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Pre-Departure Information

Planning to communicate with family and friends

Communicating with family and friends back home will be important during your time away. Before you leave, you should think about how and how often you will communicate. One popular method is through Skype, a program application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a nominal fee using a debit-based user account system. A basic Skype program can be downloaded for free from

One word of caution about using technology like Facebook, Twitter, and Skype: every moment you spend using technology to connect to family and friends back home is time that takes away from living in the moment and experiencing the new places where you are living. So plan ahead and be intentional about the various forms of technology available to you.