Adapting To A New Culture
Arriving in a new country for your year abroad as a high school exchange student can be both thrilling and a bit challenging. Everything around you might feel different – the language people speak, the food they eat, and the way they live. But as you step into this new adventure, you’ll start to adapt. At first, it might be a little overwhelming, but over time, you’ll learn the language, make friends, and get used to the way of life. You’ll discover that trying new things can be exciting and that embracing a new culture can expand your horizons in ways you never imagined. So, while it might take a bit of time, the experience of immersing yourself in a new world will be a journey you’ll cherish forever.
Going abroad as part of a high school exchange program comes with a valuable advantage – the program’s thorough preparation and guidance. The resources,
orientations, and support we offer will help smooth out the process of adapting to a new culture. What’s even better is that the program’s support doesn’t end upon
arrival; it continues to be a guiding presence throughout your journey. With the assistance of STS Foundation and our international partners, delving into the new culture and language becomes a smoother, more enjoyable experience.
Living With A Host Family
Living with a host family as a high school exchange student in a foreign country offers a unique and immersive experience. You become part of their daily life,
sharing meals, traditions, and activities, which provides a firsthand understanding of their culture. While it might be a bit unfamiliar at first, you’ll find that the warmth and support of your host family make you feel at home. You’ll have the chance to practice the language, learn local customs, and build lasting relationships. This
arrangement not only enhances your cultural knowledge but also fosters personal growth as you adapt to a new way of life.
We're Here For You
STS Foundation is always here to help you during your high school exchange year. From the moment you begin your application, you will have a dedicated STS Foundation representative guiding you through the preparations for your year abroad, ensuring you’re well- equipped for the journey ahead. Once in your host country, a local representative will also meet with you in person and assist you in assimilating to your new environment. Your local representative will be available anytime you need them and will also check in with you monthly to help you navigate the nuances of your host country’s culture and life with your host family. What’s more, we understand that unexpected situations can arise, which is why you will be provided with a 24/7 emergency number, guaranteeing that help is just a call away regardless of the time or day. With this multi- layered support system, you can embark on your high school exchange adventure with the confidence that assistance is always within reach.
A Note To The Parents
We understand that entrusting your child to go on a high school year abroad is a deeply emotional and significant decision. It’s natural to feel a mix of excitement and concern as your child prepares to embark on this transformative journey. We want to assure you that with STS Foundation, your child is in safe and experienced hands.
STS Foundation has been providing cultural exchange opportunities to students since 1986, and our teams have accumulated over a century of combined experience in supporting students and host families alike. This extensive experience enables us to offer the highest level of care, guidance, and support to you and your child throughout their time abroad.
This experience is a wonderful chance for your child to embrace the world, build confidence, and gain a competitive edge for their future academic and professional endeavors. While we understand the feelings of letting them venture beyond familiar shores, remember that this journey is an investment in their growth and global understanding.
By allowing your child to seize this opportunity, you’re providing them with a gift that will shape their outlook and empower their aspirations. We have no doubt that the young global citizen who returns home at the end of their high school year abroad will fill you with immense pride.
Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s journey. We are committed to ensuring their safety, well-being, and growth every step of the way.