Yesterday was the YFU Orientation in Germantown, Wisconsin for the students that will be leaving as foreign exchange students in the 2012-2013 school year. The orientation was a LOT of fun and I have to say that for being six hours long, it didn’t nearly seem like it was actually six hours. It went by really quickly and our presenter, Thayre, was extremely nice and shared stories about hosting foreign students of her own as well as stories from when she was a high school student in Japan.
Throughout the day we started with lectures about the importance of things such as blending into their culture, not having high expectations, being safe, what not to do, etc. It sounds bland, but the way Thayre presented it was very good and wasn’t dry and boring to listen to.
At the beginning of the day we started by introducing ourselves by sharing our name, where we’re going, how long we’re going for, what we’re excited for and what we’re worried and/or concerned about. It was one of those ice-breaker activities to get to know each other, but Thayre wrote down what we said and throughout the day she addressed them and what to do if certain situations arise. There ended up being six students going to Germany (One being an alternate), six students going to Japan, one student to going to France, and the other being me, going to Finland.
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