Each student you host will be different, no matter where they are from. Some are more talkative than others, and some will try to interact with you as much as possible. However, we understand that with everyone’s busy routines, it can be hard for the student to interact with you as much as they wish and vice versa. That is why we believe you should consider planning a way to interact with your student.
Here you will find three ideas to help you interact and engage with your student:
1. Plan a game night…
Many people enjoy game nights because not only is fun to play games, but it is a great way to interact with others. A family game night is an evening that you can plan and share with your exchange student. When choosing a game, think about games that require everyone to interact, such as Charades and Pictionary. Don’t forget to have some snacks ready as well. A game night will allow you to interact with your students while creating lasting memories.
2. Plan a movie night…
A movie night might not sound like a way to interact with your students, but it can be. Even though you all will be focusing on the TV during the movie, after the movie you will have the opportunity to interact with your student by asking questions about the movie.
3. Plan an American dinner…
Having dinner with your students is a great way to interact with them because sometimes that is the only time you will be able to see and talk to them during the weekday.
Some students will request dinner on their reservations, and some won’t, but don’t let that stop you from planning an American dinner night for your student. A dinner night is a great opportunity for your students to get to know their host family better, learn about the American culture, and share an experience that will last a lifetime.
For your American dinner night, you can make hot dogs, burgers, mac & cheese, meatloaf, or chicken pot pie. Also choose a dessert such as apple pie or carrot cake to treat your guest to an American after-dinner sweet. One thing you should consider, if possible, is involving your student in the grocery shopping, food choice, and food preparation. By including your students, they will feel as a member of the family and proud to give their contribution to dinner.
Do you have other ideas for interacting with your students? Let us know in the comments below.