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 many possible software applications these days. The technology is rapidly changing with new apps available each year. A few common ones include Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Whats App, and Facebook Messenger.