Next Day Orientation
After Richard, your Panrimo coordinator, has picked you up from the airport and taken you to your housing location, you’ll have the rest of your arrival day to settle in and organize yourself. After a night’s worth of sleep, you’ll be refreshed and ready to begin exploring. Your coordinator will meet you the next morning and take you to a coffee shop to begin your Next Day Orientation.
Your orientation will cover several pertinent topics concerning the city and its culture. Read through the following sections to see what will be covered in the orientation. This is a great time to meet other Panrimo students on your program!
Download the Next Day Orientation Itinerary here:
City and Culture
While you may have conducted extensive research on Florence and Italy, culture shock can still occur. Richard is there to answer any questions and explain the city and culture on the ground. He will address issues such as foreign student stereotypes, and stigmas about the host citizens. While you certainly have manners, he will teach you to resolve misunderstandings and settle any situations that arise.
Richard will address methods of remaining safe in Florence. When you explore the city with Richard, he will show you your country's home embassy, as well as suggested clinics and hositals in case of emergencies. He also addresses laws differing from what you're accustomed to, where the police stations are, and areas to avoid in the city. Richard also addresses issues concerning alcohol, drugs, dating, and discrimination. Remember, treat people with respect, and you’ll be given the same.
Food, Money and Travel
Finally, Richard will cover independent travel. While you’ll be going on Panrimo sponsored excursions and cultural activities throughout the city and country, you may want to travel on your own. He will answer questions about travelling to neighboring cities or countries, necessary visas, and other travel information you may need to know.