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How far can $1 take you in the USA? 29 Things to do for less than a buck

18th January 2018

They say America is the land of opportunity. Well it sure is when it comes to travel, and right here right now we’re going to tell you all of the things you can do in the USA for $1. It’s true a buck doesn’t go as far as it used to, but it can still buy you some pretty epic iconic moments, a good bargain or two, some tasty bites, and heck, even long bus rides across the USA. If you’re really...Continue reading →

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Before you go – checklist

The travel stuff

  • Visa appropriate for Cambodia;

  • Passport with at least six months' validity;

  • Travel insurance.

The teaching stuff

  • Complete TEFL course – online or classroom course options (if applicable);

  • You’ll need to be a native English speaker;

  • Make sure your CV is updated and ready to go for the application process;

  • Ensure you have appropriate TEFL Teaching Resources such as lesson activities, lesson plans, classroom and teacher resources, theory and research, and additional resources;

  • Purchase an English dictionary, a grammar book and supplies in case these items are not readily available.

Personal admin

  • Let AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) know you’re leaving the country so you don’t get wacked with fines for not voting if there’s a local or national election on the horizon;

  • Make sure your drivers licence is valid for a while or apply for an international drivers licence;

  • Make copies of your documentation (i.e., passport, visas, birth certificate, etc.);

  • Photocopy all documents including insurance particulars, record the numbers of your credit cards, passport, and airline tickets and give to a responsible family member or friend at home;

  • Bring additional passport photos to ease the process of replacing a lost or stolen passport, or if other official documents are required once you are in Cambodia.

Medical

  • Medical – do you have you have all the drug prescriptions you need, including your glasses/ contact lens prescription if you wear them?

  • Pack a spare pair of glasses and contact lenses (if you wear them);

  • Have you had all the relevant shots/immunisations for Cambodia? And pack a list of the injections you’ve had just in case;

  • Visit your dentist to have a clean and checkup before you jet.

Finances

  • Tax – let the ATO know you’re leaving the country;

  • Apply for any credit and debit cards for travel;

  • Notify your bank and close any accounts that might charge you fees while you’re away;

  • Money – take approximately $AU200 with you as universal currency;

  • Pay off any debts you have with friends, family or financial intuitions;

  • Cancel any automatic withdrawals you have from your bank account.

Practical

  • Pack your camera, batteries and chargers;

  • Buy an international power adaptor suitable for use in Cambodia;

  • Invest in a good backpack;

  • Don't forget all your electronic chargers;

  • Note all your insurance and emergency numbers in a safe place;

  • Pack an extra memory card for your camera;

  • Know the address of the Australian embassy in Cambodia (the Australian Embassy is in Phnom Penh).

The not-so obvious

  • Foam earplugs (to block out noisy travel buddies or offer to others if you’re the noisy one!);

  • A good book – or a novel based in Cambodia- it adds an interesting perspective when you explore these destinations (When Elephants Fight, a memoir by Australian-based author Vannary Imam, gives a great insight into life under the Khmer Rouge );

  • If you have more than one credit card, separate them. Perhaps store one in your wallet and the other in your luggage. That way if you lose one or the other you’ll still have access to cash;

  • Collect Australian souvenirs (those little clip-on koalas go down a treat) to give out to your students;

  • Purchase a few educational games or children’s word association games;

  • Collect glossy catalogues and magazines with lots of pictures; these are hard to find in most developing countries and students love them!

  • Find out what is considered to be proper attire in your classroom, including shoes, as well as weather-appropriate clothing for Cambodia.

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