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How does an exchange influences your child?

Living abroad means leaving the comfort zone, at the begging it may sound scary and exciting at the same time. The important thing is to try it because it really worth it.

It´s important to keep in mind the changes that your child will live in this incredible experience. It is true that each student will enjoy a different experience depending on the age in which they travel, their character and how independent they are. However, everyone will definitely change.

First he/she is likely to feel vulnerable and afraid, but it is completely normal, as he/she is experiencing a familiar detachment. But as time goes by, he/she will develop and grow both personally and academically.
Some changes that you will notice when he/she return are:

  1. Personality: now he/she will be more open, strong and self-confident. The exchange will help him/her to define the personality and to develop skills
  2. Influence: the level of influence will reduce, this means that it will improve the decision-making, based on the personal benefit (what suits or benefits him/her)
  3. Maturity: obviously the maturity will be evident, living away from the family, helps the person to fend for himself (to be independent). Also to appreciate the family, the house, friends and even the material (everything around him , to the minimum aspect)
  4. Self-knowledge: being “alone”, he/she will go through a stage of personal knowledge, he/she will know how to identify his/her emotions and he/she will learn to control them. In the same way he/she will know his/her limits.

The panorama will be completely open, therefore you will have a child who already has a different language, mature, sociable and with decision-making power, as well as increasing professional value and it is possible that he/she acquired skills that he/she had not acquired in his/her native country.

Due to so many changes, it is likely that there are some frictions or discussions when you are all back together under the same roof, but don´t worry, it is part of the process and you will soon overcome it.

We recommend you to read our post in which we talk about the possible situations when your child returns and how to handle them.

Share with us your experience, what changes do your child had after the exchange?

As always I leave you a video which some students share their experience and talk about some benefits when doing a student exchange

Source: YouTube                                                                                                                                        Year of publication: 2014

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7 advices if you are host family during Christmas

It is usual to spend Christmas with family, but many students take advantage to live a new experience celebrating out of home.

Christmas is a moment of union, love, solidarity and integration. Make your student feel surrounded by love as if he/she was at home.

  1. Invite she/he to participate in every single activity: help with the Christmas tree, the lights, etc.
  2. Both (student and the host family) explain your Christmas traditions.
  3. Clothing: It´s important  that the student know how to dress, so she/he don´t feel uncomfortable, we should guide him/her, but at the same time leaving some margin so she/he can feel comfy.
  4. If you want to help, giving to her/him a present, we should collaborate and give her/him a hand. Most probably she/he will feel comfortable giving a present.
  5. Talk to the student family days before, so you can organize everything related with the gifts. You should know if her/him parents are going to send a present or you have to buy it.  The day that you exchange presents, the student will also has one for she/he.
  6. Dinner: if you are going to have family meeting, remember to include him/her. I´m pretty sure he/she will want to try and know more about the different culture and traditions. Maybe he/she doesn´t like it at all, so let him try and don´t insist.
  7. Look for the perfect moment to make the family Photo and include him/her. Send those photos to the student family. Maybe you can have a Skype videocall with her/his family other day, it will be a nice gesture, but you have to schedule before (because of the time difference).

 

Each country, has specific traditions, but we share the general ones, for example: the Christmas tree or the Christmas crib. Celebrate the birth, giving present as the wise men did it.

Why the most important celebrations are made with family, around a table and giving presents? Well, that´s how Christians commemorate the Barth of Christ.

Any tradition is lived from the heart these christmas days and remain in the memory of everyone, make your host family the best memory for your student!

Merry Christmas to everybody!

Youtube: Do they Know it’s Christmas ~ Band Aid 1984

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9 RECOMMENDATIONS TO BE A GREAT HOST

What does good education mean?

Making the person next to you feel comfortable is the best way to demonstrate your education, regardless of our customs or culture.

Always placing the needs of others above ours, would be a good premise.

But how do we have to act when having a guest at home? Here we leave you 9 useful recommendations that  will help you:

  1. Greet: the first thing to do as a househost is to welcome your guest. Invite him to come in. Fell totally relaxed and comfortable, this will emanate good energy and will create a nice environment.
  2. Offer a drink, food: your guest might come from a long journey hungry, thirsty or tired. Invite them to have a drink or to eat something. They might be tired, offer them to wash up and rest if they want to.
  3. Run of the house and boundaries of the stay: show your gest around, it is important that he gets familiar with the house. Show them their room and anything he needs to know for his stay. But don’t overwhelm him with too much information.
  4. Give a Schedule: Give your guest a brief explanation or what your plans are, your timetables, when will you be at home, when will the meals take place, cooking menus…
  5. Make them comfortable: make it clear “my house is your house”. Make everything that’s possible to make them feel like at home. For example, give them kitchen orientation, to help themselves whenever they want.
  6. Basic needs: provide them with anything they can possible need. For example, clean towels, clean sheets, hygiene bath items…
  7. Privacy: Give them space and privacy. If they want to be alone in their room, rest or take a nap, respect that. It is not necessary to keep them busy all the time.
  8. Neat and clean house: make sure everything is clean tidy and neat, specially his or her room. You can even leave fresh flowers in their room as a way of saying welcome.
  9. Ask for arrival information: and last but not least, coordinate with your guest so that you are ready for when he arrives and receive him at the right time with a great welcome.

Finally, any standard or custom of the house is much better and more comfortable for everyone to speak from the first day.

I hope you have served this post to prepare the arrival of your guests.

We found a video from the blogger Amy Aniobi about “How To Be a Good Host”  vía Youtube, that might be helpful to complement this information.

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Travel and Discover: World becomes small!

Travel unleashes in us emotions that can help us in times of sadness. It awakens our endorphins the same as a good song, sports or when eating a chocolate.

Emotions begin with the preparations, so say 7 out of 10 people interviewed in a study of 17,000 people. (via La vanguardia)

Most of us like to take our bags and go on a trip, to escape monotony, work, the stress and routine. All in order to rest, have fun, to distract us …. Learning, knowing, changing, keeps us alive, aware of what we see and know. Travel is a gift that we make but much greater than we believe.

Our health also benefits: insomnia, sadness or depressions become lethargic, leaving behind all worries. Meeting people in other countries, learning from their customs or gastronomy opens our minds, broadens our borders and frees us from prejudices.

Traveling is a balm for our health, especially when traveling is related to vacations and pleasure!

But humanity has looked from its beginnings to explore the unknown, to venture and to find the new. To know and to explore. We humans are like that! Eager to discover, to go further … from the Romans through Cristobal Colón, Marco Polo …. the conquest of space is just around the corner, there is already talking of trips to Mars …

On April 12, 1961, the first space flight operated by a human being was made; it was a milestone in our history, the Russian Yuri Gagarin, manned a ship that sailed around the Earth’s orbit. 50 years later, in 2011, the UN General Assembly declares 12 April as International Day of Manned Space Flight and is celebrated in more than 34 countries “The Night of Yuri”.

Trips dislocate us, move our foundations to build new ones with more memories, new knowledge and experiences, take us out of our comfort zone and our routine, destroy myths and build truths.

Les voyages libèrent en nous des émotions qui peuvent nous aider dans des moments de tristesse. Ils réveillent nos endorphines comme une bonne chanson, un sport ou quand on mange du chocolat.

Enjoy the video!