Admissions: Pre-Arrival Guide: What to Bring: Children's Needs
Following are some of the things you should keep in mind when preparing your
A sturdy, portable stroller with large wheels is advisable (i.e. jogging stroller or JEEP brand or similar). Umbrella strollers will not survive the rough sidewalks.
Strollers are expensive here. However, your Big Brother may be able to purchase one for you from a graduating student.
You may want to bring a portable crib as luggage, but you can buy it here at a little higher cost.
Disposable diapers cost relatively the same as in the States.
Sleepwear for both warm and cold nights is necessary. (December through February, it can get into the 50’s at night and homes do not have heat).
Gerber baby food is available and reasonably priced.
You may want to bring a baby backpack.
For The Kids
Backpack (waterproof if possible, not necessary).
Lunch box and small ice pack for the children in Kinder.
Clothing: jacket, sweatshirt, raincoat without a thermal
lining or poncho, as well as lots of shorts, pants, and t-shirts.
Children typically wear pants to church, and the children
are allowed to wear shorts at Sojourn Academy. Fancy dress clothes probably
won’t be necessary.
Favorite toys and perhaps toys for Christmas and birthday
gifts. Name brand toys are considerably more expensive. Bring baseball gloves,
School Supplies: All the supplies can be purchased here, but some students
prefer to have these on hand to avoid a last minute trip to the store. Those
children planning on attending Sojourn Academy should check with the Sojourn
office for a current list of supplies.
(Class of ’06)
I attended the Institute in 2006 for a month when I was studying abroad in Costa Rica
through the Latin America Studies Program (LASP) with Anthony Chamberlain.
My courses at the Institute were an invaluable help for me as I transitioned from learning
Spanish in the classroom setting to speaking with native-speakers. I still
remember many of the things I learned from those classes.