UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE GOING (3) GENERAL LIVING NEEDS
THOUGHTS FOR PRESERVICE AND BEGINNING TEACHERS (47)
People going to remote communities need to know the status of local stores. What foods are sold, what clothes are carried, what other necessities are available for local purchase.
Is the freight free perishable concession available to staff and their families.
If so, in what condition do freight free perishables arrive in the community. Are goods home delivered or do they have to be collected from a community depot. Are staff notified when the goods arrive.
Information about climatic conditions will assist in the choice of clothing, bedding and other household necessities.
Are homes and the school on reticulated electricity, grid supplied power, or individual power generators. Is power 24/7 or limited. Are power outages frequent or irregular.
Are local roads welcoming of conventional vehicles or is a four wheel drive unit necessary’
Does the school have a vehicle and is it available to staff for business related or private use.
The state of housing including available furniture, fittings and general condition of houses needs to be communicated. This includes knowledge of gardening and vegetable growing opportunities and the availability of water for irrigation.