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"Before the trip" guide to a foreign school, a language or sports camp

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"Before the trip" guide to a foreign school, a language or sports camp

"Before the trip" guide to a foreign school, a language or sports camp

Usually, for a comfortable trip and a pleasant trip abroad, we take the most necessary things with us, count the days as we go, then carefully collect the suitcase and check on the checklist whether everything is in place.

What to take with you when you go to study in a camp, school or college? What to take with you, to feel at home and not to run shopping on the spot? We present you a list of things that need to be collected for the child.

ATTENTION : if the child has a weak level of the language, it is strongly recommended that you hold a tutor first .


  • Foreign passport with valid visa
  • The document on enrollment in the school (camp), with the indicated contacts, emergency telephone
  • Instruction of the school "Before the trip" (English Pre-arrival form) - not found in all institutions
  • Confirmation of transfer
  • Insurance. No insurance? To issue an insurance policy (the link represents the generator of all insurance companies, where you can choose the best option for the price)
  • Air tickets. We strongly recommend that you print out your flight tickets so as not to mix up the dates and time of flights. You can use the largest Aviasales reservation service.
  • a smartphone for communication, it can also be needed for some tasks in the classroom
  • one or two chargers for the smartphone (you can take an external battery, believe me)
  • adapter (adapter for electrical outlet)
  • pencil case (pens, pencils, notepad)
  • Toiletries (deodorant, gel for washing, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste). In supermarkets, you can find compact road sets with folding brushes and mini toothpastes.
  • towel
  • Sun protection
  • a small code lock for the locker in the room (not everywhere is required, but may be needed)


  • a few T-shirts, 2 pairs of shorts, a tracksuit (pants + jacket)
  • raincoat (more comfortable and lighter than an umbrella) or a waterproof raincoat.
  • underwear and a set for sleeping
  • swimming trunks or swimsuit (if you plan to swim)
  • jeans, trousers
  • comfortable shoes (sneakers, shoes) we recommend several pairs of shoes
  • sunglasses
  • cap / panama / hat (depending on the time of year)
  • sports bag or backpack
  • money for pocket expenses (it is possible to make purchases during excursions, also in stores, if they are available)

Football Camp

to the above you need to add the following:

  • boots with rubber studs ( NOTE : already worn! To prevent injuries and discomforts)
  • special boots for artificial turf (Astroturf)
  • Metal spikes are unacceptable!
  • football bare shields
  • Running Shoes
  • form for football, form for running

ATTENTION: any other sports camp may require a separate set of things. Check with your manager.

What NOT to take

because schools are not responsible for the safety of things:

  • expensive equipment
  • expensive jewelry and expensive watches
  • credit cards and lots of cash

ATTENTION : please note that you need to meet the airline's requirements for luggage, school or college can not pay for excess baggage, oversized baggage or preponderance, we ask you to carefully consider the requirements of your airline.

We wish a good trip and productive study!

Welcome to school!

Below you can find information on your arrival and stay at the school abroad, the details of the trips may vary depending on the school, but the general order of all is similar:


When a student comes to the country of the school, the representative of the school meets him, the representative will be dressed in the school uniform, he will have a school sign in his hands, on which the student's name is written.

The representative of the school holds the student before the transfer (bus or taxi) and then the student goes to school.

At school the pupil is met and guided through the complex, showing rooms, amenities and equipment. Then the student will be told the daily routine and will be introduced to the schedule for the week.

Immediately upon arrival at the school, the student calls his parents, the school staff will help make the call so that the family knows that the trip was successful and the student is on the spot.

Moving on site

If the residence is far from the school, then its own school shuttle will pick up students every morning and take it back to the residence in the evening.

If you stay in the family, then you will be given instructions "how to get to school and back."

Transport on excursions

In school programs, excursions are often offered, trips on excursions take place on buses, minivans, trains. The school staff will always accompany the students, we ask the students to listen carefully to the attendants and to fulfill their requests.

If there is a trip in public transport, we advise students to refrain from listening to music at high volume, do not conduct loud conversations and leave garbage.

Employees of the school (camp)

The school employs a team of employees, they are set up to help students on any issues, among employees, students can communicate with:

Residential manager

The employee is responsible for organizing comfortable living, he coordinates activities after classes, coordinates the cleaning and catering services. A lot of working time of this employee leaves for communication with school staff, visitors.

Training Director

He follows the organization of the curriculum, divides the students into groups, and will definitely help if there is any question on the training.

