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TEXAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA Summer European Music Study 2009. TEXAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA. STUDENTS: PLEASE SIT WITH YOUR PARENTS. . AGENDA Welcome! Transportation Baggage Allowances What to Bring Departure flight Hotel and lodging Return flight Travel agent’s contact information

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TEXAS YOUTH ORCHESTRASummer European Music Study2009


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TEXAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA

STUDENTS:

PLEASE SIT WITH YOUR PARENTS.


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AGENDA

Welcome!

Transportation

Baggage Allowances

What to Bring

Departure flight

Hotel and lodging

Return flight

Travel agent’s contact information

Freebies

Medication

Handouts

Travel Buddies

Itinerary

Rules and Expectations

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TRANSPORTATION

Please be sure that you have arranged transportation for your baggage, including instrument and suitcase, and yourself to the airport. If you are a Houston-area traveler, your Host Family will bring you to the airport.

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  • BAGGAGE LIMITATIONS

  • Each student is limited to ONE carry-on item and a personal item. Small instruments such as violins or flutes will be the carry-on items for those instrumentalists. VIOLISTS: You ALL play the VIOLIN.

  • Each student is limited to ONE suitcase or duffel bag. This bag will not exceed 44 lbs. Failure to do so may incur additional charges from the airline.


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  • BAGGAGE LIMITATIONS

  • ALL luggage must be tagged or labeled. DO NOT USE THE AIRLINE-PROVIDED PAPER TAGS. The MCI white plastic tags are for your suitcase and instrument. Use another (plastic) tag for your carry-on item. It’s smart to place your info inside the case as well, in case your tag is ripped off.

  • Place a copy NL5 of your itinerary inside your suitcase.


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  • What to Bring

  • Clothing, including concert attire (see next few slides)

  • Sundries (i.e. shampoo, soap)

  • Instrument and accoutrements

  • Cameras and batteries

  • Spending money

  • Wire music stand

  • Medications (in carry-on luggage)/glasses

  • Group Travel mentality

  • Journal, books, or other personal entertainment devices

  • Copies of passport, ATM/credit card, health insurance information (kept in separate place)


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  • What To Wear

  • A good pair of sturdy walking shoes are your most important accessory. Breaking in your super-cute shoes will be a mistake.

  • Obvious “American logos” will call attention to you.

  • We will visit cathedrals and churches. It is appropriate for visitors to cover their shoulders and avoid wearing shorts.

  • Concert Attire

  • Short sleeved shirts or blouses, pants or knee-length (or longer) skirts, nicer shoes…ALL BLACK!

  • We will have one outdoor concert. Plan your concert attire accordingly.


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  • What Not to Bring

  • Irreplaceable Items and Valuables

  • US contraband items

  • Bulky, heavy items. YOU ARE CARTING ALL OF YOUR OWN LUGGAGE.

  • > 44 lbs!


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DFW Airport

Be at Terminal D with ALL luggage tagged between 1:30p and 2p.

Both departure and return tickets distributed here

First passport check

Check in via Group Check-In

You can eat lunch before you come or bring snacks/money to eat in the terminal.

Relatives and supporters may be in this area until we “enter” the terminal

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  • Upon return to DFW, all travelers (adults too)

    • Go through customs

    • Pick up luggage from carousels and take home

    • If you checked extra baggage for the tour, be sure to return the extra items to DrP or MsO

    • You are NOT allowed to leave until you check out with DrP or MsO WITH a parent present

    • Houston travelers flying out, please check out with MsO so she can get you on your next flight.

    • Go home! 


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  • HANDOUTS

  • Two copies of our itinerary (one for you and another for your family)


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  • FREEBIES!

  • Lanyard/name tag that you will keep on your person throughout the duration of the trip

  • MCI backpack for your use

  • 2 t-shirts:

    • Wear GREY t-shirt at airport on first travel day

    • Wear BLUE t-shirt at airport on final travel day

    • Following Trip, DVD of the photos taken on trip


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  • TRAVEL GROUPS (THE PODS)

  • All students will be assigned a parent to travel with. These parents are official chaperones of the trip. At the airport, we will be passing through checkpoints in these groups.

  • You received a copy of this list. Pay attention and make sure all students/chaperones in your group are present at check-ins.

  • Parent Chaperones: job is to take roll of your (small) group, report illnesses, disseminate information. At airport : follow instructions carefully from Tour Directors, and go through Checkpoints as directed.


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  • MEDICATION/HEALTH

  • Students are allowed to bring prescribed and OTC medications and self-medicate themselves. Parents, please police exactly which medications are being brought on the trip.

  • While on the trip, if students are ill, they must report their illness to their chaperone. DON’T BE A MARTYR.

  • Students should eat all meals to keep healthy.

  • Sleep on plane to try and acclimate to new time zone

  • Avoid sugary drinks and drink a lot of water to keep hydrated.

  • SLEEP!!


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  • TRIP EXPECTATIONS

  • Safety and Security

    • Stay in Groups of 4 or more AT ALL TIMES. Keep track of your travel buddies/roommates.

    • Keep valuables (i.e. passport, money) near your body as possible

    • BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS (especially in Prague)

    • If you see trouble, LEAVE.

    • Wear appropriate apparel. Ladies: be smart in in your attire; revealing attire will attract unwanted gestures and comments. European men are more aggressive than American men.


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  • TRIP EXPECTATIONS - “Open Your Eyes”

  • “Travel Mentality”

    • BE ON TIME! Our itinerary will fluctuate without notice.

    • Insure that you have your money, passport, and tickets with you. We will have checks DAILY.

    • Blend in. Excessive noise demonstrates immaturity and screams “Tourist.”

    • Pay attention to instructions from your Tour Directors and Chaperones. Failure to do so may make you spend more time with your Tour Directors.

    • Be flexible. The ability to change is the essence of maturity.

    • Respect your peers, chaperones, TYO Staff.  Avoid gossip and negative remarks. Look for the silver lining. Don’t burn bridges on this trip: we are all family.

    • Clean up after yourselves; better yet, don’t make a mess at all.


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  • LOAD CREW

  • Crew Managers: Gabe Louis, Matthew Kerkstra

    • JOB: Unload/load suitcases and instruments from bus. They do NOT cart luggage for you!


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  • SECTION MANAGERS

  • Insures that the section is set up correctly including extra stands for soloists.


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  • HELP WANTED:

  • Adult volunteers to check an additional flight case for all of our equipment.


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