Immersion is Best
By far the best results in learning the new language will be yielded in exchanges, in which neither the host family, nor the teacher speak the children’s native language.
Therefore we urge all involved parties not to “assist” the child in his/her native language but to familiarize them in a patient and friendly manner with their new language. Every day spent speaking their native language is a wasted day and slows down the child’s learning process. For that reason it is highly recommended to leave everything that the child could use in his/her native language at home, such as books, CDs, DVDs etc. The children should simply forget about their native language for length of the exchange in order to completely immerse themselves in the new language and its sound.
The children are challenged to integrate themselves to the best of their ability, to accept the foreign lifestyle habits and make the most of their exchange. They should comprehend that they will need to adapt to the new family, not the other way around. The families on the other side take full responsibility for the foreign child and treat the child like one of their own — with all rights and responsibilities. The exchange child is part of the family — not a guest!
The children communicate regularly with their biological families, but it is recommended that this does not occur more than once a week. Visits back home would be counter-productive and are not encouraged. The host parents choose an appropriate school for the exchange student together with Aventuro. The child continues to attend school, does his/her homework, writes exams etc. The free time is filled with hobbies, meeting friends, and of course the child spends holidays, weekends, parties and family reunions together with the host family.