DSI Airport Pick-up!!

And other important information

Excited to meet you soon!

Hello all,

I am looking forward to spending time with you soon! I wanted to write you and include the airport information as well as a few friendly reminders.

Take care,

Yi Zhang

Social Innovation Programs Director

Airport Pick Up

When you arrive at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), you will first go through customs. Please make sure that you have signed your passport on the appropriate page. When asked where you will be staying at, please use the following address:

Travelodge Palo Alto

3255 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

If you are asked the purpose of your stay, you can say:

“To join a short culture program"

If you are asked to provide contact information for someone in the United States, you can use my information:

  • Yi Zhang (Social Innovation Program Director): 253-212-7118

Once you pass Customs & Immigration, you will pick up your luggage. You will then exit, and VIA staff members will be waiting for you with a welcome sign on the Arrival Floor in the International Terminal. Please wait between Gate A and Gate G. There is a Starbucks where you can wait for us.

We will be traveling in a shuttle bus back to the hotel.

If you are meeting us at the airport, please arrive no later than 12pm NOON.

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Wondering what to bring on your trip? Here are some important things to remember!

  • Passport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Prescription medicine
  • Traveler's Checks/Credit Card
  • Power Converter (depending on your electronic device's country of origin)
  • Book (for the long flight, layover(s), or waiting to be picked up)
  • Sweater or Jacket
  • Business casual wear
  • Comfortable shoes for walking & hiking
  • Warm pajamas
  • Sportswear for exercising (bathing suit, running shoes, shorts, etc.)
  • Formal Wear (suit, dress, or outfit)

Pre-program assignments on Crew

Don't forget to finish your small social innovation history project on the Crew platform and also check out each other's fun introduction videos!

See you soon!