Personal and Pop Culture: Practical Pre-Departure Planning for the Global Sojourner

Do you want to rethink your pre-departure programming or cross-cultural classroom? Do you plan to travel post covid-19 and need ideas on how to consider culture?
This tool has been purchased by hundreds of universities in the US.

This tool is under $8 – and it is an instant PDF download! 


Personal and Pop Culture: Practical Pre-Departure Planning for the Global Sojourner  uses pop culture videos and personal vignettes as jumping off points to thoughtful conversation about how to prepare to go abroad while also considering culture. This tool is PRACTICAL. It engages millenial students and travelers to consider real scenarios abroad written by real people. It is an ideal tool for those who are not eager to read a lengthy pre-departure document that instructs on do’s and dont’s, rules and requirements.

This new tool is designed for those of you planning and delivering pre-departure sessions for study and volunteer abroad, as well as for individual travelers who need a practical framework to help prepare for a sojourn, whether it be a week, month, semester or year plus abroad.

25 topics are included in this tool: *Photography *Language Ups and Downs *Safety *Stereotypes *Insurance *Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) *Hair *Packing *Long Distance Relationships *Making Friends Abroad *Drinking *LGBTQIA *Beauty *Homesickness *Dating & Technology *Food and Photography *Sports *Disability *Catcalls *Homestays / Host Families *Music *Dressing *Nightlife *Race *Re-entry

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  • An instant download of a 60 plus page PDF with 25 topics related to practical pre-departure for the global sojourner.
  • Each topic has a link to a public video that is easily accessible on line (in many countries).
  • Each topic has a personal vignette, written by a real traveler from the Melibee Global team, that can be used to create conversation (and reflection) about the topic.

Pre-departure tool- HomestaysThe cost 

Ready to ramp up your pre-departure programming? This tool is under $8.

PLEASE be mindful that if you plan to gift the tool to individuals, you will need to pay per download. We appreciate your honesty.

If you fall in love with it and want to hand out copies to your students or put it on your organization’s intranet (with password protection), we also have special, affordable rates for that too. (Simply email us for that information at missy(at) or via our contact page. Please use the heading : Pre-departure License Query.)

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Note: This tool was written several years ago  – but the content is still very relevant! Some links may have been removed from the internet. If this is the case, feel free to use a search to locate the link referenced.