have sent me pictures and are going to call me.. is this enough validation? do you suggest looking into the family more to find out if they are legit? how would i even do that?

do i have to have a visa? apparently they asked and checked the law and i can move there (from canada and i'm 18) and get my visa while living there.

any other recommendations or experiences are great!

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Oct. 13th, 2006 @ 12:12 pm
intheheat
okay. so this april i am planning on leaving my home in british columbia, taking the greyhound across canada to halifax to visit my family and then proceeding to fly to europe for a 3 month adventure.
i know i want to spend a lot of time in england and france because i am most knowledgable about them, and i can speak english and basic french. i am also very interested in visiting belgium, spain, sweden, switzerland, germany, russia, italy, spain and perhaps even going down to morrocco.
i need advice!
any suggestions,
does this sound like a really expensive trip? my budgeting will probably be around $5000 dollars, so i understand i may not cover it all.
i plan to fly ryan air, get charter flights, couch surf and stay at hostels or just take night busses/trains and sleep on there.
any places you really recommend?
i want this trip to be more than just the "top attractions" i want to see the amazing places that no one really knows about unless they see it themselves.
the worlds best hamburger type deal.

any help would be great!
flight, train, hostel, bus, hotel suggestions.
whatever!

thank you soo much!

cross posted like no tomorrow (sorry)

Aug. 28th, 2006 @ 07:15 pm
lvemylfe
I spent a year in Germany on a scholarship program called Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. This program was fully funded for the year through the government. It was an amazing program and with out it being a scholarship program I would have never been able to have done it.

Now I am looking to study abroad again, and am willing to go just about anywhere within europe, Australia, or New Zealand. The only thing is that I need to find a program that is not too expensive or where I am able to get scholarships to do it. Does anyone know of programs that do not cost too much, or of scholarships that will help in paying for an exchange program?

Housing HELP! Aug. 27th, 2006 @ 01:26 pm
mein0062
I've asked this question before but...I'm traveling to Chile at the beginning of October to volunteer for a couple months. I have the option of either living with a host family or living in a boarding house style place. Any suggestions?

Also, has anybody volunteered through ISA before? So far I haven't been able to find anyone and am curious about their experiences.

Jul. 8th, 2006 @ 12:37 am
stotaness
Does any one know where I can find CHEAP accommodation in San Juan, Puerto Rico? Web sites, travel guides, or the names of actual places (or anything else you can tell me) would really help. Thanks so much in advance.

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» Prescription meds abroad
I am moving abroad at the end of July to teach English in Europe - I am going for training in Greece for 4 weeks but I don't know where I'm going to end up for a job. The issue is that I just filled a new prescription today and asked about buying enough to bring abroad for the next year. My student health insurance runs out in the middle of August and apparently my insurance will not let me buy more than one month's worth at a time. The medication costs $100/month otherwise.

I have a few options... I could just pay the $100/month and deal with the cost. But what I'm interested in is options for buying the medication abroad. If my doctor writes me a prescription for a year, can I bring it to a pharmacy or a doctor in Greece, for example, and have it filled with the European equivalent there? Has anyone ever had to deal with this problem and do you have any suggestions?

Thanks!!

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This is a shot in the dark, but is anyone here studying (or has anyone studied) in Argentina, spec. Buenos Aires, and can they give me a general idea of how much spending money will be needed (in US dollars....any way.../week,/month,/academic year)? I'm looking for the cost of lunch almost every day, plus going out a couple of nights a week...or whatever is the average for college students over there.

I'd appreciate any info anyone might have!
» Scheduling
Alright, my quick question is....:

How, more or less, does study abroad run? I realize it differs from program to program, but is it like at home, when you have five days of work or class and such, and then the weekend free?

ie; If I go Europe, will I have weekends free to attend musicals and shop and meet with friends?

Probably a stupid question, but I just want to be sure.
» Non à la précarité!
Today was the biggest anti-CPE protest to date. To those of who you are unaware, the CPE (Contrat première embauche, or "First Employment Contract") is a French labour law designed to alleviate the epidemic levels of unemployment among French youth (something like 30% of French citizens between the ages of 18 and 26 are unemployed). It was introduced on 16 January 2006 by French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, and has received incredible resistance since its inception.

