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  #1  
May 8th, 2007, 08:07 AM
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Would you ever consider hosting a foreign exchange student for the school year? How about sending your child to be a foreign exchange student in another country for a school year?
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May 8th, 2007, 08:19 AM
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Would you ever consider hosting a foreign exchange student for the school year? How about sending your child to be a foreign exchange student in another country for a school year?[/b]
Hm...probably not because we are very private ppl and get very uncomfortable and nervous around ppl we don't know. And I'd NEVER send my child to a different country for a whole year without me. If I had bukoo bucks then I'd be willing to relocate my family or go WITH my child for an entire year just to study abroad, but there is no way in hell my child is going to a different country without me.
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May 8th, 2007, 08:26 AM
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I'd LOVE to have a teen (high school age) spend a semester with us. I would also consider sending my TEEN to SOME other countries (it really depends) for a semester, but not for the whole year probably. I think its an awesome experience!
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May 8th, 2007, 08:27 AM
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I would probably consider it if I had the resources (ie. extra room, finances, etc.), As for my child, for a whole year No. For a school year I would consider it, depending where they were going and what age they were.
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May 8th, 2007, 08:42 AM
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I can't see myself taking in a foreign exchange student... We're pretty private people when it comes to our home, I don't think I'd be very comfortable with that. However, I would be willing to send my teen on a foreign exchange depending on the circumstances (length, country, etc); I think it would be an incredible, once in a lifetime experience.
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May 8th, 2007, 09:16 AM
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I would send a teenager to be a foreign exchange student. I think it would be a great experience, especially to learn a different language.
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May 8th, 2007, 09:29 AM
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I'm not sure about sending her away. I want to say no as an overprotective mom and yes as a mom who wants to give her daughter the best out of life. I don't think I would have a problem sharing my home with an exchange student though. I don't know why they would want to come to Indiana but I would love to show them the sites! I also don't know about having them an entire year.....maybe a semester or so.
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May 8th, 2007, 10:55 AM
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I would host a student or send my child (if they are mature enough) in a heartbeat!

I went to Costa Rica with Rotary International my senior year in high school since I already had the needed credits to graduate, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

I was really sheltered and very shy before I went and came back with a whole new perspective on the world. I think I did much better in college because of my experience abroad.
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May 8th, 2007, 11:49 AM
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The year after I graduated from high school my family took in a foreign exchange student from Brazil. His brother came and stayed with us for a while too. It was a great experience for all of us.

They had a bit of culture shock when they came here. Most of Brazil is either very poor or very rich, there isn't much of a middle class. They were very, very rich! They, even though they were teenagers, still had their clothes picked out for them by a maid in the morning.

I would definitely take one in someday, if I ever get a bigger house!

I'm not sure I would want my kid away for that long but I might consider it for a few weeks.
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May 8th, 2007, 01:18 PM
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Call me paranoid, but I wouldn't want to do either. I wouldn't feel comfortable with a teenager coming to live in the same house as my children - it would be a complete stranger. I just don't think it is that safe. As for sending my kids, same thing. I wouldn't feel comfortable with them living with strangers that I don't know - in their house. I would feel much more comfortable with a study abroad situation in college or something, where they go and stay in dorms with other kids from their same university.
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May 8th, 2007, 01:25 PM
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I am too much of a worry wart to send them away for a year. I would probably drive myself and them nuts calling all the time to make sure all is well.

We do not have a big enough house to be able to support another person nor is life calm enough at the moment to even consider it. If circumstances where right though I would not have an issue with hosting a student.
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