Immersion is Best

By far the best results in learnĀ­ing the new lanĀ­guage will be yielded in exchanges, in which neiĀ­ther the host famĀ­ily, nor the teacher speak the childrenā€™s native lanĀ­guage.

ThereĀ­fore we urge all involved parĀ­ties not to ā€œassistā€ the child in his/her native lanĀ­guage but to familĀ­iarĀ­ize them in a patient and friendly manĀ­ner with their new lanĀ­guage. Every day spent speakĀ­ing their native lanĀ­guage is a wasted day and slows down the childā€™s learnĀ­ing process. For that reaĀ­son it is highly recĀ­omĀ­mended to leave everyĀ­thing that the child could use in his/her native lanĀ­guage at home, such as books, CDs, DVDs etc. The chilĀ­dren should simĀ­ply forĀ­get about their native lanĀ­guage for length of the exchange in order to comĀ­pletely immerse themĀ­selves in the new lanĀ­guage and its sound.

The chilĀ­dren are chalĀ­lenged to inteĀ­grate themĀ­selves to the best of their abilĀ­ity, to accept the forĀ­eign lifestyle habits and make the most of their exchange. They should comĀ­preĀ­hend that they will need to adapt to the new famĀ­ily, not the other way around. The famĀ­iĀ­lies on the other side take full responĀ­siĀ­bilĀ­ity for the forĀ­eign child and treat the child like one of their own ā€” with all rights and responĀ­siĀ­bilĀ­iĀ­ties. The exchange child is part of the famĀ­ily ā€” not a guest!

The chilĀ­dren comĀ­muĀ­niĀ­cate regĀ­uĀ­larly with their bioĀ­logĀ­iĀ­cal famĀ­iĀ­lies, but it is recĀ­omĀ­mended that this does not occur more than once a week. VisĀ­its back home would be counter-productive and are not encourĀ­aged. The host parĀ­ents choose an approĀ­priĀ­ate school for the exchange stuĀ­dent together with AvenĀ­turo. The child conĀ­tinĀ­ues to attend school, does his/her homeĀ­work, writes exams etc. The free time is filled with hobĀ­bies, meetĀ­ing friends, and of course the child spends holĀ­iĀ­days, weekĀ­ends, parĀ­ties and famĀ­ily reunions together with the host family.

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