Introducing International Students to Popular American Pastimes
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Hosting international students can be a fun and fulfilling experience for the host family, but there's no denying that there could also be some hurdles along the way. You may face a language barrier, cultural differences, and familial misunderstandings that lead to embarrassment, offense, or other problems. And more likely than not, you'll find that your foreign exchange student is homesick before long. However, there are steps you can take to combat all of these issues. And along the way, you'll find that most students go through the host family screening process in search of a like-minded family in a specific location so that they can enjoy a particular experience during their time overseas. You can help them to acclimate and have a great time by showing them around and introducing them to traditional American pastimes. Here are some tips to get you started.
You may want to begin by considering some American pastimes that are internationally renowned, like sports (baseball, football), events (concerts), theme parks, and even camping. When you start to make a list, you'll probably find that there are almost unlimited opportunities for host families to expose their international students to American culture. So you'll probably end up paring down anticipated activities. However, you might want to work in a variety of options by arranging to take your live-in student to nearby national parks, local museums, or sporting events in your area. And you might want to curate a collection of renowned movies to showcase American cinema. In truth, though, this is only the first step.
International Students American Activities
When hosting foreign students, you also need to be mindful of their proclivities. Some students will enjoy sporting activities while others may prefer hiking and camping. Some will like movies, malls, and theme parks better, while others will opt for a day at the museum or visits to historical sites. Your desire to host a student probably has something to do with wanting to provide opportunities to students that they might not otherwise enjoy, including the chance to experience the best that American culture has to offer. And most students are looking to find a host family that shares similar interests.
The point is that you need to take the time to discover what the foreign exchange student in your home is likely to enjoy. Many students will be game to try just about anything, conceding to your knowledge on the subject. But going the extra mile to figure out what a student prefers in order to suggest suitable pastimes is going to ensure the best homestay in California for everyone involved.