FAQs For Parents
As Rotary Long Term Exchange Students a high school student will travel abroad and attend school in their host country. They also have opportunities to participate in camps, meetings, and trips in their host country. They will be immersed in the language and culture of that country.
WHERE WILL MY STUDENT BE PLACED?
Several factors are used to determine where a student will be placed:
- The countries requested by the student (they are asked to provide a list of their Top 5 countries)
- Their interview with the SCANEX team during their first orientation weekend.
- Student age, maturity, and country-specific requirements for exchange students.
Based on this information the SCANEX team will select the country. We try our best to send the students to do their 1st or 2nd choice.
WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM MY STUDENT'S HOST FAMILY?
Host families are expected to provide 3 meals per day, a bed and shelter. Host families often have a student of their own on exchange and thus appreciate being able to understand what their own child is going through by virtue of hosting a student themselves.
WHAT IF MY STUDENT DOESN’T LIKE THE HOST FAMILY?
Part of being on an exchange is learning to adjust and develop relationships in spite of the cultural, language, and personality differences. This is what makes exchange such a powerful and life building experience. Students are encouraged to work through the inevitable challenges they may experience with their host families on their own. However, if there is a persistent problem which they cannot resolve then they are instructed to take this matter up with their club YEO or counselor.
WHAT IF MY STUDENT DOESN’T LIKE THE SCHOOL?
As with host family differences, schools and classes can be very different in other countries. It is important that students engage and do the best they can. As for most students in the US, it is very difficult to change schools. Students are encouraged to consult with their YEO/youth counselor to explore class changes if necessary.
WHAT IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY WITH MY STUDENT WHILE THEY ARE IN THEIR HOST COUNTRY?
If there is an emergency while abroad, the student should immediately get in touch with their host family and club YEO for guidance and support. The host YEO will make arrangements to ensure that the student’s biological family back home is contacted and kept apprised. Each student has comprehensive insurance which will cover medical and dental issues should the need arise. Additionally, the travel insurance benefits provides provisions for plane tickets if parents are required to come see the child.
HOW DO I AND HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I SEND MY STUDENT ?
Students will receive a stipend from their host club of approximately $100USD. It is suggested for parents to provide a credit card to be used by the student while abroad for additional purchases and travel when needed.
CAN I CONTACT MY STUDENT WHILE SHE/HE IS ON THE EXCHANGE?
Thanks to the internet and a variety of web-based services available today, it is possible for parents and their child to easily communicate. However, we strongly urge parents to minimize their communication the first 3-4 months of the students being abroad to help their students acclimate and to minimize homesickness.
CAN I VISIT MY STUDENT DURING THEIR EXCHANGE YEAR?
Most countries will allow parents to visit their child during their exchange year. However, generally countries will not allow parents to visit any sooner than the spring and in some cases may not be permitted until after the student has finished school. Parents are asked to inquire with your sponsor club YEO who will help determine the best time for when parents may visit.
DOES MY STUDENT GET HER/HIS OWN BEDROOM?
Unlike many homes in the US, homes in other countries are generally smaller and thus students may or may not have the luxury of getting their own bedroom. Again, this is part of the adaptation and unique experience of living abroad. If this is a concern we suggest you inquire about this with the host family when you have your first virtual “meet and greet”.
If you have additional questions please submit the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Exchange Countries Available
Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and South Korea
Australia, and New Zealand