Staying in touch with family and friends can certainly help alleviate culture and language shock. There are many ways ESL and international students communicate with their family and friends back home.

Cell (Mobile) Phones

Shopping malls will have a variety of stores where you can buy a cell phone. Individuals that do not have a Social Security number can purchase a pre-paid plan.

Prepaid Phone Cards

Phone cards can be purchased at many corner stores, grocery, and gas stations. The charges for overseas calls can be large. Prepaid phone cards can help you manage your budget around calling home without breaking your bank account.

Online Instant Messaging and Video Call

You can chat online and send instant messages to your family and friends using the following software applications.

  • Skype
  • Yahoo Messenger
  • Windows Live Messenger