Basic skills for living in the United States
Life in the USA may be very different to life in your country. Learning basic skills can help you adjust to living in America. It is always okay to ask if you do not know how to do something. Ask your caseworker, an American friend, or another refugee.
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Basic skills for home
Do you know how to operate all of the appliances in your new apartment or house?
Learning how to run an American household is important. You can learn different skills at the following links.
- How to use cleaning supplies
- How to use a vacuum cleaner
- How to use a toilet plunger
- How to use an air conditioner
- How to use a fireplace
- How to change a light bulb
- How to use a smoke alarm
- How to use a fire extinguisher
- How to use emergency services
- How to recycle
- How to store food in your fridge and freezer
Do you know how to send mail or buy a phone?
Welcome to the United States – DVD and book
The Cultural Orientation Center provides a free Welcome Guide as a digital book and as DVD DVD in many languages. You may have been given this as a book before you arrived. Here is a page from their book about basic house maintenance.