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Exchange students all over the world experience the same emotions, excitement, and challenges of study abroad no matter where their destination is. If you or a family member are considering studying abroad in the future or even as soon as next semester, what better (free) way to learn about the adaptation process and about other cultures than by hosting a student in the U.S. first?
Most students’ goals are to:
1. Learn another language
2. Learn about other cultures
3. Do something unique and different
What some students and families don’t realize is that by hosting, you are accomplishing these goals as well! Your exchange student will teach you slang, colloquial phrases, and even grammar from their country (do you know how to say ‘Moose’ in Thai for example?). They will explain why they have different customs than yours and show you different ways to think about the world (Did you know Frozen Yogurt shops aren’t very common in Germany?). You will also see how they handle homesickness and culture shock, two things that will happen during your exchange at some point or another that you will learn to overcome.
By becoming a host family and host sibling, you are joining a ‘club’ of sorts of international volunteers that said yes to a unique experience. You never officially stop being a host sibling, ask anyone! The relationships you build, whether as a host or an exchange student, last for a lifetime. Any host family you ask has probably seen their exchange student after they return home. They’ve had chances to visit them and see the country they came from or have invited the student back to their home away from home.
These are the types of things you can also experience, by welcoming a student into your home this year, even for a short period of time.
At iE-USA, you still have time to become a host family and join the “Host Family Club”. You can apply to host a specific student that your family chooses, that will mesh well with your lifestyle, personalities, and interests. And you won’t be alone, you will have a coordinator in your local area (whichever state you are from) to give your family an orientation, check in with you and the student monthly to see how things are going, and solve any problems that may arise. Parents should make a non-binding application at www.ie-usa.org before the end of August, to find the right student.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make a iE student’s dream come true!
Our Director took a recent trip to Germany and the photos below are just some of the beautiful scenic opportunities she had to get to know the country. Want to see this in person? Be an exchange student in Germany for a semester or year!
Still on the fence about study abroad? Get a $500 discount on Fall semester programs in Argentina, Spain, France or Belgium if you register here by Feb. 28, 2014!
The early bird gets the worm… and in this case.. the early applicant gets the discount!
5 months abroad can improve your language skills, allow you to see the world, and gain maturity and independence. Do something unique, something different, break out of the box.
The holidays can be one of the best times to fundraise because people are in a generous, happy mood. But do you find people saying, “I’m really busy” or “I just used my money for a present” ? Read below for help to get going.
Fundraising isn’t as hard as it might seem, if you follow these tips. Give your friends and family (and anyone else you can market to) a reason to donate or to buy what you are selling, and keep it short.
If study abroad is your dream, make sure you make that clear as well as why this experience will make a difference to you. Keep what you say or write to under two minutes and people will pay attention at a busy time like this. If they say “no” then keep pushing forward and don’t allow it to slow you down. If you need to adapt your strategy, then do so. Perhaps people keep telling you they are on a diet and don’t buy cookies; so offer them some healthy options!
Don’t know how to bake? Bakesales aren’t the only fundraiser that exists! What about a raffle for a trip to a spa? Or sew cute fabric covers for pet beds to sell. An international dinner, hosted in your language teacher’s classroom. The sky is the limit! We have more resources here.
If you send an email to either friends or different groups around town, tell them how they can act to donate (whether it is an embedded hyperlink to your fundraising website like fundmytravel.com or your name and address in order to send a check). Try to personalize the emails you send, and cater to each group you send out to (church groups, local businesses, relatives).
One of the easiest ways to start fundraising is asking for money to be donated toward your trip instead of receiving presents during the holidays or for birthdays.
“Global competency comprises the knowledge and skills that help people…comprehend global affairs and events… Global competency also includes fostering an attitude that makes it possible to interact peacefully, respectfully, and productively with fellow human beings from diverse geographies” (Fernando Reimers, Global Competency: Eduating the World, p. 2, 2009).
Developing global competence is an important 21st century work skill (See what Obama says here). Issues are no longer national, they are global. While many schools in the U.S. are now trying to implement these skills into their curriculum goals, study abroad is one of the best ways to quickly understand just how interconnected our world is.
Living in a different country and attending a new high school also gives you an idea of what your future workplace might be like, with colleagues that have a German/Italian/Afro-Indian background and slight accents.
Travel will show you that, for example, while most Europeans speak and understand English, understanding the quirks and customs of their languages and culture will help you make connections and create bonds quicker. Knowing their language and culture shows them you care and appreciate their lifestyle.
College is another place that is no longer ‘national’, but ‘global’. Did you know that students come from all over the world to attend American colleges? These international students could be your future workmates. Learning intercultural communication skills while abroad is the best way to work collaboratively with individuals different from you.
“Globally competent individuals are aware, curious, and interested in learning about the world and how it works. They can use the big ideas, tools, methods, and languages that are central to any discipline (mathematics, literature, history, science, and the arts) to engage the pressing issues of our time. They deploy and develop this expertise as they investigate such issues, recognizing multiple perspectives, communicating their views effectively, and taking action to improve conditions.” (Boix Mansilla & Jackson, Educating for Global Competence, p. xiii, 2011)
Read more here
The next time someone tells you study abroad is just a ‘vacation’, you can let them know you are actually investing in a future where these 21st century skills will be quite important to your career, skills that they might not be acquiring by staying at home.
Do you feel more competent to deal with global issues after studying abroad? Leave us a comment!
Linked to the My Global Life Link-Up at SmallPlanetStudio.com – See more at: http://www.smallplanetstudio.com/2014/03/28/march-myglobllife-linkup/#sthash.3uaFB4HP.dpuf