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Student Preparation for Departure to the USA Medical Arrangements ••Insurance. Students purchase insurance for their time here in the US. The policy does not cover pre-existing conditions, medications not prescribed by physicians, routine examinations, alcoholism, drug abuse or misuse of medication, non-emergency dental treatment, replacement of lost glasses or contact lenses, or immunizations in home or host country. If students do not have extra personal insurance for the above, they will have to directly pay such costs themselves while in the US. ••Any medical condition that a student has prior to the YFU program will not be covered by YFU insurance. Therefore, the student must pay immediately in the US, the costs of doctor visits or medicines related to a “pre-existing condition.” ••Students should check with the insurance company of their natural parents for additional coverage before leaving. ••Medical and dental examinations. All students are required to have a medical and dental examination before coming to the US. ••Medication. If a student must take medication regularly, an extra copy of the physician’s prescription with a full explanation of the dosage and use of any medication is needed. Customs officials may want to see this when the student enters the US. Keep prescriptions in their original packaging. ••Eyeglasses or contact lenses. If a student wears glasses or contact lenses, the prescription, as well as an extra pair of glasses should be brought to the US. Planning What to Take to the USA ••Pack lightly. It is wise to bring as little as possible from home for the following reasons: 1. Airlines usually limit checked luggage and carry-on baggage, even for international flights. Most also airlines have luggage weight and size limits. If bags exceed those limits, it will be necessary to pay for excess luggage, or the airline will refuse to take all additional luggage. It is the student’s responsibility to pay any such costs. 2. Students are responsible for and carry all of their own luggage. 3. Natural parents can send students more items after arrival at the host family’s home. At the end of the stay in the US, students may have more things to take home and luggage may exceed the airline requirements. If this occurs, items may have to be mailed home in advance. ••Clothing. Weather may vary depending upon where students are placed in the US, therefore it is difficult to recommend exactly what to bring. Students may have to buy some clothes while in the US, especially if it is a different climate from the home country. ••Gifts. Gifts for the host family should be carefully chosen. The cost is generally unimportant; it is the thoughtfulness in bringing something from the home country that is important. Some suggested gifts to bring include: ••sample of the home country’s music; ••picture books of the country or region showing geography, historical places, views of rural/city life, etc.; ••a photograph album of family, friends, home, community, etc.; ••special foods of the country/region, such as fruit preserves, candy, etc. (Note: certain fresh produce, seeds, and meat are not permitted through US customs, please refer to the Customs and Border Patrol website); or ••handicrafts of the country/region. If the total value of the gifts is more than $100, an import tax (duty) will be collected by US Customs when entering the US. Some things from home. Students should bring along a few things that they enjoy and can share with others. Some suggested ideas are: ••photo album of family, home, friends, country; CCP HANDBOOK - 33