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    M F
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    I would like to know if you or someone you know took in a foreign exchange students. What culture were they from and what was your experience. Would you suggest it to someone who never had a foreign student. Are some cultures easier to have than other. I was told that children from Asia are easier than from Europe. We are considering helping out.

    Your input is appreciated.

    Melissa





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    Jenn and Chris
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    I have taken in Japanese students every year for 5 years and I have never had a bad experience! It was amazing.
    Good Luck
    Jenn
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    <DIV style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif;">
    I would like to know if you or someone you know took in a foreign exchange students. What culture were they from and what was your experience. Would you suggest it to someone who never had a foreign student. Are some cultures easier to have than other. I was told that children from Asia are easier than from Europe. We are considering helping out.

    Your input is appreciated.

    Melissa










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    Nancy R
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    I took in a teenage Arab boy for a short period of time. It was awful. He insisted on telling my daughter and me how useless women are. He was disgusting and didn't stay long.

    Nancy

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    jillannl
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    I've had 3 different foreign exchange students for 5 months

    each. All were 16 year old girls. One was from Macedonia,

    one from Germany and one from Brazil. All were extremely

    bright and had good language skills. One of them and I had

    personality conflicts but she & my x got along well.



    I would do it again in a heartbeat. In fact, in November,

    I went to Macedonia to attend the wedding of Natasha, who

    I hosted 12 years ago.



    jillann

    minneapolis








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    NCN Cultural Art Projects
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    We have had students from Castile, Spain; Hagi, Japan; San Salvador,

    El Salvador; Tcomasina, Madagascar; Copenhagen, Denmark.



    Of course the experience was mixed. It really depending on how the

    student "saw" Americans. This experience totally depends on your

    mindset and lifestyle.



    Look into the students background, ask questions on their lifestyle.

    What their perception of what "America" is to them. There are

    students who will abuse being a guest because they think that

    Americans can purchase things at whim. One of my Japanese students

    flooded the bathroom because she was used to the soaking tubs and

    didn't understand why ours didn't work the same way. I'm Asian and

    completely forgot to talk about this. Electricity bills went waaay

    up. Some already knew the difference. It's a matter of sitting down

    and explaining the rules in the house, what your household does and

    doesn't do.



    One student needed their time for prayer and a particular diet. At

    that time, it was a hassle to prepare particular foods because I

    didn't have time. So we took an afternoon to prepare foods, everyone

    in the house helped and learned. We froze the bags, labeled them so

    the students could prepare them if no one was around.



    I think the main idea: do you have time to do this? Are you willing

    to do the extra steps to keep this student in your home? Be

    communicative. Be clear on expectations, talk with parents.



    Make it clear whether you will provide money or not.



    I'm trying to condense it as best I can. But it's a 2 way gift...and

    there is work but it's lessened on how prepared you are.



    good luck,

    nancy









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    > I would like to know if you or someone you know took in a foreign

    exchange students. What culture were they from and what was your

    experience. Would you suggest it to someone who never had a foreign

    student. Are some cultures easier to have than other. I was told

    that children from Asia are easier than from Europe. We are

    considering helping out.

    >

    > Your input is appreciated.

    >

    > Melissa

    >

    >

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    >

    >

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    M F
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    That is interesting that you went to Macedonia. It is a part of former Yugoslavia and I was born and lived in Yugoslavia till I was 13. My son and I would love to have a student but hubby is not for it. So we don't know what to do.

    Melissa





    I've had 3 different foreign exchange students for 5 months
    each. All were 16 year old girls. One was from Macedonia,
    one from Germany and one from Brazil. All were extremely
    bright and had good language skills. One of them and I had
    personality conflicts but she & my x got along well.

    I would do it again in a heartbeat. In fact, in November,
    I went to Macedonia to attend the wedding of Natasha, who
    I hosted 12 years ago.

    jillann
    minneapolis



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    annette lisenbe
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    my neighbor has a femaleexchange student from brazil. she has been a blessing to our family as well as theirs and we willall miss her when she goes home this summer. annette in alabama

    M F <milicaf35@yahoo.com> wrote: <DIV style="FONT-SIZE: 14pt;FONT-FAMILY: times new roman, new york, times, serif;"> I would like to know if you or someone you know took in a foreign exchange students. What culture were they from and what was your experience. Would you suggest it to
    someone who never had a foreign student. Are some cultures easier to have than other. I was told that children from Asia are easier than from Europe. We are considering helping out.

    Your input is appreciated.

    Melissa




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    Doreen
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    Our family took in a boy from France for just a week or so while he

    was waiting for his parents to come and get him. His parents were

    going to be vacationing in the states and decided to do it when he

    was scheduled to be coming home. Then we had a young girl from

    Germany for almost 6 months. Unfortunately, she ended up being sent

    back home because we found out that she was anorexic and her help was

    in jeopordy. Aside from that, she was a very nice girl and was very

    willing to share things about her culture and country. She was also

    very smart. They put her in the senior class at our school and it

    was actually boring for her because she was the equivalent of our

    11th grade in her country and was already doing second year college

    level work. They are much higher educated than us. Then we had a

    young lady from Uraguay, South America only for a few months because

    she requested that she be moved to another home because ours was too

    noisey for her with three kids in it.



    The only bad thing I have to say is that it seems that these kids are

    coming here with a different expectation to life in the US. I think

    they think that all of us are wealthy, which is not the case. The

    one from South America we had seemed to have a hard time with us not

    being wealthy and being able to show her things and take her places.

    She ended up going to a home where there was only one child her age

    and the family was well to do and seemed to be happy there when we

    would see her. Most of these kids do come from wealthier families

    because they would not be able to afford it then. Yes, I would

    recommend at least trying it. Think it over real well, though,

    because it is a big commitment. You are actually adding a new family

    member to your house that comes from a different culture, does things

    a certian way, and sometimes may have trouble communitcating with

    you. They also have parents and family that they are going to miss

    something terrible, so you may have to try to help them through that

    too. Whatever organization that their foreign exchange is with, will

    also be there to help you and your student get through whatever could

    come up, even if it is something simple like communication. So, you

    are not just given a student for the year and told "so long, enjoy

    your year". It really can be a fun and rewarding experience.



    Doreen



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, M F <milicaf35@...> wrote:

    >

    > I would like to know if you or someone you know took in a foreign

    exchange students. What culture were they from and what was your

    experience. Would you suggest it to someone who never had a foreign

    student. Are some cultures easier to have than other. I was told

    that children from Asia are easier than from Europe. We are

    considering helping out.

    >

    > Your input is appreciated.

    >

    > Melissa

    >

    >

    >

    >

    >

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