Orange Park

Orange Park  FL
St. Giles Presbyterian Church
Program runs from: 12/16/2017  to  01/02/2018

All accepted students must schedule travel to arrive by 11:00 PM and no transportation will be provided for travel before 7:00 AM!!! Please note Uber is not provided in Orange Park.
Sunshine State
Orange Park is located in Northeast Florida approximately 30 miles west of Jacksonville. We strongly recommend that you only use the transportation locations given as our hosts will not be able to travel to other destinations to pick up students. We have the best of 2 worlds; close to a large city “Jacksonville” Christmas International House (CIH) students coming to Orange Park will be staying in private family homes from St. Giles Presbyterian Church and become a part of their family as they prepare for the Christmas holidays.

We hope to make your visit to Florida, warm and relaxing. You will also visit Fernandina or Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine Beach and Old St. Augustine Historical area, Alligator Farm (or similar), other North Florida attractions, local sites within Clay County to see our countryside and of course shopping at the local mall.
We are planning an International Dinner at St. Giles Presbyterian Church; each CIH student is asked to prepare a dish from your country, so bring your favorite recipe. You are encouraged to bring something from your country to share; a native costume, picture book, instrument and any special ingredient for those recipes (if you don't think we can find them locally).

You will be responsible for your own spending money when sightseeing with your family and other CIH students. We will plan day excursions that will require entrance fees, i.e. Alligator Farm, zoo or similar. Our program will require a $25 activity fees to cover costs of North Florida Attractions.
Our group will NOT be planning on a trip to Orlando or Disney World. Several other Florida CIH Programs will be going to Disney &/or Sea World. However, if you are planning on a trip to another part of Florida after CIH Orange Park we would be happy to assist you in making arrangements.  

**** Please note that NO SMOKERS will be accepted to the Orange Park CIH program ****
Program Size 6
Program Type Home Stay
Accomodations Female Students Only
Clothing Suggestions Bring clothes for both cool and warm temperatures, everything from a bathing suit and shorts to a jacket.
Suggested Cash There may be an activity fee up to $25, required upon arrival to cover entrance fees for group outings. You will also need money for souvenirs, shopping if interested, snacks when sightseeing, movies, etc.
Program Dates 12/16/2017 to 01/02/2018
Stay Options Entire Program or Either Week
Airport Jacksonville (JAX)
Train Depot AMTRAK - Jacksonville
Bus Depot Greyhound Bus Lines - Jacksonville
Driving Directions Upon request
Weather Forecast Varies from lows in the low 40’s, to highs in the low 80’s F
Local Attractions Jacksonville Beach, Fernandina Beach & St Augustine historic area, Alligator Farm or similar, International Dinner with all CIH students, International market and a volunteer project.
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