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1. Posted by LivingLife (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm at 15 year old girl from Australia, really keen to go to America for a student exchange program. I think it would be an amazing experiance.
My parents are fine with me going for 3 months max. But the only program avalible is for 6 months.
How can I convince them to let me go?
Thanks everyone. xxx

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You should be able to convince them. Ask them why they are ok with 3 months and whether another 3 months to make it 6 months would really make that much of a difference. Mean statements: "But mom, don't you trust me?" "I think I would really benefit, I could learn so much." etc.

BTW, why are you going from Oz to the States? If I was you, I would try to go from Oz to Japan or Europe. It is much more impressive in your CV if you at the tender age of 15 invested time and energy not only to deal with being in a foreign country, but with a foreign language and very different culture too. (That is a very big brownie point with mom+dad - the exchange looks cool on your CV. I'm trained as a governmental employee and I only got the position because of my cool CV with my exchange stays in the USA and Israel and my knowledge of languages.)

I assume that in Oz you speak English as your native language. In the USA you would be speaking English too. Not a smart career move. If I would be doing an exchange, I would want to be using my time abroad to improve on or newly learn a foreign language. (You might have noticed that English is my third language. I'm native in German and speak Russian and Arabic too. Guess where I learned that?)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 6:43 PM by t_maia ]

3. Posted by LivingLife (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thankyouso much for your reply! I appreciate it!
Yes I will consider changing countrys if thats my only way of going!
anyone else?

4. Posted by mindle (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd really recommend checking out Southern Cross Cultural Exchange (SCCE). I'm also a 15 year old Aussie girl (Sydney) and I've weighed up tonnes of different exchange organisations. I was really impressed by SCCE - I went to an information night (which they hold regularly in the capital cities) and they seemed very friendly, genuine, personal, etc. in comparison to other organisations. It's a not-for-profit Australian organisation, so it sends Aussie students to 20 different countries around the world in a variety of programs (year, semester, 3 months, 2 months, 6 weeks, etc.). The host families don't get paid, either, so their main incentive is wanting to learn about the host student's culture, etc. rather than receiving money for it. I know a lot of people who have gone on exchange through SCCE and none have had any problems with it - my school recommended it as one of the safest and most reliable organisations they've dealt with.

If you want more advice on different organisations, I'd suggest talking to the language department of your school, because they should have more information to give you. The ones I've looked into are EF High School Year Overseas, which is international, and Nacel, which has language pre-requisites.

I've already completed my application and had my interview, so now I'm just waiting to hear about my host family! I'm going to France for 3 months in November this year, and I can't wait.

I'd also recommend choosing a country that speaks a foreign language, although it's really up to you.. And it depends on how long you go for - 2 or 3 months plus is definitely enough time to 'get used to' the language, but any less than that and you'd probably be completely lost, especially if you haven't studied the language. I've read quite a few articles with 'horror stories' about exchange students in the USA, but I'm sure that reflects more on the exchange organisation rather than the country as a whole, so make sure you choose carefully! Good luck!

5. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You should defintely ask your parents for more time. At your age, nearly all student exchange programs are run parallel to annual school schedules. Or it can be one of the quick enrichment programs where you might be there for a few weeks or so.