Parents/What to Bring   

Documents my student should bring*

  • Passport and Visa (if required)
  • Proof from a doctor of any prescriptions. (If your student has a pre-existing medical condition that requires medication, he/she should carry a letter from the doctor who prescribed the medication that describes the medical condition and the generic names of the medication.)   
  • Copy of the Info-sheet which includes contact numbers and emails for the BHFS admissions office and the project coordinator     
  • Copy of health/travel insurance     
  • Copy of flight itinerary     
  • Emergency contact numbers for home (parent’s cell, email, etc.)

*Parents should also keep a file of all this information, the students' credit and debit card numbers (with PIN), and passport number.   


What else to bring

  • Work shoes, a pair of comfortable hiking/walking shoes and clothes suited to outdoor work. Keep in mind the diverse weather conditions (from rainy and cool to sunny and warm)! Long trousers are recommended because of the potentially harmful plants, insects and reptiles
  • Sunscreen (can also be purchased in all project locations.)
  • Wide brim hat
  • A small backpack (for snacks, bottle of water, wet wipes, camera, papers etc.)
  • Medication - only prescription medicines. All basic non-prescription drugs are available in project locations
  • A converter and adapter to EU type electricity wall-plug (if needed)

For some projects, a laptop with at least 10 GB free disk space (operating system: Windows XP or newer), a mouse and an USB flash drive.   


What not to bring

  • Valuable jewelry/clothes
  • Too much – storage space in hotel/cabin/guesthouse rooms will be adequate but not excessive. Access to laundry is available at all projects so no need to bring weeks worth of clothing. Also, the student will need space to get everything home (project materials, souvenirs, etc.)


Accessing money

  • Work with your student to create a budget for personal expenses (snacks, drinks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Be aware that personal checks and US money orders cannot be cashed.   
  • Make sure the bank is aware that your student will be abroad (and for how long) and ensure that their credit and debit cards can work in the project country (as well as any extra charges that may occur)


Staying connected

  • WiFi - All sites do have some access to WiFi. In remote sites, the bandwidth may be limited. Don’t expect constant communication – students are busy learning, working and experiencing new things
  • Mobile/cell phones – if being connected is essential, consider enrolling an international phone plan or purchasing a SIM card on arrival. (Students from EU countries should be able to use their phones without issue.)
  • Keep in mind the time difference   

If you must reach your student, contact BHFS Admissions Office who can assist.

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