4 Tips to Help Your Student to Adjust

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Your student is coming from a different culture, and is planning on being away from the safety and comfort of his or her home for a varied period of time. Most of them are traveling abroad for the first time. While this can be exciting, it can also become overwhelming. Here are four tips of what you can do as a host to help your student to adjust to a new culture:

 

1.    Be patient…

Be patient with your student and do not be surprised if he or she is unfamiliar with things that we take for granted. Many things, like common appliances, work differently in other countries. Don’t assume that your student will know how to use your washing machine or television.

 

2.    Be understanding…

Be understanding of your student’s reaction to your culture. It is possible that things you do or say might come across as offensive or rude in other countries, just like it is possible that some common reactions or comments in other countries might seem offensive to you.

 

3. Be open-minded…

Be open-minded and try to understand that the differences that you are witnessing between different cultures are not necessarily ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but different. Try to be curious about his or her culture and most important respect the differences.

 

4.    Be communicative…

Be communicative and encourage your student to talk to you and ask you questions. Sometimes students can be either shy or afraid to initiate a conversation; therefore, it’s important that you initiate small talks and use the meal times as a time to get to know your student and his or her culture better.

 

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