Phone and Internet

Life With Your Homestay Family - Phone and Internet


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Please make sure you know how to use the telephone in the house. In case of emergency, dial “911” and you will be connected with an operator who will be able to send the police, fire truck and/or ambulance. This number should be near the telephone and you should discuss other emergency numbers and what to do in the event of a fire or emergency.

Your host will allow you a reasonable amount of time to make local calls on the house phone. However, please call collect or use a calling card or credit card when phoning long distance. Remember not to talk on the phone for too long at a time (more than 15 minutes). Do not make calls late at night or early in the morning. Your host may agree to allow you to use a separate phone line, but you should expect to pay for it.

Similar rules may apply to the use of the internet. As with a private phone line, if your host agrees to let you have a private internet connection installed, you should expect to pay for it.

The best way to keep in touch with your family and friends back home is through Skype. You can download Skype here and speak to your family for free through your computer.

If you have a camera on your computer you can even see the person you are talking to. This is a great way to keep in touch and to introduce your homestay family to your family back home.

Students are encouraged to discuss their online habits with their host family and to respect their rules regarding "lights out" times or other rules of the home.

Students who do not obey these rules risk expulsion from the program.

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