Category Archives for "Teen Communications Issues"

Living Abroad (or Living With Someone Who is Living Abroad): Importance of Communication Never Ends

Or . . . Will Opportunities for Miscommunication Never End? Just a small thing I thought I would share today …. a reminder that the importance of asking questions in the cause of effective communication never goes away. A small thing, which will take longer in the telling than in the 30 seconds it took […]

Stumbling as the Finish Line Draws Near

Two students in our region had to return to their home countries last week, two months before the end of their exchange. Neither student volunteered to go home early. Both students were sad and did not want to return home now. But for two very different reasons, neither really had any choice. Student #1 was […]

Second Half of the Exchange Year: No Problems, Right?

I wrote the post below at just about this time last year.  I’ve gone back to re-read it and it is so perfectly on-point for what we see that I’m re-posting it with only a few changes. I’ve talked to three students and host families in the past two weeks about issues that they have […]

When You Hear an Exchange Student Needs Help – What To Do?

A reader of the ExchangeMom blog recently posed this question: My question is not about my student, but about another student in another state and program that is a friend of his. He has told me that her placement is not good. They are denying her medication and socialization. They are extremely religious and are […]

The Successful Exchange Student: What’s in a Rule?

Two years ago, an exchange student in the Portland metro area was sent home early (October) for breaking the rules. What rule did she break, do you ask? What could a well-adjusted, smart, 16-year-old exchange student do that would result in being sent home a scant two months into the high school exchange year? In […]

Let the Miscommunication Begin!

The 2014-2015 exchange students have now mostly arrived in the U.S. Most are past the jet lag phase. School has just started for some, while others have been in school for several weeks now. On the one hand, we’re still mostly in the “honeymoon phase” of the exchange year. On the other hand, we’re in […]

The Exchange Year, Phase Two: As the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

The old proverb cited above describes nicely where we are now in the cycle of the educational exchange year.  This is for my students, and the thousands of other high school exchange students trying to muddle through a semester or year that is harder than they expected: The “gets tough” side:  You have had the […]

How to Help Your Exchange Student Adjust to Life Here in the U.S.: Key Issues Facing International Students

International students experience frustrations including culture shock, language difficulties, adjustment to customs and values, differences in educational systems, isolation and loneliness, homesickness and a loss of established social networks.* _______________ * Rawjee and Reddy, Exchange Students Communications Challenges, Paper presented at International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design, Istanbul, May 2012. As I write […]

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