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    We are approved

    My wife and I were asked if we would host an exchange student. We agreed and last night had a meeting with the reps. to have our place checked out and we were approved. Now the big thing for us is picking a student. We have been empty nesters for a few years, so we will need to adjust to having somebody around again. We now need to pick a student to fit into our family. We need a female as that is what the decor of the room is. Most of the students say that they help around the house and cook. I think it would be a big plus if one of them was a woodworker.

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    Congrats, I understand it can be very rewarding but can also be very hard work. Best of luck!
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    Had a Girl from Japan as an exchange many years back. She was between my oldest boy and my daughter in age at the time. Great experience for everyone.
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    Congratulations and good on you both.

    How about a lady woodworker wanna be? Ladies make really great woodworkers!

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    We have had short term exchange students several times over the years.
    From this point on, I'm going to be non-PC, close yer eyes if'n ye can't take it.
    I recommend you not take a middle eastern student. Very often they come from very-very wealthy families and are not accustomed to doing anything for themselves. And, I do mean "anything", like getting a glass of water or making their bed. The woman of the host family is expected to do all that for them. Never have I seen one of these situations work out.
    Any Germans here? I'm about to offend you, sorry.
    Germans do not have the same attitude about nudity as Americans. They just don't worry about it. We had a German girl once who thought nothing of running around the house in her underwear or naked. Of course, I had mixed reactions to that but it was not a good situation.
    What/whoever you get, I'm sure it will be an interesting and learning experience for all of you.
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    Congrats, Rex. Should be a fun adventure. Dan Gonzales (a member here) has hosted several exchange students, and I'll bet he'd be willing to share notes with you.

    Frank, IMHO the nudity issue is with the Americans, not the Germans. I never did quite understand what the hoopla is about naked human bodies. Parts is parts, and we all have 'em. Doesn't make sense to be ashamed of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Congrats, Rex. Should be a fun adventure. Dan Gonzales (a member here) has hosted several exchange students, and I'll bet he'd be willing to share notes with you.

    Frank, IMHO the nudity issue is with the Americans, not the Germans. I never did quite understand what the hoopla is about naked human bodies. Parts is parts, and we all have 'em. Doesn't make sense to be ashamed of them.
    I didn't say I didn't look.
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    We have been going thru the prospects and most of them are german. I think that we are leaning toward a german because LOML and I have both been to Germany and our daughter spend a year as an exchange student there. We need to get the girl selected soon so she can get enrolled in our school system for the fall. Our school is picky and will only let in about 3-4 per year. This is because they get no funding for these extra students. Who knows maybe we will have one again the following year. The rules are changing here it that you must have a kid in the school system to have an exchange student. We will see what happens.

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    Should be a great experience for you Rex!

    Interesting school district rules......I'm assuming you pay school taxes even though you may be empty nesters?????
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    As you may know, my eldest daughter is going to school in Canada right now, she is a Canadian citizen but as we live outside of British Columbia, where she is going to school, we have to pay an Out of Province" fee, which is about $7500 a year, if she was not Canadian and was an International student, you can add another $8500 to that, plus $750 a month for the host family, that is $24,500 a year just in fees, not counting plane tickets, and some pocket money. I'm really surprised that the school there does not charge something similar.

    Funny thing about this is all of my family in Canada, and my parents friends were dumbfounded at the cost, they were surprised to hear that it cost that much per student to educate them, and wondered if they could get their taxes back and then pay the difference for the kids to go to a private school

    Frank you comments are a very broad brush stroke, so they are therefore inaccurate. There are many cultures that the male does little around the house, I imagine that your generation was similar, at the very least your father's generation was much like you describe the middle eastern student being, but if you let them get away with that, how are they much different from the spoiled rotten kids we all witness out in public everyday?

    if a kid came to my house and expected to be waited on hand and foot, they would be in for an education all right
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