I would encourage everybody to make contact with exchange students, ask them about their (host) countries, since they are some of the most awesome people on this planet, still there is an end to an exchange student´s tolerance.
Here is a list of things NOT to ask or say to an exchange student and the thought they will probably have when someone does.
Leaving everything we know just feels natural to us.
Also, I know there are a lot of horror stories out there, but never for a second do I regret going on an exchange program.
I actually believe your heart grows within your exchange year to fit in all the amazing people you meet. That’s the country where *insert crazy fact or well known serial killer from your country or even worse, from a neighbouring country*. I grew up in a different culture, doing things differently and it would be much more helpful if you guided me through the process of adjusting and adapting to this new culture instead of calling me weird. First of all, if you are going to try and do accents you better get it right because otherwise (and even if you get it right) you will probably only offend people.
I don´t have the science to back this up but take it as a fact and trust me, 10 years from now studies will prove this theory to be true. Now let me tell you exactly what your country is like because you don´t already know that¨ I am fairly certain every exchange student will meet at least one person that will tell them about your host country as if they know much better. Second of all, why don´t you learn another language before you start making fun of me. Some days more, some days less, but I won´t let a temporary feeling get in the way of doing something amazing, something that I really want.
Host mom also got the crazy idea that I was trying to flirt with her husband and solicit him for sex (which I did not), and blamed me for her husband going out and getting a mistress. Plus it was my first host family so I didn't speak the language very well.
They eventually contacted the foreign exchange program demanding I be removed from their house and placed elsewhere. Took me a few months to figure out why the host mom was so weird to me because I had no idea what she was saying at first.
Don´t get me wrong, education is very important, but that doesn´t mean you can´t learn anything outside of school.