Living Abroad Project Final Project for Spanish III and AP Spanish classes ...So you have your suitcases packed and your guidebook ready. You've triple-checked that you do indeed have both your plane tickets and your passport -- and will maybe check one more time... just in case. You're off to live in a new country for a year for the first time in your life and you could not be more excited. But first, there are a few things you need to sort out before moving. For example, you need a job before getting there, you need to figure out where you’ll live, how will you move around, transportation, utilities, things to do, what can you afford with your new job and salary, among many, many, many other things. For your final project, you will need to figure out how your new life will look like in a country I will assign to you. Here are some of the things you will need to research: 1- First, you will need to find a job, but it’s not just any job, you will need to look for something you can do with a high school diploma, which is the higher education you’ll have at the time of moving. Where will you work? How much does the company pay in the country and city you are moving to. How many hours do you have to work to be able to afford a living? Will you need to find a second job? What is it going to be? Do you need a visa to work at that country for a year? How can you get it? What do you need to obtain it? 2- Where will you live? Securing housing should be one of your top priorities before moving. You're in a new country. You're homeless. That local hostel, hotel, or friendly couch will only keep you for so long before you need a (somewhat) more permanent place. I know you think it'll be easy to find a fantastic apartment in the big city, close to all of the major sights and with a steal-of-a-rent, but this isn't realistic. Those places are more expensive, and you may have to be flexible on where you live to find a place within your budget. Check if there are shelters or hostels in the area that can take you in, or that you may be able to afford for the first few weeks or months while you can save some money to move to a better place. Then, find an apartment or housing option you can afford with your salary. Remember, you will need to pay for other things like utilities, transportation, food, leisure activities, etc. You’ll have to fit everything into your brand new budget and life! 3- Transportation- How will you move around in the country? Do they have a reliable, affordable public transportation system, or do you need to get a car, a bike, or something else to move around? How much will it cost you? How much is public transportation if that’s an option? How much will you pay monthly for a car? Do they have financing options in that country? Can you afford it? Are you buying a bike, motorcycle, using Uber? How much will it cost? 4- Utilities- Remember that now you live on your own, and you have to pay for everything to survive. Look for electricity, water, gas and insurance, internet, and cable companies. How much will you have to pay for this services in your country? 5- Food- what’s your budget for food? What do they eat over there? What dishes are they known for in your country? How much does it cost to buy basic things like milk, water, meat, chicken, bread, rice? Make a shopping list and find the prices of groceries for the country you are moving to. 6- Currency- what’s the country's currency? How much is that when converting the money to U.S Dollars. Remember you will get paid in other currency and you need to afford everything based on that. 7- For fun- What can you do for fun? Which places can you visit while you are there? Nearby cities? Landmarks? How much money you have left to spend in your free time, if any? Can you visit some of these places for free? Where can you go to meet new people, to make new friends? 8- Cultural differences- Don't be too afraid of being the ugly foreigner -- at least at first. You'll make mistakes, of course, but as long as you exercise a bit of common courtesy, read up on some basic etiquette, and channel those manners that you only used with your grandparents and you should be fine. That being said, there are some cultures that are more finicky than others. ● Figure out any specific ways you might offend the locals, and avoid them! Depending on where you are, it may mean not eating with your left hand, showing the soles of your feet, or sticking chopsticks vertically into a mound of rice, or some words that may be normal for you. Research and write some examples. ● Learn how to greet people and how to share a meal. These are two of the most important lessons you will pick up abroad, and will likely even get you a few new, delicious recipes from living abroad to share with your friends back home. ● Look up the local holidays. This will help you navigate the cultural landscape of wherever you live. Having a list might even warn you about impending non-stop fireworks, massive water fights, or celebrations filled with colored powders. After researching all the information you need, you will create a powerpoint presentation, Word document, or Poster where you are going to present all findings. Everything will have to fit in your project, so keep that in mind if you plan to do a Poster. Your project has to be CREATIVE. You will need to add pictures of some of the things you looked for, like your job location, apartment, transportation, places to visit, among others. Add interesting facts you find about the country while researching it… you may add a video, a song, or something else you may want people to know. REMEMBER: this is your final project. It is worth 2 grades. It will count as a major test grade for the last 3-week period and it will be your final exam grade as well. Your project and work done has to be good enough for 2 major grades. Don’t wait until the last minute to do it. It is a long and time-consuming project. You have to look for a lot of different things and some of them may not be that easy to find. You have to stay in budget as well, and that may not be an easy task. USE YOUR TIME WISELY. You will get your grade based on your final work, time and effort put into the project. If you do a last minute thing I will make sure your grade reflects the same.