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Studying abroad - March 15th 2009, 06:21 PM

This summer I'm living with a Spanish family for a good part of the summer. I keep in touch with the kids and and family, so I feel like I know them, etc. But I know when I get there it will be "different." We will all need time to get used to each other and coexist with someone of a different background and culture. What can I do to make it a smooth transition? I speak Spanish well so language won't be an issue. I just don't want to appear all nervous and uncomfortable with them because I'm so lucky and excited to be with them.

This summer will be one to remember forever, and I want it to be seamless and easy for everyone. I'd appreciate any adive.

Another "fear" I have is not mixing in. I speak the language but I don't want to be an eyesore or a "typical" American that gets laughed at. I feel pretty global but what you feel and how you are percieved is different. How do I deal with this? Also, what should I do to be tolerant and understanding of them?

I know this is a lot of stuff, but I'm really eagar to be there!

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Re: Studying abroad - March 16th 2009, 09:32 PM

I'm really shy so I can't say much really! But I suppose to try and mix in you could show an interest in their culture, try all their foods and not eat chips all the time or anything But getting along with the children will be a big step to getting along with the parents. I'm sure they'll all be lovely. You're braver than I am!




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Re: Studying abroad - March 18th 2009, 01:38 AM

No te preocupes. You will be fine. Trust me, knowing the language is a huge help. I spent six weeks in Japan and only had a very basic knowledge of the language. It was definitely tough but I got by. You already have spoken to the family and say you feel like you know them so that's another advantage that I didn't have. You will inevitably be looked at differently because you're a foreigner, but try not to let it affect you too much. Use it as an opportunity to teach people about your culture as well as learning their culture. Spend as much time as you can with your host family, but don't be afraid to take some alone time when you need it. If you don't want to look like a tourist or "typical American" then just don't act like one. It might take a bit of time to adjust but you will get the feel of it before you know it. You could even make it a bit of a personal game to surprise people with your fabulous language skills. :P Also, keep a journal. You will definitely want to look back on it down the line.

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