Item description for The Exchange Student Survival Kit by Bettina Hansel...
Overview A guide for students preparing to study abroad offers advice on such topics as the student's role in the host family and community, how to feel secure in a new country, keeping connections back home, and saying goodbye.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 26, 2007
Publisher Intercultural Press
ISBN 1931930317 ISBN13 9781931930314
Availability 0 units.
More About Bettina Hansel
Bettina Hansel is Director of Research at the international office of AFS Intercultural Programs, based in New York City. In her role, she oversees major international research projects and develops intercultural training materials and resources for worldwide use.
Bettina Hansel currently resides in New York City.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Exchange Student Survival Kit?
A Culture Shock Sep 19, 2008
I'm planning on going to France through a foreign exchange program next year. This book completely caught me off guard. It made me aware of the culture shock an exchange student experiences when adjusting to a new family and lifestyle. The book helps you prepare for your year abroad and for returning home to the U.S. It explains the (about) 8 steps of the exchange process and how each one affects the student. My favorite part of the book, though, were the examples from former exchange students. Their stories helped make the book more insightful, and they helped me to understand what I should do in different situations. I highly recommend the book for future travelers.
An absolute "must-read" for any prospective exchange student Jan 5, 2008
The Exchange Student Survival Kit is a solid primer for foreign exchange students and host families alike. Now in a completely revised and updated second edition that includes references to the latest communications technology (e-mail, instant messaging, cell phones, online games, etc.), crucial advice with regard to personal safety, and notes concerning ongoing changes in society and family life that affect travelers, The Exchange Student Survival Kit covers everything from practical packing to learning to identify "red flag" emotions that are likely triggered by culture shock to preparing for reverse culture shock on the trip home. Peppered throughout with anecdotes of young people from various different nations adjusting to a new way of life, The Exchange Student Survival Kit is an absolute "must-read" for any prospective exchange student or host family.
great book, really helps! Oct 8, 2003
It really helped me get through it, and I would recommend it to anyone going overseas.
A Must For Future Exchange Students Nov 3, 2002
This is an excellent book for anyone who's going to be an exchange student, as it gives the reader a realistic view of what going on the exchange will really entail. It covers settling in, homesickness, culture shock, making friends, learning the language, getting ready to leave, and "reverse culture shock" -- coming home again. Although not every exchange student may experience the stages in the exact order or extent the author describes, most exchange students will be able to identify with what she's saying. I found it very informative and comforting to read this book before going to Ecuador for a year, and it was also helpful to read during the exchange, simply to know that what seemed like bizarre feelings were really fairly normal for exchange students. Do yourself a favor and read this book before you go, you'll be glad you did. It'll leave you feeling a whole lot less in the dark about what's going to happen during your exchange.
Very informative and understanding! Jan 25, 2002
This book provides extremely helpful information about adjusting to life as an exchange student. It has checklists for packing, tips about avoiding cultural mishaps, personal stories, and the stages of getting used to your temporary home. Everything is easy to find and written clearly. A must have for exchange students!