Activate the manager

Employee who organizes entertaining programs for students, he will ensure that students always have time to do and the time after lessons was as cheerful and productive as the manager organizes excursions, master classes.


An important employee who follows to ensure that the student was comfortable and liked everything at school, you can address him on any issue.


Conduct lessons in English (or other languages ​​and subjects).

Activate the leader

With this employee the students are seen most often, you will spend the evening activations together, these additional boring activities, as a rule - these are very interesting and exciting programs, the activist leader can listen to the problem of the student, just as the curator will try to help.

Some of the employees live in the same building as the students.

The first day at school (camp)

Instructions and testing

Before the arrival the student will receive a test, it will be held online or in the office of the company Smapse, which helps to organize the trip. This procedure helps determine the level of the language, define a group.

On the first day the student will be told the basic rules of the school, familiarize with the program, tell what to do in case of an emergency situation, learn more about life in the country.

Program and number of hours of study

The training program depends on the program that the students select before entering, the number of hours also depends on how intense the program is.

Will there be homework?

In most schools, if you are asked to do homework, then this is a small task that can be done in 15 minutes, since the students will have a lot of activities after the lessons and the time for voluminous exercises simply does not exist.

Will the certificate be issued at the end of the course?

Of course, the student will receive a certificate at the end of the program. The class teacher will write about the student's successes, on the last day the certificate will be presented, usually in the solemn hall.

If you have not been issued a certificate, do not worry, Smapse employees will ask for it from the school.

Living in a residence (host family)

Living in a residence or family gives students a chance to practice English outside the classroom.

Here are some rules for living in a residence or family:

  • Do not leave the residence or family alone or even with friends.
  • Students can leave the school, but be sure to warn the manager in advance
  • We ask you not to make noise in the rooms and turn off the light at the time specified by the school staff

With whom to talk, if something bothers you?

The student should not be afraid to address the school staff if he is worried about any question, then you can approach the class teacher, also contact the curator, residence manager, all employees are ready to help, just ask them a question.


The usual diet in the UK:

Breakfast: 07:00 to 08:00

Lunch: 12:30 to 13:30

Dinner: 17:30 to 18:30

During the day, snacks are given between the main meals.

Food is presented in large dishes and served by the school cafeteria staff. The pupil needs to take a tray and take a turn, in the order of the queue, he can choose and he will put food, we advise saying "Please" when asking to put this or that dish and "Thank you" when you are handed a plate.

The menu is usually a large selection of vegetables, salads and bread. After the main dishes are offered desserts to choose from: puddings, fruits, yogurts, drinks and juice are always available.

When the pupil has finished the meal, it is advisable to put the dishes on the cart, do not forget to clean the dishes.

NOTE : If there are serious allergic reactions, please inform the residence manager in advance, for this student, separate sets of food will be prepared, they will be specially labeled.

All schools pursue a policy of a healthy lifestyle and respectful relationship to each other.

Drinking alcohol, using drugs, smoking cigarettes is strictly prohibited, insulting students, employees are unacceptable, in violation of these rules, the student is expelled from the school.

Among the prohibited activities that lead to the deduction can also be listed: thefts from shops, thefts at the residence, vandalism and spoilage of property, use of fire fighting equipment in the absence of an emergency situation, visiting the residence by strangers.

Quality standards

All schools have official accreditations, the level of teaching is at the highest level, all programs have been carefully designed for certain ages, on the part of students it is required:

  • Attendance every day
  • If you can not come to the class, please contact and notify the curator or other employee
  • Please do not be late, come on time to classes.
  • Listen to the teacher, follow his instructions
  • Respect other students, do not play around and do not make noise
  • Always speak English in class


  • A pupil is no longer allowed to attend classes in violation of school rules
  • The student must be provided with an explanation to the manager of the residence
  • The school informs parents or Smapse about the violation
  • The pupil provides an explanation for the parents or agency Smapse
  • Possible eviction without a refund of funds for tuition and accommodation

Basic phrases that will help start communication


  • Hi
  • Hello
  • Hey


  • Goodbye
  • Bye
  • See you
  • Have a nice day
  • See you later

How are you ?

  • How are you?
  • How's it going?
  • How are you doing?

Ways to say that you do not understand

  • I do not understand
  • Please could you repeat that?

Ask where is

  • Where is the classroom?
  • Where is my bedroom?
  • Where is the common room?
  • Where are the toilets?
  • Where are the showers?

ATTENTION : if the child has a weak level of the language, it is strongly recommended that you hold a tutor first .

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