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    Sep 24, 2007, 05:00 PM
    Forgien Exchange?
    I received this letter in the mail.

    If anyone knows anythings about this, or ever been to such thing please let me know

    Is it a good opportunity?

    Btw, you need to click to 2 times to see it big.

    http://i21.tinypic.com/v8pmba.jpg
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    Sep 24, 2007, 05:24 PM
    A friend of mine in high school did something similar to this (heck it might even be the same thing). During the summer she would travel to country with a group of other students and would live in that country for the whole summer. She went to Russia one summer and Australia the next. I remember thinking it was really cool. She always had a lot of fun and they got to do some fun stuff and they learned a lot about the countries they lived in.
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    Sep 24, 2007, 05:25 PM
    It sounds great but I get nervous haha.
    I am going to the meeting for it
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    Sep 24, 2007, 05:30 PM
    It is a great opportunity. Anytime you get to see the world is a great opportunity. You meet the most interesting people and get to see the coolest stuff. Once people hear you are American they get pretty excited. If it's a country where they don't speak English they love it because they get to practice their English on you. I've never run across an unfriendly person in another country.

    If you want to hear about someone fearless - a guy I used to work with quit his very high paying job to go backpack around the world for 2 years! He had the coolest experiences and met the most interesting people and pretty much had a journey that he will be able to talk about for years.
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    Sep 24, 2007, 05:32 PM
    Omg that's amazing!

    Eh I mean, I never been on a plane with out my parents or anything, I have a sick phobia of planes
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    Sep 24, 2007, 05:43 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Marzapan741
    Omg thats amazing!

    Eh I mean, I never been on a plane with out my parents or anything, i have a sick phobia of planes
    If you want to look at his blog here is the link

    Where In The World Is Fio

    He has really cool pictures and everything.


    You shouldn't let a fear of planes stop you from a cool adventure. The discomfort of a few hours on a plane is worth the adventure. Plus from what I remember from my friend who did this same program they would all fly on the plane together. So it was like a big flying party. With everyone chatting and having a good time.
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    Sep 24, 2007, 05:47 PM
    Thanks you changed my outlook. It sounds like fun :)
    That guy must havee an amazing life
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    Sep 24, 2007, 05:49 PM
    Glad to help. You should never let the fear of the unknown stop you from an adventure. I live by the following Zen saying "Leap and the net will appear". Meaning if you put effort into taking a chance something will put the effort into you succeeding.
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    #9

    Sep 24, 2007, 05:54 PM
    If it is a reputable agency it can be a great experience. I know several kids who have done this. I have been on the receiving end of it. Over the years my family has hosted 5 students that stayed the year.
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    Sep 24, 2007, 06:22 PM
    Really ?

    What if the host is a phys co pathic killer? Lol
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    Sep 24, 2007, 06:27 PM
    I can't imagine Homegirl is one! :)

    They typically screen the families. When I was growing up my brother played soccer and we would host kids from Canada every summer. It was fun. I remember two of the kids we hosted were amazed by our garage. They had never seen the automatic garage door. It was hilarious. They would make us sit in the car and make the garage door go up and down a bunch of times.
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    Sep 24, 2007, 07:16 PM
    Hahah you silly.

    Lmao!that's great!
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    Sep 24, 2007, 09:11 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Marzapan741
    really ?

    what if the host is a phys co pathic killer? lol
    They do pretty extensive checks and interviews on host families. They interview all of the members of your family, do background checks.
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    Sep 24, 2007, 09:16 PM
    Our last student was from Russia. The size of grocery stores always amazed her. She went with me one day and took pictures of the produce and meat departments. She could not believe all the choices we had for things to buy. She was a real joy to have in our home that year. She has been back here a couple of times since then.
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    Sep 25, 2007, 01:24 PM
    Aww ^^ That's great. Id love to have someone from a different country.
    Unfortuanlly I have to go allll alone with out my parents =x eeek creepy! Haha
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    Sep 25, 2007, 01:26 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Marzapan741
    Aww ^^ Thats great. Id love to have someone from a different country.
    Unfortuanlly i have to go allll alone with out my parents =x eeek creepy! haha
    Yeah BUT you also to get to go with a bunch of other kids your age. What could be more fun then that?
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    Sep 25, 2007, 02:08 PM
    I know a few of my friends around here who got the same letter BUt the thing is, I gave it to my forgien language teacher, she is going to find out if its some big money scam or it's the real deal.
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    #18

    Sep 25, 2007, 02:23 PM
    Good call! Very smart of you.
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    Sep 25, 2007, 02:26 PM
    Haha, Im crossing my fingers its real. I mean I new a "dumb" friend of mine who got it which shocked me because, normally that's for hard working students... but tomorrow ill let oyu guys know.
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    Sep 25, 2007, 02:29 PM
    It might be for real but it might be something that gets sent out to all students who at a certain grade level. Its probably like the "Who's Who in American High School Students" it's a legit thing but it goes out to lots of students.

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