Upcoming Sacramento Area Information Session – Join Us!

Do you live in the Sacramento area?
Looking for more information regarding international exchange programs for your child?

Join us at Adolesco’s upcoming information session:

March 4, 2017; 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Starbucks
1123 12th St., Sacramento, CA

One of our alumni parents will be there to host the event, speak more about the program, and answer any questions you may have about Adolesco. Learn more about the benefits of international exchange, including foreign language immersion, cultural experiences, and the lifelong connections your child and family will create.

And best of all, your afternoon brew is on us!

Upcoming San Francisco Area Information Session – Join Us!

Do you live in the San Francisco area?
Looking for more information regarding international exchange programs for your child?

Join us at Adolesco’s upcoming information session:

March 5, 2017; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Laurel Village Starbucks
3595 California St., San Francisco

One of our local alumni parents will be there to host the event, speak more about the program, and answer any questions you may have about Adolesco. Learn more about the benefits of international exchange, including foreign language immersion, cultural experiences, and the lifelong connections your child and family will create.

And best of all, your afternoon brew is on us!

Upcoming Philadelphia Area Information Sessions – Join Us!

Do you live in the Philadelphia area?
Looking for more information regarding international exchange programs for your child?

Join us at one of Adolesco’s upcoming information sessions:

February 19, 2017 and March 11, 2017 | 3pm

Chestnut Hill Coffee Company
8620 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

One of our alumni parents will be there to host the event, speak more about the program, and answer any questions you may have about Adolesco. Learn more about the benefits of international exchange, including foreign language immersion, cultural experiences, and the lifelong connections your child and family will create.

And best of all, your afternoon brew is on us!

Support for Adolesco from Teachers and Study Abroad Professionals

Fifteen-year old Kinri Watson just returned from living in France for the summer as part of her Adolesco exchange.

“It’s really weird, like you’re two different people,” she says of her stay more than a year after hosting her French exchange “sister” Maelys in May 2015. “I also got to know a completely different Maelys!”

Kinri is a 10th grader at the Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS), where Geri Badler is the director of the Travel Center. Geri promotes Adolesco because she “loves the idea of the family-to-family exchange. It is personal and meaningful. I feel the Adolesco students that come here are well vetted, smart, and open to learning and sharing.”

It is typically adults like Geri with personal exchange experience who are the biggest advocates of foreign exchange programs. “I know the importance of cross-cultural exchanges and how rich an experience this can be, as well as the fact it is simply life changing” she says.

Ben Lev, who teaches Spanish at Credo High School in Rohnert Park, California, also wholeheartedly recommends Adolesco to his students. Ben does a little whiteboard math for his Spanish II class, “If you’re in my classroom for an hour a week for three years, that’s about 600 hours of Spanish. If you spend three months in Spain, that’s more than 1300 hours of Spanish – it’s like six years in the classroom – in three months!”

Because the travel and hosting periods of an Adolesco exchange are determined by the two families involved, children and teens can gain international experience without losing school time. Sometimes families will host one summer, and then send their child to travel the next, although not all Adolesco exchanges happen during the summer break.

“My exchange sister really wanted to come to school in the US,” says Kinri. “When I asked her why it turned out she wanted to see if the cafeteria is like in the movies, and she wanted to ride a yellow school bus!”

We sincerely appreciate the support of teachers and travel advisors who are willing to share our program with their students. Perhaps your school would be interested to learn more about Adolesco – contact us today!

I’ve been matched! Now what!?

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Twice a year, we have the fun of delivering great news to lots of candidates and their families: you’ve been matched! It’s an exciting time and hopefully the beginning of a great friendship and amazing exchange experience – but first, there’s work to do. Read on to understand what to do over the next days and weeks:

Review the application of your proposed match.

1. Each family will receive the application materials of the proposed match.  Please read all of it carefully.  For translation help, try wordreference.com or reverso.net, or perhaps a friend or teacher can help.  Remember that the applications are very similar from one country to the next, so you can refer to your own application to understand which question is being answered.

2. Discuss the proposed match with the entire family.  Although your child will be the one to travel, hosting is a family project.  Make sure everyone’s on board.

3. If you have particular questions, don’t hesitate to discuss the match with your representative.  They may be able to help, and can also check in with the foreign representative for clarification.

4. Let your Exchange Coordinator/Representative know within 7 days whether you accept or decline the proposed match.  This deadline is firm: if we don’t hear from you, we’ll assume you have declined the match.

When you’ve accepted the proposed match:

1. Pay the exchange deposit and sign the exchange contract.  If an exchange is cancelled before either child travels, the deposit will be refunded.

2. Your Adolesco representative will provide you with two very important documents: the Welcome and Departure packs for the parents and the candidate.  You must read these guides before communicating with the other family.

3. Once the contracts are signed (on both sides), the deposits paid (on both sides), and the Welcome and Departure packs read (on both sides), your representative will let you know it’s time to contact the exchange partner and family and start to make plans.  Please do not contact the other family ahead of time – it only adds confusion to the entire process.

If you decline the proposed match, it is sometimes possible that another match will be offered in the current cycle.  In most cases, your child’s application will be carried forward to the next match.

We strongly believe learning a new language, understanding another culture, and growing beyond our cultural boundaries benefits our children, our families, and our world.  The match is an exciting and important part of the entire exchange experience.  We are thrilled to offer your child and your family this opportunity and look forward to hearing about your exchange adventure in the months and years to come!