Pre-Departure Orientation

Hello everyone!

I recently returned from my pre-departure orientation in Washington D.C. It was so informative! We had culture specialists come in, as well as alumni from previous years. We talked about culture shock, communicating effectively, and functioning as a part of a new family. I feel so much more confident, with most of my questions answered. Most of the gritty details are laid out, now I just have to execute them! I have a lot of work in front of me. Many shopping trips are in my future. Ehh.


I have my host family!! I’m so excited to meet them. I sent them an email, but since they’re currently vacationing in Europe (jealous!!), I’m not sure when they will return my message. I am so antsy waiting to hear word back!

I have a mother and father, both who work full time. I also have 4 siblings. Four! They are all younger: 3 boys and one girl, whom I will be sharing a room with. My host sister and I have the same birthday! What a coincidence!

I’m supposed to bring them gifts when I go. I really want to get them something special, but I have no idea what to get them! Partly because I’ve never met them, but I’m stumped. Something from my hometown would be nice, to show them where I’m from. I’m thinking of getting them things from the town I vacation in every year. (Chatham, Mass.) It’s one of my favorite places in the world, and they have lots of pretty, thoughtful things. I just hope I get it right! There’s nothing better than a perfect gift when receiving, but it’s especially wonderful when giving.

I’ll close with some beautiful pictures of my future home.

I hope everyone has a great day! Happy 4th of July to all my American readers.

With love,

Bailey :)


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