The benefits of international exchange programs

by Al Guenther
Garden Valley Collegiate
Winkler, Manitoba

Garden Valley Collegiate has been actively involved in student-exchange programs. Whether sending GVC students to other countries or hosting international students during their stay in Canada, such programs allow students to blend cultures and see a new country.

Studying abroad is a great experience for anyone. You could visit and explore the countries that surround your host country. It's like a trip with some learning added to it. Not only can you learn about the country, but you can also practice your second language very well. The cost of the trip is not much at all, considering what you get out of it.You have to pay for your trip, for souvenirs, and for your food during your travels. You get free lodging in a different household and the host family will take you to interesting places and may even pay for a lot of your expenses.

When an exchange student is at your place, you also can learn a lot. International students can teach you about their life in their countries. It's a good way to get the family together, and having a guest for quite a while may also cut down the fighting. At the very least, you will have a lot of stories to tell to anyone who is interested. My family hosted a German exchange student, and we've never lost touch with her.


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