-Laura Rose, CEO, Center for Cultural Interchange
Based on real experiences and stories, Living with Your Exchange Student provides a valuable resource for current and prospective host families, exchange students, program representatives, and school counselors. In this guidebook, author, Ina Cherington describes what it's like to host a high school foreign exchange student. It demonstrates how learning about cultural diversity through international exchange promotes interpersonal understanding and enriches the lives of all involved.
Living with Your Exchange Student helps you experience a year in the life of an exchange student and learn about cultural differences that are sometimes humorous, often challenging, and frequently inspiring. Learning about cultural differences through international exchange can lead to greater understanding and open doors to world peace, one family at a time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As Regional Director, Center for Cultural Interchange, I worked with Ina Cherington for more than twenty years. Ina is very experienced in all aspects of cultural exchange. Living with Your Exchange Student is perfect for new as well as for experienced host families and local representatives. Additionally, I feel that the book is equally important for teachers and school counselors who also work with international students. Ina educates through stories and through personal relationships, which is far more interesting than a "textbook" approach. I hope everyone enjoys the book as much as Lee White, CCI Regional Director!
As we live in an increasingly globalized world, Ms. Cherington presents an excellent overview of how connections can be made on an individual, family, school and community basis by describing the process, challenges and gratification obtained by hosting foreign exchange students. Using several decades of experience with the matching of families to students, Ms. Cherington, using humor and poignant interactions, describes school experiences, extended family long term relationships between host and student families and the joys and challenges of new experiences within a context of cultural differences. This book is valuable reading for all involved in an exchange student experience.