Exchange students programs are becoming more and more popular as countries all over the world reach out to one another to unite. Have you ever thought about opening your doors to host a foreign exchange student? While you may be wary of how it may turn out, there are many benefits that are associated with hosting foreign exchange students.
To host foreign exchange students, your requirements are to provide a bed, 3 meals a day, transportation, and English interaction. It’s not a lot compared to the benefits you get in return; not to mention, you get paid to provide these necessities for them in most cases.
Hosting a foreign exchange student is a beneficial educational experience as you will be able to learn a new and unique culture that perhaps is different from yours. It’s a great way to see a perspective of life from a different culture view. The exchange students will no doubt discuss with you the differences in your culture and theirs including behavior, activities, perspective, views on life and goals. It will be very rewarding, and motivate you to visit their country. All the better since you already have some basic grasp to their culture, and their perspective.
Language is a bonus. No doubt that you will pick up some language from the exchange student. It’s better than taking a language course! Although you will be required to teach them English, and interact with them in English, you can still pick up some words here and there. Ask them about their language, and they too will be more than happy to explain and teach you.
As you’re teaching them your language, you can also brush up on your grammar and vocabulary. After some time, our ability to speak, and write English becomes rusty; however, you can polish it up with an exchange student.
Communication and the interaction between daily activities will certainly encourage you and your exchange students to grow an everlasting relationship. What’s better than making more friends? After all, you’re opening more doors of opportunities for yourself in another country. You can perhaps even travel to their country, and stay at their home with an awesome travel guide that knows everything about the country, the hottest new clubs, and the best restaurants.
Living different lifestyles, while hosting an exchange student, we can look at our own personal growth. An exchange student will probably point out many areas where you can improve in, and things that you have never even thought about. After all, no one is perfect, and we all have our share of flaws. Take their advice and comments into consideration and you may be able to grow and mature out of the experience.
Leadership, and our ways of communication will also go a long way. With a new person to share your life with, there are many adjustments to be made, and skills to be learned. All the better to help improve yourself.
Hosting an exchange student is surely a life-altering experience that will change your life, and perhaps your perspective in life. There are so many benefits involved!