A Survival Guide to Australia
A Survival Guide To Australia
By The St. Aidan’s Students – June 2012
- Slap on the suncream – you’ll need it.
- Don’t worry about snakes or spiders – you ‘probably’ wont see any.
- Don’t complain when out rowing on the river.
- Involve yourself fully in the family activities.
- Spend your money carefully.
- Always be polite.
- They never say “G’day mate!”
- Keep up with your school work whilst you are away.
- Offer to help your Exchange family around the house whenever you can.
- Take every opportunity that you are offered.
- Don’t worry about missing home – you’ll be having too much fun to be homesick.
- Set up a Skype account to stay in touch.
- Tray ‘Tim Tams’ – they are amazing.
- Take lots of pictures.
- Drink lots of water – it is very hot.
By Heather, Gabbie & Claire Australian Students – June 2007
- DO NOT under ANY circumstances wear your tie tight or your top button done up at school.
- Wear sunscreen, you are not used to our sun, you will get burnt and you will look like a lobster.
- Don’t try to wrestle a crocodile, only the pros can.
- It is not advisable to ride a kangaroo.
- Many Aussies are tall, especially the guys.
- We are not really dirty, just tanned.
- Relax, all Aussies are very casual.
- WE NEVER SAY “Throw another shrimp on the Barbie.”
- We do not have Chavs.
- It is not very common for people to say “G’day mate” at all!
- There will be hot days, as in more than 25 ºC.
- NEVER refer to teachers as Sir or Miss.
- You will probably be allowed to call some teachers by their first names.
- If you go swimming, you will not get hypothermia, the water is at least 10 ºC warmer than any seas in the UK.
- Don’t get friendly with any of the spiders, most of them are very deadly.
- Same goes for snakes and crocodiles and sharks.
- Don’t be afraid to wear a bikini at the beach, everyone does.
- GET A TAN!! Even if it’s fake.
- Don’t call your football football. It’s called soccer!!
- LEARN TO PLAY AFL!! It beats all other sports.