How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Become an Exchange Student

So you want to be an Exchange Student and convince your parents that it would be for the best? Well here's few tips for you.

Steps

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    Ask yourself where in the world you'd like to go and how long for. Most exchange companies offer both short (1-3 months) and long-term programs (either for a semester or a year.) Negotiate this matter with your parents and if nothing else, then compromise. If your parents are okay with you going to a neighbouring country, but freak at the idea of you going jet-setting around the world, then perhaps re-think your options.
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    Write a list about the why's and how's. Most parents do not consent because Exchange programs cost too much. Include in the list how you can pay part of the trip; this way you can showcase to your parents that you are independent and responsible, as well as the fact that you really want to experience this and will do all you can to make it happen.
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    Write a second list about the pros only. Cons do not matter in here. Wherever you go and whatever you do there's always a risk attached.
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    Be certain that this is really what you want. When you have convinced yourself you can convince others.
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    Find reputable student exchange companies from the internet and get in contact with people that have been on exchange programs to hear from them. Be sure to ask their opinions on whether they think it was worth the money, and what they learnt from the experience. If they live in your local area, you could see if some of them could come for tea and talk about their trip to your parents so your parents can hear first-hand what others have gained from it.
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    Talk to your teachers about whether your school has any sister schools overseas. This way, you could inquire about doing an exchange through your school, meaning that it would be a cheaper option.
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    Ask for a stipend from your school; this will help you to pay this trip.
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    Many parents are worried that their child may fall behind with their schoolwork whilst undertaking an exchange program. Ask your teacher if the work you complete in your host country will be credited when you return home, or if you will have to make up some make up work after the exchange. Ask your teacher to write or call about this subject to your parents.

Tips

  • Conversation is the key. If your parents outright deny you, ask their reasons and make a list about those reasons, research if their concerns are valid and find an answer that negates their arguments and worries.

Warnings

  • Take care to learn some of the language in advance if you don't already know it. Getting lost is not fun if you can't ask how to find something.
  • Exchange Student's life can be hard. If the family you get has something wrong with it then make a report about them to your school or the company you ordered your trip from.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet
  • Research Skills
  • Talking
  • A good place you want to go to

Article Info

Categories: Distance Learning