I tag almost every post on here, and since sometimes I can be really slow at answering questions, here is a list of tags you can go through if my answer is taking too long. :)
I’ll try to keep this list updated with all the tags being used.
Which ask did you send? I only have 2 non-anon messages currently, and I want to make sure I don’t publish the wrong one.
Say “hey do you mind if I join you during lunch today?” Or at lunch ask “can I sit with you guys?”
Same with asking to hang out. Just go up and ask, “Do you want to hang out sometime [go see a movie, go out to eat, etc]?”
It can seem hard at first, but if you’re already talking a little bit then just add on a question when they ask “how are you?”
When I had looked into Rotary 2 years ago that’s what they had told me, but things may have changed.
I keep hearing mixed things about Rotary now, so ultimately I think it just depends a lot on which district you’re in (because I have seen other blogs with Rotary that seem like they’re having a great time and love Rotary, but I’ve also heard about bad experiences with Rotary. But, I’ve heard the same with big organizations like AFS too)
I didn’t go with Rotary and don’t know anyone who did, so this is all based on what I know.
It’s a volunteer run program. Each area is a district, and your district helps run your exchange, and from what I understand, you’re kind of like a team with your district. If I remember correctly they tend to put you with older couples with no children (which was my reason for not choosing them, and that’s why I remember it) Otherwise I believe it’s a normal exchange program.
$200 a month is the typical allowance amount, and that should normally cover your food expenses and extra expenses you have (bus tickets, school costs, things like that). If you think you’ll do a lot of shopping or traveling, than I would maybe add $100 or so onto there
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014
First morning of real school. I have what is probably anatomy, maybe biology, music (no creating music involved), math that could be trig or pre calc or I don’t even know what, and Chinese literature. Good day :)
Being a high school exchange student means:
- That you made the best and worst decision to leave home for the year.
- Giving people a reason to love your home country.
- That your current life floats in a different bubble, and you become worried that it will pop.
- Becoming a part of a family despite differences of culture.
- That you cant walk to the bathroom without any pants on because there’s a risk that a member of your host family will see you.
- You arrive in a place filled with people that have no prior judgements of you.
- Learning a new culture is your job.
- Schooling becomes something different.
- You’re a teenager in a foreign country.
- You learn new swear words that you can get away with saying back in your home country.
- Acting crazy in public because you know that the general population will not ever see you again.
- Making your own decisions.
- Eating “weird” foods.
- Making friends from every corner on the planet.
- Developing a different sense of pride for your home and host country.
- Deciding how to live your life.