20 Jun How to get the most out of Linguistic Exchange.
Linguistic exchange is a service we provide which enables your child to immerse themselves into a new language and culture. The premise is to arrange a swap with another family working in your company but in a different country, where you will both agree to send and receive each other’s child for a given period of time. The entire process has been made very easy to manage through our interface. We would like to give you some advice to anyone who might be organizing a linguistic exchange for the first time, in order to be able to get the most out of this experience for your child.
It is very important to talk extensively with the other family first. Get to know the parents, and make sure you share similar principles in terms of raising children. It isn’t always easy to read the sentiment conveyed in a written sentence, so organizing a phone or video call is a good way to put across these values. It can be useful to discuss what types of activities it would be feasible to plan, and get a better idea of what kind of trip your kid might embark on.
Immerse your child into a culture that interests them. Rather than suggest a language you think it will be vital for them to speak, let them know what options are available to them. For all you know, they will find a language or culture that really interests them. In this case, it will be easier for them to venture far from home and be motivated to learn.
You can also choose to arrange a video call with both children, so that they can get to know each other. It might seem a bit hard to get them into the idea at first, but today children have such an easy time communicating virtually that it should quickly pass. A video call would be a very good way of making sure both children will be happy to spend long periods of time together.
Try to mentally prepare your child to be emotionally independent. It’s never easy going away from home, and especially not at a young age. Giving your kid some insight into what homesickness feels like and how to cope with it will make the trip easier. You want them to actually enjoy being away from home, and not worried trying to call you throughout the day.
If your child wants a real challenge and culture shock, you can try and have them commit to speaking as little of their native tongue as possible when they are abroad. It won’t make the trip easier, but they are sure to pick up on some strong linguistic skills before it’s over.
We hope some of this advice helps you to prepare your trip. Do not hesitate to contact our team with any questions you might have. We wish you and your children an agreeable exchange.