How long does it take?
WWGSA has performed extensive research on the immersion process of children when they study in American schools. A new home, lifestyle, culture, education system, language, family and ultimately, an entirely different way of living than they have been accustomed to their entire lives definitely affects them. Students between the ages of 12 and 18 face these challenges from the moment they step off the airplane and into their new lives.
WWGSA’s exclusive 30/60/90 program was developed as a result of eight years of research and is spot on when working with the families, agents, schools and students.
30 Days – The honeymoon begins
•Within the first 30 days, everyone is content and adjusting to the “new” ways of life.
•Language, household, family, school and culture are the first major hurdles.
•Adaptation to living with minimal boundaries is often one of the main struggles of a student.
•Host families often wonder “how can they possibly not know how to do that?”
•Both family and student do their best to learn the process of “communication” between entirely different cultures.
60 Days – Establishing boundaries and understanding differences
•As with anything new, there is a grace period. At the end of 30 days that grace period has begun to wear off and the student and family have begun the art of immersion.
•Communication has grown stronger.
•Patience will be showing strain and more conversations with family, student and WWGSA become more frequent.
•Differences of opinions and cultures will start to emerge.
90 Days – Triumphant success
•Ahhhhh the journey can now begin.
•Triumphant success in learning how to cohabitate occurs.
•Understanding differences of cultures and societies happens.
•Communication channels have been successfully opened.
•Trust and bonds have developed.
•Immersion is successful.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
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