The CPE attempts to encourage businesses to hire more freely by establishing a two-year "trial period" during which newly hired individuals under the age of 26 can be fired at any time, with no reason or necessary justification. This could be very good for employers, but it's obviously terrible for potential employees. Furthermore, all under-26 employees subject to the CPE are ineligible for government benefits during the trial period. While some French say that with the current conditions, any job (even a temporary one) is better than no job, most people don't agree. Students, who are the most affected by the CPE, argue that it destroys the motivation to excel in school and attain a university degree, by eliminating the job security and benefits that university graduates typically enjoy. In addition, they are concerned that the CPE prevents them from settling down, building careers, and starting families- with no job security and benefits until at least the age of 27, how could they?

Anyway, that's the background of the CPE. There have been several protests since then (mostly notably last Thursday's event, which ended in significant violence). Today was declared a grève générale (general strike) and a series of protests were organised across the country. Being me, I saddled up and grabbed my cameras, and headed off to see what all the fuss was about.

( Dial-up beware! )
» Mexico???
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hi again everybody,

i am lightly considering going to study abroad in Mexico next year, near Pueblo, through USAC.


anyway, i have never been to Mexico, and so this might be a little far fetched, but has anyone had any bad experiences with living there involving diseases through the water, or nasty bug bites, or anything like that?

it's just a thought.

i had been considering maybe going to study in Bangalore, India, but i just heard that there was a lot of AIDs there and I thought it didn't sound too safe.....
if anybody has any thoughts about India and living there that they could share, I would appreciate it too.

Thanks!!
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cross posted.... again.... sorry it's a bad habit!



hi again everybody,

i am lightly considering going to study abroad in Mexico next year, near Pueblo, through USAC.


anyway, i have never been to Mexico, and so this might be a little far fetched, but has anyone had any bad experiences with living there involving diseases through the water, or nasty bug bites, or anything like that?

it's just a thought.

i had been considering maybe going to study in Bangalore, India, but i just heard that there was a lot of AIDs there and I thought it didn't sound too safe.....
if anybody has any thoughts about India and living there that they could share, I would appreciate it too.

Thanks!!
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Cross posted in at least one other place........

hello all,

sorry for the shameless plug, but i thought it might be useful to somebody. :)

I am selling my Italian cell phone that I bought this past august in Italy. I am selling it on Ebay now, bidding starts at $20 but you can buy it now for $35.

I used it while I was studying abroad in Torino last semester, so it has only really been used for about 4 months. I paid 100 euro for it when I bought it, so no I am not trying to rip anybody off by what I am asking for it, believe me!

so if you or someone you know is going to be studying abroad in Italy then this would be useful. the phone is a Motorola that comes with a charger and has a TIM card in it. I am not totally 100% sure but I think this phone would work in other European countries as well.

well send me a message please if you are interested! I can direct you to my Ebay listing in that case!

Thanks for reading this, and happy studying!
» questions!
Hey gang!

Been a member for awhile now and have gotten oodles of awesome info. Thanks for that!

I do have some questions though, as I decide on a program in the next few days for study abroad to England!

1) I've looked at all the programs (or so I believe! There were about 20.), and CEA seems to be the best! So my first question is: Has anyone gone abroad via CEA, and would you recommend it? If not, what programs would you recommend?

2) In the CEA program, the choices I was most interested in were London and Brighton. I've heard good things about both, but some possibly not-nice things about London (high crime, dangerous for tourists, highest cost of living in UK), whereas nothing bad about Brighton. Anyone want to weigh in on either? Anyone been to Brighton or visited?

3) I lean toward Brighton because the school is more well-known (or so it seems) here in the States (Univ of Sussex), whereas the London school is Goldsmiths. Sussex also seems to have better class choices for my major (Sociology/Cultural Studies).

4) I've heard alot of things about "hidden costs" in third-party funding organizations. For both of these CEA programs, the price range for housing/tuition/excursions is around 13K. Are there hidden fees I should worry about?

5) When i'm trying to fund this trip, how much should I try to get? I know my flight's between 600-900 round trip if I buy it now, so that automatically puts my minimum to 14K, plus I'll need to pay for food, flights to mainland Europe and the bus/tube/etc, plus probably regular stuff like sheets and pillows and hairdryers and some kind of electrical adapter for my laptop and all that other stuff! Originally I was told that 20K would be fine, but I'd actually like to go to the sites in Europe as much as possible (within reason, if I can), and I've been told that, as a 25 year old, I need to have alot of money for going to the pub with my friends. :D

Whew! That's about it! Questions? Comments? Snide remarks? :D
» Travel agencies for young adults....
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Hi...
I'm going to be studying in Granada, Spain next semester, and I have a cell phone question.
I already have a European cell phone (I lived in Switzerland for awhile last year). But I still need a SIM card for Spain, preferably pre-paid.
Can I get one in Spain? Where? And how much should I expect to pay? Thanks in advance

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