ALC Updates

Preparing for your great adventure!

Class * Coordinators * Packing

Hello Everyone! I realize some of you will be arriving earlier than the program start date, so I wanted to go over a few details to help with your arrival (for those of you already in the USA, please contact me if you need anything). Everyone, please read this carefully, and let me know if you have any questions.
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The month of August will be a great opportunity for all of you to learn about other cultures and also to share your own. Feel free to bring an item to help introduce your culture to others (small and not heavy are best!). We will also have a Talent Show so keep that in mind as you pack :)

Please limit your luggage to ONE suitcase and one other bag such as a backpack. Remember that if you bring it, you must carry it! Also, you will probably want to buy some souvenirs while you are here, so don’t forget to leave some space in your luggage for the return trip!

Each year we have a Final Farewell Banquet where everyone is invited to dress up. You may want to pack one nice outfit for this event.

Also, there are free laundry facilities at the dormitory and we will provide detergent as well.

The suggested packing list information is here on the ALC website. In addition, please bring closed-toe shoes (e.g. not flip flops!) for volunteer activities.

Lastly, we will share with you the airport meeting point and other important information next week; so please keep checking your email!

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Any questions?

Please feel free to contact your own Director if you have any question.

ALC 1: Melissa Golden (

ALC 2: Hirona Hono (

That's all for now. Please continue to check your email for new updates. We are looking forward to meeting you all soon!!