Mom exposes exchange student abuses

Mom exposes exchange student abuses

There are 5 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 31, 2009, titled Mom exposes exchange student abuses. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

In a few weeks, thousands of foreign exchange students will arrive in the United States for what they hope will be a rewarding time of study and cultural enrichment.

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hotinaz

Prescott, AZ

#1 Jul 31, 2009
I posted about this before...
My wife and I have the other end of the deal. We had hosted exchange students for 9 years. The past 3 either went home early, or were placed in another home (and went home early from their new home).
Sorry, but the form each party fills out is supposed to be truthful. The form we filled out asked many questions (including if we went to church, and if we expected the exchange student to attend church). The form which told any stranger all about us (what we do for a living, what we do for fun, etc.), had photos of our home and the area we live in, and was sent to the potential exchange student. At that point the exchange student would have a chance to say NO, their lifestyle will not work with me.
On their end, the exchange student fills out a form telling the potential host family about themselves. The student writes down their interests, and where they would like to live (country or city). Their note is supposed to be truthful, and we've found that the last several students basically lied through their teeth on the letter they placed with the exchange organization.
Unfortunately, the exchange students are told when they sign up overseas to just pick a house. Just get to America, and if it doesn't work you can just move to another house! The sad thing is the organization in our country lets the kids do that!
hotinaz

Prescott, AZ

#2 Jul 31, 2009
One quick example...
My wife and I raise German Shepherds, own a small boarding kenne, and are dog trainers. One of the exchange students we picked a few years ago stated in her letter "I love dogs, they are my favorite animal".
We chose this girl because of her statement regarding dogs. My wife and I thought our place would be perfect for someone who loved dogs.
When she arrived at our home we quickly found out that she was AFRAID of dogs! There was no language mistake...she simply lied on her letter so that she would be picked to come as an exchange student.
This student went home after just 3 weeks in the U.S.
What Next

Allentown, PA

#3 Jul 31, 2009
Is anything not corrupted in this country? It seems that people will destroy anything and everything. When does it stop?
Mike

Keyport, NJ

#4 Jul 31, 2009
Fortunately, my wife and I had a wonderful experience with an exchange student from Vitenam this past year.
Hopefully, like us, the majority of the experiences are positive. The agency for our student was credible and our student had a local contact at the school she could meet on a regular basis to discuss any issues of concern.
Justthinking

Spring Valley, CA

#5 Jul 31, 2009
To: Hotinaz, The student was more than likely told by her student placement agency to lie in her letter. Happens all the time. Not that this makes it acceptable to lie, but very often the students are often told to "not" write down that they love computers (because host families don't want some kid plopped behind a computer all the time) and are told to check "yes" about church attendance with family, etc. So, your student who was AFRAID of dogs "went home after just 3 weeks in the U.S." Don't you think this is sad? Especially when I would imagine that the thousands of dollars this student's family spent for her to arrive in the U.S. was probably never refunded. Have you checked out the 990 Forms of the placement agency that sent the girl home early? Bet you they're worth millions. I'd be very interested in knowing whether or not you know the reason why the student wasn't simply placed with a different family? Stay cool in AZ!

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