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Approved for foreign exchange student program
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As most on here Friday wasn't the best day at school for me. Through all of that I did get some good news I've been approved to participate in the foreign exchange program. I applied for it last school year and they told me Friday that I was approved for either this spring or next fall my senior year. All of my options are in Europe Sweden, Denmark, Wales, Netherlands, Germany or France. I talk to mom about it yesterday and she seemed proud but had that concerned look on her face so I'm not sure if she will let me do it but I'm still happy I got approved.
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Chris, that's fantastic! There are a lot of issues to deal with when considering actually participating in a program like this - but regardless of what happens in your case, you have every reason to feel proud. Big Grin

Being accepted for this is a real honor... Whether you're able to go or not, you have been deemed worthy of showing to others around the world the kind of intelligent, respectful, and honorable kid that America can produce. You do us all proud. Heart
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Chris, that's terrific news! Well done! It shows your school has confidence in you, or they wouldn't have selected you.

Any parent is anxious about their son or daughter going away alone, especially so far and to a foreign country. We see all sorts of potential problems. That's natural. So you will have to help your Mom come to terms with the fact that you can be trusted to be responsible without her to check on you (as I'm sure you can).

I look forward to hearing more about this exciting prospect!
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I am very proud of him but so worried as well. He may not be my son by birth but to me he is and I love him like he is.
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my twin sister did this to sweden year after high school.
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Hey Jono how did she like Sweden?
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Chris, I've read some of these agreements. They have quite a few restrictions based on which organization it is. For instance:

No driving
No romantic relationship
Obedience to same rules as Host family's kids
No drinking
No drugs
No stealing or shoplifting
No illegal actvity, follow the regulations of the Host country.
No smoking
(in some agreements, you are also subject to the Host family's discipline and the school's as well. I read a letter from a worried student, who was coming to Alabama in the U.S.. He learned that both the family and school used spanking as a form of discipline for teens. The response was, "don't get into trouble, then you don't have to worry. According to his agreement, he was subject to spanking, if that's what was decided.)

Those are a few I recall. Not all exchanges have the same rules or allow the same things. But, they typically have the same zero tolerance consequence. You're kicked out of the program if you violate them, and your parent owes them the money back for the trip home. I'm sure it's a valuable experience, one I would've jumped at myself. But, always think any agreement through properly, before entering into it.

Since you now know about it, I would first study the agreement, before choosing a country.
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Thank you Mrs V. That is very helpful and a lot that I didn't know.
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#9
my sister seem to enjoy experience. she did it as a gap year before uni. but still went to a high school in sweden and did her final year again. it different programme to where you go during schooling and year cross credits.
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That's very exciting Chris. Do you have any thoughts on which country you'd like to choose? I'd imagine your experience could be quite different between urban, suburban, and rural areas as well.
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