International students heading to Myrtle Beach area, meetings set up to help with adjustment

03/13/2014 10:28 AM

03/13/2014 10:29 AM

As the Myrtle Beach area prepares for the beginning of it’s busy tourist season, international students will begin to arrive to work along the Grand Strand for the summer.

To help students get familiar with the area – and to help businesses prepare for the influx of student workers in town this summer – the city will again hold orientations beginning March 18 as part of the International Student Outreach Program. This is the program’s third year.

Initial meetings had been scheduled for 10 a.m. on March 18 and 25 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 N. Oak St. in Myrtle Beach, and 10 a.m. March 27 at the J. Bryan Floyd Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road in North Myrtle Beach.

Students will learn about banking, activities and transportation as well as beach safety, bicycle safety and personal safety. The meetings will be held periodically throughout the summer.

Myrtle Beach police Officer Pete Woods said the city began holding the meetings after he noticed the international students were being targeted and robbed. He said robberies of international students dropped 58 percent after the program’s first year.

A meeting for members of the business community will be held 9:30 a.m. March 19 at the Sheraton.

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