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.

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A Different Point of View

I would encourage travel at all ages, but the earlier the better. When we are young we can better learn the lessons that travel teaches us. Children and teenagers live very much within their comfort zone. They have their home, their family, their community and their friends. Established routines in the everyday familiar. Sometimes the thought of breaking out of this cosy zone can be frightening, but it is when children are challenged and move into the unknown that they learn and develop the most and we help with all this in our reciprocal exchange.

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More Than Just One Page

In a world that is growing smaller due to the continuous advance of technology and social media, these skills cannot be underestimated. Many job opportunities in later life have an international element to them – be it travelling abroad to meet clients, working in a foreign country, interacting with people on a global scale – and the cultural sensitivity that is acquired from foreign exchanges and travel, give a marked advantage to people who have experienced them at a young age. Having another language and the skills to learn more is also a huge plus and allows more doors to be opened and more opportunities to be created.

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