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Sharing impressions, ideas, and affection

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 | Comments Off on Sharing impressions, ideas, and affection

Sharing impressions, ideas, and affection

It’s quite natural for your guest to have strong feelings about his country. He may occasionally criticize it freely but will become defensive if anyone else does so.

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Bring the World to Your Community…

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 | Comments Off on Bring the World to Your Community…

Bring the World to Your Community…

Host an International Student The whole concept behind Global Friendships is dedicated to fostering a better understanding among people of the world —one friendship at a time.

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Hints for a Successful Homestay

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Hints for a Successful Homestay

Hints for a Successful Homestay

1. Don’t let too much time go by before you talk to your student about what you expect him to do while visiting your home. (Make bed, take dirty clothes to laundry, put breakfast dishes in the dishwasher, etc…) Tell your student what the house rules are. (Curfew, phone, refrigerator, etc…) 2. Don’t be afraid to say NO! Use the same rules you would use for your own children. Do NOT have two sets of rules—one for your children and one for your student! If you do not have teenagers in your home, don’t be afraid to set what you believe are age appropriate rules for your student. 3. Explain to your student that the program does not allow driving, operating a motorized vehicle or hitchhiking. Hitchhiking may take some explaining on your part as it is a widely accept- ed practice in other parts of the world. 4. For groups staying in the southern states, caution your stu- dent about the sun. Our biggest problem with discomfort and sunburn can be minimized with caution and a good sunscreen. 5. Smoking. If your family does not smoke, you may ask your student to smoke outside or in designated ares. Do not incon- venience your family with your student’s smoking habits. You may find that your student really only smokes when together with other students. 6. Allow a couple of days for your student to “settle in.” The student will need time to adjust to the heat, from travel time, to the time zone, and to overcome some shyness. He may not want to eat much for the first few days, but he will eventually get hungry and adapt to your routine. 7. Set limits on his use of the telephone. At home he will not use the phone daily for social calls and he should not do it here. Our phone system works so well that sometimes he will take advantage of it. Limit the number and length of the calls. Do not encourage him to call his friends. Avoid getting the students together constantly because it leads them to forming closer relationships with other students rather than with you and your family. All international calls should be collect. 8. Explain to your student that all girls must wear both parts of their bathing suit whether at the beach or at the pool. Sunbathing topless is not an option. 9. Set limits on the use of computer. We suggest no more than 30 minutes a day. 10. Be sure your student carries at all times your name, address, phone number and a quarter just in case… 11. Call the coordinator immediately if the student becomes ill or injured. He is insured. Follow emergency procedures. 12. Personal hygiene. Since we live in a warmer climate, often humid, it is necessary for your student to realize from day one that showering is a daily practice. This will help avert any problems with body oder. 13. Relax and Enjoy! Don’t try so hard that it becomes work. Kids are fun and...

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How Students are Selected

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 | Comments Off on How Students are Selected

How Students are Selected

GLOBAL FRIENDSHIPS works closely with overseas affiliates who work directly with high school, associate or client organizations to form groups of highly motivated and responsible students to participate. All the students must be studying English and display the necessary maturity to travel abroad. With high school groups, it is the teacher who has been responsible for screening and selecting the students and who will chaperone the group. With the overseas organizations generally arranging summer visits, it is each particular organization’s representative who interviews the students, generally in the presence of one or both parents. Each student who applies must complete an application which includes biographical information, interests, hobbies, photographs, a “Dear Family letter” and a “Medical Release Form.” Applications of enrolled students are passed on to our coordinators who match each student with an appropriate family who is then given the application form at the earliest possible...

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Culture Shock

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 | Comments Off on Culture Shock

Culture Shock

Culture shock is normal and natural. It happens to Americans abroad as well as to visitors to the United States. To know and understand this phenomenon can prove helpful. Culture shock develops as a result of stress caused by trying to cope with a number of things, such as: tiredness, a language barrier, cultural differences, homesickness, adjustments to the time difference, new foods, an unfamiliar environment, etc. Understanding, acceptance and patience are the most effective methods of alleviating culture shock. For homestay students, the language barrier is the biggest contributing factor to culture shock. It requires a constant and intense effort for the student to try to communicate—even on an elementary level – with a limited vocabulary. It is extremely frustrating and confusing to be unable to express ideas or feelings because of an insufficient grasp of the language. Culture Shock Can Be Treated As Follows: Allow for lots of rest in the first few days of the stay. Speak slowly, clearly pronouncing your words, and be patient with your student. Become involved in your student’s language learning efforts. A language dictionary may prove to be invaluable. Stay positive. If you feel discouraged, the student will feel discouraged as well. Include your student in activities that your do not necessarily demand constant communication. Show your student your interest and encouragement by speaking with him.Approach this natural reaction with understanding and friendship. Kindness and a sense of humor generally relieves the student quickly of the culture...

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