Anyone done this? We just submitted our "application" to host a German boy for the 2018-19 school year. The schools starting early in Savannah, GA. this means he'd get here in July. We're figuring on getting a 10th grader, the same age as our oldest boy. We also have twin boys 2 grades younger.
I'm driving this show. Mrs RG, who rules the house except for meals, has acquiesced. The impetus for this is my desire that our boys have more contact with foreigners to help combat the "America is the center of the universe" idea that all us Walmart shoppers have. Imo a foreign country, a foreign culture, isn't "real" until you've been there.
I picked Germany because 3 of my 4 grandparents were German, and I lived there for 4yrs in the early 90's. If it goes well, Mrs RG can pick the next country of origin. She'll prob pick Spain.
Has to be a boy tho. I wouldn't want to inflict our 3 knuckleheads upon some innocent lass. That would be just cruel.
Last year I spent a couple months teaching the boys German via audio lessons. 20yrs ago my German was "useful", but certainly not fluent. I'll restart that effort this Spring. The kid will speak English tho. Probably better than our kids.
Our local HS, arguably the best public HS in GA(*), is hot for exchange students so getting the kid into the school will be easy.
(*) I think that GA is usually 48-50th in the nation for HS test scores, depending on how SC and MO do one year to the next. So, school is best of the worst.
We hosted German exchange student for about 2 weeks. 2 weeks because that is how this program works. My son will go for 2 weeks this summer. 2 stories about his visit.
1. The student had the option of going to all classes with my son or going the cafeteria or library. He chose to go to all the classes. The exchange student got kicked out of Global Studies for "flipping my son the bird" I got a nice long nasty gram from the teacher over that one. When they got home from school, I asked them what went on. The basically said just what the teacher described. I explained to the student that that means a very bad word here in the US and is inappropriate. He said he wouldn't do it again. Then both boys said they thought the teacher was completely over reacting, I suspected this as well... Its some thing 14 year old boys would do... Anyway, the student told me they use that gesture in Germany as if to say "your being stupid" or something like that. Later on that evening, The exchange students teacher did in fact that they use that gesture all the time in Germany and its not that big of a deal. Cultural differences learned..
2. One of the female students that was here apparently wanted the whole "American Boyfriend" treatment. I guess she had to be told that going to a drive in movie with boy and jumping in back seat would be inappropriate for the host family to let her do. She then described how back in Germany her parents let she would go on Holiday over a weekend or 2 with her 23 year old boyfriend. She was 15...
Anywho.. go for it. I was hesitant at first but it was a really rewarding experience for my family and my son.