How to Have a Fun Time with an Exchange Partner

It is always exciting when your school decides to host an exchange student. Getting to know someone from another country can be interesting, enjoyable and really fun.

Steps

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    Get to know them. Email them at least four weeks in advance. Discuss hobbies, family members, their likes and dislikes. The more you get to know about them, the easier the conversation will be once they arrive.
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    Prepare a room. Depending on whether they share your room or not, make their lodgings very comfortable. Change the sheets and put out fresh towels. It would be nice to place fresh flowers in the room to make them feel really welcome. You could put up posters and pictures, to brighten up a dull room.
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    Upon arrival, welcome them with a smile and a friendly hug. Have the family all join in the conversation, as your parents would like to get to know them and are as excited as you are. Offer them something to eat or a drink, and help them to unpack and make themselves comfortable.
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    Introduce them to your friends, host a party at your home. Give them a tour of your town. Ask them if they have anything special that they would like to do or see.
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    Understand that when it time for them to leave, you will keep in touch, via email or telephone. Buy them a little goodbye gift so they will remember the visit.

Tips

  • A very east topic is music. In lots of countries like France and Germany, you get a lot of English/American Music, so this is one topic you will almost definitely be able to connect on.
  • You will probably stay in touch with this person for a long time, so make an effort to be friends.
  • Meet up with the other exchange partners as much as possible. It relives the added pressure of constantly translating and entertaining.
  • Smile and be friendly. Laughing makes the atmosphere more comfortable.

Warnings

  • Be polite. Give them their space and time alone if they want. Be friendly but not overpowering.

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