Sending your children off on their own to a foreign country is not an easy task, and yet the benefits are priceless and life-changing.
“There are two things children should get from their parents: roots & wings.”
- Johann Goethe
It’s truly our job as parents to raise our children to be confident, secure, and compassionate human beings so that they can go out into the world and make a positive impact while living happy and fulfilled lives. It’s been our experience that foreign exchange programs offer children a priceless opportunity to see the world through different eyes and to experience different cultures and lifestyles which helps shape their awareness and respect for others and their appreciation for their own culture as well, but it’s not going to be easy. A successful foreign exchange experience takes a lot of preparation, planning, funding, and trust.
In this episode, we share not only our own experiences with foreign exchange programs, but we also offer you some of our best recommendations for a successful foreign exchange experience - from knowing when your children are ready, to selecting the best program for your goals. So whether you have been searching for the right program or are just beginning to explore the opportunities, this episode will give you the tools and inspiration you need to go further.
Resources From This Episode:
En Famille International: http://www.enfamille.com/
AFS Intercultural Programs USA: https://www.afsusa.org/
Amigos de las Americas: https://amigosinternational.org/
You may also want to contact your local Sister City Committees and Rotary Clubs.