EWH Summer Institute: Information for Parents

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Participants calling and texting to the U.S. and other countries

EWH will purchase a cell phone for each pair of participants. Your child can provide you with his or her mobile number.

Participants can call the United States and other countries by using a calling card from any major phone company. Not all pre-paid calling cards will work, so be sure to check with the phone card provider before the trip. Students will have access to public phones throughout the program to contact their families and friends

Participants can also call the United States and other countries using voice over IP service at any Internet cafe in Tanzania, Costa Rico, Nicaragua or Honduras. There are several providers available on the Internet. One of the most popular and reliable is Skype. This software provides free pc-to-pc calls or pc to traditional landlines or mobile phone calls at a very low price. For more information, visit www.skype.com.

Most VoIP systems require special hardware and software. For the hardware, you need a computer headset with a microphone (some newer headsets connect via USB, these are typically a bit more expensive but in general quite good). Not all Internet cafes will allow one to plug in a headset or download the software, however many Internet cafes are equipped with headsets and Skype. Another option is to load the software on the student's own laptop and test the hardware and software before leaving the US or home country. However, not every Internet cafe will allow users to connect a laptop.

Participants may also use the EWH cell phone to text others, both in the service country and in their home country.

 

Calling and texting your child from the U.S. and other countries

EWH will purchase a cell phone for each pair of participants. Your child can provide you with his or her mobile number.

Participants' families and friends can call Tanzania, Costa Rica, Nicaragua or Honduras using a calling card from any major phone company. There are a wide variety of calling cards available on the Internet.

Participants' families and friends can call Tanzania, Costa Rica, Nicaragua or Honduras using voice over IP service. There are several providers available on the Internet. One of the most popular and reliable is Skype. This software provides free pc-to-pc calls or pc to traditional landlines or mobile phone calls at a very low price. For more information, visit www.skype.com.

Participants' families and friends may also text the EWH cell phone provided to each pair of Summer Institute participants.

Additional contact information may become available before the summer program begins.

Safety Information

Our participants' safety is the highest priority for EWH's Summer Institute. We take extra care to select sites that are safe as possible. We encourage American parents and their children to consult the US Department of State (http://www.state.gov/travel) for the latest news and advice on traveling abroad. Parents and children from the United Kingdom, please consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/). Parents and children from other countries should consult the appropriate Ministry Office for their government's travel advisories.

Feel free to call 919-408-7338 during the Summer Institute, if you have any questions regarding your child's safety.

 

Visiting During Your Student's Stay

Engineering World Health typically does not support parental visits to on-site locations. If there is a special need or circumstance, please contact us at SummerInstitute@ewh.org so we can explore the situation.

 

Laptop Insurance

We recommend that all students bring a laptop. They will use the laptop to complete the hospital's inventory, complete work forms and possibly to communicate with friends and family back home.

Please be aware that theft of laptops is common in the developing world. Most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover stolen laptops while traveling. You may want to consider purchasing a separate policy for your child's laptop.

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