The Exchange Student Survival Kit, 3rd Edition: Advice for your International Exchange Experience (Paperback)
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FOR STUDENTS GOING ABROAD, THE EXCHANGE STUDENT SURVIVAL KIT IS THE FIRST THING TO PACK!
Study exchange has never been more important. Ask anyone who has been an exchange student. As we come more and more to realize how interconnected our world is, living for a time in another culture may be the most valuable experience a young person needs in the 21st Century.
Students embarking on this life-changing adventure need tried-and-true advice. THE EXCHANGE STUDENT SURVIVAL KIT is the essential guide for young people interested in traveling abroad on an international exchange program. In an approach that documents each phase of the experience, it shows students how to avoid many common misunderstandings and problems that can occur in the course of their adjustment to a new culture, a new family, a new school and a new community.
The book is full of examples taken from the experiences of dozens of exchange students from a broad spectrum of cultures and shows how to manage the unexpected "culture shock" and deal with the specific issues that emerge when immersing yourself in an unfamiliar culture.
About the Author
Bettina Hansel is the former Head of Research & Evaluation at the International Office of AFS Intercultural Programs, based in New York City. In her role she oversaw major international research projects and developed intercultural training materials and resources for worldwide use. In retirement, she continues consulting with AFS International and volunteering for AFS-USA.
PRAISE FOR THE 2ND EDITION: The Exchange Student Survival Kit will be of tremendous help for everyone involved in the exchange student field, and, by extension, everybody who deals with cross-cultural differences.—Dr. Mietta rodeschini Denti, President Rotary Club Bergamo, Ovest, Italy
Dr. Betsy Hansel's extraordinary book, The Exchange Student Survival Kit (second edition), is a must-read for anyone going overseas through a high school exchange program. Her advice and down-to-earth examples give the prospective exchangee an excellent foundation for developing deeper intercultural insights and skills. From pre-departure to return, this book will greatly help a young person to navigate the often ambiguous waters of cultural differences.—Mitchell R. Hammer, PhD, President, Hammer Consulting, LLC
This second edition of The Exchange Student Survival Kit is a wise and exceptionally practical guide that belongs in the hands of every study abroad student contemplating a home stay. When it comes to understanding both the pitfalls and pleasures of an international home stay there is no better source of advice for both the students and their hosts.—Bruce La Brack, professor of Anthropology and International Studies, University of the Pacific
The Exchange Student Survival Kit has been the book I've recommended to others since 1995 when I came back home after a successful year-long adventure. In the course of my exchange student year, Dr. Hansel's book helped me to better understand the uniqueness of the international experience with practical and valuable guidance. And now in this second edition, it has just gotten better. Read this book and get the most from the exchange experience!—Lucas Welter, former AFS student