exchange student help?


i would LOVE to have anexchange student.thing is i dont know to go about doing this. can anyone help? 4 main things.

- how to convince parents?

-any good programs to find exchange students from?

-how to entertain our person once over here(USA)?

-anything i need to do with my school... or is it easier to have them in the summer?

2 Answers

  • Feisty
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Hosting an exchange student can be lots of fun! But, as the host sibling, you need to be aware that the student will take a lot of your parents attention away from you -- especially at the beginning. You may feel a bit left out. Your friends may also do the same thing. However, take heart, it doesn't last long. The quicker your student becomes a family member and not a guest the faster that goes away!

    Ok, as to the programs, we'll address that first. There are many of them out there. The one good piece of advice the former poster gave you was to check with your school. See what your guidance counselor recommends. Chances are, there are one or more programs operating in your school already. If not, check with a neighboring school (if your town is big enough). Finally, if both of these fail, the following programs tend to be reliable everywhere and one of them should have some representatives close enough for you:

    AFS (American Field Service)

    Aspect Foundation

    Youth for Understanding

    Rotary is also good, but you may have to be a member to host with them.

    OK. Next, how to convince your parents.

    1. Let them know that THEY are in the driver's seat! Exchange students come with basic rules: no drinking, no driving, no drugs, no sex (probably sounds pretty familiar!). They are also required to maintain a C in every class. Your family is then able to layer any of their rules on top of that! Let's say you and your student are the same age. If you have an 11 p.m. curfew -- he or she should as well! Your student should also participate in all household activities INCLUDING CHORES!

    2. Students come fully insured. All of their medical and emergency dental needs are covered as well as breakage of something in your home, etc. (Except cars -- they are NOT allowed to drive).

    3. Students pay all of their school related and personal expenses. That includes everything from book rental to the football cleats needed to play. THe one thing that can differ from organization to organization is school lunch. Some say that is the host family's responsibility, others say the student pays if they eat at school, host family if they take a lunch or go home. Your family is responsible for a place to sleep (own room not necessary, own bed is) and meals. I generally say if you go out to dinner and a movie as a family, you pay for your student. If he/she goes out with friends, he/she is on his/her own. Treat them right at birthdays and Christmas too.

    4. It's a great opportunity for you to learn about another culture AND to learn to share your own world. You may also have the opportunity to visit your student's home as well!

    OK, on to the "entertaining" question. The short answer is, you don't. Do your parents entertain you? Probably not. They go to school, participate in activities such as music and sports, go to dances, movies, bowling. Whatever teens do where you live. It is a good idea to find someone who will take them around and introduce them to people (someone OTHER than a sibling). It's also a good idea to get them involved with some extra curricular activity as soon as school starts.

    Which leads me to .. it's easier to host during school, cause there are things to do and it's easier to make friends.

    Finally .. you don't need to do anything with your school. The organization you go through handles that. Of course, your parents will enroll your student in the fall.

    For some more insight on exchange students, check out this on-line community:

    Finally, now is the time organizations are placing students! If you get one, be sure and write, e-mail, call often so you get to know each other BEFORE he or she arrives!

    Good luck!

    Source(s): 13 years hosting and repping students
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  • J L
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Talk to your guidance counselor to see if your school is even involed in the program, there are some schools that are not. The school would have all the information. Then you need to read all the material they give you. Then sit down with your parents and point out all the good and bad things about having an exchange student in your home for the school year. Most exchange students come for either the entire school year or for a semester. They are very rarely here in the summer. You need to know that your parents will have to set rules for both you and the exchange students so some things you were able to do before you might not be able to do now. For instance, my aunt and uncle had an exchange student for a few months, and the program there went through had curfew limits for their students, they were not allowed out after 10 p.m. during their stay here, unless they were with the family. So if you are in High school and your curfew is later you may want to rethink the idea. Of course the exchange student they had didn't want to be in the program, so he was breaking all the rules so he could get sent back home, and he did.

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