Foreign Exchange Students

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Mon, 08-16-2010 - 3:31pm

We were recently a welcome family for 2 boys (from Tajikistan and Kygystan) and it was such a wonderful experience! I can't believe how much our family learned about these countries in just 2 weeks (although we could have learned so much more if we had more time!). To be honest, I didn't even know where these countries were, and now we all do- including my 4 year old, who now has a special love for the students (whom I think he believes came all the way from the other side of the wold just to play with him! lol ). I learned to cook their national food (Osh), taught them about ours (pizza? lasagna? lol), they left us with authentic souvenirs, and we now have life-long penpals! Our two boys have since gone to their host families but next week we have a Korean boy coming to stay with us!

Anyway, I am posting because I believe that this is such an essential addition to any child's education. I figure, if you don't have the money/time to travel to other countries and explore their cultures, then invite them into your home and learn that way! Also, I have talked to a lot of families who have adopted internationally and want to host a child from the same country as their adopted child in order to give their child the experience of being exposed to the culture he or she came from.

Also, I'm writing because I have a friend who is a regional director of CIEE and she has about 100 more students to place before the end of the month and I want her to be unglued from her desk so I can see her!

So if you have any interest at all or know anyone who might, you can contact me and I can talk to my friend about looking through the applications. (By the way as far as cost goes, there is no fee or anything, you are basically just adding a child to your family).


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Registered: 03-09-2007
Wed, 08-18-2010 - 4:10am

Hi Christine and welcome!

 
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Registered: 06-06-2002
Wed, 08-18-2010 - 5:02am

In the UK, two weeks is

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Registered: 03-09-2007
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 5:45pm

Growing up I had lots of pen-pals.

 
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Thu, 08-19-2010 - 10:03pm

I don't think pen-pals are common anymore unless the children are involved in something where they would travel and meet people. I have had some strange looks when I tell people about my friend in New Zealand who I have yet to meet in person. We have been writing since we were 12 and we still write, though now it's email and Facebook instead of snail mail.


It was always such a surprise to get a letter in the mail - I knew it was coming, but didn't know when.

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Registered: 03-09-2007
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 6:28am

Hello Pooh and welcome to the board.

 
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Registered: 06-06-2002
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 6:32am

Yes, it's all e-mail and Facebook and boards now!

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Registered: 03-09-2007
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 6:40am

"One (male) penpal from over 20 years

 
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Registered: 06-06-2002
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 8:42am
There are some I'd like to get in touch with again.
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Fri, 08-20-2010 - 11:21am

Facebook is a beautiful thing. I have reconnected with 2 former students, who I taught in 4th grade (one found me on LinkedIn), and he is leaving for London at the end of the month. He will be attending the International University in London. My other former student is also going to college this fall, but she's keeping it local. I'm glad they grew up in to good, solid people and graduated from high school.


And a couple days ago, I found one of my old skating buddies from the 80s. He's also doing quite well for himself.

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Registered: 03-09-2007
Sun, 08-22-2010 - 5:34am

I’ve had no luck with FB and finding some people.

 

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